Andrew Buzzelli, OD, MS
Andrew Buzzelli OD, MS, was named founding dean of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry in July 2014. Dr. Buzzelli previously served as dean and professor of the Rosenberg School of Optometry at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.
Recognized as an authority in the field of binocular vision and visual perception, he has taught programs in the diagnosis and treatment of acquired brain injury, pediatric optometry and binocular vision, as well as child abuse and intimate partner violence. Dr. Buzzelli is one of 36 optometrists in the world recognized as a diplomat in binocular vision and perception for the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Buzzelli received his Doctorate in Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Ill. He holds the Master of Science degree in Child Development and Visual Perception from the State University of New York.
He has practiced in the private health care sector as a specialist in dysfunctions of binocular vision and visual information processing disorders. Academic appointments include the State University of New York, Salus University, where he was also appointed to the board of trustees, and Georgian Court University.
A noted international lecturer, Dr. Buzzelli served as a consultant to the National Aeronautic and Space Administration for the medical protocols currently utilized on the International Space Station. The author of more than 25 articles in both optometric and military publications and a recognized expert in the field of chemical and biological weapons, Dr. Buzzelli authored the first-ever ophthalmic textbook series for the treatment and management of injuries resultant from terrorist attack.
A retired colonel in the United States Air Force, Dr. Buzzelli has held command positions as the chief of optometry for the 105th Military Airlift Wing and commander of the 105th Medical Group. He served as the assistant to the command surgeon for Air Force Material Command and was selected as the chief advisor to the Air Force Surgeon General on matters of policy, operations and utilization of the entire 107,000 membership of the Air National Guard.