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Dr. James Bartlett

James BartlettJimmy D. Bartlett, O.D., FAAO received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry. After serving as Chief of the Optometry Service at the Tampa V.A. Medical Center and as Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, he accepted a faculty position at the School of Optometry, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 1977.

Dr. Bartlett rose through the academic ranks and served as Director of Continuing Education, Director of Residency Programs, and as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Optometry and Director of the Professional Program. He also served as Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine.

Dr. Bartlett has served as Editor-in-Chief of Optometry—Journal of the American Optometric Association; co-editor of Clinical Ocular Pharmacology, now in its 5th edition; and he serves on the editorial advisory board for Ophthalmic Drug Facts and Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Following a 34-year career at UAB, Dr. Bartlett retired from his academic position, and he currently serves as President of PHARMAKON Group, an advisory service to the ophthalmic pharmaceutical industry. He has published more than 240 papers and delivered more than 1,200 lectures throughout the world to both clinical and research audiences. Dr. Bartlett is the recipient of two honorary degrees, and in 2000 he was selected by Review of Optometry as one of the most influential optometrists of the 20th Century.