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Kentucky College of Optometry announces dual faculty appointments

March 16, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Andrew Buzzelli, O.D., M.S., vice president for optometric education and founding dean of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry, has given dual appointments to several University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty members.

The Kentucky College of Optometry has a unique curriculum emphasizing inter-professional education in which optometry and osteopathic medical students will be taking classes together. This approach will promote and encourage constituent efforts that will advance substantive inter-professional collaborative learning experiences to help prepare future health professionals for enhanced team-based care of patients and improved population health outcomes. The joint courses will include basic core sciences, personal development and human dignity classes.

Dual faculty appointments include, Daniel Atchley, Ph.D., M.S., MT-ASCP, associate professor of microbiology and immunology; Boris Boyanovsky, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy; Steve Harris, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and physiology; Julia H. Smith, DHEd, assistant professor of anatomy; Maiyon Park, Ph.D., assistant professor of physiology; Cathryn Rehmeyer, Ph.D., associate professor of pathology; Renay Scales, Ph.D., associate professor of personal development and human dignity; Josh Watson, Ph.D., assistant professor of physiology; J. Michael Younger, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry; and Dana Ziegler, Ph.D., assistant professor of neuroanatomy and neurosciences. These faculty have provided years of service to the University of Pikeville and have undergone specialty training in their respective fields. Additional information about each faculty member can be found at

The dual appointment will serve as an infrastructure for leadership, expertise and support to enhance the coordination and capacity building of inter-professional education and collaborative practice among health professions across the U.S. and particularly in medically underserved areas.

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 has begun 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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