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January 7, 2014

Alumnus Named VOSH Humanitarian of the Year

SUNY College of Optometry alumnus, Dr. Carl Sakovits was named the Humanitarian of the Year for 2013 by VOSH International, an organization that provides vision care and optometric services to those who cannot obtain or afford it around the world.

Dr. Sakovits, along with classmates Greg Rios, Spencer Moy and George Kaknis, founded the Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity chapter at SUNY in 1987. Following graduation, Dr. Sakovits continued to work with the SUNY chapter and in 1998 he was named SUNY’s first-ever ‘Alumnus of the Year.’ In addition, Dr. Sakovits was the recipient of the Dr. Max Cohen Memorial Award for outstanding volunteer commitment to community service and the Dr. Louis Herman Memorial Award for dedication and commitment to VOSH.

Dr. Sakovits also founded the Northeast chapter of VOSH and has served as its president for the past 25 years. He has organized and led over 25 multi-disciplinary medical missions to Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Panama.

Dr. Sakovits, a 1988 graduate of the College, practices in Bristol, RI. He was presented with the Humanitarian of the Year award at a ceremony in San Juan Puerto Rico last year. Watch the video below: