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Kentucky College of Optometry announces new faculty

April 07, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
George Asimellis, Ph.D., joins the faculty at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry as an assistant professor and will oversee the development and coordination of the geometric optics and vision science courses and development of the laser surgical procedures course. He joins the college from LaserVision Clinical and Research Eye Institute in Athens, Greece, where he was the research director.

Asimellis received his doctoral degree from Tufts University in Medford, Mass., and completed a fellowship at Wellman Labs of Photomedicine at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Subsequently, he worked as a research and development opptoelectronics engineer in Washington, D.C. He has served as faculty in the physics department of Aristotle University and the medical school at Democritus University of Thrace, both in Greece, and the electrical engineering department of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. He has taught optics, visual optics, laboratory optics, experimental and optoelectronics—optical communications.

He has investigated optical signal processing and pattern recognition techniques and optical coherence tomography. Asimellis is credited with more than 70 peer-reviewed original research publications, has authored seven university-level books in optics and ocular imaging and has presented at international conferences and meetings. His research interests include optoelectronic devices, anterior-segment (corneal and epithelial) imaging, keratoconus screening, ocular optics and surgical, laser-based correction of the ocular refractive error. His recent contributions involve publications in clinical in-vivo epithelial imaging and corneal cross-linking interventions.

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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