José M. De Jesús, O.D., M.D., M.A., FAAO

Associate Professor

TEACHING/RESEARCH INTERESTS

Research    

  • Prevalence of Type II Diabetes Mellitus in Primary Open Angle Glaucoma Patients
  • Contrast Sensitivity Function as an Early Diagnostic Procedure for Primary Open Glaucoma

EDUCATION

  • Module System towards MD degree in University of Science, Art, and Technology, Montserrat, College of Medicine, Miami Branch. Miami Florida Health Care Practitioners to MD Program, 2012 – present.                                                                                               
  • Master of Arts in Bio-Medical Sciences – comprehensive studies in Medical Biochemistry, Human Physiology, and Neuroscience from “Universidad Central del Caribe”, School of Medicine, Puerto Rico, 2000 – 2002.
  • Fellowship in Clinical Education – post-graduate training in optometric clinical instruction from Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry, Puerto Rico, 1987 – 1988.
  • Doctor in Optometry from Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry, Puerto Rico, 1983 – 1987.
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus; Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, 1978 – 1982.

Specialty training certifications

  • Summer 1995, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry in association with TLC (The Laser Center) Continuing Education Course Foundation, Windsor, Ontario. Excimer Laser Photorefractive Surgery Co-Management Certification – didactic and hands-on training in pre-operative evaluation and post-operative care.
  • Fall 1995, Northeastern State University College of Optometry, Tahlequah, OK. Laser Therapy for the Anterior Segment Certification – didactic and hands-on training to perform Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty, Nd: Yag Laser Capsulotomy, and Peripheral Iridotomy with Argon and Nd: Yag Lasers.
  • Certified to perform procedures by the Oklahoma State Board of Optometry.
  • Summer 1994, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Certification Course in Excimer Laser Technology             

National boards and therapeutic certifications

  • August 2002, National Board of Examiners in Optometry; Part III
  • January 1997, Missouri State University, College of Optometry, St. Louis, Missouri
  • TPA Certification Course – 120 hrs. in didactic and clinical therapeutic pharmacological training.
  • April 1993, International Association of Boards of Examiners in Optometry (IAB) and administered by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry
  • Treatment and Management of Ocular Diseases (TMOD) Certification               
  • April 1990, National Board of Examiners in Optometry; Part I
  • August 1989, National Board of Examiners in Optometry; Part II    

RECENT COURSES TAUGHT/CLINICAL INSTRUCTION

  • Systemic Biomedical Sciences 1 and 3
  • Applied Pharmacology 1
  • Ocular Diseases 1

PUBLICATIONS, POSTERS, AND PRESENTATIONS

Regional continued education lectures presented

  • November, 2011, Colegio de Optómetras de Puerto Rico Continuing Education Program San Juan, Puerto Rico. Bump and Lumps on the Eyelids and Choristomas – one credit hour lecture.
  • November 2010, Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry Mini-Symposium, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Open Angle Glaucoma: “From A to Z”- two credit hours lecture.
  • August 2010, Colegio de Optómetras de Puerto Rico Annual Convention, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Different Viewpoints in Pharmacological Eye Treatment- two credit hours lecture.
  • October 2009, Colegio de Optómetras de Puerto Rico Annual Convention, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico Ponce, Puerto Rico. Pharmacological Adversities in Primary Eye Care- two credit hours lecture.
  • November 1999, Continuing Education Program of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Prescribing Oral Medications – three credit hours lecture.
  • September 1996, Colegio de Optómetras de Puerto Rico Annual Convention, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Ocular Pharmacology Update – two credit hours lecture.
  • March 1996, Continued Education Program of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Photorefractive Surgery Co-management – eight credit hours course.
  • October 1995, Continued Education Program of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Excimer Laser Photorefractive Technologies – two credit hours lecture.
  • October 1995, Continued Education Program of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Glaucoma Update – two credit hours lecture.
  • October 1994, Continued Education Program of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Glaucoma Update – two credit hours lecture.
  • January 1994, Continued Education Program of Colegio de Optómetras de Puerto Rico, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Five Cases Presentation in Ocular Diseases – two credit hours lecture.
  • September 1992, Continued Education Program of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Retinal Management in Systemic Vascular Diseases – two credit hours lecture.
  • April 1992, Continued Education Program of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Retina & Vitreous Pharmacology – two credit hours lecture.
  • September 1991, Continued Education Program of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Ocular Pharmacology – two credit hours lecture.

National continued education lectures presented

  • July 2011, National Glaucoma Society (NGS) Annual Conference, Brewster, MA. Prevalence of Open Angle Glaucoma Among Hispanics – one credit hour lecture
  • April 2011, World Council of Optometry (WCO) Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ophthalmic Pharmacology: Advanced Therapeutic Review – two credit hours lecture
  • December 2004, Continued Education Program, American Academy of Optometry Convention, Tampa, Florida. Oral Analgesics for the Management of Acute Ocular Pain – one credit hour lecture.
  • December 1995, Scientific Program, American Academy of Optometry Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana. Contrast Sensitivity Function as an Early Diagnostic Testing for Primary Open Angle Glaucoma – twenty-minute presentation.
  • December 1993, Poster Session, American Academy of Optometry Convention, Boston, Massachusetts. Diagnosis and Management of a Hyper Eye – poster session.

