Dr. Louis D. Pizzarello is the chairman for the North American region of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). IAPB is the organization charged with coordinating global blindness prevention activities. The North American region encompasses Canada, the United States and the Caribbean Basin. More than 40 organizations are working together in the North American region to promote Vision 2020: the Right to Sight program, which is the major activity of IAPB.
Dr. Pizzarello is a recognized expert in the fields of public health and ophthalmology. He holds an undergraduate degree from Colgate University, a medical degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in public health from Harvard. He has practiced ophthalmology for the past 25 years in Southampton, NY, and is currently associate clinical professor of ophthalmology and public health at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University as well as adjunct assistant professor of preventive medicine at SUNY/Stony Brook. He has worked in blindness prevention programs in 40 countries. His particular interest has been in cataract programs, nutritional and childhood blindness, and the prevention of eye injuries. He has authored numerous scientific papers in the field and has served on a number of advisory boards and committees. He has been named a Distinguished Citizen by Southampton College and has received the Honor Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Spirit of Helen Keller Award from Helen Keller Worldwide.