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This page highlights the careers of our past residents who have distinguished themselves in academic careers by obtaining additional degrees:

Charlotte Joslin, O.D., Ph.D.

Having completed her residency in 1998 she was appointed to the faculty at the University of Illinois Department of Ophthalmology. Funding from NEI (K grant) allowed her time to complete her studies in epidemiology.


Dr. Joslin has just completed her Ph.D. in epidemiology studying the role of water distribution on acanthamoeba keratitis. Her work has already influenced the CDC. She will now look at other organisms as well as building on her current studies.

Dr. Michael Giese, O.D., Ph.D.


He completed his residency in 1986. After a short time in the Department of Ophthalmology at Northwestern University in Chicago, he moved to California and worked in the Jules Stein Eye Institute. He completed his Ph.D. in experimental pathology at UCLA in 1998. He currently on the faculty at the college of optometry at NOVA .

Debra A. Schaumberg, ScD, OD, MPH


She completed here residency in 1992. She then completed her MPH followed by ScD degrees at Johns Hopkins. She then became an associate professor at the Brigham Womens Hospital Harvard Univeristy.

She is a very well respected member of ARVO where she chairs sections. Her research has made major impacts such as demonstrating associations with smoking and ARMD, and the impact of DES in women's health.

Gregory Wolfe, OD, MPH, FAAO


He is a 2001 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed a residency in ocular disease & low vision rehabilitation at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (Chicago, IL). Prior to joining the Southern College of Optometry, Dr. Wolfe was a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science as an Assistant Professor and Clinical Director of the UIC Eye Clinic at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, IL.  During this time, Dr. Wolfe earned his MPH in Health Policy & Administration from University of Illinois School of Public Health.  In 2008, Dr. Wolfe joined the staff at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson, AZ where he served as the residency coordinator for the ocular disease & low vision rehabilitation residency program. In 2015, Dr. Wolfe joined the faculty of the Southern College of Optometry as an Associate Professor where he teaches ocular manifestations of systemic disease.  Additionally, he is assigned to the Advanced Care Ocular Disease, Low Vision Rehabilitation, and Adult Primary Care Departments at SCO.

Dr. Wolfe has held various leadership appointments within professional associations, most notably he is a past-chair of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Vision Care Section and past-chair of AOA's Health Promotion Committee.  He has served a five-year appointment to the National Eye Institute's National Eye Health Education Planning Committee.  Currently he serves as Chair of the American Academy of Optometry's Chapters Committee, sits on the Action Board of APHA, and is a member of AOA's Evidence-Based Optometry Committee.

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