Dr. Diane Russo Selected for ASCO's 2019 Rising Star Award

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New England College of Optometry Associate Professor Diane Russo, OD, MPH has been selected to receive the 2019 ASCO Rising Star Award. Sponsored by Oculus, the recipient is selected for their noteworthy contributions to fulfilling the mission, strategic objectives or programs of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.

BOSTON, May 1, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- New England College of Optometry (NECO) Associate

Professor Diane Russo, OD, MPH, FAAO has been chosen to receive the ASCO's Rising Star. The award is sponsored by Oculus and presented to an outstanding "faculty member or administrator with less than seven years of service who had made noteworthy contributions to fulfilling the mission, strategic objectives or programs of ASCO (Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry)." NECO President Howard Purcell notes, "I am so pleased to see Dr. Russo recognized for her outstanding leadership and commitment to NECO students and the college. Her teaching and leadership skills make all of those around her better. She is a great role model for future optometrists and we are fortunate to have this true rising star on our team."

Dr. Russo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Primary Care at New England College of Optometry. She is the Instructor of Record for the Public Health courses and an attending optometrist at Codman Square Health Center in Boston. As a clinical faculty member at the community health center, she serves as preceptor to second, third, and fourth year students. Additionally, she is the chair of the Student Affairs Committee at the College.

"I am incredibly honored to be nominated and chosen for this award," says Dr. Russo. "It has been an amazing privilege to be able to care for patients, while also contributing to the profession by educating future optometrists."

Dr. Russo received her OD degree from SUNY College of Optometry and her MPH (Masters in Public Health) from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Upon graduation, she did a residency at the West Haven VAMC before joining the faculty at New England College of Optometry. She is an active member of ASCO's Public Health Educator's Special Interest Group (SIG), as well as the AOA and the Massachusetts Society of Optometry, advocating for the profession. She was chosen for outstanding service to New England College of Optometry, through teaching, scholarship, administration, and professional service, most notably, her contributions to ASCO's Public Health Educator's SIG.

"We feel very fortunate to have Dr. Russo on the faculty at the New England College of Optometry," notes Erik Weissberg, OD, FAAO, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs. "She inspires by example and motivates students and colleagues alike. At the root of her success is a passion and depth of knowledge for public health issues that may impact access to care. This passion translates into the classroom, clinic and service activities that enable her to have such a positive impact on everyone she interacts with."

ABOUT NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY New England College of Optometry, NECO, is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research, and education. NECO currently enrolls over 500 students in its four-year Doctor of Optometry, Accelerated Optometric Degree Program, international, and graduate programs. The Collegewas founded in 1894 by August Klein as the Klein School of Optics. Over the past 125 years, more than 7,000 dedicated students, innovators, and thinkers have attended what is now called New England College of Optometry. Collectively, they have provided excellent patient care to tens of thousands of individuals in New England, across the country, and throughout the world. Our graduates have become leaders, innovators, investigators, educators, practitioners, and advocates for the profession.


SOURCE The New England College of Optometry

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