Richard Orlando ’76 to Address Inaugural Commencement Ceremony at Gannon University’s Ruskin, Florida Campus

Posted: August 13, 2018

Richard G. Orlando '76, M.D., F.A.C.S., will take part in making University history in August as the keynote speaker at Gannon University's inaugural Commencement Ceremony at its Ruskin, Florida Campus. 

Gannon University President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., will recognize the graduates of the first cohort of the Occupational Therapy Doctoral program in Ruskin at the Commencement Ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 25 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, during which Dr. Orlando will also be awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa.

Richard G. Orlando, M.D., F.A.C.S., graduated summa cum laude from Gannon in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He received his medical degree with honors from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1979. After an internship in internal medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, he returned to Ohio State and completed a three-year residency in ophthalmology and ophthalmic surgery. He founded Columbus Ophthalmology Associates in 1983, and served as President for over thirty years, expanding and growing the practice that today includes ten doctors, six office locations and a free-standing surgical center with over 100 employees. Dr. Orlando continues as Director of Cataract Surgery and clinical associate professor at The Ohio State Havener Eye Institute.  

During medical school, Dr. Orlando served as an assistant team physician for the athletic department and has maintained an interest in Sports Vision and prevention of ocular injuries in sports. He served as President of the International Academy of Sports Vision from 1993 through 1995 and has been the consulting ophthalmologist for the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament, where he is also a member of the scoring committee.  

Dr. Orlando established the COA Research Foundation in 2000 to allow him and his fellow surgeons to conduct clinical studies on surgical devices and techniques. In addition, the Foundation provides educational programs and training for fellow eyecare professionals on a wide variety of surgical and clinical topics. The Foundation has also provided healthcare screenings to children and adults, as well as information on prevention of eye disease to citizens of central Ohio as part of its mission. Outside of his profession, Dr. Orlando is a prolific artist and has sold numerous paintings to private collectors with funds raised going directly to the COA Research Foundation to support future programs.  

Dr. Orlando continues to be part of the Gannon community and was given the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. He also established the Orlando Family Scholarship, which is given annually to undergraduate students from Ohio who are working on their degree in the health sciences. A member of the Universitas Society at Gannon, Dr. Orlando was appointed to the University's Board of Trustees in 2012, where he serves as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee.