Mark B. Horton, OD, MD

Indian Health Services/Joslin Vision Network Teleopthalmology Program

Dr. Mark Horton received a Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Houston in 1973 and MD from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda Maryland in 1982. He completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1986. He was assigned to the Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC) in 1986 and served in several leadership roles including Chief of the Eye and ENT Departments from 1994-2012. Dr. Horton was appointed to develop and direct a national teleophthalmology program for the Indian Health Service in 1999. This program became the IHS/JVN Teleophthalmology Program beginning clinical deployments in 2001, and now with 96 deployments in 25 states. Other telemedicine activities include The American Telemedicine Association (Ocular Telehealth Standards, Ocular SIG), DICOM Workgroup 9 (Ophthalmology), and the Integrating Healthcare Enterprise (Eye Care). Dr. Horton is the author of multiple journal articles and book chapters on ophthalmology and telemedicine. He retired his commission in the USPHS after 27 years of duty in 2000, and continues his federal service as a civilian employee of the Indian Health Service in Phoenix, Arizona.