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John Baker, OD, MSEd, FAAO

Associate Professor of Optometry





Why ICO?

I have been a faculty member for the College for over 30 years, currently serving as the Associate Dean for Education. I encourage you to choose ICO because you are choosing a school to prepare you to be a qualified optometrist and serve your future patients. At ICO, we provide you not only early exposure to patient care, but also quality experiences that prepare you best to begin your career. You have an opportunity to select a college of optometry with a long tradition of excellence, with a mission to provide highly qualified clinical optometrists, through excellence in patient care education.


After completing a residency in primary care at the Eye Institute in Philadelphia, Dr. Baker joined the faculty of the Illinois College of Optometry in 1985. He has held various roles at the college including Chief of a Primary Care Module, Primary Care Residency Coordinator, Director of Residency Programs and Chairperson for Clinical Education. In his current role as Associate Dean for Education, he works to provide students the best clinical experience possible during each stage of their didactic and clinical education.

Special Interests

Primary care


1999 Northern Illinois University, MSEd

1985 The Eye Institute at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Primary Care Residency

1984 Pennsylvania College of Optometry, OD

1979 Binghamton University, BS


1985-2011, 2012-present Illinois College of Optometry

2011-2012 Pennsylvania College of Optometry

Awards & Honors

Cribb Leadership & Service Award, May 2017

Faculty Scholarship, May 2017

Polly Flink Eastland Memorial Award, May 2017

Richard J. O’Brien II Memorial Award, May 2017

Summa Cum Laude Honors, May 2017

Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society, Member, February 2017 – Present

Wildermuth Foundation Scholarship, March 2016

Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society, Member, August 2014 – May 2017

Tomb & Key Honor Society, Member, August 2014 – May 2017

Professional Organizations

American Optometric Association

Illinois Optometric Association


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