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.

Journal articles

  • Ocular component data in schoolchildren as a function of age and gender. (2003). Optometry and vision science : official publication of the American Academy of Optometry, 80(3).
  • Motorist vision policy. (2000). Optometry (St. Louis, Mo.), 71(7).
  • A study of racial differences in age at onset and progression of presbyopia. (1997). Journal of the American Optometric Association, 68(3).
  • A clinical study of patient acceptance and satisfaction of Varilux Plus and Varilux Infinity lenses. (1991). Journal of the American Optometric Association, 62(6).
  • Pattern of substance abuse among secondary school students in Trinidad and Tobago. (1991). Public health, 105(6).

Honors

  • Executive Director's Citation, American Public Health Association, 20080101 - 20090101
  • Listed—Who’s Who in the Leadership of the United States, Association’s Yellow Book and The Leadership Library (internet), 20030101
  • Koch Medal, 20030101
  • Founder's Award, 20030101
  • Inductee - National Optometry Hall of Fame, 20020101
  • ASCO Board of Directors Resolution (Recognizing APHA, Community, and Public Health Activities), 20010101
  • President's Award, 20000101
  • AOSA Teaching Award for Excellence in Clinical Instruction, 20000101
  • Nominee - UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 19990101
  • ARVO/National Eye Institute Travel Fellowship Grant, 19980101
  • Nominee – President’s (Clinton) Advisory Commission of Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry, 19970101
  • AOSA Teaching Award for Excellence in Clinical Instruction, 19960101
  • Nominee – Best Basic Science Teacher Award, 19960101
  • Certificate of Recognition, 19930101
  • Fellowship – Pew Health Policy Doctoral Program, 19920101
  • Certificate of Recognition, 19920101
  • Navy Commendation Medal for meritorious leadership achievements as Officer-In-Charge, NR FH-500 COMMZ 11 Det L, 19920101
  • Certificate of Recognition, 19910101
  • Fellowship – Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Program, 19900101
  • Certificate of Recognition, 19900101
  • Diplomate – Section on Public Health, American Academy of Optometry, Nashville, TN, 19900101
  • Fellowship – Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Program, 19890101
  • Sponsored Attendance – 4th International Symposium on Presbyopia, Marrakech, Morocco, (Faculty Advisor/Co-author of winning paper in national competition), 19890101
  • Founder's Award, 19890101
  • ASEE Research Faculty Fellowship, 19870101
  • Certificate of Recognition, 19870101
  • Optometrist of the Year, 19860101
  • Who's Who Among Black Americans, 19850101
  • Certificate of Commendation, 19840101
  • Commissioner's Special Citation, 19830101
  • Listed – Outstanding Young Men of America, 19810101
  • Tuition Scholarship, 19800101
  • Tuition Scholarship, 19790101
  • Listed – Outstanding Young Men of America, 19780101
  • Scholarship – US Navy Senior Commissioning Program for Optometrists, 19720101
  • Scholarship – US Navy Senior Commissioning Program for Optometrists, 19710101
  • AOA Summer Student Intern, 19710101

Presentations

  • A National Call to Action (n.d.). In Optometry’s Response to Minority Development Model (representing ASCO), Minority Faculty Development Leadership Summit, HRSA. Bureau of Health Professions/Division of Health Careers Diversity and Development, Washington, DC.
  • A National Call to Action (n.d.). In Optometry’s Response to Minority Development Model (representing ASCO), Minority Faculty Development Leadership Summit, HRSA. Bureau of Health Professions/Division of Health Careers Diversity and Development, Washington, DC.
  • Optometry's Challenge (n.d.). In Vision, Aging & Driving Symposium. Orlando, FL.

