American Academy Of Optometry Announces New Fellows And Diplomates

AAO 100th Anniversary

The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) recently hosted Academy 2022 in San Diego. The organization’s centennial was met with great fanfare, and the Academy welcomed a record number of 309 new Fellows to its ranks. Along with this strong showing of new Fellows, nine current Fellows earned the distinction of Diplomate.

Fellows of the Academy must complete a candidacy process that includes submitting written work demonstrating their skills as an optometrist or vision scientist. They must also sit for an oral exam at the annual meeting. It is estimated that 10 percent of practicing optometrists in the United States are Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). Among those eligible for Fellow status are: optometrists, scientists, educators, librarians, administrators, and editors. Those who pass the rigorous criteria earn the distinction and the right to use FAAO in their credentials.

Diplomates are Fellows of the Academy who wish to demonstrate their extensive skill in a specific area. Currently nine sections offer Diplomate programs. These include Anterior Segment; Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry; Comprehensive Eye Care; Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies; Glaucoma; Low Vision; Optometric Education; Public Health & Environmental Vision; and Vision Science.

Below is a complete list of the new Fellows and Diplomates. More information on becoming a Fellow and Diplomate can be found on the Academy’s website at https://aaopt.org/membership/.

2022 Fellows

Kaleb Abbott

Rami Aboumourad

Cristina Acevedo

Noell Acord

Stephanie Adams

Lindsay Agro

Prince Akowuah

Abby Alexander

Kory Allen

Meznah Almutairi

Shelby Anderson

Miriam Anglo

Rebecca Aquije

Sabari Arcot

Grace Arnold

Alyanna Arzner

Kofi Asiedu

John Assan

Melissa Atencio

Nicole Auble

Sarah Aumond

Natasha Balani

Seema Banerjee

Ankur Banik

Rusha Barua

Ashley Bascom

Hadas Ben-Eli

Khob Bhandari

Kristen Bisig

Nicholas Blasco

Daniel Bollier

Melissa Bollinger

Petr Boshinski

Mackenzie Bradley

Grace Brasel

Rebecca Braunsdorf

Lauren Bruehl

Rachel Bruinsma

Lewis Bruneel

Nicholas Bruns

Jade Brunsvold

Amy Burcham

Akshaya C Balakrishnan

Melissa Caceres

Wendy Cacioppo

Gabriela Camorlinga

Sophia Capo

Paige Carr

Megan Carter

Christopher Cha

Brian Chado

Mandip Chahil

Jessica Chan

Tak Chau

Chandrashekhar Chawan

Connie Chen

Wei Chen

Christina Cherny

Elizabeth Choi

Kai Yip Choi

Bryan Cholico

Amy Chow

Brian Chow

Zachary Coates

Sylvester Cobbina

Camille Cohen

Kelly Cohen

Thomas Collins

Nora Cothran

Gabriella Courey

Sean Cushman

Michelle D’Amura

Quan Dao

Sweta Das

Sydni Davis Farhat

Melinda Thomas De Jesus

Isabel Deakins

Christin DeMoss

Daniel Detwiler

Eric Devore

Preet Dhami

Daniel Diamond

Randa Djabri

Carolyn Draude

Diana Driscoll

Jennifer Dryden

Ronit Dutta

Jennifer Eng

Michelle Anne Espanto

Ngozika Ezinne

Kimberly Fazio

Kevin Feng

Liana Ferreira

Cara Finn

Kristina Flaig

Randi-Jo Francis

Calliope Galatis

Marissa Gomez

Vivek Goyal

Daniel Grangaard

Hannah Gregory

Paul Grigsby

Kalina Grimm

Ivanna Grynyk

Allison Guindon

Jason Guo

Nayan Gupta

Caroline Haberthy

Megan Hafner

Michael Hall

Allyson Hall Johnson

Shazib Haq

Beth Harper

Kallie Harrier

Kiira Harrison

Belen Healy

Thomas Heinen

Amy Hellem

Andrew Henderson

Elise Hoi

Justin Holland

Alexandra Homann

Megan Horter

Selena Huang

Marie Huegel

Jennifer Hunsader

Tracy Hutchings

Klaus Ito

Sukanya Jaiswal

Janis James

Caitlin Jomoc

Landon Jones

Najiya Kadavath Meethal

Colin Kane

