Andrea P. Thau, O.D.

Andrea P. Thau, O.D.Immediate Past President
New York

Andrea P. Thau, O.D., was first elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees in 2007, and installed as Immediate Past President at the 120th Annual AOA Congress & 47th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2017. 

In addition to her responsibilities as Immediate Past President, Dr. Thau serves as chair of the AOA Personnel Committee and is a member of the Executive and Agenda Committees. She serves as liaison trustee for the Faculty & Student Membership Liaisons, Faculty Resource Committee, Membership Development Committee, Commission on Paraoptometric Certification, and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Dr. Thau is also the board liaison to affiliate associations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, as well as Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, and the Southern College of Optometry.

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.

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 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 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 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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