Dr. Barry Fisch is a graduate of Boston University and a 1971 honors graduate of the Massachusetts College of Optometry. He completed a clinical internship at the Optometric Center of New York.
After graduation, he was commissioned in the US Indian Public Health Service, where he was the chief of optometry at the hospital in Tuba City, Arizona. Upon discharge, he entered the graduate program in physiological optics at the University of Houston as an Ezell Fellow and a member of the clinical faculty. He later returned to Massachusetts to become the director of the Teamsters Vision Center and a part-time NECO clinical faculty member in the contact lens department. He also served on the staff of the Boston Evening Medical Center.
In 1981, Dr. Fisch became chief of the Optometry Section at the Brockton VA Medical Center, where he developed the patient care service as well as the NECO-affiliated residency and student teaching programs. In 1996, he was appointed chief of the Optometry Section for the Brockton/West Roxbury VA Medical Center. In 2000, Dr. Fisch was appointed acting national director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Optometry Service, overseeing the entire department. In 2001, he was appointed as the chief of the Optometry Section for the VA Boston Healthcare System. He maintained that position until 2008, when he joined the faculty at NECO on a full time basis.
Dr. Fisch developed the VA Boston Health Care System's Optometric Research Fellowship Program in 2003, serving as the program’s founding director. He has been the principal investigator of multi-center research projects. His most recent research interests revolved around the acquisition, storage, and use of digital ophthalmic images for research and clinical management. He was instrumental in establishing the VA’s nationwide diabetes teleretinal imaging and patient care management program, and received a Commendation for Pioneering Development of the Telehealth Programs in Teleretinal Imaging for Diabetic Retinopathy from the Department of Veteran Affairs. This work resulted in the creation of the VA Boston Healthcare System Ocular Telehealth Program, with Dr. Fisch as its founding director. He served in the director position from 2003 through 2007.
Dr. Fisch was also involved in establishing optometry manpower and workload guidelines for the Optometry Service. He received a Commendation for Exemplary Service on VA Optometric Service Productivity and Eye Care Strategic Plan Workgroups in December of 2007. Dr. Fisch has authored and contributed to a number of professional articles and is the author of a textbook on gonioscopy and glaucoma. He has presented over 300 lectures, papers, and posters. Dr. Fisch also served as a council member on the National Board of Optometry. He is currently a member of the American Optometric Association, Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, NECO Alumni Association, National Association of VA Optometrists, The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has served as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Association and Schools and Colleges of Optometry and currently serves on the ASCO IPE Task Force Dr. Fisch received awards for excellence in patient care from the Surgical Service of the VA Boston Healthcare System, the NECO Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the 2004 NECO Teacher of the Year recognition award for the third year class.
Dr. Fisch has served in a variety of capacities at the College, including chief of the Glaucoma Service, chief of the Ocular Disease Service, supervisor of the Specialty Contact Lens Clinic, and chairman of the Faculty Development Program. He was active on a number of College committees, and for more than twenty years served as the instructor of record for the Management and Treatment of Ocular Disease course. In 2008, as a full time faculty member, he evaluated and upgraded the second-year optometry curriculum and also oversaw the ocular disease tract. Additionally, he was appointed the instructor of record for the course Principles and Practice of Optometry II. In the summer of 2009, he became associate dean of Academic Affairs. In January of 2010, Dr. Fisch became the vice president and dean of academic affairs for the College, serving in the position until December 2015. Dr. Fisch is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Biomedical Sciences department.