Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I want to take this opportunity to personally let you know that last week I announced to the UHCO faculty that I will step down as UHCO’s Dean, effective the end of this academic year.
You have heard me say many times that being Dean is the best job that I’ve ever had. While that is still true, I have a few years remaining on my grant and it is time for me to step aside so that I can devote more time to my research. It’s also time for a new Dean to come in and spur greater growth for the College. Historically, with each new Dean, the College has grown and flourished, building on the foundation from the prior administration. I will continue to serve as Dean as the University completes a search and hires my successor, a process that could take up to a year. There will be continuity during this transition and the College will continue to move forward so our momentum is not lost.
UH Eye Center- Heights (formerly GNC) and UHCO are Enhancing Vision For Life one eye exam at a time for children in the Houston community! The See to Succeed Program screened a record 10,150 children this academic year. Pat Segu, OD,’92, serves as the program director for See to Succeed and is also the Regional Director of Houston Community Based External Clinics for UHCO.
Congratulations to UHCO’s own Veronica Mendez, OD, and Stephanie Marten-Ellis, OD ’17, who presented posters at the 57th Annual Heart of America Eye Care Congress. This was the first year UHCO was represented at the meeting and Dr. Marten-Ellis’s poster won First Place at the scientific poster session! The title for Dr. Mendez’s poster is Bilateral Repeat Corneal Cross Linking on a Progressive Keratoconus Patient and the title for Dr. Marten-Ellis’s poster is Fungal Corneal Ulcer Treated with Amniotic Membrane.
UHCO would like to recognize members of our faculty, residents, fellows, and students who had an incredible presence at the 2018 Global Specialty Lens Symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Global Specialty Lens Symposium is a meeting with world renowned experts that focus on the successful management of ocular conditions using today's specialty contact lenses.
Read more for a full list of award winners, posters, presenters and lectuerers.
UH President, Renu Khator recently visited UHCO to celebrate her 10th year leading the university system and the incredible accomplishments of its students. As part of her tour throughout campus, President Khator spoke with UHCO students on ambition, dreams, and building a great institution at the University of Houston.
Four UHCO students were selected to join the Luxottica OneSight mission trip to Mexico this year. Congratulations to Jonathan Chen, OPT IV; Zainab Muhanna, OPT III; Nhi Nguyen, OPT III; and Ambika Singh, OPT III. This marks the 20th OneSight clinic that has taken place in the country of Mexico. Zainab notes, “I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity to help alongside optometry students and optometrist from around the world to help the citizens of Mexico see and live better.” UHCO looks forward to hearing about their amazing journey later this spring!
UHCO hosted the 4th Annual Research Poster Showcase on Friday, January 19, 2018. This event featured research conducted by our College’s graduate students, optometry students, postdocs, research assistants/associates, residents and fellows, and included collaborative projects conducted with other UH departments. We had 40 presenters whose poster presentations spaned a wide range of vision related topics, with an emphasis on both clinical and basic science research.
The UHCO Class of 2020 recently celebrated receiving their prestigious White Coats. This ceremony signifies the next step in their optometric journey. Students receive these coats and now enter into the University Eye Institute providing patient care. Congratulations, to the Class of 2020!
The 2017 J. Pat Cummings award recipient, for UHCO, is Rachel Reed, OPT III.
This award is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision in memory of AOA Past President, Pat Cummings, OD, who had a love for volunteering in his profession and making a positive impact in the community. Recipient demonstrate the ideal eye care standards of practice, achievement in both academic performance and extra-curricular activities, and participation with other professional pursuits such as involvement with patients through internships, community service, and other volunteer activities.
Congratulations, Rachel on your prestigious award!