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Kentucky College of Optometry Founding Dean inducted into National Academies of Practice

May 04, 2015 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Andrew Buzzelli, O.D., M.S., vice-president for optometric education and founding dean of the Kentucky College of Optometry, was inducted into the National Academies of Practice (NAP) on April 18, 2015, at the organization’s annual meeting in Alexandria, Va.

The National Academies of Practice was founded in 1981 to advise governmental bodies on the health care system. The organization is dedicated to affordable, accessible, coordinated quality healthcare for all. It is the only interdisciplinary group of health care practitioners dedicated to these issues. Each separate discipline is limited to just 150 members who are either Distinguished Practitioners, Distinguished Scholars, or Policy Fellows elected by peers from 10 different health professions.

A graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry and a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, Buzzelli is also recognized as an authority in the field of binocular vision and visual perception, having taught programs in the diagnosis and treatment of acquired brain injury, pediatric optometry and binocular vision, as well as child abuse and intimate partner violence. Buzzelli is one of only 36 optometrists in the world recognized as a diplomate in binocular vision and perception by the American Academy of Optometry.

During his tenure with the U.S. Air Force, Buzzelli held command positions as the chief of optometry for the 105th Military Airlift Wing and commander of the 105th Medical Group. He served as the assistant to the command surgeon for Air Force Material Command and was selected as the chief advisor to the Air Force Surgeon General on matters of policy, operations and utilization of the entire 107,000 membership of the Air National Guard. The author of more than 25 articles in both optometric and military publications and a recognized expert in the field of chemical and biological weapons, Buzzelli authored the first-ever ophthalmic textbook series for the treatment and management of injuries resultant from terrorist attack.

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