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

JCAHPO’s mission is to enhance the quality and availability of ophthalmic patient care by promoting the value of qualified allied health personnel and by providing certification and education.

 

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

JCAHPO is governed by a Commission consisting of elected representatives of 19 ophthalmic organizations in the United States and Canada.

Commission members elect a Board of Directors which has primary responsibility for managing the affairs of the Commission. The officers of the Board of Directors serve as the Executive Committee.

 

Regular Member Organizations Representatives


American Academy of Ophthalmology Samuel Solish, MD


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


American Glaucoma Society Sarwat Salim, MD


American Ophthalmological Society William Mieler, MD


American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery with
American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators
Howard Barnebey, MD


American Society of Retina Specialists Michael Stewart, MD


Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology Christine McDonald, COE, COA, ROUB, OSC
Bobbi Ballenberg, COMT
Sergina Flaherty, COMT


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
Craig Simms, COMT, ROUB, CDOS


Consortium of Ophthalmic Training Programs Suzanne Hansen, COMT, MEd


Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists Michelle K. Rhee, MD


North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society Elizabeth Palkovacs, MD


Society of Military Ophthalmologists Todd Mondzelewski, MD, LCDR, MC(FS), USN


Affiliate Member Organizations Representatives


American Association of Certified Orthoptists Alex Christoff, CO, COT


American Orthoptic Council Aaron Miller, MD, MBA


Contact Lens Society of America Jane Beeman, FCLSA


Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society Phillip Chin, COMT, CRA


Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology


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


Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology


Board of Directors
 

President
* Eydie G. Miller-Ellis, MD



President Elect * William F. Astle, MD, FRCS(C), Dipl. ABO


Secretary * Lynn D. Anderson, PhD, CEO


Treasurer * Neil Choplin, MD


Immediate Past President * Karl C. Golnik, MD, MEd


Secretary of Education Craig Simms, COMT, ROUB, CDOS


Secretary of Certification Marc Lafontaine, BSc, COMT


Secretary of International Relations William F. Astle, MD, FRCS(C), Dipl. ABO


Secretary of Public Affairs William H. Ehlers, MD


Public Member Jeannine Bayard, BSN, MPH


Director-at-Large Jonathan S. Collins, MD


Director-at-Large James Tsai, MD, MBA, FACS


Director-at-Large William Mieler, MD


Foundation President Peter C. Donshik, MD


ATPO Representative Christine McDonald, COE, COA, ROUB


Legal Counsel Dennis Merley, Esq.


*Executive Committee