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.



IJCAHPO’s mission is 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, 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


2017 IJCAHPO Value Report

Download a PDF of IJCAHPO’s 2017 Value Report.



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 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

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
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 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

* 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 Jonathan S. Collins, MD

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