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Congratulations, New Diplomates and Fellows

The American Academy of Optometry recently hosted Academy 2023 New Orleans from October 11-14, 2023, in New Orleans, Louisiana. During the organization’s annual meeting, the Academy welcomed 257 new Fellows to its ranks. Along with this strong showing of new Fellows, 12 current Fellows earned the distinction of Diplomate.

Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry must complete a candidacy process that includes submitting written works for peer review that demonstrate their skills as an optometrist or vision scientist. They must also sit for an oral exam at the annual meeting. It is estimated that approximately 10 percent of practicing optometrists in the United States are Fellows. Among those eligible for Fellowship are: optometrists, scientists, educators, librarians, administrators, and editors. Those who pass the rigorous criteria and application process earn the distinction and 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 new Fellows and Diplomates. More information on becoming a Fellow or Diplomate can be found on the Academy’s website under Membership.

2023 Diplomates

Heather A. Anderson, OD, PhD, FAAO

Research Diplomate, Binocular Vision, Perception & Pediatric Optometry

Caryn La Buda, OD, FAAO

Diplomate, Comprehensive Eye Care

Leslie Wilderson, OD, FAAO

Diplomate, Comprehensive Eye Care

Roxanne Achong-Coan, OD, FAAO

Clinical Diplomate, Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies

Jennifer Swingle Fogt, OD, MS, FAAO

Clinical Diplomate, Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies

Jennifer S. Harthan, OD, FSLS, FAAO

Clinical Diplomate, Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies

Erin M. Kenny, OD, FAAO

Diplomate, Low Vision

Dr. N. Anuradha

Diplomate, Public Health & Environmental Vision

Dr. Prema K. Chande

Diplomate, Public Health & Environmental Vision

Also named: Dr. Hashim Ali Khan, OD, FAAO, Diplomate, Comprehensive Eye Care; Dr. Pablo De Gracia, Research Diplomate, Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies; Dr. Marc B. Taub, Diplomate, Optometric Education.

 

2023 New Fellows  

Edita Abazaga

Asantewaa Aboagye-MacCarthy

Sampson Abu

Edemeraro Ekeoma Adure

Ugochi Aham-Onyebuchi

Ashley Ahlbrand

Abdulla Al-amri

Monica Albertson

Halee Alleman

Pooja Alloju

Amber Anderson

Jennifer Anderson Connell

Chidinma Anikoh

Lily Arendt

Frederick Afum Asare

Valerie Baca

David Baldwin

Sandra Banner

Dawn Barkan

Allyx Beaulier

Alexander Bennett

Nicole Bergman

Brandon Betts

Himakshi Bhatt

Tanya Bhayana

Matthew Bills

Joshua Black

Jacob Boehme

Gail Bojarski

Ashley Bonneau

Anthony Boyd

Jonathan Bradley

Natalie Breau

Jessica Broodryk

Elyse Bruns

Anh Bui

Marianna Butera

Johnny Cao-Nguyen

Ridwan Carim-Sanni

Arijit Chakraborty

Carolyn Chakuroff

Alice Chalongwongse

Raymond Chartier

Kimberly Cheng

Bibin Cherian

Joann Cherian

Jeffrey Cherry

Tapuwa Chikwinya

Harmin Chima

Mary Chivetta

Michelle Chung

Claire Cordoba

Kristina Creadore

Louise Curcio

Benjamin Cyphers

Samantha Czerniak

Jehann Dagher

Kimberly Darke

Isabelle Daskas

Kelly Deering

Peter DeGraziano

Stephen Dellostritto

Mologadi Dimakatso Ntsoane

Joselyn Dlouhy

Lauren Downey

Erin Downing

Amanda Edgar

Heather Edmonds

Kayle Edwards

Suzane Elwishahi

Lindsay Estel

Spencer Fairgrieve

Rachel Fenton

Samantha Fernandez

Jacqueline Fiddler

Patrick Fiddler

Rochelle Fleisher

Shane Foster

Chase Francoeur

Melynda Gagliardi

Sushma Gangisetty

Pratima Gautam

Biana Gekht

Jena Gilbertson

Vigneshwar Goppalakrishnan

 

