Advocacy, Passion, and Politics. Known as “America’s Eye Doctor,” Dr. Dorothy Hitchmoth sits down with @DoctorEyeHealth Joseph Allen, OD, to discuss why she is so passionate about patient advocacy and public policy. She is a nationally recognized, award-winning professor, lecturer and patient advocate who has worked as a physician executive in large hospital (VA) and multi-practice networks for over 26 years. She is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience as a health systems data and quality analyst and has expertise in government policy, health insurance regulatory forces and payment modeling in product development. She travels to Washington D.C. often to work with politicians and policy makers to ensure patients come first in our healthcare system. She also owns a healthcare consulting business that focuses on innovation in telehealth, artificial intelligence, and healthcare quality outcomes.

Joseph Allen
Joseph Allen, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO Dr. Joseph J. Allen graduated Magna Cum Laude and Salutatorian from the Rosenburg School of Optometry in 2015 and completed his residency at the Minneapolis V.A. Medical Center. Dr. Allen is a practicing optometrist in Minnesota and the founder of Doctor Eye Health, an educational YouTube channel with more than 750K subscribers. There he provides information about eye health, ocular disease and vision products. His videos cover a range of topics that his subscribers frequently ask about: eye floaters, glaucoma, dry eye syndrome, contact lenses, eyeglasses, and more. Dr. Allen is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the AOA Strategic Communications Committee, and he completed the AOA leadership training in 2022. He was also awarded the Media Advocacy award from the AOA in 2021. Dr. Allen has been featured in Ask Men and Oprah Daily and In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, running, cooking, playing video games, hiking, and biking.

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