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Joanne Caruso, OD

Adjunct Associate Professor; Coordinator, International Programs

Dr. Caruso has been a member of the faculty at the College since 1986. Currently, she is a lecturer in the Principles and Practice of Optometry C course. In addition to her didactic teaching responsibilities, Dr. Caruso is responsible for the direct supervision of fourth-year students at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. She has 27 years of experience as both a clinician and an optometric educator. Outside of her responsibilities at the College, Dr. Caruso maintains a private practice in Watertown.

Dr. Caruso is also coordinator of international programs at the College. In this capacity, she is responsible for the development, coordination, and implementation of international optometric education programs in Germany, Italy, Spain, France, and Israel. She has given multiple presentations to the American Academy of Optometry and the World Conference on Optometric Education on the subject of the College’s international programs and collaborations, and has also contributed both a scholarly article and a guest editorial to Optometry: Journal of the American Optometric Association on the subject.

Dr. Caruso’s clinical specialties are cataracts and postoperative care for cataract surgery patients. She has published editorials and reviews on the subjects, and was previously instructor of record for the third-year elective course Clinical Management of the Postoperative Cataract Patient. Dr. Caruso has previous clinical experience in the subject areas of ocular tumors and diseases and ocular manifestations of neurological conditions. Her investigations in these subject areas have resulted in the publication of scholarly articles in Optometry and Vision Science and several poster presentations to the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Caruso earned her doctor of optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1985 and subsequently completed a clinical teaching fellowship in primary care optometry at the College. She is currently a member of both the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists and the American Optometric Association. Over the course of her membership with the MSO, Dr. Caruso has served as both secretary and chair of the Charles River district, for which she was awarded Chairperson of the Year in 1988.