NEWS | June 9, 2011

Keltner honored by Ohio Wesleyan University


John L. Keltner, professor and chair emeritus of the UC Davis Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, recently was honored by Ohio Wesleyan University for his outstanding achievements in the field of neuro-ophthalmology. Keltner is a 1961 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, a nationally renowned liberal arts college in Ohio.

John Keltner © 2011 UC Regents
John Keltner

Keltner was presented with a Distinguished Achievement Citation by the Ohio Wesleyan Alumni Association Board of Directors when he returned to campus in May for his 50th OWU class reunion.

Keltner also serves as director of the UC Davis School of Medicine's neuro-ophthalmology service. In addition, he is the director of Research and Faculty Development at the UC Davis Health System Eye Center.

During his career, Keltner has made major research contributions in the Optic Neuritis Treatment Trial, which deals with multiple sclerosis-related optic neuritis; in the Ocular Hypertension Treatment trial for Glaucoma; and in the field of cancer-related visual loss.

He recently was awarded the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society's Distinguished Service Award, the organization's highest recognition for sustained and substantial service. Previously, Keltner was a member of the American Board of Ophthalmology for eight years and served as chair in 1997. He also was a member of the board of directors of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, serving as president for two years.

After earning his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan, Keltner received his medical degree from Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1965.

The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. The school offers fully accredited master's degree programs in public health and in informatics, and its combined M.D.-Ph.D. program is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care. Along with being a recognized leader in medical research, the school is committed to serving underserved communities and advancing rural health. For more information, visit UC Davis School of Medicine at


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