About IJCAHPO

History

The International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO) 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 an IJCAHPO 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

2020-2021 IJCAHPO Value Report

Download a PDF of IJCAHPO’s 2020-2021 Value Report

IJCAHPO Certification Standards of Ethics
Scope of Practice
IJCAHPO – Imiles Program for Certificants

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 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.


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 Gayle Howard, MD


American Ophthalmological Society Teresa Chen, MD


American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery with
American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators
Vasudha Panday, MD


American Society of Retina Specialists Edward S. Lim, MD


Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology Veronica Plessinger, COT


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


Association of Veterans Affairs Ophthalmologists April Maa, MD


Canadian Ophthalmological Society Femida Kherani, MD, FRCSC, DABO


Canadian Society of Ophthalmic Medical
Personnel
Warren Whitford, COMT


Consortium of Ophthalmic Training Programs Carla Blackburn, COMT, ROUB


Eye and Contact Lens Association Joann Kang, MD


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


Society of Military Ophthalmologists Gary L. Legault, MD, MAJ (P), MC


Affiliate Organizational Council Representatives  


American Association of Certified Orthoptists Sarah Whitecross, OC(C), CO


American Orthoptic Council Omondi L. Nyong’o, MD



Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society Holly Cheshier, COT, CRA,
OCT-C


Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology Open


The Canadian Orthoptic Society Maria Pryde, MSc, OC(C), COMT


Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology Open


Board of Directors
 
President
President
* James C. Tsai, MD, MBA, FACS


President Elect * Michael Stewart, MD


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


Treasurer * Eydie Miller-Ellis, MD


Immediate Past President * Neil Choplin, MD


Secretary of Education William Mieler, MD


Secretary of Certification Natalie Loyacano, COMT, ROUB, OSA


Secretary of International Relations Karl Golnik, MD, MEd


Secretary of Public Affairs Richard Allen, MD, PhD, FACS


Public Advisor Jeannine Bayard, BSN, MPH


Director-at-Large Barbara T. Harris, PA, MBA, COT, OSC


Director-at-Large Christine McDonald, COA, ROUB, OSC, COE, CTC, OCS


Director-at-Large Vasudha Panday, MD


Director-at-Large Kent Rose, COMT


Foundation President William Ehlers, MD


International Councilor Prashant Garg, MBBS, MS


Legal Counsel Paul Quast, Esq.


*Executive Committee