Guideline Development Group Member Profiles

Diane T. Adamczyk, O.D.

AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee

Chair - New York


Diane T. Adamczyk, O.D., received her B.S. degree in biology from Villanova University in 1981 and her OD degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1985.  She completed her residency at the Newington Veterans Administration Hospital in Newington, Conn. in 1986.  She is board certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.

Dr. Adamczyk became a faculty member of the State University of New York (SUNY), State College of Optometry in 1986, where she currently holds the rank of professor.  From 1989 to 1999, she served as chief of the Primary Care Service at SUNY.  From 1999 to 2008 she was director of External Rotations, along with being director of Residency Education, a position she continues to hold. In addition to her administrative duties, Dr. Adamczyk has lectured and been instructor of record for a variety of courses, including being instructor of record for ocular pharmacology.   She sees patients in the Advanced Care Service at the University Eye Center of SUNY, in the retina and glaucoma clinics.  She has also served as a private practice consultant, seeing both primary eye care and low vision patients.  Dr. Adamczyk is also an adjunct professor at the New England College of Optometry.

Dr. Adamczyk lectures both nationally and internationally on a variety of subjects, including primary care, ocular manifestations of systemic diseases, ocular disease and ocular pharmacology.  She is co-author of the textbook, "Primary Eyecare in Systemic Disease," as well as being the author of numerous articles and textbook chapters.   She serves on a number of optometric journal editorial boards.  She also has received grants in the area of optometric education.  She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the 2013 New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians, Scientific Achievement Award. 

Dr. Adamczyk has served on a variety of committees, both locally and nationally.  She is a member of the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, Residency Committee, and has served as chair for numerous residency accreditation site visits. She is chair of the Clinical Resources Executive Committee of the American Optometric Association, as well as chair of the Evidence Based Optometry Committee.  She is the chair of the Optometric Clinical Practice Guideline: Care of the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus.

Diane Adamcyzk

John F. Amos, O.D.

AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee

Member - Alabama

Dr. John F. Amos received his B. S. and O. D. degrees from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1965. He subsequently served as an optometry officer, rising to the rank of Captain, in the U.S. Air Force. He served at air bases both in the U. S. and the Republic of Vietnam.

Following military service he completed an M. S. degree in Physiological Optics at Indiana University.  Dr. Amos joined the faculty of the UAB School of Optometry in 1972 as an assistant professor of Optometry.  He has served as the founding director of the UAB School of Optometry Residency Programs, chair of the Department of Optometry and director of the Professional Program, Interim Dean and Dean.  He retired from UAB after 38 years of service.

In addition to his service to UAB, Dr. Amos has served on numerous committees of several professional organizations during his career.  His signal achievement in the service to the profession was to organize, coordinate and publish the consensus-based Clinical Practice Guidelines produced by the American Optometric Association.  He has continued to serve on the successor committees responsible for these guidelines.  He has published more than 100 refereed papers and editorials, presented more than 200 continuing education courses, and written two books and numerous book chapters.  His research interests include primary eye care and diseases of the cornea and external eye.

Dr. Amos has been selected as "Optometrist of the Year" by state, regional and national optometric associations.  He received the "Distinguished Service Award" from the American Optometric Association and was elected as a "Distinguished Scholar of the National Academies of Practice."  He has received honorary Doctor of Ocular Science degrees from Southern California College of Optometry and Salus University, the Life Service Award from the American Academy of Optometry and been inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame.

John Amos

Felix M. Barker II O.D.

AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee

Member - South Carolina

Dr. Felix Barker is associate director of Research of the Rehabilitation and reintegration directorate of the VA/DoD Vision Center of Excellence (VCE). Dr. Barker is a 1973 graduate of the Indiana University School of Optometry, and has a Master of Science in Visual Science from the University of Houston and served as a U.S. Army optometrist. He is professor emeritus at Salus University, having served during his more than 30-year career at Salus as the director of Clinical Education, dean of Research and interim dean of Optometry. Dr. Barker is adjunct associate professor of Pathology (Comparative Medicine) at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice. He is a medical staff member at the Hefner VAMC, Salisbury, N.C. In his VCE role, Dr. Barker works to facilitate clinical practice recommendations and the prioritization, development, and funding of vision care and vision rehabilitation research efforts within the VA, DoD and non-federal communities.

Linda M. Chous, O.D.

AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee

Member - Minnesota

Dr. Chous received a Bachelor's degree in Visual Science from the Southern California College of Optometry and graduated Valedictorian of her class at Southern California College of Optometry in 1987.  She is the past president of the Minnesota Optometric Association, a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry and is a member of the Optical Women's Association and Women of Vision.  Dr. Chous has served as the MOA chair of the Public Education and Children's Vision Committees. She provides low vision services to the Minnesota Department of Education and is a consultant to the Minnesota Vision Coalition.

Dr. Chous specializes in pediatric optometry and diabetic eye disease.  She maintains a private pediatric practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota while working as Chief Eye Care Officer for UnitedHealthcare.  Dr. Chous is Minnesota's state liaison to the American Optometric Association (AOA) InfantSEE program and an advocate for eye health education.

Linda Chous

A. Paul Chous, O.D.

AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee

Member - Washington

Dr. Paul Chous was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes mellitus at age five. He completed his undergraduate education at Brown University and UC Irvine, and then received his Masters and Doctorate of Optometry degrees with highest honors from UC Berkeley. Paul has a private practice specializing in diabetes eye care and education in Tacoma, WA.

Dr. Chous won the American Diabetes Association's Distinguished Public Service Award in 1998. He is the author of Diabetic Eye Disease: Lessons From a Diabetic Eye Doctor (Fairwood Press, Seattle, 2003), which was included in the "Top 12 Diabetes Books" by Diabetes Update magazine in 2004. He is a feature writer for the web sites dLife - Your Diabetes Life and Diabetes In Control , an editorial advisor to Review of Optometry and Optometry Times, and a Section Editor of the Kestrel Diabetes Sourcebook.

Dr. Chous is also the American Optometric Association representative to the National Diabetes Education Program, an ophthalmic consultant to Children With Diabetes, primary investigator for the Diabetes Visual Function Supplement Study (DiVFuSS), and an adjunct instructor at NOVA Southeastern University College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Chous has authored more than eighty articles on diabetes and diabetic eye disease, and frequently lectures on these topics in the US and internationally.

Lynn D. Greenspan, O.D.

AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee

Member - Pennsylvania

Dr. Lynn (Rein) Greenspan is a 1988 graduate of SUNY College of Optometry. She did a residency in Rehabilitative Optometry and Low Vision at the Northport VA medical center, where she learned the unique specialty of vision rehabilitation for acquired brain injury and stroke patients. Dr. Greenspan's first two years of practice were in commercial and private practice settings, including a vision therapy specialty practice.

In 1990, she moved to Philadelphia and joined the Pennsylvania College of Optometry as a clinical instructor in primary care and pediatric/binocular vision. She taught laboratory courses in binocular vision and ocular motility, as well as didactic lectures in refractive disorders.  She assumed the role of principal lecturer in Optics 1, Optics 2 and Optics of the eye (physiological optics).

In 1996, Dr. Greenspan began a vision clinic service for impairment related to acquired brain injury and stroke. She has been the director of the vision rehab clinic at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital for the past 17 years. It is a busy satellite clinic of PCO's Eye Institute.

Currently, Dr. Greenspan is in pursuit of her Ph.D. She has completed two years of her Ph.D. program at Salus University. Her area of interest is diagnosis and treatment of the visual consequences of brain injury.

Dr. Greenspan has served on numerous professional committees, both internally and external to the university.  She has given several presentations at annual optometric vision research meetings.  She is a member of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).

Lynn Greenspan

Lori L. Grover, O.D., Ph.D.

AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee

Member - Arizona

Dr. Lori L. Grover is an associate professor and director, Center for Translational Health Science, Department of Health Solutions, College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University.  Dr. Grover served on medical staff of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
from 2005 to 2012 in the Department of Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute.  Dr. Grover received a B.A. degree from Albion College, and B.S. and OD degrees from the Illinois College of Optometry.  She received her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Certificates in Public Health Economics and Public Health Informatics. 

Dr. Grover is an internationally recognized clinician and educator in the field of chronic vision impairment and rehabilitation.  Her interests include facilitating collaborative clinical and research activities involving the multifaceted aspects of health care access and health policy, and study of team strategies for care for chronic conditions.  Her research spans the intersections of clinical care, health information technology and clinical decision support systems, shared decision making, policy development and analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis and health outcomes evaluation.

