Dr. Pat Segu was honored at the See to Succeed Partner Appreciation Luncheon on May 15th, 2019 at City Hall. Under her leadership, the program provides access to high quality eye care for participating children. Since the pilot in 2011, over 71,000 children have been examined and 65,000 pairs of glasses delivered. Dr. Segu upholds the highest standard of optometric care while providing direction to the Houston Health Department’s clinical team. She designed the clinic flow process to expedite patient exams and developed referral procedures, diligently prioritizing the continuum of care for children with serious vision issues. Recognized as the founding medical director for her groundbreaking leadership and for transforming the many lives she has touched through the advancement of childhood vision, Mayor Turner proclaimed May 15th, 2019 as Dr. Pat Segu Day.
Pictured above from left to right: Stephen Williams, Director for the Houston Health Dept., Dr. Segu, Joel Shannon, Board of Director for Houston Health Foundation, Dr. Marc Piccolo, Associate Dean for Professional Advancement & Clinical Education, Executive Director for Surgical Services, UHCO.
With just a week for graduation, Sandra Bui took time out of her extremely busy schedule to meet and thank Drs. Ron Hopping and Desiree Hopping for their generosity in funding a scholarship through their named endowment at UHCO. Bui is not only graduating next week but is getting married immediately after!
"I really appreciate the generosity of the Hoppings and it is an honor to receive this scholarship from two great leaders of our profession. I cannot be more grateful and this is a true blessing," said Bui.
The Esther Farfel Award is the highest honor accorded to a University faculty member. The award is a symbol of overall career excellence. Recipients of the Farfel Award must have demonstrated excellence in all areas of faculty responsibility…in particular, their research must have had a significant impact at the national and international levels, they must have demonstrated outstanding teaching ability, and their service to the University, the profession and the community must have been distinctive and exemplary.
Dr. Laura Frishman, PhD, FAAO, FARVO, John and Rebecca Moores Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, received the Farfel Award for 2019 at the Faculty Excellence Awards Dinner held on April 18, 2019. This is only the second time that a faculty member in the College of Optometry has received this prestigious University award…..a tremendous and well-deserved…well-earned recognition.
SECO International has announced that J. Max Ernst, OD, '86, will become the organization’s next President. Dr. Ernst will officially accept the honor during the House of Delegates meeting, held during SECO 2019 in New Orleans.
The Texas Optometric Association (TOA) is proud to announce the 2019 TOA Award Winners. Of the seven awards, four are UHCO alum. Congratulations to; Jenny Terrell Feenstra, OD, '03; Eric Ketchum, OD, '11; Matt Valdes, OD, '11; and Heidi Sticksel-Hawkins, OD, '98!
UHCO's Erin Tomiyama, OD, and Kathryn Richdale, OD, PhD, were recently featured in an article for Review of Optometry. Their article is titled, How Environment and Genetics Give Rise to Myopia. To read full piece click here.
UHCO hosted the 2019 UHCO Research Showcase this past Friday, January 25th. The goal of this poster session is to highlight and increase awareness of the research and clinical case reports conducted by graduate students, optometry summer research students, postdocs, research assistants/associates, residents and fellows associated with UHCO. In addition, it is an opportunity for research groups at UH, outside of UHCO, to participate in an on-campus poster event dedicated to vision research.