Robert Newcomb

Professor Emeritus-Clinical

Contact Information

Postal address: 
320 W 10th Ave Room A-322 Columbus, OH 43210

Biographical narrative

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Robert D. Newcomb received his Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University in 1971. He then served for three years at the Mayport, Florida, Naval Station as the officer-in-charge of its optometry clinic. He began his career with the Veterans Administration(VA) in 1974 while working toward a Master of Public Health degree, which was granted in 1975, from the University of Alabama in Birmingham(UAB). Dr. Newcomb taught at the UAB School of Optometry and examined patients at the Birmingham VA Medical Center for six years, during which time he founded the National Association of VA Optometrists and their newsletter, Optimum VA. In 1980, he returned to his home state to begin a nationally-recognized program of optometric patient care, education, and research at the Columbus, Ohio, VA Outpatient Clinic. In 1997, Dr. Newcomb accepted a faculty appointment at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, where he is now a Professor of Clinical Optometry, the Vision Service Plan (VSP) Chair for the Advancement of Professional Practice, and the Residency Director. He received the Optometry Outstanding Service and Recognition Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States in 1997; and was elected into the National Academies of Practice in 1998. In 2002, he received the Warren G. and Ruth P. Morris Optometrist of the Year award from the Ohio Optometric Association. Over the past thirty years, he has served on numerous local, state and national committees for the profession of optometry; and has authored over 70 publications, including two textbooks and seven textbook chapters.

Journal articles

  • Book Review of How Doctors Think (2008). Optometry, 3(79).
  • This Doctor Makes House Calls (2006). Optometric Management, 6(41).
  • This doctor makes house calls. (2006). Opt Mgt, 41(6).
  • A new kind of gonioscopy lens. (2005). Opt Mgt, 40(8).
  • Please update record with Title (2004). Optom.
  • Rights and responsibilities of optometrists. (2004). Opt Ed, 29(2).
  • Please update record with Title (2004). Optom and Vis Sci.
  • Healthy People 2010 (2003). Perspectives.
  • Please update record with Title (2001). Mil Med.
  • Please update record with Title (2001). Issues in Interdisciplinary Care.
  • Using an internet program for delivering public health education in the field of optometry. (2000). Nat Acad Pract Forum, 2(1).
  • Please update record with Title (2000). Opt and Vis Sci.
  • Please update record with Title (1999). Opt and Vis Sci.
  • Please update record with Title (1999). Opt and Vis Sci.
  • Changing trends in glaucoma treatment at a Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic. (1999). South J Optom.
  • Please update record with Title (1997). Opt and Vis Sci.
  • Please update record with Title (1997). Opt and Vis Sci.
  • Exciting new instruments for the 21st century. (1997). Perspectives, Ohio Optometric Association.
  • Risk factors associated with amiodarone hydrochloride (Cordarone) keratopathy. (1996). South J Optom, 14(2).
  • Graduation, Licensure, Credentials, Priviledging, Re-priviledging (GLCPR) in the VA. (1994). Optimum VA, 20(3).
  • Assessment of visual acuity using a mailed questionnaire. (1994). South J Optom, 12(1).
  • Academic affiliations with the Department of Veterans Affairs: characteristics of the Ohio State University Model (1993). Opt Ed, 18(2).
  • What is the Ohio hypertension and cholesterol council? (1991). Perspectives, Ohio Optometric Association.
  • Cataract surgery in a VA ambulatory setting. (1991). VA Practitioner, 8(5).
  • My view of the professional standards board (PSB) (1990). Optimum VA, National Association of VA Optometrists Newsletter, 16(2).
  • Nursing home survey of Ohio optometrists. (1990). Perspectives, Ohio Optometric Association.
  • Ocular pharmaceutical use in Veteran outpatients. (1989). Southern J Optom, 7(1).
  • Characteristics of optometric residencies in the Veterans Administration. (1986). J Opt Ed, 12(1).
  • Asteroid bodies in the vitreous. (1981). Opt Monthly, 72(5).
  • Optometry in the Veterans Administration (1981). Am J Optom and Physiol Optics, 58(12).
  • International year of disabled persons. (1981). J Am Optom Assoc, 52(10).
  • Please update record with Title (1981). J Am Optom Assoc.
  • Prevalence of asteroid bodies in a VA optometry clinic. (1980). J Am Optom Assoc, 51(1).
  • Genetic disorders of the eye for optometrists. (1976). Southern J Optom, 18(4).
  • Paralysis of elevation of one eye: a case report. (1976). Am J Optom Physiol Optics, 53(4).

