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UPIKE-KYCO announces new faculty member

August 16, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Paul M. Karpecki, O.D., FAAO, has joined the faculty at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) as an assistant clinical professor.

Karpecki received his doctor of optometry degree from Indiana University and completed a fellowship in medical cornea and refractive surgery in Kansas City in affiliation with the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, now Salus University. He previously served as the director of corneal services for The Advanced Ocular Surface Disease Center and Research at Kentucky Eye Institute in Lexington, Ky., as well as the ocular surface disease clinic for Gaddie Eye Centers in Louisville, Ky. Karpecki is also completing a preceptorship in advanced retinal disease management at Retina Associates of Kentucky.

Karpecki’s accolades include an appointment to the Delphi International Society at Wilmer-Johns Hopkins, which included the top 25 dry eye experts in the world and the National Eye Institute’s Dry Eye Committee to provide insights around dry eye and women. He also co-chaired the Dry Eye Summit for the profession, was a director in the Canadian Journal of Optometry-Optometric Dry Eye Guidelines, was selected for the Dry Eye Workshop II diagnostic sub-committee and appointed co-chair of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society Symposium that took place in Montpellier, France. Most recently, Karpecki was selected to moderate the presentation of Dry Eye Workshop II to the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill.

A noted educator and author, Karpecki has given more than 1,000 invited lectures at various conferences and symposia covering four continents. He has also authored more than 1,000 papers in journals, book chapters, clinical e-blasts and newsletters. Furthermore, he has been listed as one of the most influential optometrists in the areas of ocular surface disease and contact lenses as well as overall in the profession, based on surveys received from more than 1,800 of his peers and colleagues in the optometric profession. Karpecki serves as the chief clinical editor for Review of Optometry, the most widely read journal within the optometric profession, is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and also serves as a board member for the charity, Optometry Giving Sight.

The Kentucky College of Optometry is the fourth college under the University of Pikeville banner and reflects the institution’s mission of service and strategic initiatives. The American Council for Optometric Education has granted the Kentucky College of Optometry the pre-accreditation classification of “Preliminary Approval.” The University of Pikeville is the 22nd school in the country to have a college of optometry. Construction was recently completed on a new educational facility to house the Kentucky College of Optometry. Sixty students will be admitted per class for a total of 240. The university expects to provide for the underserved in Central Appalachia and other rural areas of the country.  

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