Notable Alumnus

Joseph James Thimons, OD
Class of 1978

Dr. Thimons is a 1978 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. He completed his hospital residency at the Chillicothe, VA Medical Center in 1979, after which he served as Chief of the Optometry Service there until 1985. He then accepted the position of Center Director at Omni Eye Services, Fairfax, Virginia and served in that role until 1989 when he became Chairman, Department of Clinical Sciences. While at SUNY he developed The Glaucoma Institute at the State University of New York, a glaucoma clinical research center, and served as its first Director. In 1998, Dr. Thimons accepted the position of Executive Director of TLC and served in that role until 2002 when he co-founded Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut, a multidisciplinary referral practice providing secondary and tertiary level care. Dr. Thimons has received numerous awards for his service to the profession and has over 200 hundred publications in the area of ocular disease management. He is a nationally and internationally acclaimed speaker and educator and an acknowledged leader in ophthalmic clinical education. He has professorial appointments at several universities in the US and has been a clinical investigator in over 20 NIH, NEI, and Post Release Clinical Trials. In 1999, he was awarded Optometry’s Top Educator and was selected as one of the Top Ten ODs of the decade. In 2002, he founded the National Glaucoma Society, a not-for-profit organization with Executive offices in Andover, Massachusetts, that provides educational and clinical development services to primary care clinicians worldwide in the area of glaucoma. In 2005 he was inducted into the Oklahoma Optometry Hall of Fame and has recently served as President of the Connecticut Association of Optometrists.

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