Notable Alumnus


Joseph A. Halabis, OD FAAO
Class of 1982

My tenure with the Department of Veterans Affairs is now going on 29 years, and my Academy Fellowship more than 25. I owe a great debt to those who have mentored me throughout my career. Early on, they showed me the value in teaching. I have had academic appointments with Indiana University, The Ohio State University, and now Duke University. Twice I have been named Clinical Professor of the Year of the Duke University Ophthalmic Technician Program. I have enjoyed the opportunity to lecture locally, nationally, and, on several occasions, internationally. My articles have appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals.

My interest in ocular photography dates back to my days as a student at Ohio State. My photographs have graced journal covers, clinical articles, and book chapters. In biweekly rounds presentations, I share my clinical photographs and videos with Duke attendings, residents, and fellows. My images appear in the online Atlas of Ophthalmology and Shield’s Textbook of Glaucoma, Sixth Edition. I have won a number of ocular photography awards, including the 2013 American Academy of Optometry Anterior Segment Grand Prize.

My wife Debi and I met at Ohio State and have been married for 32 years. We both love animals and the outdoors. I have a passion for horses and riding, which has allowed me to volunteer as an Equestrian Coach for Special Olympics. Our home is now Hillsborough, North Carolina.



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