Dr. Grover is a past chair of the American Optometric Association Vision Rehabilitation Executive Council and currently serves on the National Eye Institute's National Eye Health Education Planning (NEHEP) Committee.  She was appointed in 2010 by the governor of Maryland's office to the Health Care Reform Coordinating Council and Essential Health Benefit Advisory Committee for the State of Maryland Health Exchange.  She is a Diplomate in Public Health and Environmental Optometry of the American Academy of Optometry and a Distinguished Practitioner and Senior Fellow in National Academies of Practice, and has received a National Eye Institute/National Institutes of Health Clinical Science Training Award and the Don Aldrich Advocacy Award from the City of Phoenix and Phoenix Mayor's Commission on Disabilities.  She serves on the Professional Development and Education Committee for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the Policy Committee for the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM), and the Translation and Dissemination IG Advisory Committee for Academy Health.

Lori Grover

Tina R. MacDonald, O.D.

AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee

Member - California

Dr. Tina R. Mac Donald received her OD degree from the Southern California College of Optometry (which is now a part of the Marshall B. Ketchum University) in 1992. Following graduation, she completed a residency in (Low) Vision Rehabilitation at The Center for the Partially Sighted (CPS).

After completion of the residency, she was hired on as part-time staff at CPS and worked in private practice, as well as being the Low Vision Specialist for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is currently full time at the Center and instructs fourth-year optometry schools' interns, is coordinator of the residency program, and sees her own patients.  She is an adjunct professor at the Southern California College of Optometry.

She has served as president of the Los Angeles County Optometric Society, been a Trustee for the California Optometric Association, and has been a part of the American Optometric Association's Healthy Eyes Healthy People® committee. In addition, she is currently a member of the organization's Health Promotion's Committee. Dr. Mac Donald has published articles and lectured on topics including low vision rehabilitation, aging, and diabetes.  She received the Lawrence Gallarini Low Vision Memorial Award in 1992, and the Freid Honorary Lecturer in 2006 from the Southern California College of Optometry. She is also on the team for the first Implantable Miniature Telescopes (post-FDA approval) providing vision rehabilitation and training.

Dr. Mac Donald's special interest is in the systemic disease processes and low vision. She pioneered the HIV and Low Vision Program at the Center, and now heads up the Diabetes and Low Vision Program.  She is currently running a pilot program, 'Saving Sight,' which pairs diabetes education with comprehensive eye exams. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator and was the first optometrist to pass the National Certification of Diabetes Educator's exam.

David K. Masihdas, O.D.

AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee

Member - Utah

Dr. David Masihdas graduated from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 1981. Thereafter he started a medical optometric practice in Salt Lake City. He provides diabetic eye care services for the Health Clinics in Salt Lake City. He is the staff optometrist for a number of senior care facilities in Salt Lake City.  He was involved in numerous research projects related to diabetes. In 2005, he founded The Diabetic Eye Center of Utah. This is a referral center, from Internal and Family medicine, for patients with diabetes. Dr. Masihdas also instructs the family practice residents at St. Marks Hospital on eye care for the family practice. He is a past president of the Utah Optometric Association and the Great Western Council of Optometry. Dr. Masihdas has lectured throughout the U.S. on diabetes, dry eye diseases, contact lenses and neurodegenerative diseases. He is a member of the UOA and AOA.

David Masihdas

Bennett McAllister, O.D.

AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee

Member - California

Dr. Bennett McAllister graduated with Honors from California State University, San Bernardino with a degree in Social Science before attending graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. There, in 1979, he received his B.S. degree in Physiological Optics and, in 1981, his doctorate in Optometry. His clinical background runs from general private practice, pediatrics and contact lenses to low vision rehabilitation care and surgical pre- and post-op for cataracts and laser surgery. While teaching senior interns one day a week at a specialty partially sighted clinic during the 1980s, he supervised the first vision rehabilitation program in the Los Angeles area for treating vision loss from AIDS. Later, he helped establish a pediatric low vision clinic for multiple handicapped children with vision loss. In 1987, Dr. McAllister became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and, in 1995, a Diplomate in the Low Vision Section. He lectures around the country on Vision Rehabilitation topics to doctors and teachers of the visually impaired, and he has a number of journal articles and scientific posters to his credit. Currently, Dr. McAllister is a full time assistant professor of Optometry at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry and is chief of Primary Care Services in its Eye Care Center. Through the diversity of vision conditions, pathologies and patient ages he has seen, he maintains that he does not treat vision or eyes, but people.

Bennett McAllister

Stephen C. Miller, O.D.

AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee

Writer - Missouri

Dr. Stephen C. Miller received his doctor of optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. in 1970 and did additional graduate study in special education at St. Louis University. Dr. Miller practiced optometry in the U.S. Air Force and in private practice in Missouri before devoting his full time to optometric association administration.

His career in optometry included serving as executive director of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and as director of the Clinical Care Center for the American Optometric Association (AOA). While with the AOA, he served as the primary staff for the development of 20 consensus-based Optometric Clinical Practice Guidelines produced by the associationHe is now retired, but continues to work part time as a freelance medical writer.

Dr. Miller has authored or co-authored numerous publications pertaining to optometric practice, occupational vision, children's vision and related health care topics.  In addition, he served as a spokesperson and media liaison on eye care topics for both COVD and the AOA.

Steve Miller

Carl J. Urbanski, O.D.

AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee

Member - Pennsylvania

Dr. Carl J. Urbanski received his B.S. in Biology from Wilkes College in 1989 and his doctor of optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1992. He became certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Optometry in 2013.

Upon graduation, Dr. Urbanski returned to Kingston, Pa. and joined his father's optometry practice. He has continued in private practice and is the managing partner at Family Vision Care of Kingston, a multi-doctor private optometric practice. Dr. Urbanski also serves as a regional administrator for Vision Source. He also serves as adjunct faculty to the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University.

Dr. Urbanski has served the professional associations of optometry on the local, state and national levels. He was a member of the board of directors and served as president of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association in 2004. He was awarded Pennsylvania Optometric Association Young Optometrist of the Year in 1999 and Optometrist of the Year in 2001. He has served on numerous committees, was chairman of the state Legislative Affairs Committee and currently serves on the Evidence Based Optometry committee of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Urbanski was appointed to the Pennsylvania State Board of Optometry in 2012 and continues to serve in this role.

Carl Urbankski OD

Beth A. Kneib, O.D.

AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee

AOA Staff - Director, Clinical Resources Group

Dr. Beth Kneib serves as director of the Clinical Resources Group for the American Optometric Association (AOA).  She currently oversees the Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline development; Optometric Registry; Ophthalmic Standards; Ethics and Values; Health Promotions; New Technology; and Community Health Programs, including InfantSEE®, Healthy Eyes Healthy People®, and VISION USA.

Prior to her employment with the AOA, Dr. Kneib served for more than 20 years on numerous committees for professional organizations and continues to promote educational initiatives for continuous quality improvement. She is a current member of the Agency for Quality Alliance (AQA) Steering Group, overseeing AQA activities, strategic planning and governance structure.

Dr. Kneib has an extensive background in patient surgical outcomes analysis systems and reporting, quality assurance program development, and quality improvement initiatives for best practices. She has directed numerous technology evaluations and research projects and has been responsible for initiating and maintaining standard operating procedures and programs for patient safety and risk management, including emergency patient management programs. 

She graduated from the Southern California College of Optometry and completed her residency in Hospital-Based Ocular Disease at the American Lake Veterans Administration Medical Center. She has worked in hospital-based services, surgical co-management centers, surgical quality assurance, and directed professional relations programs for both privately and publicly owned companies. Dr. Kneib has developed and delivered training materials and programs for optometrists throughout the country and has served as an adjunct faculty member to three optometric colleges and universities.



Kneib

Jerry Cavallerano, O.D., Ph.D.

Multidisciplinary and Patient Stakeholders

Massachusetts

Jerry Cavallerano, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO, is associate professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass. and staff optometrist, Beetham Eye Institute, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, Mass. Dr. Cavallerano served as clinical co-investigator for the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial, the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study, and other National Institutes of Health-sponsored clinical trials.  He is a certified refractionist and visual acuity examiner and a certifying examiner for the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR.net).  Currently, he participates in the Joslin Vision Network's clinical and research programs.






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Evelyn Smith DeMille, MS, MPH, LICSW

Multidisciplinary and Patient Stakeholders

Massachusetts

For the past 15 years, Evelyn Smith DeMille has run the Elizabeth and George L. Sanborn Foundation for the Treatment and Cure of Cancer, Inc.  This is a unique privately endowed charitable foundation that exists to help residents of Arlington, Mass. who have cancer get the services they need.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern University, a Master of Science degree from the Simmons College School of Social Work, and a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University. She began her professional career working at Tufts University's Boston Floating Hospital. She taught at Boston University's Metropolitan College under-graduate social work program. She served as an assistant area director in the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. She also served as a program coordinator for the Harvard University Division of Health Policy, Research and Education.

