New England College of Optometry, NECO, is pleased to announce that Robert B. DiMartino, OD, MS, FAAO, will join the leadership team at New England College of Optometry in the position of Vice-President and Dean of Academic Affairs. He will succeed Dr. Barry Fisch, OD, who announced his retirement earlier this year.
Dr. DiMartino brings to the College his impressive background as a leader, researcher, teacher, clinician, and academic administrator. President Clifford Scott notes, “As President, I could not be happier about this appointment and believe Bob will bring new energy and strength to each of these pivotal areas, building on the excellence of his predecessor, Dr. Barry Fisch.”
With a career that has spanned both academic and non-academic optometry, Dr. DiMartino’s perspective incorporates the changing educational needs of expanding scope of practice and optometry’s evolving role in interdisciplinary team care. He currently serves as Professor of Vision Science and Clinical Optometry and as Chair of the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects at the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) School of Optometry. He owns and manages a group private practice that utilizes the latest technology to facilitate quality patient care. It also serves as a beta test site to validate new instruments and techniques that ophthalmic manufacturers will eventually bring to the marketplace.
Dr. DiMartino’s professional career embodies his commitment to optometric education, clinical excellence and research. He developed a specialized education program to better prepare and assess optometric interns’ abilities to manage the ocular complications of diabetes, he established a novel method of evaluating 3-D images in the classroom and clinic, and he serves as the Principal Investigator in two Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry education grants to formally study and publish different aspects of the “blended” teaching format. He is an advocate for research and the profound role it plays in providing progressive and cutting edge clinical programs. His epidemiological research has centered on cataract development in at-risk populations. He is currently investigating the anatomical characteristics of the ocular anterior chamber and the associated risk factors for acute angle closure glaucoma. Dr. DiMartino has also provided eye care for patients in group private practice, community health clinics, and optometric and ophthalmologic training centers for over 28 years.
DiMartino was appointed after an extensive search process that engaged both faculty and staff at the College and its clinical affiliate, New England Eye. New England College of Optometry looks forward to having Dr. DiMartino join the College community in 2016.