J. Vernon Odom, PhD

James Odom

Title: Professor
Company: West Virginia University
Location: Morgantown, West Virginia, United States

J. Vernon Odom, Professor at West Virginia University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in ophthalmology and eye health.

With more than four decades of experience as an educator, Dr. Odom is a trusted figure in the field of medical and health education. He joined the faculty of West Virginia University as an assistant professor in 1982 and through the years has served in greater capacities, becoming a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology as of 2000. During this same time, Dr. Odom has worked at the Visual Functions Laboratory of the West Virginia University Eye Institute. Prior to bringing his talents to WVU, Dr. Odom taught and conducted research at the University of Florida, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Guilford College. Additionally, Dr. Odom has sat on the Board of Directors of the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, conducted research for the Mountain State Geriatric Education Institute and served as the Foreign Inter-University Francqui Chair in Biomedical Sciences with the Francqui Fund in Brussels, among various other career-related endeavors.

Dr. Odom originally set out to teach in the psychology department, but found the truth of the matter presented itself in sensory processes, which is how he came to ophthalmology. Regardless, Dr. Odom has remained dedicated to the medical field since first earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Davidson College in 1970. He received a Master of Arts and a PhD in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1974 and 1977, respectively. He went on to partake in the NRSA Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Florida. In his career, he has received many awards, such as the Envision Low Vision Research Award and the Gold Fellow Award for Service from the Association of Vision and Ophthalmology.

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