President-Elect of the American Academy of Optometry | Loyola Medicine
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Eileen Gable, OD, Named President-Elect of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry

MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola Medicine optometrist Eileen Gable, OD, FAOO, has been named president-elect of the Illinois chapter of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO).

“Increasing education about eye care is a passion of mine and I look forward to continuing to expand the instructional programs of the Illinois chapter of the American Academy of Optometry," said Dr. Gable, who specializes in pediatric optometry at Loyola. “I am really proud of how that translates into the exceptional work done in the communities by my AAO colleagues."

The AAO is a national organization of optometrists. Its goal is to maintain and enhance excellence in optometric practice, by both promoting research and the dissemination of knowledge. 

The AAO holds an annual meeting, publishes a monthly scientific journal, credentials optometrists through the fellowship process and publishes position statements.

As president-elect, Dr. Gable will serves as an official Illinois representative to the national organization and will assist the president in guiding the academy's executive committee and board of directors. She will serve as president in 2018.

Dr. Gable is an associate professor of ophthalmology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She has been actively involved with AAO since 1996. She served on the executive committee of the Illinois Chapter of the AAO since 2012. She is also active as a member of the NEI Healthy Vision Community Awards Grant Review, Illinois Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and the American Diabetes Association. 

Dr. Gable earned her optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia and her bachelor of science degree from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa.

Dr. Gable is the recipient of a $1 million research grant from the Vision of Hope health alliance from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She specializes in the correction of lazy eye in children, diabetic eye care and preventive eye health.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.