Barry J. Barresi, OD, PhD

Barry J. Barresi, OD, PhD.adjunct, College of Health Sciences, education and rehabilitation


  • PhD, New York University, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
  • OD, New England College of Optometry
  • AB, Holy Cross College

Role at Salus University:

  • Adjunct, Health Policy, MPH Program

Clinical Specialty: 

  • Primary care optometry
  • Population health

Selected Representative Publications: 

  • Barresi, BJ. Scott, C. Internet Research: Improving Traditional Community Analysis Before Launching a Practice. Journal American Optometric Association. 71(1):55-58, 2000 Jan.
  • Barresi, BJ. Kaplan HJ, Managing Vision Care for the Medicare Population. Health Care Innovations. November/December 1998. P17-20.
  • Barresi, BJ. Heiberger, MH. Expanding Community-Based Residency Training for Optometrists. Optometric Education. v20 n2 p57-59 Win 1995.
  • Soroka, M. Barresi, BJ. Oliver,G. Perry C. Guideline development process for optometric care of the patient with diabetes mellitus. Journal American Optometric Association. 65(8):573-7, 1994 Aug.

Professional Activities/Awards:

  • Dr. Barresi has a distinguished 30-year optometric career as a practitioner, clinical teacher, lecturer, academic administrator, business and health care executive. He was vice president and dean of academic affairs at the State University of New York, State College of Optometry, and founding director of the school's Center for Vision Care Policy. At Southern California College of Optometry, he was director of outreach programs. He was president and chief executive officer of Partner Provider Health Inc., the national managed care and disease management subsidiary of TLCVision for four years.
  • He was the Vice President, Clinical Affairs, New England College of Optometry, New England Eye Institute, Inc. He served as Chief executive officer of the American Optometric Association from 2008 to 2014; Executive Director of Optometry Care – Foundation of the AOA (501(c)6 entity) which operates multiple charitable purpose programs; and founding CEO of AOAExcel, Inc., a wholly owned for profit subsidiary of the American Optometric Association which operates financial business and clinical support services for practicing optometrists across the United States. Dr. Barresi is currently Chief Medical Informatics Officer (April 2016 to present) and Founder and CEO (March 2014 to April 2016) of OcuHub LLC (2014-present), a health care information technology company.
  • He has received the 1992 Spiro Prize, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University Best Written Work for the Doctoral Dissertation; and the Benjamin Franklin Society Award. New York City, May 21, 1995, conferred by State College of Optometry, State University of New York, for service to enhance the academic excellence and process of faculty development and enhancement of academic standing of the State College of Optometry, State University of New York; the Harris Nussenblatt Memorial Lectureship 1994 University of Houston, School of Optometry; the Editors Award, Best National Newsletter, Optometric Editors Association, June 1987; and the New York United University Professions, Faculty Development Award, Fall 1985.

Professional Certifications:

  • Membership in the American Optometric Association and American Academy of Optometry
  • Better Vision Institute Advisory Committee, Vision Council of America
  • Government Affairs Committee, Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
  • Advisory Committee, National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP)
  • Consulting Editor, Optometric Economics
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Primary Eye Care News
  • Contributing Editor, Optometry Today

Teaching Awards

  • Southern California College of Optometry, Class of 1983 Special Recognition Award (1983) for Outstanding Service to Students