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Following a national search, immediate appointments have been announced for two clinical chief positions at The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry. James E. Venable, OD, Executive Director for Clinical Programs, made the announcements.
Patricia Estes-Walker, OD, has been named Interim Chief of Adult Primary Care.
Dr. Walker brings a wealth of experience to this new position from her work in private practice, referral centers and academics," Dr. Venable said. "Her residency training, extensive managerial experience and years of patient care have prepared her to lead our largest clinical Service Area. Dr. Walker will also continue to serve as SCO’s Director of Continuing Education and we look forward to some innovative synergism between these areas. We are confident her leadership will be of great benefit to TEC’s administrative team."
Daniel Smith, OD, has been named Interim Chief of Pediatric Primary Care.
"Dr. Smith’s extensive experience in pediatric optometry includes private practice, institutional care and academics," said Dr. James E. Venable, Executive Director of Clinical Programs. "During his tenure with SCO he has demonstrated himself to be a skilled clinical and didactic educator with a passion for children and their special eye health and visual needs. We are very excited about his leadership as we continue to deliver unparalleled service in this area, in keeping with our Strategic Plan. "
Dr. Venable expressed his thanks and deepest appreciation to Dr. Glen Steele for his many years of service to SCO and TEC as the previous Pediatric Chief. Dr. Steele will remain on SCO faculty so students and colleagues can continue to benefit from his extensive knowledge.