Melvin Shipp

Professor Emeritus

Contact Information

Postal address: 
320 W 10th Ave Columbus, OH 43210

Biographical narrative

Prior to his arrival to OSU, from 1976 to 2004, Dr. Shipp was a member of the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UABSO). His experiences at UABSO include academic administration, health profession education, and applied clinical and health policy research. From 1980 to 1986 he served as the Assistant Dean for Clinical Services and Director of Clinics. In addition to his UABSO teaching, research and service responsibilities, Dr. Shipp chaired and served on university-wide committees charged with improving the overall health status of under-served and economically disadvantaged communities in Alabama.

Dr. Shipp has served as a consultant, panelist, and reviewer for several federal institutions—notably, the Food and Drug Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Shipp served on the NEI National Advisory Eye Council (1989-1993). From 1990 to 1995, he was a member of the NEI Planning Committee for the National Eye Health Education Project (NEHEP), a nationwide program with the goal of preventing blindness through public and professional education programs.

Dr. Shipp has also assumed leadership and membership roles within a variety of non-federal national health related organizations. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), and a Diplomate—and former Chair—of the Public Health and Environmental Optometry Section. He has also assumed various leadership roles with the Vision Care Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Dr. Shipp was elected to the office of APHA Treasurer in 2000, and presently is a member of the APHA Executive Board.

Dr. Shipp’s research interests include the evaluation of the impact of vision related public policy and traffic safety, the reduction of racial and ethnic eye and vision health disparities, and relationships between blood homocysteine levels and premature presbyopia.

OTHER EXPERTISE

Dr. Shipp received the Doctor of Optometry (OD) from Indiana University, the Master of Public Health (MPH) from Harvard University, and the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from the University of Michigan. Dr. Shipp is only the second optometrist to receive the DrPH degree; he is the first to do so through the highly competitive Pew Health Policy Doctoral Fellowship Program at the University of Michigan.

Degrees

  • 1980, M.Public Hlth., Harvard University
  • 1972, O.D., Indiana University
  • 1970, B.S., Indiana University

Journal articles

  • Zadnik, Karla; Manny, Ruth, E; Yu, Julie, A; Mitchell, G Lynn; Cotter, Susan, A; Quiralte, Julio, C; Shipp, Melvin; Friedman, Nina, E; Kleinstein, Robert , N; Walker, Terry, W; Jones, Lisa, A; Moeschberger, Melvin, L; Mutti, Donald O. "Ocular component data in schoolchildren as a function of age and gender.." Optometry and vision science : official publication of the American Academy of Optometry. Vol. 80, no. 3. (January 2003.): 226-36.
  • Shipp, M, D; Daum, K, M; Weaver, J, L; Nakagawara, V, B; Bailey, I, L; Good, G, W; Maizel, M, B; Park, W, L; Park, W L. "Motorist vision policy.." Optometry (St. Louis, Mo.). Vol. 71, no. 7. (January 2000.): 449-53.
  • Shipp, M D. "Potential human and economic cost-savings attributable to vision testing policies for driver license renewal, 1989-1991.." Optometry and vision science : official publication of the American Academy of Optometry. Vol. 75, no. 2. (January 1998.): 103-18.
  • Hunter, H Jr; Shipp, M. "A study of racial differences in age at onset and progression of presbyopia.." Journal of the American Optometric Association. Vol. 68, no. 3. (January 1997.): 171-7.
  • Shipp, M D. "Health care changes from a public health perspective: implications for optometry-ophthalmology relations.." Optometry and vision science : official publication of the American Academy of Optometry. Vol. 74, no. 12. (January 1997.): 1019-24.
  • Shipp, M D. "Musings of a Robert Wood Johnson health policy fellow.." Journal of the American Optometric Association. Vol. 66, no. 2. (January 1995.): 79-86.
  • Shipp, M, D; Penchansky, R. "Vision testing and the elderly driver: is there a problem meriting policy change?." Journal of the American Optometric Association. Vol. 66, no. 6. (January 1995.): 343-51.
  • Cho, M, H; Barnette, C, B; Aiken, B; Shipp, M. "A clinical study of patient acceptance and satisfaction of Varilux Plus and Varilux Infinity lenses.." Journal of the American Optometric Association. Vol. 62, no. 6. (January 1991.): 449-53.
  • Singh, H; Maharaj, H, D; Shipp, M. "Pattern of substance abuse among secondary school students in Trinidad and Tobago.." Public health. Vol. 105, no. 6. (January 1991.): 435-41.
  • Shipp, M, D; Houston, G 4th; Shook, Y T. "The effect of size on paired 'C/D' estimations.." Journal of the American Optometric Association. Vol. 61, no. 1. (January 1990.): 50-6.
  • Houston, G 4th; Shipp, M D. "Reliability of assessing the cup/disc ratio using a 90 D lens photograph.." Optometry and vision science : official publication of the American Academy of Optometry. Vol. 66, no. 2. (January 1989.): 78-81.
  • Shipp, M, D; Talley, D K. "1987 survey of military optometrists: activities, roles and attitudes.." Journal of the American Optometric Association. Vol. 59, no. 10. (January 1988.): 802-14.
  • Stark, W, J; Worthen, D, M; Holladay, J, T; Bath, P, E; Jacobs, M, E; Murray, G, C; McGhee, E, T; Talbott, M, W; Shipp, M, D; Thomas, N E. "The FDA report on intraocular lenses.." Australian journal of ophthalmology. Vol. 12, no. 1. (January 1984.): 61-9.
  • Stark, W, J; Worthen, D, M; Holladay, J, T; Bath, P, E; Jacobs, M, E; Murray, G, C; McGhee, E, T; Talbott, M, W; Shipp, M, D; Thomas, N, E; Barnes, R, W; Brown, D, W; Buxton, J, N; Reinecke, R, D; Lao, C, S; Fisher, S. "The FDA report on intraocular lenses.." Ophthalmology. Vol. 90, no. 4. (January 1983.): 311-17.

