Thau files for secretary-treasurerJune 14, 2013
Dr. Thau has served as a member of the Finance Committee for the past two years and is currently the liaison trustee to AOA-PAC and the Research and Information Center Executive Committee and an observer on the Advocacy Group Executive Committee, the Federal Legislative Action Keyperson Committee, the Federal Relations Committee, the Health Center Committee and the State Government Relations Committee.
She was a founding member of the AOA InfantSEE® Committee. She is a past chair of the Credentials Committee and served on the AOA Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Committee, the first Faculty Relations Committee and the Bylaws Project team. She has also served as a referee to Optometry: Journal of the AOA.
She is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) State College of Optometry where she is on faculty as an associate clinical professor. Dr. Thau is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.
Dr. Thau is the recipient of numerous awards including New York State Optometrist of the Year and SUNY Optometry Alumna of the Year, and she has been recognized twice as one of Vision Monday’s Most Influential Woman in Optical.
She served as president of the New York State Optometric Association and was the first women president in its 106-year history.
Dr. Thau currently was the first woman president of the New York Academy of Optometry where she served as membership chair for 15 years. She concurrently served as president of the Optometric Society of the City of New York of which she was also the first woman president.
Dr. Thau has made numerous national media appearances as a spokesperson for the AOA, including pieces in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, USA Today, Consumer Reports, and the CBS Early Show.
Dr. Thau is a founder of and former vice president of the New York Children’s Vision Coalition, a group dedicated to mandating eye examinations to children of New York upon school entry.
She is a nationally recognized lecturer, and her publications have appeared in Optometry: Journal of the AOA and Optometry and Vision Science, and The Journal of the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Thau is the owner of a five-woman group practice on Park Avenue in Manhattan. The practice is a full-scope primary care practice with special emphasis on children’s vision and vision therapy.
Dr. Thau is married to John Lieberman and has two sons, Evan and Richard.
A second-generation optometrist, her late father Dr. Edwin C. Thau, instilled in her a deep love of the profession. She feels a duty to pay it forward; to advance the profession as a way of thanking those who advanced the profession that she inherited and loves.