Whitesburg KY

To lead optometry school

Andrew Buzzelli O.D., M.S., has been named as the founding dean of the Kentucky College of Optometry at the University of Pikeville.

Buzzelli, who currently serves as dean and professor of the Rosenberg School of Optometry at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, will assume the leadership position in July.

Recognized as an authority in the field of binocular vision and visual perception, he has taught programs in the diagnosis and treatment of acquired brain injury, pediatric optometry and binocular vision, as well as child abuse and intimate partner violence. Buzzelli is one of 36 optometrists in the world recognized as a diplomat in binocular vision and perception for the American Academy of Optometry.

The University of Pikeville will be the 22nd school in the country

Plans to build a new educational facility to house the Kentucky College of Optometry are under way. Sixty students will be admitted per class, for a total of 240. The university expects to welcome the first class in the fall of 2016.

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