Richard M. Soden, O.D., F.A.A.O. is a Clinical Professor and currently the Director for Health Care Development at SUNY College of Optometry. He previously served as Vice President for Clinical Affairs. Dr. Soden graduated from SUNY college of Optometry in 1979. After graduation, he completed a residency program at the Northport VA Medical Center on Long Island. Dr. Soden remained at Northport VA for 26 years as the Associate Chief of Optometry Service. Dr. Soden was also a member of a large optometric practice in Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. In addition to primary care optometry, his special interests are in pediatrics, children with special needs and low vision rehabilitation for children and adults. He is recognized as a low vision specialist and has worked with the Commission for the Blind for his entire optometric career. After leaving the VA and private practice, Dr. Soden returned to SUNY College of Optometry as Vice President for Clinical Affairs.
Dr. Soden also serves as third party consultant for the New York State Optometric Association and has lectured extensively in third party reimbursement and practice management