Salus News

July 23, 2014

New Clinical Faculty Appointments Announced

Linda Casser, OD, FAAO, interim associate dean for the Practice of Optometric Medicine, recently announced the appointments of four new clinical faculty members who will be joining the Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry in August.

Doctors Byung Josh Kim, Aikaterini Koukas ’13, Rajni Kumari ’13 and Bhawan Minhas were selected after a national search that resulted in applications from qualified candidates from around the country. Dr. Casser also noted that “this successful outcome is the result of months of effort and support by many individuals within the College and University to launch a new direction for the PCO Internship Program and the Primary Care Residency Program at The Eye Institute. This effort and support is sincerely appreciated.” She added her thanks to the members of the University community who participated in the search process, and added her invitation to the community members to “Please join in enthusiastically welcoming these four talented colleagues as new faculty members.

July 17, 2014

Dr. Schieman Named Dean of Research

Salus University provost, Dr. Janice Scharre, has announced the appointment of Dr. Mitchell Scheiman as Dean of Research at the University. The appointment was effective on July 1.

In her announcement, the provost noted Dr. Scheiman’s strong administrative leadership, telling the Salus community that, along with his dedication to research, Dr. Scheiman "will be an inspiring development to our Research Department."

Dr. Scheiman is nationally recognized as an expert on Convergence Insufficiency and has extensive clinical research experience, serving as the Co-Protocol Chair of the NEI Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Study (CITS) and Study Chair of the NEI Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT).  He recently received approval on his proposed NEI/U10 Cooperative Clinical Research grant entitled the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial - Attention and Reading Trial (CITT-ART).

July 10, 2014

OCA Faculty Promotions Announced

Dr. Victor Bray, dean of the University’s Osborne College of Audiology, announced the promotions of two OCA faculty members.

Dr. Radhika Aravamudhan has been promoted to Assistant Dean for the Foundations and Assessment of Audiologic Medicine and Dr. Jonette Owen has been promoted to  Assistant Dean for the Practice and Assessment of Audiologic Medicine.

In her new position, Dr. Aravamudhan, who joined the faculty at OCA in 2005, will plan, organize and direct the day-to-day operations of the residential component of the College, under administrative direction of the dean.  She will be responsible for developing curriculum and course design for the residential Audiology program, assist in program review and assessment, and in attaining and maintaining accreditation in collaboration with the dean.

In her new position, Dr. Owen, who joined the faculty at OCA in 2010, will plan, organize and direct the day-to-day operations of the residential component of the College, under administrative direction of the dean.  She will be responsible for establishing, implementing, assessing and improving best practices for student training through the four-year clinical training program. She will have oversight responsibility for clinical credentialing exercises, on-campus clinical training at the Pennsylvania Ear Institute (student years 1 and 2), the off-campus clerkship clinical rotations (student year 3), and the off-campus clinical externship (student year 4). 

June 24, 2014

Celebration and Open House

Over 300 Salus University alumni, faculty, staff and friends participated in the 117th Annual American Optometric Association’s meeting in Philadelphia at the end of June. The meeting, which ran from June 25th to June 28th, informed participants of innovations in vision care and allowed them to network with other professionals in the field.

Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s celebration was held at the National Constitution Center on the evening of Friday, June 27th. The event consisted of recognizing five year reunion class members as well as a presentation of the Salus University Alumni Association Awards.

In addition to honoring these influential alumni who have greatly impacted Salus University, the program also highlighted the University’s community outreach efforts in Philadelphia and beyond. Attendees enjoyed a delicious menu, drinks and exclusive access to the museum’s main interactive exhibit: The Story of We the People.

The next day, alumni were invited to an open house, tours and a wine and cheese reception at The Eye Institute. See the photos

June 13, 2014

Salus Speakers Series
Harvey Rubin, MD, PhD

In the inaugural lecture of the Salus Speakers Series, Harvey Rubin, MD, PhD, infectious disease specialist and University of Pennsylvania professor, spoke to the Salus University community about a highly innovative approach to preventing infectious disease in the developing world.  His NGO, Energizing the Chain, has partnered with telecommunications companies that maintain electrified cell phone towers. Together they have provided the power for refrigeration necessary to keep lifesaving vaccines cold and stable, and have been able to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of children living in Africa and India.

A video of the lecture can be viewed at: