Andrea P. Thau, O.D.

Andrea P. Thau, O.D.Past President/Trustee
New York

Andrea P. Thau, O.D., was first elected to the American Optometric Association (AOA) Board of Trustees in 2007. She was installed as president at the 119th Annual AOA Congress & 47th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2016, and most recently served as immediate past president from 2017-2018. She is currently serving as AOA Trustee through June 2019 and is on the AOA PAC Board. Prior to re-joining the Board of Trustees, Dr. Thau served as founding chair of the AOA Leadership Development Committee.

Dr. Thau is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, a distinguished practitioner of the National Academies of Practice and a diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. A graduate of the SUNY College of Optometry, she is an associate clinical professor emerita. She is currently serving as councilor and policy chair of the Vision Care Section of the American Public Health Association.

Prior to her election to the Board in 2007, 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 served on 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 infants' and children's vision. As a spokesperson for the AOA, 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 New York State Optometrist of the Year, SUNY Optometry Alumna of the Year, the first Theia Award for Excellence in Leadership, a two-time Kentucky Colonel and was recognized three times as one of 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.

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