Ms. Smith DeMille is a member of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Patient and Family Advisory Council and a director on the Board of the Visiting Nurse and Community Health agency in Arlington.  She was a founding director for the Center for Cancer Support and Education, also in the town of Arlington.  She served as an elected member of Arlington's Town Meeting from 1996-2007.  

In her 45th year of living with Type 1 diabetes, Evelyn participated in numerous research studies at the world-renowned Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.  In 1981, her son was the first baby born to a research study funded by the March of Dimes. The study was aimed at reducing birth defects among infants born to insulin dependent mothers through the use of insulin pumps in the first trimester of pregnancy. From 1992 to 2012, she was a reseach subject in two groundbreaking breast cancer prevention studies aimed at reducing the incidence of invasive breast cancer among women at high risk for the disease. 

William C. Hsu, M.D.

Multidisciplinary and Patient Stakeholders

Massachusetts

Dr. Will Hsu serves as Senior Director of Joslin Health Solutions International, working with partners globally to extend Joslin's mission to prevent, treat and cure diabetes. Dr. Hsu leads a team working to make an impact on diabetes in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, the Americas and elsewhere, through clinical collaboration, educating clinicians and patients, and leveraging technology.

As Founder and Medical Director of Joslin's Asian Clinic, Dr. Hsu spearheaded Joslin's efforts to provide ethnically and culturally tailored care for Asian Americans. In that role, Dr. Hsu conducted key research on the unique pathophysiology of diabetes in Asians, and conducted clinical and community projects that address diabetes and health disparities in this population. Nationally, he served as Chair for the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander subcommittee, member on the Adult Strategies Committee, and the Professional Practice Committee (clinical guidelines committee) of the American Diabetes Association.  

Recognized for his teaching, Dr. Hsu has lectured nationally and internationally and led Joslin's efforts in continuing medical education courses around the world relating to the treatment of diabetes in Asians and Asian Americans. He has published over 70 research papers, reviews, chapters, print and web-based patient education materials and conducted over 120 community outreach programs. More recently, he has focused his research on mobile health, collaborating with researchers from MIT's Media Lab to develop and test mobile health solutions, including exploring the use of cloud-based technology to support diabetes management.

Dr. Hsu graduated from Cornell University and received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He completed his residency training in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Yale School of Medicine and completed his fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Harvard Medical School.  

Kathy Killilea, BS, M.Ed

Multidisciplinary and Patient Stakeholders

Massachusetts

Katherine Killilea graduated from Skidmore College in 1961 with a degree in Biology and Chemistry, and received a Masters of Education from Tufts University.  She held positions at Children's Hospital in Boston and Arthur D. Little Management Firm before leaving the workforce to care for her family. Katherine has been married to a Type 1 diabetic for 42 years.  Her husband was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy 31 years ago, and Katherine advocates for all patients, caregivers and families faced with this disease. 

Paulo Antonio S. Silva, M.D.

Multidisciplinary and Patient Stakeholders

Massachusetts

Paolo Antonio S. Silva, MD is Staff Ophthalmologist and Assistant Chief of Telemedicine at the Beetham Eye Institute of the Joslin Diabetes Center. He is an associate surgeon at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and part of the attending staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, MA. He also holds an academic appointment as an instructor in ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. He has been awarded the Young Clinician Award from the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine from Harvard Medical School and Yasuo Tano Award from the Asia-Pacific Vitreoretinal Society. He directs the efforts of the Joslin Vision Network (JVN), an innovative telemedicine-enabling technology developed at Beetham Eye Institute of the Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School that is incorporated in a multidisciplinary approach through a comprehensive diabetes management program. The JVN has been successfully deployed to more than 97 locations in 22 states across the USA. Currently, the JVN cares for over 4,000 patients per year at locations within Harvard Medical School Affiliates.

Dr. Silva's work is focused on ultimately eliminating visual loss from diabetic retinal complications. Dr. Silva has led clinical validation studies on ultrawide field and other novel retinal imaging devices, retinal image analysis, and clinical outcome evaluation for diabetic retinal disease. Dr. Silva actively directs the efforts of the Joslin Vision Network, an innovative ocular telehealth program for diabetic retinopathy, with the ultimate goal of delivering the highest quality of diabetes eye care and promoting collaborative research that is free from disparities induced by geographic, political, or cultural boundaries.

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