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Thomas F. Freddo, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O., Adjunct Faculty in School of Optometry.

Thomas F. Freddo, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O., Adjunct Faculty in School of Optometry, Selected as Senior Fulbright Scholar

  • Thomas F. Freddo, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O., Adjunct Professor of Optometry at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), was recently nominated and selected to join the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program for a three-year appointment.

    The Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects to eligible academic institutions abroad for a period of two to six weeks.

    The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program currently operates in over 160 countries and awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars receive awards. Approximately 370,000 "Fulbrighters" have participated in the program since its inception.

    Freddo will visit the University of Johannesburg, in South Africa, to assist with curricular development, sequencing, and course development within The School of Optometry (formerly the Technikon Witwatersrand). The University of Johannesburg’s connections to MCPHS don’t end there. Dr. Morris Berman, Dean of Optometry, and Dr. Maryke Neiberg, Associate Professor in the School of Optomery, both attended the university.

    The field of optometry in South Africa, as well as in many of the former British Commonwealth nations, is undergoing a significant shift in its role within eye care, expanding from well-patient refractive care to medical management of a wide array of eye diseases in order to address unmet societal eye care needs.

    In the past, Dr. Freddo has assisted with similar transitions in several countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Canada. Prior to joining MCPHS, Dr. Freddo served as professor and director of the School of Optometry at The University of Waterloo in Ontario, which is the only English-speaking school of Optometry in the country. During that time, Canadian optometry transitioned to a medical eye care role. During his tenure in Canada, Freddo was also elected and served as the first optometrist president of the International Society for Eye Research.

    Prior to moving to Canada in 2006, Freddo served as professor of ophthalmology, pathology and anatomy at Boston University School of Medicine for 23 years. At BU, Dr. Freddo ran a hospital-based clinical practice, an NIH-funded research program in anterior uveitis and glaucoma, and served as the Director of the Surgical Eye Pathology Service for both Boston Medical Center hospitals.

    Freddo joined MCPHS a year ago as an adjunct professor and recently authored a new textbook entitled, “Anatomy of the Eye and Orbit: The Clinical Essentials”. At MCPHS, Freddo teaches Human anatomy, systems physiology and the pathobiology of systemic disease.

    The School of Optometry at MCPHS offers a learner-centered, four-year program leading to a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Optometry students gain hands-on experience in cutting edge facilities equipped with industry-defining equipment, which include an on-site eye and vision center and retail location.