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 27,000 people in the U.S., Canada, and around the world hold a JCAHPO certification.

 

Mission

To promote global eye health and prevent blindness through training program accreditation, education and the certification of Allied Ophthalmic Personnel.
 

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

 

  1. Promote the establishment of AOP training programs
  2. Develop and implement global accreditation standards for training programs
  3. Develop and encourage adoption of international standards for certification
  4. Promote education, training, and continuing education resources for AOP

 

2018 IJCAHPO Value Report

Value Report

Download a PDF of IJCAHPO’s 2018 Value Report.

 

IJCAHPO Certification Standards of Ethics
Scope of Practice

Governance

JCAHPO 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 JCAHPO’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 Richard C. Allen, MD, PhD


American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Brian J. Forbes, MD, PhD


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
Amy Jost, BS, COMT, CCRC


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 Sarah Whitecross, (OC)(C), CO


American Orthoptic Council Casey Mickler, MD


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
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 Karl Golnik, MD, MEd


Secretary of Public Affairs William H. Ehlers, MD


Public Advisor Jeannine Bayard, BSN, MPH


Director-at-Large Steven J. Lichtenstein, MD, FAAP, FACS


Director-at-Large William Mieler, MD


Director-at-Large Elizabeth Palkovacs, MD, FRCSC


Foundation President Peter C. Donshik, MD


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


Legal Counsel Dennis Merley, Esq.


*Executive Committee