Thomas Litzinger was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and completed his undergraduate training at Miami University with a major in zoology and a concentration in chemistry. He discovered ophthalmology his second year of medical school while on a medical mission trip in Honduras when his internal medicine team ran into a group of ophthalmologists. After hearing stories of making the blind see with cataract surgery and enabling Honduran doctors to do the same through donating equipment and training, his calling to become an ophthalmologist was realized.
Thomas returned from his trip with a new passion for ophthalmology and international health. Shortly thereafter, he and four of his fellow medical students at The Ohio State University founded the non-profit organization Ride For World Health, an annual cross-country cycling trip and lecture series to raise money and awareness for domestic and international health care issues. Thomas gained further international experience during residency when he traveled to Katmandu, Nepal to learn how to perform cataract surgery without the modern technology used in the United States.
Thomas enjoys weight training, basketball, golf, photography, and oil painting. His photography has appeared on the cover of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and his writing and illustrations were published by Nature, in the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences.
|2013 – American Board of Ophthalmology|
|PROFESSIONAL GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES|
|American Academy of Ophthalmology|
|International Society of Refractive Surgery|
|American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery|