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.


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


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2018 IJCAHPO Value Report

Value Report

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IJCAHPO Certification Standards of Ethics
Scope of Practice


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.

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 Gayle Howard, MD
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 Open

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 April Maa, 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 Sarah Whitecross, (OC)(C), CO

American Orthoptic Council Omondi L Nyong’o, MD

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
* Neil Choplin, MD

President Elect * James Tsai, MD, MBA, FACS

Secretary * Lynn D. Anderson, PhD, CEO

Treasurer * Michael Stewart, MD

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

Secretary of Education Christine McDonald, COA, ROUB, OSC, COE, CTC, OCS

Secretary of Certification Natalie Loyacano, COMT, ROUB, OSA

Secretary of International Relations Karl Golnik, MD, MEd

Secretary of Public Affairs Eydie Miller-Ellis, 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 William Ehlers, MD

International Representative Prashant Garg, MBBS, MS

Legal Counsel Paul Quast, Esq.

*Executive Committee