UR Eye Institute Physician Awarded Diplomate Status by American Academy of Optometry

January 02, 2008

Joseph Stamm, O.D., F.A.A.O., has been awarded the first-ever Clinical Diplomate in Refractive Technology in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) during the Academy’s annual meeting held last month in Tampa, Fla.

Diplomate standing is awarded to fellows of the Academy who have demonstrated a required level of knowledge and expertise in all phases of the field of refractive surgery. Stamm is a 1982 graduate of the SUNY State College of Optometry who became a fellow of the Academy in 1987. He is currently an assistant professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Rochester Eye Institute and works with the Eye Institute’s StrongVision Refractive Surgical Center. Prior to joining the University, Dr. Stamm was in private practice in Rochester, N.Y. He is a former president of the New York State Optometric Association and lectures widely on topics in the area of refractive surgery.

The AAO’s Diplomate program offers the opportunity for fellows to demonstrate the highest level of expertise in their specialty area. The Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the Academy awarded its first Diplomate in 1948 and currently has 163 active, research and emeritus Diplomates in the traditional contact lens track. Recognizing optometric involvement in the field of refractive surgery, a new Diplomate in Refractive Technology was introduced.

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