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June 9, 2011

Thomas Wong, O.D. Appointed Chief of Adult and Pediatric Primary Eye Care

Dr. Richard Soden, Vice President for Clinical Affairs at the SUNY College of Optometry, announced the appointment of Dr. Thomas Wong as the new Chief of Adult and Pediatric Primary Eye Care effective July 1, 2011. The University Eye Center is continuing to reorganize its patient care delivery system to better serve its patients and to anticipate the changes associated with health care reform.  As Chief of the Adult and Pediatric Primary Care Service, Dr. Wong will provide the leadership needed to integrate and enhance the coordination of primary eye and vision care.  The new Adult and Pediatric Service represents the integration of previously distinct units including: Adult Primary Care, Pediatric Care, Infant Vision Care and Children with Special Needs.   Dr. Soden said this new organization reflects the important role that primary eye care will assume both at SUNY and within existing and future health care models. He expects this comprehensive service to continue to expand under Dr. Wong’s leadership enabling the Center to meet the needs of all the patients.

Dr. Wong received his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University and his Doctor of Optometry degree from SUNY College of Optometry in 1989. He has had an 18-year career with Kaiser Permanente., where his responsibilities included both direct care as well as extensive administrative responsibilities.  During his time at Kaiser, Dr. Wong served as the Optometry Chief in the Vision Services Department in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia and as the Optometry Supervisor for eight medical centers in Northern Virginia.

He completed the inaugural Chief Executive Optometrist Program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. Dr. Wong is Immediate Past President of the Maryland Optometric Association and the Optometric Society of Washington, D.C.

 He is an active volunteer in numerous local and national associations and organizations including Georgetown University, where he serves on the Board of Governors.