Andrea P. Thau, O.D., was first elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees in 2007, and elected Vice President at the 117th Annual AOA Congress & 44th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2014.
In addition to her responsibilities as President-Elect, Dr. Thau serves as chair of the AOA 401 (k) Committee and is a member of the AOA Executive Committee. Dr. Thau also serves as board liaison to the affiliate associations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ferris State University Michigan College of Optometry, and Indiana University.
Dr. Thau is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, a Distinguished Practitioner on the National Academies of Practice and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. A graduate of the SUNY College of Optometry, she has been on faculty since graduation and is an associate clinical professor and former chair of the Admissions Committee.
Prior to her election to the Board, Dr. Thau served as the first woman president of the New York State Optometric Association, the New York Academy of Optometry and the Optometric Society of the City of New York. Dr. Thau served concurrently as president of the New York Academy, president of the Optometric Society of the City of New York and as an officer of the New York State Optometric Association. Dr. Thau was a former member of the Executive Board of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
She is a founding member of the AOA's InfantSEE® committee which developed the InfantSEE program and was a member of multiple AOA committees including the AOA Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Committee, the Infants' Vision Project Team, and the Faculty Relations Committee.
She is a founding member and former vice president of the New York Children's Vision Coalition, a coalition dedicated to mandating eye examinations to children of the city of New York upon school entry. A champion of children's vision, she has been called upon to advocate on their behalf at the state and national level including as a speaker at a Congressional staff briefing. Dr. Thau is a nationally recognized lecturer in the area of infants' and children's vision. As a spokesperson for the American Optometric Association, Dr. Thau has been featured on national television, radio, and print to educate the public about eye and vision care. Dr. Thau is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2005 New York State Optometrist of the Year, SUNY Optometry Alumna of the Year, and was recognized twice as Vision Monday's 20 Most Influential Women in Optical.
Dr. Thau is the owner of a four doctor group private practice on Park Avenue in Manhattan. The practice is a full-scope primary care practice with special emphasis on children's vision and vision therapy.