Davis Resident Honored by Ohio Wesleyan University

John L. Keltner, M.D., Recognized for Medical Career, Contributions to Neuro-Ophthalmology

DELAWARE, OH (05/23/2011)(readMedia)-- John L. Keltner, M.D., of Davis, Calif., was honored May 14 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.

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

Keltner is a professor and chair emeritus in the Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science, Neurology & Neurological Surgery at the University of California-Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento. He also serves as director of the school's neuro-ophthalmology service. In addition, he is 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.

Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation's premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio's capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU's close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book "Colleges That Change Lives," and is included on the "best colleges" lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.