About JCAHPO

History

The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) was established as a not-for-profit organization in 1969 to offer certification and continuing education opportunities to ophthalmic allied health personnel. Currently more than 25,000 people in the U.S., Canada, and around the world hold a JCAHPO certification.

 

Mission

To promote global equitable comprehensive eye health through program accreditation and the education, certification and support of Allied Ophthalmic Personnel (AOP) for the eye care team.

 

In pursuit of its mission, JCAHPO will bring results in four areas:

 

    1. Development of standards of conduct, examination, certification, and recertification of allied ophthalmic personnel;
    2. Development of continuing education and services for allied health personnel in ophthalmology;
    3. Provide a forum for ophthalmic-related organizations to collaborate;
    4. Support of the accreditation process for medical programs for training and education of allied health personnel in ophthalmology.

 

Governance

IJCAHPO is managed by, or under the direction and subject to the oversight of, a Board of Directors (the “Board”) consisting of seventeen (17) Directors.

An Advisory Councilor is selected from each of the Regular and Affiliate Organizations. The purpose of the Council is to facilitate dialogue, support IJCAHPO’s activities as on issues related to allied ophthalmic personnel (AOP), and provide input/advice to the Board of Directors on such matters as the Board of Directors may refer to the Council.

 

Regular Organizational Council Representatives Councilors


American Academy of Ophthalmology Open


American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Steven J. Lichtenstein, MD, FAAP, FACS


American Glaucoma Society Sarwat Salim, MD


American Ophthalmological Society William Mieler, MD


American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery with
American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators
Stephen S. Lane, MD


American Society of Retina Specialists Michael Stewart, MD


Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology Sergina Flaherty, COMT, OSC
Christine McDonald, COE, COA, ROUB, OSC
Amy Jost, BS, COMT, CCRC, OSC


Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology Terri L. Young, MD, MBA


Association of Veterans Affairs Ophthalmologists Mary Lynch, MD


Canadian Ophthalmological Society Femida Kherani, MD, FRCSC, DABO


Canadian Society of Ophthalmic Medical
Personnel
Marc Lafontaine, BSc, COMT
Warren Whitford, COMT


Consortium of Ophthalmic Training Programs Suzanne Hansen, MEd, COMT


Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists Michelle K. Rhee, MD


North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society Jade Schiffman, MD, FAAO, FAAN


Society of Military Ophthalmologists Thomas (Ben) Ableman, MD, LCDR, USN, DHA, NCR


Affiliate Organizational Council Representatives Councilors


American Association of Certified Orthoptists Alex Christoff, CO, COT


American Orthoptic Council Aaron Miller, MD, MBA


Contact Lens Society of America Jane Beeman, COA, FCLSA, NCLE


Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society Tim Bennett, CRA, FOPS, OCT-C


Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology Open


The Canadian Orthoptic Society Kristen Oldford, BSc, OC(C), COMT


Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology Open


Board of Directors

President
* William F. Astle, MD, FRCSC, Dipl. ABO


President Elect * Neil Choplin, MD


Secretary * Lynn D. Anderson, PhD, CEO


Treasurer * James Tsai, MD, MBA, FACS


Immediate Past President * Eydie Miller-Ellis, MD


Secretary of Education Michael Stewart, MD


Secretary of Certification Marc Lafontaine, BSc, COMT


Secretary of International Relations Open


Secretary of Public Affairs William H. Ehlers, MD


Public Advisor Jeannine Bayard, BSN, MPH


Director-at-Large Jonathan S. Collins, MD


Director-at-Large William Mieler, MD


Director-at-Large Elizabeth Palkovacs, MD, FRSCS


Foundation President Peter C. Donshik, MD


ATPO Representative Christine McDonald, COE, COA, ROUB, OSC


Legal Counsel Dennis Merley, Esq.


*Executive Committee