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Clinical Affairs and the University Eye Center

The University Eye Center (UEC) 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 administration 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 director of clinical operations and finance and the chief medical officer.

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 Administration and Executive Director of the University Eye Center

The vice president for clinical administration 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 administration 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 administration 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 administration provides direction to the chief medical officer and the director of clinical operations and finance and reviews the clinical education needs within the context of a patient care facility in collaboration with the Vice president for academic affairs.

Liduvina Martinez-Gonzalez, MS
Vice President for Clinical Administration and Executive Director
University Eye Center
Phone: (212) 938-4033
Email: lgonzalez@sunyopt.edu

Service Chiefs

Catherine Pace Watson, OD
Interim Chief – Adult and Pediatric Primary Care
Phone: (212) 938-5899
Email: cpace@sunyopt.edu

Daniella Rutner, OD, MS
Chief – Vision Rehabilitation
Phone: (212) 938-5890
Email: drutner@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 administration for matters regarding the welfare and management of the University Eye Center.  The Clinic Council also recommends action to the chief medical officer 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 administration 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 administration, chief medical officer, director of clinical operations and finance, vice president for academic affairs and the service chiefs.

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University Eye Center

Please consult the Patient Care section for further information on the University Eye Center.

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