Clinical Affairs and the University Eye Center

The University Eye Center (UEC), formerly known as the University Optometric Center, is chartered under Article 28 of the New York State Public Health Law.  The executive director of the University Eye Center is the vice president for clinical affairs and is responsible for the planning, operations and quality of patient care services provided within the clinical facilities of the College, as well as in its satellite and extramural clinical programs.  Administrative officers with the UEC include the chief operating officer and the chief of staff/director of professional services.


University Eye Center's Clinical Administration

Providing excellent patient care at the University Eye Center requires effective leadership, which provides a framework for planning, directing, coordinating, providing and improving health care services.

The goal of University Eye Center's administrators, service chiefs and managers is to use this framework for establishing health care services that respond to community and patient needs. Effective leadership depends on the quality and performance of these processes; let us know how we are doing!

Room: 1025
Phone: (212) 938-4030

Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Executive Director of the University Eye Center

The vice president for clinical affairs is responsible for the overall operation of the University Eye Center (UEC) the patient care facility of the SUNY College of Optometry. The vice president for clinical affairs provides leadership and direction in the areas of patient care operations, billing/coding and finance, managed care contracting, credentialing and compliance.  The vice president for clinical affairs reviews and recommends new clinical programs to the president and is responsible for developing affiliation contracts and corresponding administrative procedures for extramural clinical programs. The vice president of clinical affairs provides direction to the chief of staff and the chief operating officer and reviews the clinical education needs within the context of a patient care facility in collaboration with the Vvce president for academic affairs. .

Richard Soden OD, FAAO
Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Executive Director
University Eye Center
Phone: (212) 938-4036
Email: rsoden@sunyopt.edu

Chief of Staff/Director of Professional Services

The chief of staff/director of professional services assumes overall clinical responsibility for the development  and implementation of professional and clinical standards within the UEC and at the appropriate affiliated satellites. The chief of staff works closely with other senior managers within the UEC to assure a smooth, efficient and effective clinical program both operationally and fiscally, and works with the vice president for clinical affairs on strategic planning for the UEC.

The chief of staff provides oversight of the Quality Assessment and Improvement Committee and works with the chiefs of services to ensure the quality of patient care rendered by the clinical faculty.  The chief of staff develops and implements clinical policies and procedures relating to professional standards, scope of service and credentialing, and provides direction to the chiefs of services, director of social work and nursing and the credentialing staff in meeting regulatory and applicable clinical standards.  Additionally, the chief of staff is involved in marketing, organization and patient flow, clinic staffing, clinic service collaboration, communication and budgeting.

The chief of staff also coordinates with the vice president for clinical affairs to maximize the teaching effectiveness and learning opportunities provided by the UEC and assists the vice president for clinical affairs with the recruitment of clinical faculty.

Catherine Pace Watson, OD
Chief of Staff/Director of Professional Services
University Eye Center
Phone: (212) 938-5899
Email: cpace@sunyopt.edu

Chief Operating Officer 

The chief operating officer is responsible for the day-to-day management of the patient care services provided throughout the University Eye Center.  The COO is responsible for directing and administering changes to meet the service delivery and academic objectives of the clinic and coordinating efforts. The COO develops and implements operational improvements for the UEC and is actively involved in senior level strategic planning consistent with its mission.  The COO monitors and ensures consistency in the implementation of, and compliance with, applicable policies and procedures, regulatory mandates and provides administrative direction and oversight to clinical operations and clinic managers, credentialing, medical records, patient accounts/billing, referral service, call center and outreach services in support of patient care services.

Liduvina Martinez-Gonzalez, MS
Chief Operating Officer
University Eye Center
Phone: (212) 938-4033
Email: lgonzalez@sunyopt.edu

Service Chiefs

Thomas  Wong, OD
Adult and Pediatric Primary Eye Care
Phone: (212) 938-4155
Email: twong@sunyopt.edu

Neera Kapoor, OD, MS
Vision Rehabilitation Service
Phone: (212) 938-5890
Email: nkapoor@sunyopt.edu

Joseph Stamm, OD
Advanced Care/Ocular Disease
Phone: (212) 938-4060
Email: jstamm@sunyopt.edu

Clinic Council

The Clinic Council conducts the clinical business of the University Eye Center staff.  The Clinic Council makes recommendations to the vice president of clinical affairs for matters regarding the welfare and management of the University Eye Center.  The Clinic Council also recommends action to the chief of staff on clinical matters.  The Clinic Council coordinates the activities and general policies of the various services.  It assures that the professional care and treatment for patients are in accordance with the highest standards in optometric care.

The Clinic Council is an advisory group to the vice president for clinical affairs and engages in discussions relating, but not limited to, the strategic plan and the mission of the UEC, staff membership, the provision of quality patient care, effectiveness and efficiency of all patient care related activities, the educational process within the context of the patient care setting, affiliated sites, departmental and external relations, credentialing, quality assessment and improvement, environmental and safety issues, professional and regulatory requirements and operational policies and procedures.  Membership on the Clinic Council includes the vice president for clinical affairs, chief of staff, chief operating officer, vice president for academic affairs and the service chiefs.

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University Eye Center

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