Wanda Pfeifer, MME, OC(C), COMT, CO

  • Wanda PfeiferClinical Program Director, Orthoptic Training Program
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus
  • Coordinator of the Kolder Electrophysiology Service


  • BS, Biology and Psychology, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

Post Graduate Education

  • School of Orthoptics/Ophthalmic Medical Technology, Izaak Walton Killam Children's Hospital, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • MME, University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA


  • Board Certification, Canadian Orthoptic Council OC(C), 1992
  • Board Certification, International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology, Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist, COMT, 1992
  • Board Certification, American Orthoptic Council, CO, 1997


  • 1997, American Association of Certified Orthoptists Honor Certificate
  • 2012, Warren Coleman Award from Iowa Lions Foundation
  • 2013, Featured in CNN article on vision screening
  • 2017, The Canadian Orthoptic Society Scientific Session Award
  • 2018 and 2019 Nominated Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award
  • January 2019, Employee of the Month, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
  • February 2019, Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology Member in the Spotlight
  • 2019-2020, Recipient of University of Iowa Board of Regents Staff Excellence Award
  • 2019, Recipient Harold A. Stein, MD, FRCSC Prize for Best Scientific Paper from Education Committee of the International Joint Commission for Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology
  • 2019, Received International Lions Foundation Banner from International President Dr. Jung-Yul Choi
  • May 2020, Feature article in International Orthoptic Association for performing vision Screening on over 500,000 children in Iowa.  
  • 2022, recipient of the AACO Lancaster Award

Areas of Research Interest and Current Projects

  • Dark Adaptation in Inherited Retinal Disease
  • Vision Screening in the Community
  • Electrophysiology in Inherited Retinal Disorders