Dr. Thomas Freddo joined NECO in 2016 after serving as the Director and a Professor at the School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo between 2006-2016. He completed his B.A. at The University of Connecticut, his Doctor of Optometry degree at The New England College of Optometry and Ph.D at Boston University School of Medicine, where he also completed a Fellowship in Ophthalmic Pathology. For 25 years, Dr. Freddo served as Professor of Ophthalmology, Pathology and Anatomy at Boston University School of Medicine where he also served as Senior Consultant in Diagnostic Ophthalmic Pathology and Vice-Chairman for Research in the Department of Ophthalmology. During that period he also maintained a private practice of optometry at Boston Medical Center Hospital and directed the eye pathology service at Boston University Medical Center. At The New England College of Optometry, before 2006, Dr. Freddo taught Anatomy and served as Adjunct Professor of Optometry. Prior to 2006, he also has directed an active, NEI-funded, research program in anterior uveitis and glaucoma for over 20 years. He is a Gold Fellow of ARVO, has served on the Scientific Advisory Committee of Research to Prevent Blindness and is a consultant to the US FDA Medical Device Panel. He has served on the Education Committee of the World Council of Optometry and currently serves on the Board of Regents of Beta Sigma Kappa, the International Optometric Honor Fraternity.
Thom has served on the editorial boards of the journals Optometry and Vision Science and Experimental Eye Research and a guest editor at Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science and Microscopic Research. He remains a topical Editor with OVS. He was the first optometrist to serve on the US National Institute's of Health Anterior segment disease grant review committee. Dr. Freddo was the 1992 recipient of the American Optometric Foundation's Glenn A. Fry Award for excellence in eye/vision research and has received a total of 11 teaching awards from two institutions. He is a founding member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society and served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Optometry from 2000-2006. In 2004, Dr. Freddo received an honorary Doctorate from The State University of New York and in 2010 received an honorary doctorate from the Université de Montréal.
In 2010, Dr. Freddo was honored by the American Academy of Optometry with the Carel Koch award for his work at the interface between optometry and medicine, including his service as the first optometrist President of The International Society for Eye Research.