Dean Karla Zadnik Elected ASCO President

Dean Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, has been elected President of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO). Founded in 1941, ASCO is a non-profit association representing the interests of optometric education.

An internationally recognized leader in optometric research and education, Dr. Zadnik became The Ohio State University College of Optometry’s dean in June 2014. She received her OD and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Professional highlights include: American Academy of Optometry President (2011-12): American Optometric Foundation Glenn A. Fry Award Recipient (1995); National Advisory Eye Council of the National Eye Institute (NEI)/National Institutes of Health (2000-04); Study Chair for the NEI-funded Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Ethnicity and Refractive Error (CLEERE) Study; and Chair of the first-ever NEI-funded multicenter study based in optometry, the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus (CLEK) Study (1994-2007). At Ohio State, she has chaired the Biomedical Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB) for more than 10 years, and received the University’s Distinguished Scholar Award in 2010.

“ASCO’s ongoing strategic planning initiative, which I chair, will light optometric education’s path to the future,” says Dr. Zadnik. “I am excited to serve academic optometry.”

Dr. Zadnik begins her term as president on July 1, 2016.

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