Kentucky College of Optometry announces new faculty member


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PIKEVILLE – Adam Hickenbotham, O.D., MPH, Ph.D., joins the faculty at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry as an assistant clinical professor of optometry. Hickenbotham graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He earned his Doctorate of Optometry degree with honors from the University of California, Berkeley. Hickenbotham later completed the NIH-sponsored Berkeley Clinical Scientist Development Program (BCSCP) as a member of the Berkeley Adaptive Optics Laboratory where he studied the effect of higher order aberrations on depth of focus and high and low contrast visual acuity. While completing the program, he received high honors while earning both a master’s degree in public health in epidemiology from UC Berkeley as well as a Ph.D. in bioengineering through a joint program between UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco. His dissertation was titled “The Etiology of Presbyopia, Contributing Factors and Future Correction Methods.”

Following completion of the BCSDP training, Hickenbotham founded ThruFocus Optics, LLC, an ophthalmic laser medical device research company that is currently performing human clinical trials internationally using an innovative new method of laser eye surgery called Laser PM®. Laser PM® reduces the effects of presbyopia and improves the results of refractive surgery by utilizing a patented laser system Hickenbotham developed.

Hickenbotham has been in private practice at refractive surgery centers since 2003 with clinical experience in hospitals and ophthalmology centers in China, Thailand and the Philippines and the San Francisco Bay Area in California. He has published scientific research articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and frequently gives lectures at research conferences throughout the U.S. and internationally.

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