Honors

  • 2006 AAO Eminent Service Award, 20060101
  • Who's Who in America, 20060101
  • Who's Who in America, 20050101
  • Who's Who in America, 20040101
  • Who's Who in America, 20030101
  • Who's Who in America, 20020101
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, 20020101
  • Warren G. and Ruth P. Morris Ohio Optometrist of the Year, 20020101
  • Guide to America's Top Optometrists, 20010101
  • Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 19990101 - 20010101
  • Distinguished Practitioner in Optometry, 19980101
  • Optometry Outstanding Service and Recognition Award, 19970101
  • Special Merit Award, 19960101
  • Commendation, Director, 19960101
  • Commendation, Dean, 19960101
  • Outstanding Performance Award, 19940101
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 19940101
  • Award for Patriotic Service, 19940101
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 19920101
  • Distinguished Service Award, 19920101
  • Optometric Quality: Unsurpassed Excellence in Service and Treatment, 19920101
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 19870101
  • Outstanding Project Award, 19820101
  • Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, 19810101
  • Outstanding Young Man of America, 19800101
  • Certificate for Distinguished Service, 19780101
  • Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow Candidate form the Univeristy of Alabama in Birmingham, 19780101
  • Optometric Recognition Award, 19780101
  • Spurgeon Eure Best Lecture Award, 19770101

Books

  • Public Health and Community Optometry, second edition. (1990). . Butterworth.

Presentations

  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In Prevent Blindness Ohio.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In The Columbus Foundation.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In The Ohio State University Faculty and Staff Wellness Program.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In The Ohio State University Faculty and Staff Wellness Program.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In The Ohio State University Medical Center Office of Geriatrics/Gerontology.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In Prevent Blindness Ohio.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In The Columbus Foundation.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In The Ohio State University Faculty and Staff Wellness Program.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In Miami University.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In Optometric Educators, Inc..
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In Owens Technical College.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In Ohio Optometric Association.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In Summit County (Ohio) Optometric Society.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In Bay Point Anterior Segment Conference.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In American Academy of Optometry International Meetings.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In North Central States Optometric Association.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In American Public Health Association.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In American Optometric Association Annual Convention.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In Optometric Center of Maryland.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In Veterans Administration Regional Medical Education Center.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In University of Alabama in Birmingham.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In State College of Optometry.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In Harvard University School of Public Health.
  • Please update record with Title (n.d.). In Southern Education Congress of Optometry.

Chapters

  • Chapter Title: Optometry is primary care. Chapter 1Book Title: The Lippincott Manual of Primary Eye CareRIV Chapter Authors: Robert Douglas NewcombRIV Editors: KL AlexanderPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 1995Publisher: JB Lippincott, PhiladelphiaRIV Pages: 1-6Reviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Chapter Title: Data collection and record keeping for optometrists. Chapter 2Book Title: The Lippincott Manual of Primary Eye CareRIV Chapter Authors: Robert Douglas NewcombRIV Editors: KL AlexanderPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 1995Publisher: JB Lippincott, PhiladephiaRIV Pages: 7-13Reviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Chapter Title: Health education and promotion. Chapter 20Book Title: Public Health and Community Optometry, Second EditionRIV Chapter Authors: Robert Douglas NewcombRIV Editors: RD Newcomb and EC MarshallPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 1990Publisher: Butterworth, BostonRIV Pages: 347-364Reviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Chapter Title: Systemic effects of ocular drugs Chapter 31Book Title: Clinical Ocular Pharmacology, second editionRIV Chapter Authors: Robert Douglas NewcombRIV Editors: JD Bartlett and SD JaanusPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 1989Publisher: Butterworth, BostonRIV Pages: 843-862Reviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Chapter Title: Applied Epidemiology and Diagnosis Chapter 2Book Title: Ocular Assessment: the Manual of Diagnosis for Office PracticeRIV Chapter Authors: Robert Douglas NewcombRIV Editors: BJ BarresiPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 1984Publisher: Butterworth, BostonRIV Pages: 11-20Reviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Chapter Title: Adverse Systemic Effects of Ocular Drug Therapy Chapter 30Book Title: Clincal Ocular PharmacologyRIV Chapter Authors: Robert Douglas NewcombRIV Editors: JD Bartlett and SD JaanusPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 1984Publisher: Butterworth, BostonRIV Pages: 941-960Reviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100
  • Chapter Title: Health Education Chapter 20Book Title: Public Health and Community OptometryRIV Chapter Authors: Robert Douglas NewcombRIV Editors: RD Newcomb and JL JolleyPublication Status: PublishedPublication date: January 1980Publisher: Charles C Thomas, Springfield, IllinoisRIV Pages: 208-228Reviewed Item?: falsePercent Authorship: 100