Our School has a new Director, Dr. Stanley Woo

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Dr. Stanley WooThe University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science is pleased to announce that Stanley Woo, OD, MS, MBA, FAAO joined the School on July 1st, 2017 as its next Director.

As a Canadian who grew up in the City of Waterloo, his return to the community could be considered a bit of a homecoming. Dr. Woo’s leadership experience, passion for the profession, and enthusiasm to affect change ideally positions him to guide the School through the completion and implementation of a new curriculum and strategic plan that will inspire institutional transformation in optometric education and vision science for generations to come.

Dr. Woo received his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of California at Berkeley.  He then went on to the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) where he completed a Master’s degree in Vision Science and a residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation. Upon graduation, he stayed on at UHCO as a faculty member and held the positions of Chief of the Vision Rehabilitation Service, Founding Director of the UEI Center for Sight Enhancement, and Director of the Residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation. His research interests include vision rehabilitation and systems for optimizing patient care outcomes.

Dr. Woo also practiced part-time in the Texas Medical Center with the Retina Consultants of Houston for 18 years.  In 2013, he completed an MBA with a concentration in medical and health care management at Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business.

In 2013 he joined the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) at Marshall B. Ketchum University as Dean and Professor. Dr. Woo’s leadership team initiated an ambitious project to incorporate interprofessional education and collaborative practice at Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU) with optometry, physician assistant, and pharmacy students.

Dr. Woo is a Diplomate in Low Vision, American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and a Diplomate with the American Board of Optometry (ABO).  He served as President of the Texas Optometric Association, and is a Director of the American Board of Optometry.

He has also been an active volunteer serving the Department of Veterans Administration, the American Schools and Colleges of Optometry, AAO, American Optometric Association, National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and the professional OD committee for the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.  Dr. Woo has lectured nationally and internationally on topics including vision rehabilitation, retinal disease and pharmacology.

Stanley is married to Dr. Lisa Woo who has been a successful solo, private practice optometrist for over 14 years.  She will also join the School as a clinical lecturer on September 1st, 2017.  Together, they have 3 wonderful children, Kate, George, and Victor.  

And for those of you who are wondering…..yes, he is the son of Dr. George Woo, OD’64 and Professor Emeritus of the Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science!

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