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Kentucky College of Optometry announces new faculty

March 24, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Adam Hickenbotham, O.D., MPH, Ph.D., joins the faculty at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry as an assistant clinical professor of optometry.

Hickenbotham graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He earned his Doctorate of Optometry degree with honors from the University of California, Berkeley. Hickenbotham later completed the NIH-sponsored Berkeley Clinical Scientist Development Program (BCSCP) as a member of the Berkeley Adaptive Optics Laboratory where he studied the effect of higher order aberrations on depth of focus and high and low contrast visual acuity. While completing the program, he received high honors while earning both a master’s degree in public health in epidemiology from UC Berkeley as well as a Ph.D. in bioengineering through a joint program between UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco. His dissertation was titled “The Etiology of Presbyopia, Contributing Factors and Future Correction Methods.”

Following completion of the BCSDP training, Hickenbotham founded ThruFocus Optics, LLC, an ophthalmic laser medical device research company that is currently performing human clinical trials internationally using an innovative new method of laser eye surgery called Laser PM®. Laser PM® reduces the effects of presbyopia and improves the results of refractive surgery by utilizing a patented laser system Hickenbotham developed.

Hickenbotham has been in private practice at refractive surgery centers since 2003 with clinical experience in hospitals and ophthalmology centers in China, Thailand and the Philippines and the San Francisco Bay Area in California. He has published scientific research articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and frequently gives lectures at research conferences throughout the U.S. and internationally.

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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