Faculty and Staff News

September 22, 2014

William A. Monaco, OD, PhD, director, Graduate Programs in Biomedicine and associate director, Public Health programs, was featured in the September issue of the American Optometry Association’s (AOA) Focus magazine. In addition to his responsibilities at Salus, Dr. Monaco has continued his optometric work with the elderly, conducting exams in nursing homes, making him a natural for this profile.

Dr. Scheiman Appointed Dean of Research

Mitchell Scheiman, OD, has been appointed dean of Research at Salus University. The announcement was made by University provost, Dr. Janice Scharre, who noted, “Dr. Scheiman’s dedication and experience with research, along with his strong administrative leadership will be an inspiring asset to the Salus Research Department.” 

Dr. Scheiman began his career at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) in 1982 and held the position of interim dean of Research prior to this promotion.  Over the years, he has also served as associate dean of Clinical Research and director of the PCO Pediatric/Binocular Vision Programs.  Dr. Scheiman has been recognized nationally for his leadership in binocular vision, serving with such groups as the Department of Defense Clinical Practice Consensus Steering Committee on Vision Pediatric Eye Doctor Investigator group (PEDIG).             

Dr. Scheiman has extensive clinical research extramural funding serving as the co-protocol chair of the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 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).

Dr.Monaco Appointed Associate Dean

William A. Monaco, OD, MPH, PhD, has been appointed associate dean for Graduate Programs in Biomedicine (GPBI). The announcement was made by University provost, Dr. Janice Scharre and was effective July 1.

In making her announcement to the Salus community, Dr. Scharre said, “Dr. Monaco’s extensive academic and clinical leadership experience extends a wealth of knowledge to this position. He brings distinctive leadership skills to GPBI which will allow Salus University to build on the foundational work of Dr. Pierrette Dayhaw-Barker.” Dr. Dayhaw-Barker, now professor emeritus, was the founding dean of the GPBI program.

Dr. Monaco’s appointments at Salus include associate director of the Public Health programs and special assistant to the vice president of Academic Affairs for Program Development. He was instrumental in building the on-line pedagogical infrastructure for the Public Health programs and subsequently for the PhD/MSc degree programs in Biomedicine. According to the provost, Dr. Monaco will continue to teach in both of these programs.

Dr. Monaco’s career prior to his arrival at the University included significant leadership positions: US Navy Residency Research Director; Research Director of the St. Vincent's Medical Center, Heart and Lung Institute; Dean of the College of Optometry at Northeastern State University; Director of the Optometry Service at the Veterans Health Administration; and Research Optometrist at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen, MD. Additionally, he has continued his long-time work as a clinical optometrist, serving underserved populations in nursing homes and other institutional settings.

Dr. Verma To Be Honored By Academy 

The past two years have been quite a period for recognition by his peers and the optometric profession for Satya Verma, OD ’73, professor and associate director of the optometry externship program. At their annual meeting in October, the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) will present Dr. Verma with their 2014 Life Fellowship Award.

The AAO Life Fellowship Award is presented to an individual who has rendered “distinguished service to the science and art of optometry.” In a congratulatory letter to Dr. Verma, AAO awards committee member Chris Johnson, PhD, noted, “The excellence of your career has been acknowledged by numerous honors, and by the tremendous contributions you have made to optometry.  It is only fitting that you be the recipient of this award.” Congratulations, Dr. Verma, on this well-deserved honor!

 

Audiology Workshops Down Under

Dr. Giri Sundar, Salus University director of Distance Education for Osborne College of Audiology (OCA), was in Australia in late June and early July to oversee two OCA workshops that were co-sponsored by Attune of Brisbane.
The two workshops – Vestibular and Balance Disorders, and Electrophysiology in Audiology – were originally designed to fulfill the attendance requirement for two hands-on OCA workshops for all students enrolled in the University’s international Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree bridge program. All Salus OCA workshops are open to any practitioners in addition to Salus OCA students.

According to Dr. Sundar, the workshops, which were also open to Australian practitioners not enrolled in the OCA degree program, had eight OCA AuD degree bridge program participants from the Australia/New Zealand region. “With these two Brisbane workshops, seven of our AuD degree bridge students have completed their workshop requirements. Of these seven, three will have completed all the necessary coursework to receive their AuD degrees - and one more student will have completed it (the AuD degree program) before October, 2014.” Dr. Sundar noted that OCA and co-sponsor Attune of Brisbane were gratified by the participation rate. “We had 22 participants in the first workshop and 15 participants in the second.”  Enthusiasm amongst participants was high, and more than one student telling Dr. Sundar that the workshops were “the best learning experience I’ve had.”

We Salute

The Salus University community warmly welcomes its newest members:  

  • Cherese Akers, Education Program Assistant, Physician Assistant program
  • Dr. Robert Barsotti, Associate Professor, Biomedicine 
  • Dawn Ciccarone, Clinical Instructor, Occupational Therapy program
  • Terrell Johnson, Medical Records Clerk, TEI 
  • Byung Josh Kim, OD, Clinical Faculty, TEI
  • Aikaterini Koukas, OD '13, Clinical Faculty, TEI 
  • Rajni Kumari, OD '13, Clinical Faculty, TEI
  • Karen Kutner, Assistant Vice President, Clinical Operations, TEI
  • Bhawan Minhas, Clinical faculty, TEI
  • Christine Williams, Patient Representative, TEI

The Salus community offers warmest congratulations to the following members:

  • Dr. Mike Mittelman, who has been selected for the Wall of Fame of the Long Beach (NY) Public Schools. Dr. Mittelman was a star soccer player at his high school on Long Island.  He joins the ranks of Billy Crystal and other graduates who have made significant contributions to society from Long Beach High.
  • Dr. Jenny Shin, TEI clinical faculty, and her husband, who welcomed daughter Kara in June.

The Salus community extends sincere condolences to the following members:

  • Paula Kane, administrative coordinator, OCA, on the passing of her mother, Catherine Convery, who passed away in July at the age of 99. 

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