Dennis Leiner, PhD, Founder & Board Member
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Dr. Leiner received his Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Optics in 1975 from The University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics. He received his Master’s Degree in Optics from the Institute in 1977.
From 1976 to 1978, he was employed by Galileo Electro-Optics Corporation as an optical engineer, where he established and managed an optical laboratory for identifying the performance characteristics of fiber optics used in communications.
Dr. Leiner returned to academia in 1978 to pursue his doctorate. He received his Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of Connecticut in Storrs after researching optical techniques for the diagnosis of middle ear pathologies.
In 1981, he accepted the position of principal optical engineer at Dyonics, Inc., the predecessor of Smith and Nephew Endoscopy, Inc. While at Dyonics, he was responsible for the development of new concepts in medical endoscopy, including the technical management of product development. During his tenure at Dyonics, he designed video endoscopic products, engineered fiberoptic illumination and sensor systems, developed new techniques for the optical characterization of endoscopes, and invented new endoscope designs, resulting in the issuance of several patents.
In 1984 and 1985, Dr. Leiner taught optics at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell while at the same time establishing a medical optics design and consulting company, Leiner Associates, Inc. He left teaching in 1985 to focus full time on the development of Leiner Associates, which was the predecessor of Lighthouse Imaging Corporation. Dr. Leiner is listed as inventor or co-inventor in 14 patents and has published more than 20 papers in the areas of medical optics and optical instrumentation.