• Dale Fajardo Appointed as Vice President for Education

    SAN FRANCISCO — The American Academy of Ophthalmology today announced the promotion of Dale Fajardo, Ed.D., M.B.A., to vice president for education. Mr. Fajardo will lead a team responsible for the Academy’s extensive ophthalmic clinical education and quality of care programs, courses and products.

    Mr. Fajardo has directed the organization’s online educational initiatives since 2008, spearheading the development and day-to-day operations of the Ophthalmic News and Education® (ONE) Network, which serves more than 80,000 eye physicians and surgeons around the world. He has an extensive background in the creation and delivery of innovative educational, training and compliance initiatives at various biopharmaceutical firms, such as Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Fajardo also developed curriculum and certification requirements for the 30,000 members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as head of its National Training Directorate.

    "Dale has an impressive background in e-learning program development, process improvement and healthcare compliance," said David W. Parke II, M.D., CEO of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "This expertise, combined with his previous experience overseeing the Academy’s vast online educational offerings, will contribute significantly to our efforts to create innovative clinical education and quality of care programs that enable our members to continually provide the highest quality of care for our patients."

    Mr. Fajardo earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawaii and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Southern California.

    About the American Academy of Ophthalmology

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology, headquartered in San Francisco, is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons, serving more than 32,000 members worldwide. The Academy's mission is to advance the lifelong learning and professional interests of ophthalmologists to ensure that the public can obtain the best possible eye care. For more information, visit www.aao.org. 

    The Academy is also a leading provider of eye care information to the public. The Academy's EyeSmart® program educates the public about the importance of eye health and empowers them to preserve healthy vision. EyeSmart provides the most trusted and medically accurate information about eye diseases, conditions and injuries. OjosSanos™ is the Spanish-language version of the program. Visit EyeSmart or OjosSanos to learn more.