Posted On: 10/04/2019
Zanna Kruoch, OD, FAAO, Clinical Faculty at the Cedar Springs Eye Clinic has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Dr. Margaret Brown Ingram Early Career Development Award at the University of Houston College of Optometry.
Funding from this generous endowment will be used to support professional development activities critical to the enrichment and enhancement of her career growth at UHCO. Dr. Kruoch will use the funds to support training on methods to conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses— the gold-standard for addressing clinical questions and defining evidence-based clinical practices.
“I am inspired at the news of Dr. Zanna Kruoch being selected as the 2019 recipient of the Dr. Margaret Brown Ingram Early Career Development Award at the University of Houston College of Optometry. The creation of this award was a highpoint for me, a culmination of many years of studying, researching and teaching in the field of women and their work; the award becoming an active entity fills me with pride and joy! Dr. Zanna Kruoch is a great choice, ” said Dr. Margaret Brown Ingram, whose philanthropic commitment created this award.
Earlier this year, Dr. Kruoch was the winner of the Optometric Educator Award from the American Optometric Association (AOA), one of the highest honors in teaching from the AOA. Dr. Kruoch graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston, College of Optometry before completing a Cornea and Contact Lens Management Residency at Illinois College of Optometry. This year, Dr. Kruoch was also honored as the Texas Optometric Association Educator of the Year. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and her clinical interests include specialty contact lens and ocular disease.
“I am grateful to Dr. Ingram for her vision and wholehearted support in advancing the careers of women. Her philanthropy is a testament to our times and I am proud and excited to get this award that will support me in making the changes I want to develop my career and the profession. This award truly gives me that extra encouragement to get me there,” said Dr. Kruoch.
Dr. Kruoch works with UHCO’s 4th year externs at the Cedar Springs Eye Clinic, an inner city satellite clinic that provides primary eye care, pathology management, specialty contact lenses and an independent optical service for low-income and indigent persons. Housed in a historic Dallas Housing Authority building, what began as a voluntary operation is now UHCO’s largest externship site with 33 externs rotating through the clinic annually.