Honors

  • Executive Director's Citation, American Public Health Association, 2008 - 2009
  • Listed—Who’s Who in the Leadership of the United States, Association’s Yellow Book and The Leadership Library (internet), 2003
  • Founder's Award, 2003
  • Koch Medal, 2003
  • Inductee - National Optometry Hall of Fame, 2002
  • ASCO Board of Directors Resolution (Recognizing APHA, Community, and Public Health Activities), 2001
  • President's Award, 2000
  • AOSA Teaching Award for Excellence in Clinical Instruction, 2000
  • Nominee - UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1999
  • ARVO/National Eye Institute Travel Fellowship Grant, 1998
  • Nominee – President’s (Clinton) Advisory Commission of Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry, 1997
  • Nominee – Best Basic Science Teacher Award, 1996
  • AOSA Teaching Award for Excellence in Clinical Instruction, 1996
  • Certificate of Recognition, 1993
  • Fellowship – Pew Health Policy Doctoral Program, 1992
  • Navy Commendation Medal for meritorious leadership achievements as Officer-In-Charge, NR FH-500 COMMZ 11 Det L, 1992
  • Certificate of Recognition, 1992
  • Certificate of Recognition, 1991
  • Certificate of Recognition, 1990
  • Diplomate – Section on Public Health, American Academy of Optometry, Nashville, TN, 1990
  • Fellowship – Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Program, 1990
  • Fellowship – Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Program, 1989
  • Founder's Award, 1989
  • Sponsored Attendance – 4th International Symposium on Presbyopia, Marrakech, Morocco, (Faculty Advisor/Co-author of winning paper in national competition), 1989
  • ASEE Research Faculty Fellowship, 1987
  • Certificate of Recognition, 1987
  • Optometrist of the Year, 1986
  • Who's Who Among Black Americans, 1985
  • Certificate of Commendation, 1984
  • Commissioner's Special Citation, 1983
  • Listed – Outstanding Young Men of America, 1981
  • Tuition Scholarship, 1980
  • Tuition Scholarship, 1979
  • Listed – Outstanding Young Men of America, 1978
  • Scholarship – US Navy Senior Commissioning Program for Optometrists, 1972
  • Scholarship – US Navy Senior Commissioning Program for Optometrists, 1971
  • AOA Summer Student Intern, 1971

Presentations

  • "A National Call to Action." Presented at Optometry’s Response to Minority Development Model (representing ASCO), Minority Faculty Development Leadership Summit, HRSA, . (March 2005)
  • "A National Call to Action." Presented at Optometry’s Response to Minority Development Model (representing ASCO), Minority Faculty Development Leadership Summit, HRSA, . (March 2005)
  • "Optometry's Challenge." Presented at Vision, Aging & Driving Symposium, . (January 2003)

Abstracts

  • Dr Melvin D Shipp. "Prescription Drugs: The Largest Element of the Uninsured”." Dallas, TX. (January 2003.): -.
  • Dr Melvin D Shipp. "World-Wide Vision Impairments: What Are They and How Do We Address Their Resolution?." Vol. 78, Philadelphia, PA. (January 2001.): 223-.
  • Dr Melvin D Shipp,Jones LA, Mitchell GL, Zadnik K, Mutti DO, and the CLEERE Study Group. "Agreement between parent-reported and clinician-assessed race in the CLEERE Study." . (January 2001.): 22-98S.
  • Dr Melvin D Shipp. "Enhancing traffic safety by ensuring optimal vision performance in visually at risk drivers." . (January 2000.): 47-48.
  • Dr Melvin D Shipp. "Impact of vision standards." Orlando, FL. (January 2000.): -.
  • Dr Melvin D Shipp. "The impact of 1990 state-level vision testing policies on older driver relicensure." Fort Lauderdale, FL. (January 1999.): -.
  • Dr Melvin D Shipp. "Refractive error and ocular components as a function of ethnicity.." Vol. 75, San Francisco, CA. (January 1998.): 70-.
  • Dr Melvin D Shipp (co-author). "Need for eyecare in an African American community." San Francisco, CA. (January 1998.): -.
  • Dr Melvin D Shipp. "Cataracts and ethnicity.." Vol. 75, San Francisco, CA. (January 1998.): 213-.
  • Dr Melvin D Shipp. "Potential human and economic cost-savings attributable to driver vision testing." Fort Lauderdale, FL. (January 1998.): -.
  • Dr Melvin D Shipp. "Need for eyecare in a minority community." Vol. 75, San Francisco, CA. (January 1998.): 78-.
  • Dr Melvin D Shipp. "Vision related relicensing policies, older drivers, and traffic safety in the US: 1989-1991." Orlando, FL. (January 1996.): -.
  • Dr Melvin D Shipp. "Vision related relicensing policies, older drivers, and traffic safety in the US: 1989-1991." Washington D.C. (January 1996.): -.
  • Dr Melvin D Shipp. "The effect of clinical experience, target size and shape on simulated C/D estimations." New Orleans, LA. (January 1989.): -.
  • Dr Melvin D Shipp. "1987 World Wide Survey of Optometrists: Activities, Roles and Attitudes." Boston, MA. (January 1988.): -.
  • Dr Melvin D Shipp. "Humanitarian Eye Care Project: Alexandria, Jamaica." Boston, MA. (January 1988.): -.

Chapters

  • Dr Melvin D Shipp. "The Older Driver." In Vision and Aging 3rd Edition. Edited by Alfred Rosenbllom. -. January 2004.