Lisa Land Schifanella, O.D., M.S.
Clinical Associate Professor, Optometry
Director of Residency Programs

Contact Information:
Academic Office - (205) 934-0997
Patient Services/Appointments:
UAB Eye Care - (205) 975-2020

Physical Address:
309C Henry Peters Building
1716 University Boulevard

Mailing Address:
HPB 309C
1530 Third Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0010

Biographical Sketch:

B.S. - University of Montevallo
O.D. - University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
M.S. - University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
Residency - Ocular Disease at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry and Triad Eye Medical Clinic and Cataract Institute

Administrative Responsibilities:

Director of Residency Programs


Lisa L. Schifanella, O.D. is married to Paul J. Schifanella, O.D. Dr. Paul Schifanella is the owner of Family Eye Care of Helena, P.C. They have two children and reside in Helena, AL. 

Scholarly Activity:

OPT 334  Injections and Minor Surgical Procedures - Coursemaster

Instrumentation and skills necessary for advanced clinical procedures.  Includes OSHA regulations pertaining to optometry practices, asepsis, injections, suturing, and minor surgical procedures.  Lecture and hands-on participation.

OPT 131 Clinical Evaluation of the Visual System (CEVS) I, OPT 211 Clinical Evaluation of the Visual System II, OPT 221 Clinical Evaluation of the Visual System III - Course Instructor
The CEVS course sequence is the fundamental course in the School of Optometry. Our mission is as follows:

  • Attain competency for each student for each of the individual skills used in a primary care eye examination;

  • Confirm that these skills can be used in a sequence on a patient, and that the data is collected and interpreted appropriately;

  • Initiate an orientation to normal and abnormal findings. 

Since all other courses build on the foundation laid in CEVS, it is crucial that each student demonstrate competency in the overall course mission and that each student fulfill the course objectives. Students successfully completing the CEVS course sequence demonstrate readiness for entry into individual clinical patient care.

OPT 242L Advanced Clinical Procedures I Lab - Lab Instructor

Instruction in optometry procedures beyond the basic comprehensive eye examination techniques.  Includes lid procedures, corneal foreign body removal, lacrimal dilation and irrigation, punctal plug insertion, pachymetry, ultrasound and fundus photography.

Schifanella LL, Karkkainen TR. 2006. Chapter 37: Refractive effects of ocular disease. In Benjamin WJ (ed). Borish's Clinical Refraction, pp 1619-1658. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders.

Land, D.L. and Benjamin, W.J. (1994). Sizes and shapes of conjunctival inserts. International Contact Lens Clinic (Vol 21), 212-217. Woburn: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Additional Information:

Dr. Schifanella grew up in Birmingham and attended Faith Christian High School where she graduated as the valedictorian. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Montevallo where she graduated summa cum laude. She went on to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry (UABSO). She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from UABSO, graduated cum laude, and received the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence. Dr. Schifanella received a Masters in Vision Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in December of 1994.

Following her education in Alabama, Dr. Schifanella completed a Residency in Ocular Disease at Triad Eye Medical Center and Cataract Institute affiliated with Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry (NSUOCO). Dr. Schifanella joined the faculty of NSUOCO in 1996. She served as Director of Residency Programs from 1997-2003. In addition, she was course master for three courses: Systemic Therapy in Ocular Disease, Differential Diagnosis in Ocular Disease, and Advanced Clinical Methods. Dr. Schifanella served as Chief of the Specialty Care Clinic (the laser and minor surgery clinic) from 1996-2000. She was a tenured associate professor and a member of the NSU Graduate Faculty.

Dr. Schifanella joined the faculty of UABSO in March of 2004. Dr. Schifanella is the Director of Residency Programs. She is coursemaster for Injections and Minor Surgical Procedures, in which the students learn injections, suturing, and minor surgical procedures in primary eye care.  She also serves as a member of the Clinical Evaluation of the Visual System course faculty and is a lab instructor and lecturer in the courses.  Dr. Schifanella serves in the Primary Care Clinics. Dr. Schifanella has given many continuing education lectures and has co-authored many residency accreditation Self Studies. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Alabama Optometric Association, and is a sustaining member of the American Optometric Student Association. Her interests include residency education, ocular disease, and primary care.


UAB School of Optometry
1716 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35233
P: (205) 975-2020