Abstracts

  • Title of Publication: AAO Annual MeetingTitle of Entry: Prescription Drugs: The Largest Element of the Uninsured”RIV Author(s): Dr Melvin D ShippPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 2003Publisher: Dallas, TexasType of Work: AbstractReviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Title of Publication: AAO Annual MeetingTitle of Entry: World-Wide Vision Impairments: What Are They and How Do We Address Their Resolution?RIV Author(s): Dr Melvin D ShippPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 2001Publisher: Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaVolume: 78RIV Pages: 223Type of Work: AbstractReviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Title of Publication: Controlled Clinical TrialsTitle of Entry: Agreement between parent-reported and clinician-assessed race in the CLEERE StudyRIV Author(s): Dr Melvin D Shipp,Jones LA, Mitchell GL, Zadnik K, Mutti DO, and the CLEERE Study GroupPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 2001RIV Pages: 22-98SType of Work: AbstractReviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Title of Publication: The Nation's HealthTitle of Entry: Enhancing traffic safety by ensuring optimal vision performance in visually at risk driversRIV Author(s): Dr Melvin D ShippPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 2000RIV Pages: 47-48Type of Work: AbstractReviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Title of Publication: AAO Annual MeetingTitle of Entry: Impact of vision standardsRIV Author(s): Dr Melvin D ShippPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 2000Publisher: Orlando, FloridaType of Work: AbstractReviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Title of Publication: The Association for Research in Vision and OphthalmologyTitle of Entry: The impact of 1990 state-level vision testing policies on older driver relicensureRIV Author(s): Dr Melvin D ShippPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 1999Publisher: Fort Lauderdale, FloridaType of Work: AbstractReviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Title of Publication: AAO Annual MeetingTitle of Entry: Need for eyecare in an African American communityRIV Author(s): Dr Melvin D Shipp (co-author)Publication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 1998Publisher: San Francisco, CaliforniaType of Work: AbstractReviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Title of Publication: Optometry and Vision Science (Suppl)Title of Entry: Refractive error and ocular components as a function of ethnicity.RIV Author(s): Dr Melvin D ShippPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 1998Publisher: AAO Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CaliforniaVolume: 75RIV Pages: 70Type of Work: AbstractReviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Title of Publication: The Association for Research in Vision and OphthalmologyTitle of Entry: Potential human and economic cost-savings attributable to driver vision testingRIV Author(s): Dr Melvin D ShippPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 1998Publisher: Fort Lauderdale, FloridaType of Work: AbstractReviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Title of Publication: Optometry and Vision Science (Suppl)Title of Entry: Need for eyecare in a minority communityRIV Author(s): Dr Melvin D ShippPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 1998Publisher: AAO Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CaliforniaVolume: 75RIV Pages: 78Type of Work: AbstractReviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Title of Publication: Optometry and Vision Science (Suppl)Title of Entry: Cataracts and ethnicity.RIV Author(s): Dr Melvin D ShippPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 1998Publisher: AAO Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CaliforniaVolume: 75RIV Pages: 213Type of Work: AbstractReviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Title of Publication: Transportation Research Board/National Academy of ScienceTitle of Entry: Vision related relicensing policies, older drivers, and traffic safety in the US: 1989-1991RIV Author(s): Dr Melvin D ShippPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 1996Publisher: Washington D.CType of Work: AbstractReviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Title of Publication: AAO-Optometric Education & Public Health LecturesTitle of Entry: Vision related relicensing policies, older drivers, and traffic safety in the US: 1989-1991RIV Author(s): Dr Melvin D ShippPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 1996Publisher: Orlando, FloridaType of Work: AbstractReviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Title of Publication: AAO Annual MeetingTitle of Entry: The effect of clinical experience, target size and shape on simulated C/D estimationsRIV Author(s): Dr Melvin D ShippPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 1989Publisher: New Orleans, LouisianaType of Work: AbstractReviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Title of Publication: APHATitle of Entry: 1987 World Wide Survey of Optometrists: Activities, Roles and AttitudesRIV Author(s): Dr Melvin D ShippPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 1988Publisher: Boston, MassachusettsType of Work: AbstractReviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Title of Publication: APHATitle of Entry: Humanitarian Eye Care Project: Alexandria, JamaicaRIV Author(s): Dr Melvin D ShippPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 1988Publisher: Boston, MassachusettsType of Work: AbstractReviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100