Dr. Lesher returned to Chicago and joined the ICO faculty in fall 1983. His main teaching responsibilities are for the pharmacology sequence in the second year of the professional program. He has been chair of the Basic and Health Science Department since 1999, and is currently the assistant dean for didactic education. Dr. Lesher has a number of publications and book chapters in the areas of Ocular Pharmacology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and served for a many years on the NBEO exam construction committee for Parts I and II. Dr. Lesher has been named Teacher of the Year by his class in three of the last four years.
Having grown up in Chicago, and then moved away for my college and graduate education, and then taking my first job at the University of Maryland, I was thrilled to return to my home and family when I was offered this faculty position at ICO. Chicago is such a great city, with so much to offer – who wouldn’t want to live here? In addition, the professional program at ICO prepares you to be among the best optometric clinicians in the country. We have had some exceptional NBEO scores and our students are accepted to the top residency programs in the country, as just two examples of the quality of education you can achieve here. I would encourage you to look closely at all ICO has to offer before you decide where to spend your optometric education dollars. I think you will be happy to be a part of the ICO family.