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Kentucky College of Optometry announces senior clinical faculty

January 06, 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, along with the recommendation of the faculty search committee, has appointed Gregory S. Moore, O.D., as a senior clinical instructor of optometry.

A native to the Appalachian region, Moore graduated from West Virginia State University with a bachelor of science degree in biology and then received a doctor of optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. He has a vast base of practice experiences ranging from serving as optometrist for the Chicago Cubs Professional Baseball Organization Inc., to owning and working as clinical director of the West Virginia Laser Eye Center LLC. Along with four ophthalmologists in two locations in West Virginia and one in Kentucky, Moore provided peri-operative care for LASIK as well as premium intra-ocular lens implants for cataract surgical patients through the West Virginia Laser Eye Center LLC.

Moore has been involved extensively with the use of platelet rich plasma in the treatment of ocular surface disease. As a result of his research and clinical experience, Moore holds multiple patents and has patents pending and shared his expertise in textbooks and numerous peer reviewed journal articles. He has lectured extensively to both ophthalmologists and optometrists throughout a majority of the U.S. and various countries on four continents. Moore has also been active with the regulation of optometric licensure for more than 10 years, having served two terms as president of the West Virginia Board of Optometry. He currently serves as vice president and president-elect of the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry, an international provider of regulatory oversight services for its member boards.

Licensed to practice optometry in West Virginia and South Carolina, Moore is also fully licensed in Kentucky including minor and laser surgical privileges. He is an active member of his local church as well as the Lion’s Club in Charleston, W.Va.

As part of the faculty at KYCO, Moore will be involved in the development of the optometric clinical methods course, the optical clinical methods laboratory and the laser ophthalmic surgical procedures curriculum. In addition, he will be providing clinical care and student instruction and supervision throughout the KYCO eye clinics system.

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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