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Kentucky College of Optometry announces new faculty

February 03, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
James Rogala, O.D., joins the faculty at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry as an associate professor of optometry. Rogala is an experienced optometric educator who specializes in ocular disease.

Rogala earned his doctor of optometry degree from the Ohio State University after graduating from Michigan State University with highest honors in the biological sciences. As an associate professor at Western University of the Health Sciences, he has been course leader for diagnosis and treatment of the posterior segment, diagnosis and treatment of the anterior segment and special procedures in optometry, as well as a major lecturer for neurological disease diagnosis and treatment.

From 2007 until joining the faculty at Western University in 2011, Rogala taught ocular pathology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, where he was course coordinator for diseases of the eye and visual system: diagnosis and management. He also served as an examiner for the Optometric Council of Australia and New Zealand. Prior to that, he served as clinical faculty for the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University while a member of the medical staff at a large multidisciplinary health care center. He recently spent a semester at the University of New South Wales in Australia conducting research on macular degeneration that was presented at The Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology and published in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science.

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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