Optometry dean, student receive honors

ROYA ATTARHOUSSEINI
DR. ANDREW BUZZELLI

The dean of Rosenberg School of Optometry at the University of the Incarnate Word has received the “Educator of the Year Award” from the Texas Optometric Association.

And one of his Rosenberg students has been named “Optometry Student of the Month” by OptometryStudents.com

Dr. Andrew Buzzelli accepted the optometric association’s award at its 112th annual convention in Austin during February.

“Dr. Buzzelli exemplifies the attributes of this award in every way,” said Dr. Jeff Jones, association president. “He has fostered a unified atmosphere both at the school and throughout the state.”

The association noted Buzzelli “has bridged numerous constituencies to make the Rosenberg School a vital, dynamic educational institution for post-graduate education toward the Doctorate of Optometry.”

Before coming to Rosenberg, Buzzelli, a military veteran, served as director of advanced studies at Salus University in Pennsylvania. Buzzelli is a recognized authority in the field of binocular vision and visual perception.

His university teaching responsibilities have included courses in the diagnosis and treatment of acquired brain injury, pediatric optometry and binocular vision as well as child abuse and intimate partner violence. He is one of 36 optometrists in the world recognized as a diplomat in Binocular Vision and Perception for the American Academy of Optometry.

Buzzelli received his Doctorate in Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry. He holds the M.S. degree in child development and visual perception from the State University of New York. He has practiced in the private sector as a specialist in dysfunctions of Binocular Vision, Visual Information Processing disorders and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Third-year student-intern Roya Attarhousseini received her honor earlier this month — the first time the award has been given after candidates are rated in five categories: academics, creativity, helping the profession, clinical skills and overall impact. Besides receiving an official certificate, Attarhousseini’s achievement will be noted in an article, be featured in the organization’s newsletter and placed in the online site’s “Student of the Month” archives.

A member of Rosenberg’s inaugural class, Attarhousseini was instrumental in the creation of the largest chapter of the National Optometric Student Association in the country and currently serves as its president.  In addition, Attarhousseini has organized numerous events at the school celebrating various cultures and religious occasions and serves on a committee to create an Interfaith Prayer Room for students. Attarhousseini is co-founder and vice president of the RSO Contact Lens Society, serves as a student ambassador, is active in university events; and regularly reports on events and accomplishments pertaining to UIW’s optometry school to UIW publications.

Attarhousseini, a wife and mother, is in the top tier of her class. Among a number of accolades, she has been awarded the RSO Academic Achievement Scholarship, RSO Mission Award, Ocular Instruments Award of Excellence, and was the 2011 recipient of the Pat Cummings Scholarship.

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