Dr. Xu is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Optometry at the New England College of Optometry and director of the Eye Care Services at the South Boston Community Health Center, one of the teaching affiliate centers of the NECO Clinical Network. There, she serves as clinical preceptor to second, third and fourth-year students and works toward the expansion of the eye care department in the South Boston community. Previously at NECO, she taught contact lens laboratory classes to second year students, and worked as clinical preceptor at various homeless shelters in Boston. Her areas of specialties are primary eye care and ocular disease.
Dr. Xu earned her OD at the University of Montreal in Canada. Subsequently, she completed a primary care residency at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. In 2011-2012, Dr. Xu took a one-year sabbatical leave from NECO to work in Malawi, Africa as an optometry lecturer at Mzuzu Universisty through the International Center for Eyecare Education. While in Africa, she lectured in various topics ranging from advanced contact lenses to clinical medicine for optometrists. Her other duties included clinical supervision of second, third and fourth year interns at Mzuzu Central Hospital and Kamuzu Central Hospital and assisting with the management of the optometric program. She also liaised with the medical council of Malawi to define the laws and standards of optometric practice in Malawi.
Dr. Xu earned her fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry in 2010. She is also a member of the American Optometric Association and the Massachusetts Society of Optometry.