Dr. Keith joined the ICO faculty in 2009. Since then, he has primarily served in the clinic teaching students while seeing patients. He is chief of the Sidney Hillman Health Centre Eye Clinic, a fourth-year clinical rotation. He has also actively taught in several laboratories and in the classroom. Dr. Keith was among the first group of optometrists to be board certified by the American Board of Optometry. He also is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. In addition to his work at ICO, he is an instructor on the KMK team, an educational company that teaches a review course to optometry students preparing for their national boards and to optometrists preparing to take the board certification examination. Dr. Keith has had many influences on his philosophy of doctoring and teaching, one being his residency at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. While a resident he learned the teachings of Willis Hurst, MD, who said, “Mature persons realize they owe the world something. Certainly, the Earth would be a better place if each of us delivered a needed service to others. Service, I believe, is the arithmetic sum of knowledge plus caring."
Following residency, I wanted to stay in a high-volume medical optometry environment and have the opportunity to make an impact on my profession by teaching optometry students. Working at ICO while seeing patients at IEI allows me to do just that. The clinic at ICO exposes students to very complex cases in all of the specialties of optometry, which is a win/win for the students who are learning, the attendings who enjoy teaching, and the patients who seek our care.