Lori L. Grover, OD, PhD
Dr. Lori Grover is a nationally recognized clinician and educator in the field of vision impairment and rehabilitation, and an advocate for improving population health and access to care for patients of all ages. She is Senior Vice President for Health Policy and Director of Reading Research at King-Devick Technologies, Inc. in Oakbrook, Illinois. She is a past Dean of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Philadelphia, and previously served as the inaugural Director of the Center for Translational Health Science and Associate Professor at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation and School for the Science of Health Care Delivery. She served as an Assistant Professor and a member of the medical staff in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Wilmer Eye Institute, and as Director of Research for the Office of Women in Science and Medicine. Dr. Grover earned her PhD in Health Services Research and Policy, and certificates in public health economics and public health informatics, from the Department of Health Policy and Management at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
As a recipient of a National Eye Institute/National Institutes of Health Clinical Scientist Training Grant award at Hopkins, she served as the Principle Investigator of a national research network investigating team strategies for, and patient access to, care for chronic vision impairment and health care. Her clinical interests include health information technology (HIT) applications in eye care – specifically the use of clinical decision support (CDS) systems in the treatment of chronic vision impairment and preventive care – and health economics effectiveness assessment. She promotes collaborative models for care focused on chronic health conditions and acquired injury involving vision loss, and the discovery of knowledge and evidence to support the development of policies that improve population health. Dr. Grover is an author of the 2016 National Academies of Science, Emgineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report Making Eye Health a Population Health Imperative: Vision for Tomorrow and served on the NASEM Committee on Public Health Approaches to Reduce Vision Impairment and Promote Eye Health. Other selected publications include ‘Examination of the Patient with Low Vision” in Albert and Jacobiec’s Principles and Practices in Ophthalmology, 3rd Edition, “Treatment of Retrochiasmal Visual Field Defects” in Current Treatment Options in Neurology, and “Access To Health Care, Eye Care and Vision Rehabilitation Care For Older Adults with Chronic Vision Impairment in the United States” while at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (please see site links for a complete listing of publications).
Dr. Grover’s involvement with health policy ranges from the state to the national level. Her current focus is on advancing evidence-based clinical protocols for eye health and care in the U.S. health care system. In addition to advocacy in evidence-based primary and specialty eye and vision care, her clinical focus involves the diagnosis and treatment of chronic vision impairment. Appointed to the Governor of Maryland’s Office of Health Care Reform and the Maryland Essential Health Benefits Committee, she fought for eye and vision care parity within the state exchanges as essential health benefits. She is a Past Chair of the American Optometric Association Vision Rehabilitation Section (AOA VRS) where she served for eleven years at the national level for advocacy, policy and practice in her clinical field (see professional experience for more information). Dr. Grover s serving her sixth year as a member of the AOA Evidence-Based Committee and has authored three AOA evidence-based clinical guidelines. She has served in multiple AOA state-affiliate associations, chairing and serving on key committees and promoting legislative and health policy initiatives. She is a member of the Vision Care Section (VCS) of the American Public Health Association, and led the formation of the Maryland Public Health Association’s (MdPHA) Eye and Vision Section in 2012. Dr. Grover has held leadership positions in the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) and AcademyHealth. She is a past member of the board of directors of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), and served as chair-elect of the Professional Development and Education Committee of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Since 2017, she has represented the AOA on the Vision Health Initiative (VHI) Strategic Planning Committee of the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Dr. Grover is a 1990 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, and a 2012 graduate of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is the 2004 ICO Alumna of the Year, 2006 recipient of the Don Aldrich Advocacy Award from the Mayor of Phoenix and Commission on Disability Issues, and a 2012 Distinguished Alumnus from Albion College. In 2016 she received the President’s Award from the American Optometric Association. She was elected to the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in 2009 and recognized as a senior fellow and distinguished practitioner. She is a diplomate in public health and environmental vision and fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). She remains an active consultant for state, local, third party and professional groups on policy related to chronic vision impairment and its rehabilitation, and eye health in the health care continuum. Dr. Grover is a frequent lecturer and international speaker on vision rehabilitation and the treatment of chronic vision impairment, shared clinical decision making, cost and comparative effectiveness, the use of evidence and outcomes in health care delivery, and high-value eye care (see educational lectures and presentations for more information).