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August 17, 2012

New Associate Dean Named at SUNY Optometry

Stewart Bloomfield, Ph.D has been appointed Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research and will also serve Director of the Graduate Center for Vision Research beginning January 2013. Stewart brings more than 30 years of experience in research and graduate education to the college and an outstanding record of internationally recognized research on retinal neurophysiology.

He is a graduate of SUNY Stony Brook and received his Ph.D from Washington University in St. Louis. The NIH’s National Eye Institute, has funded his research on retinal amacrine cell function since 1988. He has had other grants from NIH and the National Science Foundation and consistently translates his research to address a variety of clinical applications, particularly those involving neuronal loss such as in Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease, diabetic retinopathy, ischemic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, and glaucoma.

Stewart currently holds the rank of professor in the Department of Physiology & Neuroscience and the Department of Ophthalmology at New York University( NYU) Medical School where has been honored for excellence in medical education. He also served as director of the medical school’s Graduate Program in Neuroscience and Physiology since 1999 and he has coordinated the Integrated Program in Neuroscience since 2009. He was the Principal Investigator and ran the medical school’s institutional doctoral and post-doctoral training programs in neuroscience funded by NIH.