Joshua Josephson, OD – Class of 1968 – Notable Alumnus

Joshua JosephsonDr. Josh Josephson is a luminary in the area of cornea and contact lenses and is proud to hail from Ohio State Optometry. His publishing record speaks for itself in journals like Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science and Optometry and Vision Science, and he is easily recognized all over the world as a result of his countless talks and continuing education presentations. Prior to his retirement, he had the largest contact lens practice in Canada and was the only Canadian among the founding members of the International Society for Contact Lens Research. Dr. Josephson, however, is notable beyond these “numbers.” In 1978, he published the first observations of corneal infiltrates associated with contact lens wear in International Contact Lens Clinics.

Dr. Josephson was appointed by the Canadian government as Canada’s expert and head of delegation to the International Standards Organization contact lens meetings. Since 1984, he has served for many years as Chairman of the Standards Council of Canada Subcommittee responsible for all ophthalmic device standards (contact lenses and contact lens care products).

Dr Josephson is a founding shareholder and a director of NoNO, Inc., a private, clinical-stage biotherapeutics company. It is dedicated to the research, development, and commercialization of pharmaceuticals for the treatment of common disorders with unmet needs, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, and pain. Its drug to prevent the complications of stroke is about to enter Phase 3 clinical trials.

Dr Josephson loves to eat and cook and enjoys traveling and eating around the world. He recently launched an on-line site ( Dr Josephson continues to publish his restaurant experiences around the world and in Toronto, on this site, and they can be found on the site link titled “Blog Highlights”. He is also the former president of the Toronto chapter of the International Food and Wine society, a member and director of La Chaine des Rotisseurs, and a member of Les Chevalers du Tastevin (the Toronto chapter of the Burgundy Wine Society).