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Hopping to assume office of president

May 18, 2012

Dr. Hopping

Ronald L. Hopping, O.D., MPH, following the footsteps of his father, will assume the office of AOA president. Dr. Hopping was first elected to the board in 2005 and will serve as president for the 2012-2013 program year.

Dr. Hopping’s father, Richard Hopping, O.D., served as president of the AOA from 1971-1972.

The incoming president said, “Optometry is a great profession and is fortunate that many families have generations of practicing optometrists so it is not surprising that the AOA has its first father/ son presidents.”

In addition to his father, Dr. Hopping’s wife, Desiree Hopping, O.D., and son Reed are also part of the optometric tradition. Their youngest son Grant is also considering optometry as a career.

Dr. Hopping currently serves as the AOA president-elect and has been the leader in reorganizing the AOA volunteer community in order to more effectively serve our members.

He has also served as chair of the Information & Member Services Group, the AOA Communications Group Advisory Committee, and the Practice Perpetuation Project Team (Practice Transitions Program). While an optometry student he worked in the AOA Washington office for several months.

He oversaw the development of the AOA Dr. Locator program to enable the public to find AOA member doctors and was instrumental in expanding the Save Your Vision celebration into a month-long media event.

Dr. Hopping is a past president of the Texas Optometric Association (TOA). In 2002, he was recognized as the Texas Optometrist of the Year. Dr. Hopping has been actively involved with the TOA Legal and Legislative Team that successfully passed expanded scope of practice and contact lens prescription release legislation while defending optometry’s legislative gains.

An honor graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry, Dr. Hopping has served as a full-time faculty member with the rank of assistant professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) where he received the Outstanding Faculty Award. He is an adjunct associate professor at UHCO. He received his Master of Public Health from the University of Texas in 1982.

Dr. Hopping is recognized as a Distinguished Practitioner by the National Academies of Practice in Optometry and was elected to its executive committee. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is also a Diplomate in Cornea and Contact Lenses. He was chair of the Academy’s Scientific Exhibit Committee and has served on the Academy’s Annual Meeting Committee and Nominating Committee.

Dr. Hopping is in full-time primary care optometric group practice with his spouse, Desiree, in Houston, Texas. The Hoppings have two children, Reed, who is attending the University of Houston College of Optometry, and Grant, who attends Rice University.

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