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UH College of Optometry Faculty, Alumni Earn Statewide Honors

By: Posted On: 01/21/2020

The Texas Optometric Association (TOA) announced its 2020 awards recipients this week and several top honors are going to University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) faculty and alumni.

Houston-area optometrist Dr. Sam Quintero, O.D. ’72, will receive the Optometrist of the Year Award. This honor recognizes a TOA member optometrist who has rendered outstanding cumulative service to the association and the profession.

He joined the UHCO faculty in 1972 and continues today as an adjunct associate professor. He received the TOA’s Educator of the Year Award in 2005 and earned the American Academy of Optometry’s Eminent Service Award in 1988.

Quintero has been practicing optometry for more than 40 years and is in private practice with his daughter – Dr. Michele Quintero, O.D. ’04 – at Lakeshore Eye Care in Cypress.

Dr. Pat Segu, O.D. ’92, will receive the Mollie Armstrong Leadership Award. This award is given to a TOA member optometrist, in practice at least 10 years, who has rendered service to the visual welfare of Texans. This award recognizes an optometrist who has performed significant public service for the visual welfare of others, for educational institutions and organizations, research programs or for civic and community groups.

Segu is a clinical professor and director of optometry services at the University Eye Center in the Heights for UHCO. She is also the founding medical director for See to Succeed – a collaborative Houston-based community vision project, which has provided eyes exams and care for over 71,000 school-aged children since 2011.

She has 20 years of extensive clinical experience in primary care, ocular disease and community outreach programs. Segu is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and a Texas Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. She serves as American Optometric Association Faculty Liaison for the college, chairwoman for the Texas Public Health Association’s Vision Care Section and was the immediate past chair for the American Public Health Association’s Vision Care Section.

Previous accolades include: the TOA’s 2013 Educator of the Year Award, the 2013-2014 UH Teaching Excellence Award in community engagement and the 2015 Distinguished Service Award for vision care from the American Public Health Association. She was also an honoree for the Prevent Blindness Texas’ 2015 Eye Stroll for Vision and the Houston Delta Gamma Foundation’s 2014 Voices for Vision Fundraiser. The Mayor of Houston proclaimed May 15, 2019 as “Dr. Pat Segu Day” in recognition of her efforts and leadership in the advancement of childhood vision care.

Dr. Reid Robertson, O.D. ’10, will be named Young Optometrist of the Year. This award recognizes a TOA member optometrist, 40 years of age or younger, who has rendered outstanding service and professional leadership on local, state or national levels; who has demonstrated by action the highest regard for the ethics and ideals of the TOA; and whose actions are a credit to the profession of optometry.

While at UHCO, Robertson was awarded the Zelda Schiffman Neuro-Ophthalmology Award for excellence in clinical assessment and patient care at the MS Eye CARE Clinic at UHCO’s University Eye Institute. He owns the Texas State Optical clinics in Allen and Rockwall.

All three will receive their awards at the 2020 TOA Summit Saturday, Feb. 1, in Austin.

For a full list of 2020 TOA Summit Award Recipients click here.

About UHCO:

Since 1952, the University of Houston College of Optometry has educated and trained leading researchers in vision health and optometrists to provide the highest quality vision care. One of only two optometry schools in Texas, UHCO offers a variety of degree programs including a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.), a combined Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science (O.D./M.S.), a Master of Science (M.S.) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in vision science.