Thomas Freddo

Thomas F. Freddo, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O., Adjunct Professor of Optometry, Authors New Text

  • Thomas F. Freddo, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O., Adjunct Professor in the School of Optometry at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), recently authored a new textbook. The text, titled "Anatomy of the Eye and Orbit: The Clinical Essentials," was released on July 8, 2017 and was published by Wolters-Kluwer.

    The goal of the new text is to present optometry and ophthalmology residents, optometry students, and interested medical students with the clinical essentials of ocular anatomy as a foundation for patient care. It emphasizes the aspects of eye and orbit anatomy that are most relevant to clinicians in training, providing the practical, real-world foundation necessary for practice.

    About the Authors

    Before coming to MCPHS, Dr. Freddo served as Professor and Director of the School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He completed his B.A. at The University of Connecticut, his O.D at The New England College of Optometry and Ph.D. in Anatomy at Boston University School of Medicine, where he also completed a Fellowship in Ophthalmic Pathology. Before accepting the position in Canada, for 25 years, Dr. Freddo served as Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology at Boston University School of Medicine, where he also maintained a hospital-based practice of optometry and directed the Eye Pathology service at the Boston Medical Center hospitals. He also directed his NIH-funded, research program in anterior uveitis and glaucoma. He is a recipient of the Glenn Fry Award for Excellence in Research, 11 teaching awards from two institutions, and two honorary doctorates from the State University of New York and the University of Montreal. He is past-president of the International Society for Eye Research, and served on the Board of the American Academy of Optometry, the Scientific Advisory Committee of Research to Prevent Blindness, as a consultant to the FDA Ophthalmic Medical Devices committee and the Board of Regents of Beta Sigma Kappa.

    Co-author Edward Chaum, M.D., Ph.D. currently serves as Plough Foundation Professor of Ophthalmology, Professor of Pediatrics, Anatomy and Neurobiology, and Biomedical Engineering at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Chaum completed his BA at Johns Hopkins University, and an MD plus a Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Genetics at Cornell University. He completed residency training in pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an ophthalmology residency at Boston University Medical Center, where he and Dr. Freddo met. He then completed a pediatric retina fellowship at The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Chaum has been honored with a National Eye Institute Research Career Award, listing in Best Doctors in America®, a Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Scientist Award. He and his collaborators have also received several national awards and patents for technological innovation.