He’s “continually been a leader" in the profession.

Dr. Joseph P. Shovlin has been named president of the American Academy of Optometry.

Shovlin, a senior optometrist at Pennsylvania-based Northeastern Eye Institute, received the honor at the organization's annual meeting in Anaheim, CA.

"We are so proud of Dr. Shovlin's many accomplishments," said Dr. Arthur Jordan Sr., board member of NEI. "He has continually been a leader in the optometric profession and we are thrilled that his hard work is being recognized."

Shovlin joined Northeastern Eye Institute in 1985 and sees patients in the Scranton and Clarks Summit offices. He is an alumnus of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where he serves as adjunct faculty.

He is a distinguished practitioner of the National Academy of Practice, diplomate and past chair of the Section On Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies of the American Academy of Optometry and past chair of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association. He has advised the Centers for Disease Control on Contact Lenses, the Lion's Eye Research Foundation in Pennsylvania and the Ophthalmic Devices' Advisory Panel of the FDA and the National Advisory Eye Council of the NIH.

Within the American Academy of Optometry, Shovlin is a member of the finance committee and is the annual meeting chair. He has served on the board of directors of the American Optometric Foundation.

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