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Karla Zadnik

Karla Zadnik OD, PhD

Glenn A. Fry Professor of Optometry and Physiological Optics; Dean, Ohio State University College of Optometry, Columbus, Ohio

Karla Zadnik is the Dean of the Ohio State University College of Optometry where she is also the Glenn A. Fry Professor of Optometry and Physiological Optics. She received her OD and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry. She has chaired the Biomedical Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Ohio State for the last ten years. Professor Zadnik is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and served as the Academy’s President in 2011-12. She received the American Optometric Foundation’s Glenn A. Fry Award in 1995. She served on the National Advisory Eye Council of the National Eye Institute (NEI)/National Institutes of Health from 2000 to 2004. Dr. Zadnik was the Study Chairman for the NEI-funded Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Ethnicity and Refractive Error (CLEERE) Study and chaired the first-ever NEI-funded multicenter study based in optometry, the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus (CLEK) Study from 1994 through 2007. She received a Distinguished Scholar Award from Ohio State in 2010.