2017 MAOO Speakers

Anthony Litwak, O.D.
Jennifer Harthan, O.D.
John McGreal, O.D.
Valerie Kattouf, O.D.
Jeffry Gerson, O.D.

2017 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.

Jennifer Harthan, O.D.

Dr. Harthan received her bachelor of science degree in biology from Bethel College in Minnesota in 2002 and her optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2006. She completed a residency in cornea and contact lenses at ICO in 2007, joining the faculty after completion of her residency. Throughout her clinical experience, Dr. Harthan has also worked in private practice and hospital-based settings and continues to work in private practice part time. Dr. Harthan is currently an attending optometrist/assistant professor in the Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence of the Illinois Eye Institute.

Dr. Harthan also is chief of the Urgent Eyecare Service where she works with both students and residents. She has received several awards for her clinical work and has presented numerous research projects/case reports at meetings throughout the year. Dr. Harthan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and actively involved with the American Optometric Association as a committee chair for the Contact Lens and Cornea Section. Dr. Harthan is experienced with a wide variety of contact lens fittings, including specialty lenses. Dr. Harthan is not only passionate about her career but also believes her patients deserve the best care.

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.