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August 29, 2003

SUNY Optometry Runs Hospital Eye Services

On June 1, the SUNY College of Optometry's University Optometric Center took over the day-to-day operations of the eye care services at Woodhull Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn. According to Dr. Alden N. Haffner, College President, this is the first major New York City hospital to have its eye department directed by an optometrist. The 1100-bed public hospital is part of the Health and Hospitals Corporation of the City of New York.

"This is a major step for optometry. This affiliation will serve as a rich clinical resource for training our students and residents, as well as area optometrists who are enrolled in our continuing professional education courses," said Dr. Haffner.

Directed by Dr. Jeffrey Roth, a graduate of the College, Woodhull's eye services, which includes ophthalmology and optometry, will be restaffed with SUNY-affiliated ophthalmologists and optometrists. Dr. Roth's goal is to increase the number of patient visits and surgical referrals in the department. The hospital has already invested funds for the purchase of new diagnostic and treatment technology.

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