International continued education lectures presented

  • October 2011, Trinidad and Tobago Optometric Association Annual Convention. Open Angle Glaucoma: “From A to Z” – three credit hours lecture. Bump and Lumps on the Eyelids and Choristomas – two credit hours lecture.
  • August 1996, Annual Venezuelan Optometric Convention. Photorefractive Surgery Overview – one credit hour lecture.

Regional educational courses dictated

  • November 2008, Colegio de Optómetras de Puerto Rico in conjunction with the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Diagnostics Pharmaceuticals Agents (DPA) Certification Course – 3 hours diagnostic pharmaceutical certification program.
  • June 2001, Colegio de Optómetras de Puerto Rico in conjunction with the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Diagnostics Pharmaceuticals Agents (DPA) Certification Course – fourteen hours diagnostic pharmaceutical certification program.
  • July 2001, Continued Education Program of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry, Hato Rey, Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents (TPA) Faculty Credentialing Course – four credit hours credentialing course.  
  • August 2001, Colegio de Optómetras de Puerto Rico in conjunction with the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Diagnostics Pharmaceuticals Agents (DPA) Certification Course – fourteen credit hours diagnostic pharmaceutical certification program.

International educational courses dictated

  • May 2009, La Salle University College of Optometry Masters Program in conjunction with the New England College of Optometry, Bogota, Columbia. Ocular Pharmacology – fifty hours lecture course.
  • March 2008, La Salle University College of Optometry Masters Program in conjunction with the New England College of Optometry, Bogota, Columbia. Ocular Pharmacology – fifty hours lecture course.  
  • February 2005, Aalen University of Applied Sciences Masters Program in Optometry in conjunction with the New England College of Optometry, Aalen, Germany. Ocular Diagnostic Pharmacology – twenty-seven hours lecture course.
  • January 2005, Aalen University of Applied Sciences Masters Program in Optometry in conjunction with the New England College of Optometry, Aalen, Germany. Ocular Therapeutic Pharmacology – twenty-seven hours lecture course.
  • November 2002, Centro Boston, Bachelor Program in Optometry in conjunction with the New England College of Optometry, Madrid, Spain. Ocular Diagnostic Pharmacology – twenty-four hours lecture course.
  • October 2002, Centro Boston, Bachelor Program in Optometry in conjunction with the New England College of Optometry, Madrid, Spain. Ocular Therapeutic Pharmacology – twenty-four hours lecture course.   

Publications   

  • Submitted October 2010, published December 2010, Journal of Optometry, Madrid, Spain. Altered Corneal Biomechanics and Autoregulation Dysfunction: Possible Contributing Factors for the Development of Primary Open Angle Glaucoma in Patients with Elevated Intraocular Pressure
  • Submitted September 2010, published December 2010, Primary Care Optometry News, Thorofare, NJ. Ocular Biomechanics, Autoregulation Potential Factors in Glaucoma Pathogenesis
  • Submitted January 2009, published Fall 2009, Optometric Education, Rockville, MD. An Interrelated Curriculum to Improve Students’ Clinical Reasoning
  • Submitted March 2009, published Spring 2009, Optometric Education, Rockville, MD. Think Tank “How has the new perspective of a ‘global village’ impacted optometric education, and what further changes do you predict as the global economy grows over the next 20 years”
  • Submitted January 2004, published April 2004, Pacific University College of Optometry Journal, Portland Oregon. Treating Hordeola with Systemic Medications
  • Submitted June 1993, published December 1993, Franja Visual Magazine, Bogota, Colombia. Diagnosis and management of a” Hyper Eye  

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL DISTINCTIONS

  • Colegio de Optómetras de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Optometry Association)                            
  • American Academy of Optometry    
  • ASCO Academic Affairs Committee
  • Faculty of National Glaucoma Society, Professional Speaker in Glaucoma
  • Professor of Ocular Pharmacology and Ocular Therapeutics, Epidemiological Research Study in Diabetes Mellitus and Glaucoma, member of the Curriculum Committee of the Academic Senate

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Jose De Jesus completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. Then, he obtained the Doctor in Optometry Degree from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. He started a fellowship in Clinical Education in the same institution. Dr. De Jesus completed a Master in Arts in Bio-Medical Sciences with comprehensive studies in Medical Biochemistry, Human Physiology, and Neuroscience from “Universidad Central del Caribe”, School of Medicine, Puerto Rico. He is currently completing a Module System toward MD Degree in University of Science, Art, and Technology, Montserrat, College of Medicine, Miami Branch. Dr. De Jesus is a full-time professor of the IAUPR School of Optometry.

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