Kevin Jackson, OD MPH

Kevin M Jackson, OD MPH

Name: Kevin M Jackson, OD MPH

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Chief of Staff, School of Medicine
Faculty Rank: 
Assistant Professor
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Research Interests:
Leveraging Eyecare for the Prevention of Systemic Disease
Etiology of asthenopia

Office Phone: 
(301) 295-3016


2007 MPH Columbia University, New York, NY
1998 OD State University of New York, State College of Optometry, New York, NY
1990 BS University of Notre Dame du Lac, Notre Dame IN


Dr. Jackson started his Navy Career as an engineering officer on an aircraft carrier. He has a long history of involvement in education including an early stint teaching science in a public high school in Brooklyn, NY. As an optometrist with a degree in public health he has published research in Archives of Ophthalmology, written a textbook chapter on public health informatics, as well as authored a policy statement on emergency eye care for the American Public Health Association. He spent much of his Navy career as the extern coordinator for the Navy's 23 Optometry training sites. He came to USU following his tour as Director for Education, Training and Research at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and Co-Chair of the Education, Research, Training and Simulation Board of the National Capital Region-Medical Directorate. He retired from the Navy in 2016 but was hired as a federal civilian as the Chief of Staff of the Hebert School of Medicine.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

  • Public Health and Environmental Vision Section Chair, American Academy of Optometry 2014-2016.
  • Education, Research, Training, Simulation Board Co-Chair National Capital Region Medical Directorate 2012-2014
  • Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Plank Owner (2011)
  • Lead Eyecare Teams on Military Humanitarian in Morrocco (2005) and aboard USNS Comfort 2010 post-earthquake
  • USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) Qualified OOD and earned Surface Warfare Officer 1991-1994


  • Jackson KM, Scott KE, Graff Zivin J, Bateman DA, Flynn JT, Keenan JD, Chiang MF. Cost-utility analysis of telemedicine and ophthalmoscopy for retinopathy of prematurity management. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008 Apr;126(4):493-9. doi: 10.1001/archopht.126.4.493. PubMed PMID: 18413518.
  • Cimino JJ, Friedmann BE, Jackson KM, Li J, Pevzner J, Wrenn J. Redesign of the Columbia University Infobutton Manager. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2007 Oct 11:135-9. PubMed PMID: 18693813; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2655841.