2018 MAOO Speakers

Anthony Litwak, O.D.
Eric Schmidt, O.D.
John McGreal, O.D.
Valerie Kattouf, O.D.
Jeffry Gerson, O.D.

2018 MAOO Speaker Bios

Anthony Litwak, O.D.

Anthony B. Litwak, O.D. FAAO, the Director of Residency and Student Programs, graduated from PCO in 1985 and completed a Residency in Hospital-Based Optometry at the VAMC Baltimore in 1985-1986 and has been the residency program director since 1987.  He holds adjunct faculty appointments at Pennsylvania College of Optometry, New England College of Optometry, and State University of New York College of Optometry.  Dr. Litwak is author of the Glaucoma Handbook, Program Director for Ocular Therapeutics Continuing Education, founding member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society and international lecturer on ocular disease.

Eric Schmidt, O.D.

Eric E. Schmidt, O.D. is the President of Omni Eye Specialists, a multispecialty practice headquartered in Wilmington, NC. Dr. Schmidt graduated from the University of Illinois and received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He completed a Residency in Ocular Disease from The Eye Institute of PCO and a fellowship in Glaucoma from Scheie Eye Institute in Philadelphia. Dr. Schmidt is an adjunct professor at various Colleges of Optometry and is a frequent contributor to optometric journals. He is the author of the textbook Clinical Procedures of The Lids and Nasolacrimal System and lectures internationally on eye disease. He has a special interest in glaucoma and anterior segment procedures as well as Neuro Eye Disease.

John A. McGreal Jr., O.D.

Dr. McGreal is a 1985 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He is the Director of the Missouri Eye Associates, a medical and surgical private practice. He is also an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Optometry where he teaches ocular pharmacology and clinical medicine. He has published numerous articles in optometric journals and contributed several book chapters. He is a nationally recognized speaker on a variety of optometric topics.

Valerie M. Kattouf, O.D.

Dr. Kattouf is a 1995 graduate of Illinois College of Optometry. Upon graduation she completed a residency in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision at the State University of New York. Dr. Kattouf is currently on staff at the Illinois College of Optometry where she is Chief of the Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Service. She is also a clinical instructor at the University of Chicago. Dr. Kattouf’s career focus is teaching courses in the areas of pediatrics and binocular vision. She has authored articles in optometric literature and lectured at numerous scientific meetings on the topics of pediatric eye care and strabismus. Dr. Kattouf is also a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the College of Optometrists in Visual Development.

Jeffery D. Gerson, O.D.

Dr. Gerson graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry in 1997. Through his years in practice, he has become particularly interested in advancements in contact lens materials, retinal treatments and advancements in technology leading to more efficient examination. He has been involved in clinical trials, and lectures frequently to optometrists nationally on these topics. He has also authored numerous articles in scientific journals. Because of his wide experience in practices and types of practices, he enjoys seeing patients of all ages, especially those with challenging eye conditions. He is a fellow of both the Academy of Optometry and Optometric Retina Society. Dr. Gerson is in private practice at the WestGlen Eyecare & Omni Eye Center of Kansas City.