Sydney Kapp

Leyla Karim

Laura Karle

Helen Kee

Devon Kennedy

Katie Ker

Catherine Kerr-Niermann

Almas Khan

Autumn Killop

Deborah Kim

Jung-Sun Kim

Tyler Kitzman

Linus Klingler

Adam Kluck

Jared Koga

Jeffrey Kong

Paul Krabill

Casey Krug

Nora Kuby

Jenny La

Andrea Labunski

Alyssa Lancaster

Jason Lau

Michelle Lee

Richard Lee

Sam Lee

Shannon Leonard

Tsz Wing Leung

Melissa Levine

Jessica Lim

Luqian Liu

Nancy Liu

Kelly Lutmer

Anthony Mac

Crystal Maharrey

Julia Mai

Shreya Malli

Revathy Mani

Lina Manoukian

Jem Martin

Alexander Martinez

Elizabeth Marunde

Tiana Mathieson

Deepmala Mazumdar

Kanesha McBee

Jenna McBride

Michael McDougall

Xue Mei

Courtney Melchione

Matthew Meredith

Alex Meyer

Benjamin Michalicek

Kamila Mikos

Stefanie Mirabella

Salal Mohammad

Monique Mohammed-  Weeks

Jennifer Monarrez

Yun Ping Moore

Sheila Morrison

Sara Moses

Marina Naguib

Geetha Nakka Sravani

Divya Nandwani

Ramya Natarajan

MaKay Neilson

Christina Nguyen

Hong Nguyen

Jacqueline Nguyen

Jennifer Nguyen

Linh Nguyen

Olivia Nichols

Rita Nieu

Augustine Nti

Irene Oluwatoba-Popoola

Chee Horng Alex Ong

Uchechukwu Osuagwu

Godwin Ovenseri

Margaret Overstreet

Alyssa Panagos

Simmy Panchal

Rabindra Pandey

Song Park

Johnny Pascual

Komal Patel

Reena Patel

Sapna Patel

Korey Patrizi

Sona Paul

Jennifer Peterson

Alexandra Piper

Andrew Pisetzner

Nicole Poon

Sudan Puri

Cathy Qin

Stephanie Quiroz

Rabab Rafique

Imad Rahman

L Alelujah Ramirez

Tuwani Rasengane

Faisal Rashid

Victoria Ray

Zachary Reynard

Charis-Ann Ricketts

Liana Rivkin

Julia Runco

Patricia Salazar

Rachel Samouha

Alina Sample

John Samssedi

Hannah Sanders

Sherry Sandri

Megan Schmauder

Brian Schmidt

Stephanie Schumacher

Amanda Setto

Muhammad Shahbakht

Kevin Shahnazi

Noreen Shaikh

Cindy Shan

Sherry Shang

Dana Shannon

Deepak Sharma

Zhihui She

Elsa Sheerer

Alaina Short

Peyton Simpson

Neeraj Singh

William Skoog

Claire Skorseth

Morgan Smerud

Jennyffer Smith

Zhi Da Soh

Sheila Soltani

Hannah Song

Andrew Sprenkel

Samuel Stack

Jennifer Steineman

Aidan Stubbs

Zahra Tajbakhsh

Leannza Tang

Fiza Tariq

Colleen Tejchma

Lilian Thoi

Chinenye Timothy

Steffani Tiomno

Isis Topete

Huy Tran

Kelsey Trast

Stella Tu

Kent Uehara

Emiko Vasquez

Marilyn Vricella

Zachary Walburg

Joshua Walek

Charlene Walton

Angela Wen

Rachel Werner

Douglas Widmer

Rachel Williams

Aaron Wolf

Arie Wong

Michael Wong

Miuyi Wong

Hannah Wood

Elspeth Wrigley

Keying Yan

Chang Ye

Jacquelyn Yi

Michelle Yoshimoto

Jessica Young

Alice Yuan

Lauren Zabaleta

Anna Zhang

Joyce Zhang

Evalin Zhao

 

 

 

2022 Diplomates

Anterior Segment

Sarah Lopez

Scott Hauswirth

Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry

Nicklaus Fogt (Research)

Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies

Stuti Misra (Research)

Amy Nau (Clinical)

Erin Rueff (Clinical)

Low Vision

George Papadakis

Optometric Education

Jasmine Yumori

Public Health and Environmental Vision

Lynn Greenspan

 

About the American Academy of Optometry

The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) inspires excellence in optometric practice by fostering research and disseminating knowledge in vision science through its journal, Optometry and Vision Science, and the continuing education presented at its annual meeting. Fellows of the Academy are committed to the premise that learning is a lifelong obligation of a professional, as is the commitment to expand the profession’s knowledge base through ongoing fellowship and exchange. For more information, visit the website: http://www.aaopt.org.

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