Dr. Patel, Professor of Optometry in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Disease, has been a faculty member at the college since 1989. She is currently the course master for Introduction to Clinical Care and Principles and Practice of Optometry C and is also co-course master of Principles and Practice of Optometry II. She also team teaches in the course The Etiology of Diabetes and Glaucoma and Clinical Reasoning. She has many years of international teaching experience in primary care optometry with an emphasis on ocular disease, which is her area of expertise. In addition to her responsibilities at the college, Dr. Patel is a certified reader in telemedicine for the Joslin Vision Network at The Joslin Diabetes Center’s Beetham Eye Institute in Boston and is actively involved with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity.
Dr. Patel is the director of the Center for the International Advancement of Optometry at the college. She oversees the curriculum, is involved in the admissions process, and is the faculty advisor for the college’s Advanced Standing International Program. She is also involved in educational curriculum design and in coordinating and implementing international programs in countries seeking to upgrade their optometric degree programs.
Dr. Patel has taught in international schools and colleges of optometry in Brazil, China, Colombia, and Germany. She has also provided continuing education lectures in Mexico, Italy, and South Africa. She serves on several committees within the college and is currently chair of the curriculum affairs committee.
Dr. Patel is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the American Optometric Association. She currently is an appointed member of both the International and New England Regional Chapters of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity International, the public health committee of the World Council of Optometry, and International Optometric Education of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. Dr. Patel was involved with the Educational Committee of the World Council of Optometry in 2000. In 2010, she was the chair of the steering committee for the 6th World Conference on Optometric Education in Durban, South Africa. She was instrumental in coordinating the content of the conference. She is part of the working group for Diabetic retinopathy representing World Council of Optometry for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.
While at the college, Dr. Patel has been awarded the Dupuis-Pellerin Award for Faculty Excellence and the Carroll Martus Award for outstanding clinical instruction. Dr. Patel earned her doctor of optometry degree from Indiana University and completed her residency training in higher diagnostics and therapeutics with Northeastern State University College of Optometry in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.