Faculty Bio: Elizabeth Karns, OD

Elizabeth Karns, OD

Optometry Technology Program Director


Teaching Philosophy

At its core, I believe higher education is about going beyond content mastery. I work hard to create a learning environment that not only presents a strong foundation of knowledge but also breaks down barriers between individualized topics and strongly encourages cross-functional application and transference of knowledge.


Dr. Elizabeth Karns graduated from UMass Amherst in 2013 with a bachelor of science in Kinesiology and was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, a National College Athlete Honors Society. She went on to receive her doctorate of optometry from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University- School of Optometry in 2018, where she graduated salutatorian. She was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Sigma Kappa honor societies. During optometry school, she served as a board member of the Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity and completed a mission trip to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua in 2017. After graduation, she completed a Residency in Ocular Disease from the New England College of Optometry in 2019 at the Manchester Veteran Affairs Medical Center in New Hampshire. She is an active member of the American Academy of Optometry and the Pennsylvania Optometric Association.


  • Doctor of Optometry – MCPHS University-School of Optometry – 2018
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – University of Massachusetts Amherst – College of Science – 2013


  • Ocular Disease Residency- New England College of Optometry 2019, VAMC Manchester

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