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Dr. Lewis Reich



First Appt: 2008

Academic Background:

1999; Ph.D.; University of Houston
1989; Residency; Low Vision Rehabilitation, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
1988; O.D.; University of California at Berkeley


After completing his residency at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO), Dr. Reich joined PCO as a faculty member and researcher. In 1991, Dr. Reich left to enter the graduate program in physiological optics at the University of Houston and soon after was hired there as a Research Assistant Professor. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Reich joined the faculty of Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry (NSUCO) as Associate Professor. He was Assistant Dean for Student Affairs from 2003 to 2008. In July 2008, Dr. Reich joined the Southern College of Optometry as Professor and Vice President for Academic Affairs. After serving as Interim President for nine months, Dr. Reich was named President by the Board of Trustees in January 2016.

Dr. Reich has a wealth of experience in teaching and research. His research has been funded by the National Eye Institute as well as the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Dr. Reich has received extensive industry support, including funding for a summer student research program that he established in 2001. He has over a dozen peer-reviewed publications and has presented his research at dozens of national and international meetings. Dr. Reich is an active manuscript reviewer for major optometric and vision science journals and has served as a vision expert in legal cases.

Dr. Reich is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and serves on the Maintenance of Fellowship Committee and the Optometric Education Section's Diplomate Program Committee. He has served the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry as the Chair of the Optometry Admissions Test Committee, Chair of the Chief Academic Officers, and was the inaugural Chair of the OptomCAS Committee, leading the profession in the implementation of a centralized application service.