Michael Heiberger, OD
SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036


Dr. Michael Heiberger joined the College when it was founded in 1971. Since his joining, he has held a position in the Registrar as well as the Director of Admissions, Vice President for Student Affairs, Director of Planning and Evaluation and Associate Clinical Professor and Director of International Programs.

Dr. Heiberger received his BS from Brooklyn College, his Doctor of Optometry from Pennsylvania College of Optometry and a Masters in Higher Education from New York University.  Prior to joining SUNY, he was the Assistant Director of the University Eye Center.

Dr. Heiberger is a member of the AOA, NYSOA, American Academy of Optometry and the National Association of Student Advisors.


Residency in Developmental Vision, Optometric Center of New York

New York University, MA

Pennsylvania College of Optometry, BS, OD

Brooklyn College, BS


2010-Present: Director of International Programs

2007-2010: Director of Institutional Research and Planning 

1995-Present: Associate Clinical Professor 

1989-2007: Director of Planning and Evaluation

1984-1989: Vice President for Policy, Planning and Evaluation

1978-1984: Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Admissions    

1971-78: Director of Student Services

1971-95: Assistant Clinical Professor, SUNY

1971-78: Associate Director, University Optometric Center

1967-71: Assistant Director, Optometric Center of NY 


“Scholarly Publications by Optometric Residents, 1999-2003” (with I. Suchoff) Optometric Education.  Fall 2006.

Heiberger, MH, Madonna, RJ and Nehmad, L. Primary Care of Medical and Ophthalmic Emergencies.  New York:McGraw-Hill, 2003.

“Between Site Visits: The Need for Ongoing Evaluation of Residency Programs” Optometric Education.  Spring 2003.

“The Prevalence of Unethical Student Behavior in Optometry Schools” (with D.L. Werner, J. Feldman, E. Johnston).  Optometric Education.  Spring 2000.

Guest Editorial: “Experience Is No Substitute For Knowledge — The Need for Evidence-Based Clinical Education in the Ambulatory Setting.”  Optometric Education.  Summer 1999.

"Financial Implications of Residency Programs for Sponsoring Organizations."  Optometric Education.  Spring 1997.

"The Learning Disabled Optometry Student: Compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973" (with H. Solan) Optometry and Vision Science.  May 1995.

"How Are Optometry Schools Coping with Learning Disabled Professional Students?"  (with H. Solan) Optometric Education.  Spring 1995

"Expanding Community-Based Residency Training For Optometrists." (with B. Barresi)  Optometric Education.  Winter 1995

"Evaluation of a Core Curriculum for Optometric Residents at Three Veterans Administration Hospitals Affiliated with SUNY." (with I. Suchoff) Journal of Optometric Education. Spring 1989.

"Vision Training Residency: An Outcome Study." (with R. Mozlin) Journal of Optometric Education.  Spring 1989.

"The Impact of the Changing Role of the Ophthalmologist, the Optician, and the Technician on the Profession Of Optometry By the Year 2000." (with D.L. Werner)  Journal of Optomet­ric Education. Fall 1987.

"Are There Too Many or Too Few Optometrists?"  (Editorial) Journal of Optometric Education.  Spring 1987.

          "The Current State of Planning Activitiesat Schools and  Colleges of Optometry."  Journal of Optometric Education.  Spring 1987.

"The Alumni Survey: A Tool in Curriculum Evaluation."  Journal of Optometric Education.  Summer 1986.

"Local Validity of OCAT As A Predictor of Professional School Grade-Point Average."  American Journal of Optometry and Physiol­ogical Optics.  January 1986.

A Framework For Student Affairs at Schools and Colleges of Optometry.  Report of the Project Team on Student Affairs of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.  Speegles Printers Type 1979.

"Optometric Shortage Areas: Changes in Federal Policy" (with M. Soroka).  Journal of Optometric Education.  Fall 1978.

"The Dr. Martin Luther King Health Center and the Optometric Center of New York - An Institution to Institution Relation­ship"  (with I. Suchoff).  American Journal of Optometry and Archives of the American Academy of Optometry. October 1971.

A National Study of Assisting Manpower in Optometry.  (Associ­ate Investigator).  Report prepared for the Manpower Adminis­tration, U.S. Department of Labor under Grant # 81-34-70-11-1.  August 1971.

"Residency Programs in Vision Training."  American Journal of Optometry and Archives of the American Academy of Optometry.  November 1970.

Professional Organizations

  • AmericanAcademyof Optometry (Emeritus Fellow)

  • Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College (Fellow)

  • American Optometric Associat­ion

  • New York State Optometric Association

  • SUNY Association of Institutional Research and Planning Officers

  • Association for Institutional Research

  • American Educational Research Association (Division I -  Research in the Professions)

  • American Evaluation Association

  • Society for College and University Planning

Selected Professional Activities

Project Director, Project to establish a Center of Excellence in Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation at Wenzhou Medical College (China).  Funded for three years by Lavelle Fund for the Blind.  2009-Present

Course Coordinator, Emergency Care courses, third and fourth professional years.  Recently developed expanded course for third professional year.     

Certified Instructor, American Red Cross and American Heart Association –  Courses in CPR/AED and First Aid        

Instructor, Clinical Medicine Laboratory, second professional year.

Instructor, Optometric Methods Laboratory, first professional year.

Project Director, "Ophthalmic Supplier Group Project."  Industrial Effectiveness Program, Department of Economic Development, State of New York.

Invited Paper, "Optometry Curriculum Analysis and Planning System."  (with B. Barresi and R. Gorman).  Section on Optometric Education, American Academy of Optometry

Project Director, "Careers In Sight: To and Through Optom­etry School."  Division of Disadvantaged Assistance, Bureau of Health Professions, U.S. Public Health Service, Grant #  1D18MB0113701                                                                

Project Director, "A Pathway to Careers in Vision For Disad­vantaged Students."  Division of Disadvantaged Assis­tance, Bureau of Health Professions, U.S. Public Health Service, Grant #  03D8MB00613                                       

Chairman, Council on Student Affairs, Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry                                              

Professional Advisory Committee, Optometric Center of Mary­land, Baltimore, Maryland                                               

SUNY-Wide Task Force on Admissions and Student Financial Aid

Committee on Assistance to Graduates and Undergraduates, American Optometric Association                              

Chairman, Project Team on Student Financial Aid, American Optometric Association

Committee Activities

  •  Long Range Planning (Chair)

  • Council on Information Technology

  • Committee on Faculty Development

  • Committee on Learning Resources

  • Committee on Internships and Residency Programs

  • Institutional Self-Study For Council on Optometric Education

  • Institutional Self-Study For Middle States

  • Computers, Library and Media Center (Chair)

  • Educational Policy

  • Admissions

  • Student Computer Access Program (Chair)

  • Scholarships, Awards and Student Financial Aid

  • Faculty-Student Association (President and Treasurer)

  • Faculty Retreat Planning

  • Summer Curriculum Conferences

  • Annual Blood Drive (Chair)

  • Pandemic Flu Committee (Chair)

  • Institutional Research and Planning (Chair)

  • informity