Notable Alumnus

Joseph Studebaker, OD
Class of 1987

Dr. Joseph B. Studebaker is a 1981 graduate of Northmont High School. He completed undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University in 1983. In 1987 he received his Doctorate in Optometry (OD) from Ohio State as a Beta Sigma Kappa honor student. He has over two decades of experience in clinical eye health and vision care. Dr. Studebaker served as President of the Ohio Optometric Association (OOA) in 2003. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at and Extern Preceptor for The Ohio State University College of Optometry as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Studebaker is a Diplomate of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and currently serves as a Clinical Examiner for the Board. He served as a member of the Communications Group for the American Optometric Association (AOA) and as a State of Ohio motorist vision examiner for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Bureau of Motor Vehicles for the past two decades. Dr. Studebaker is a member of the AOA, the OOA, and the Miami Valley Society of Optometrists. He is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the AOA.

Dr. Studebaker is widely published in the eye care literature and has edited, authored, or co-authored over 30 articles on a broad range of topics including ocular disease, ocular pharmacology, optometry, practice management, managed care and contact lens management. He lectures nationally on contact lens management and related topics. He also lectures at The Ohio State University College of Optometry on ocular pharmacology, eye disease management, glaucoma, and ocular imaging technologies including spectral domain optical coherence tomography. Dr. Studebaker has conducted numerous clinical investigational studies for several ophthalmic and contact lens manufacturers, including investigational studies for the United States Food and Drug Administration. He received the Annual Writer's Award from Optometric Management in 1996. Also in that year, Dr. Studebaker received the Outstanding Service Award from the OOA. He received this award from the Association for a second time in 2005 and, in 2008, was presented the OOA's Warren G. and Ruth P. Morris Ohio Optometrist of the Year Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to optometry and public service. Dr. Studebaker is an active amateur astronomer and astrophotographer. He also enjoys bicycling, hiking, computers/electronics, acoustic guitar, and digital photography.

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