Dr. Melissa Trego, dean of the University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO), recently announced the appointment of Dr. Erin Kenny as the chief of the William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center. Located in The Eye Institute (TEI), the Feinbloom Center provides a variety of vision rehabilitation services to help patients improve their quality of life, using devices, techniques and technology effectively. In her new role, Dr. Kenny will oversee patient care and manage faculty, staff, student interns, externs and residents in the Feinbloom Center. A passionate optometrist, Dr. Kenny is deeply invested in assisting patients who are blind or have low vision.
In her announcement email to the Salus community, Dr. Trego, expressed her excitement about Dr. Kenny’s selection as chief.
“We are truly delighted that Dr. Kenny will continue to serve the students of PCO in this new role as Chief,” she said. “Please join in congratulating Dr. Kenny as she prepares to share her ever-present energy, passion, and enthusiasm with our students and faculty.”
Dr. Kenny holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her Doctor of Optometry degree from PCO in 2015 and completed a Low Vision Residency at TEI’s William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center the following year Upon the completion of her residency, she became an instructor for PCO and was promoted to an assistant professor in 2017.
As a faculty member, Dr. Kenny has taught in the Traditional and Accelerated Scholars Optometry programs, having served in various teaching and clinical roles. She teaches the Low Vision Rehabilitation Course in the Accelerated Scholars program, and lectures on topics in Low Vision in the Advanced Studies program, as well as within the University’s Occupational Therapy program. She also observes Optometry students working with patients in the Low Vision, Primary Care, and Emergency Clinics at TEI.
During her time as a resident and then faculty member, Dr. Kenny has earned numerous awards and accolades for her exceptional abilities in the area of low vision education, including the Optelec 2015 Excellence in Low Vision Award, the Clinical Excellence Citation in Vision Rehabilitation, the William Feinbloom Low Vision Award, the Alfred A Rosenbloom Jr. Low Vision Residency Award, and the Outstanding TEI Clinical Preceptor Award in 2016. She has also participated in and been recognized for her involvement in numerous community events including screenings and outreach projects. Dr. Kenny has also presented numerous Continuing Education lectures and peer-reviewed abstracts at national meetings.
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