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Diane Russo, OD, FAAO

Diane Russo, OD, FAAO

Assistant Professor of Optometry, Primary Care; Attending Optometrist

Dr. Russo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Primary Care at New England College of Optometry (NECO) where she teaches in the following courses: Principles and Practice of Optometry I, II, III, Ocular Disease Principles II, Advanced Diagnostic Techniques I and II, Clinical Reasoning 2, and Vision Health Care. Dr. Russo is also an Attending Optometrist at NECO Center for Eye Care Roslindale where she precepts second and third year students.  

Dr. Russo received her undergraduate degree from Quinnipiac University in 2006 and matriculated from SUNY State College of Optometry in 2010. After graduation, she completed a residency in Primary Care and Low Vision at the West Haven VA Medical Center. In 2010, she was named one of Vision Monday’s Most Influential Women in Optical and received the Morton L. Kimmelman Award for Student Leadership in Organized Optometry.  

She spent a year in corporate optometric practice in Northern Virginia before moving to Massachusetts in 2012. Prior to her appointment at NECO, she was an Assistant Professor and Chief of Vision Rehabilitation at MCPHS University School of Optometry, with clinical and didactic teaching responsibilities.  

Dr. Russo has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry since 2012. She is also an active member of the American Optometric Association, serving on the Health Promotions Committee. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in health policy from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research interests include vision insurance utilization, optometry’s role in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and optometric education.