Emily Gottschalk

Michael Habib

Kennedy Hall

Jacqueline Hallauer

Michelle Hammond

Hanne Hansen

Fareedah Haroun

Samuel Harrosh

Adrianna Hempelmann

Claire Henry

Norma Hernandez

Robert Hillstead

William Hogue

Andrea Huerta

Rohan Hughes

Melissa Huynh

Hafiz Ibraheem

Alex Ilechie

Allegra Inciardi

Ashley Ireland

Sara Isely

Jessica Islam

Stephen Jaggi

Jacob Jenness

Kiera Jeschke

Soo Jung Lee

Parthasarathi Kalaiselvan

Delaney Kent

Rehana Khan

Ethan Kiekhafer

Si-On Kim

Josef Koberlein

Melody Kordnaij

Stephanie Koss

Chelsey Kritzer

Sheela Kumaran

Jane Lakayil-Armstrong

Cindy Lam

Jeannette Lam

Sophia Lam

Jia Lao

Lauren Lattery

Kin Hei Lau

Nicole Leo

Ethan Leyda

Hing Li

Jessica Liaw

Steven Liem

Pete Liette

Michael Lim

Sydney Lin

Eric Lortie-Milner

Alethia Love Harris

Kimberly Lust Rueb

Dorothy Ma

Rhea Magee

Cedrick Mah

Sarah Mahmoud

Sathi Maiti

Shivani Majithia

Rose Mandel

Jordan Marentette

Stephanie Martich

Alexander Martin

Sarah Martin

Hlabje Masemola

Alexandra Matejczyk

Alfredo Mazzuca

Jenny McKenzie

Sonia Menchavez

Nyamaah Mensah Sekyere

Jesse Merwin

Dawn Meyer

Jackelyn Meyer

Jena Meyer

Andrea Moseman

Marcelo Moya

Zainab Muhanna

Bernard Murray

Nitya Murthy

Krystal Nelson

Pamela Ng

Anthony Nguyen

Chi Nguyen

Jacqueline Nguyen

Kathy Nguyen-Duong

 

Jonathan Niavis

Natalie Nibert

Nathaniel Nielsen

Steve Njeru

Cynthia Noorani

Grace Ogbonna

Stephanie Oh

Libna Palma

Gaurav Paramasivan

Jush Patel

Holly Pendel

Natalya Pennington

Janette Pérez

David Petrik

Johnny Pham

Elizabeth Phillips

Shelley Phoun

Rebecca Phung

Leah Plescia

Whitney Powell

Christian Pratt

Dalya Qaisi

Sharon Qiu

Salena Quach

Nishanee Rampersad

Swetha Ravichandran

Elyse Rayborn

Damaris Raymondi

Kennedy Reed

Allison Richardson

Sarah Rogers

Kaitlyn Rooney

Melanne Rosetta

Andrew Rouse

Ryan Rutschilling

Raman Sah

Megan Sam

Mark Schaeffer

Mikayla Schmitz

Kelly Schoorens

Emilie Seitz

Diana Serdah

Eliza Seros

Pratik Shah

Cody Sherrin

Jennifer Simmonds

Angel Simmons

Jennifer Simonson

Abigail Smith-Kendall

Yee Kiu So

Stephanie Solomon

Julie Song

Tyler Spilman

Akirta Sran

Hady Srour

Caitlyn Stakeley

Sabrina Steed

Becky Su

Mia Taylor

Natasha Tetlow

Janelle Tong

Amanda Tran

Jennifer Tran

Raphaella Tran

Janice Trang

Lisa Wadolowski Koehler

Navneet Walia

Richard Wan

Lauren Watson

Kevin Weber

Natalie West

Lauren White

Megan Williams

Nolan Wilson

Mary Wittendorf

Thomas Wong

Brittany Wright

Wing Yan Yu

Ashleigh Yates

Ignatius Yeboah

Peter Yoon

Eric Yoshinaga

Allison Zagst

Amber Zeiss

Wenjie Zhan

Fengqi Zhou 

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