National Optometry Hall of Fame announces former UAB dean Dr. John Amos as 2013 inductee

May 31, 2013

john_amos_3The National Optometry Hall of Fame, administered by Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation, will induct a new member into the elite group of optometrists during a ceremony at Optometry’s Meeting® on Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m.

This year’s inductee is John F. Amos, O.D., professor emeritus and former Dean of the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Optometry.

Dr. Amos is a 1965 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry, after which he joined an optometric practice in Wichita, Kan. He then joined the U.S. Air Force, and while serving, was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service in Vietnam.

Dr. Amos subsequently entered the Indiana University School of Optometry to pursue an advanced degree in Physiological Optics. He later joined the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Optometry, where he went on to publish two major textbooks, publish articles in every major optometric journal, and present hundreds of continuing education courses across the country.

During his tenure at UAB, Dr. Amos had numerous accomplishments that included the development of one of the first approved residency programs at a school of optometry, a program that has served as a model for other schools to follow. Dr. Amos also brought about major improvements in all aspects of the school’s infrastructure, whether it was in the area of curriculum, teaching, administration or facilities.

Dr. Amos has served on numerous committees of many professional organizations during his career. His signal achievement in this service has been to organize, coordinate and publish the Clinical Practice Guidelines of the profession. He continues to serve on this committee. He has published more than 100 refereed papers and editorials, presented more than 200 continuing education courses, written two books and numerous book chapters. His research interests include primary eye care and diseases of the cornea and the external eye.

Dr. Amos has been selected as “Optometrist of the Year” by the state, regional and national optometric associations. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the AOA and was elected as a “Distinguished Scholar” of the National Academies of Practice.

In 2004 he was named the UAB National Alumni Society Honorary Alumnus of the Year. He received honorary doctorate degrees from the Southern California College of Optometry and Salus University in 2010.

He was the recipient of the Life Service Award from the American Academy of Optometry in 2012.

He is a member of the Alabama Newcomen Society, the Rotary Club of Birmingham and the Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church.

He is married to Catherine Amos, O.D., and they have two children.

New inductees are determined by a selection committee that represents the AOA, Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO); the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD); the National Optometric Association (NOA); and the American Academy of Optometry (AAO).

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