Dr. David Damari Joins Ohio State Optometry

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Dr. David Damari

David A. Damari, OD, has joined The Ohio State University College of Optometry as a Clinical Professor, effective July 1, 2022.

After graduating from SUNY College of Optometry in 1983 and completing a residency in Vision Therapy Rehabilitation there, Dr. Damari was in private practice in Rochester, New York.

Throughout his time in private practice, Dr. Damari maintained his connection to optometric academia as an Assistant Clinical Professor at SUNY, a consultant to the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) to assist in providing access to the United States Medical Licensing Examination for medical students with visual disabilities, and as a Peer Reviewer for the NBME Medical Education Research Fund. He embraced academia full time in 1997 at Southern College of Optometry, eventually becoming a Professor and Chair of the Department of Assessment, responsible for institutional review, measures of academic outcomes, and regional and professional accreditation. 

From 2013 to 2021, Dr. Damari was the Dean at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. He is a past president of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, a Fellow and past president of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He is the only active optometrist to have completed the Fellow-in-Residence program at the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO).

At Ohio State Optometry, his focus is on the assessment of patients with visual dysfunction and disabilities that limit individuals' capabilities at work, school, or athletics. He can partner with those patients to overcome those obstacles through vision therapy and effective accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act.

“I am thrilled join the remarkable faculty and staff at The Ohio State University College of Optometry,” said Dr. Damari. “For over 100 years, Ohio State has been educating some of the finest doctors of optometry and vision scientists in the world, and I am gratified to now be part of that tradition of excellence.”

Dean Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, noted, “Dr. Damari’s enthusiasm is matched by the College of Optometry. We are delighted that he has joined our clinical faculty and look forward to our students benefitting from his experience and expertise.”