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National Academies of Practice elects Verma as next president

December 21, 2012
Dr. Verma

Dr. Verma

Satya. B. Verma, O.D., associate professor and assistant director of externship programs at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) at Salus University, was elected as the next president of the National Academies of Practice (NAP).

Dr. Verma, whose clinical specialty is geriatric optometry, low vision and computer-related vision problems, will be installed next April at the group’s meeting in Alexandria, Va. He is the second optometrist to be elected to this position.

NAP was founded in 1981 to advise governmental bodies on our health care system. Today it promotes scholarly research and inquiry contributing to excellence in the practice of the professions and engages in educational, scholarly and scientific pursuits to increase the quality of interdisciplinary professional practice in the United States. It consists of 10 health care disciplines—medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing podiatric medicine, psychology, social work, veterinary medicine and optometry.

Previously, Dr. Verma served as the chair of the National Academy of Practice in Optometry (NAPO), one of the 10 academies within the NAP.

He has also received numerous awards of recognition. They include: the Optometrist of the Year Award from the AOA and the Pennsylvania Optometric Association, the George Gottschalk Jr. Award from the Pennsylvania Optometric Association, the Geneva Mathiason Award from National Council on Aging, Distinguished Service Award from Council of Indian Organizations, Distinguished Service Award from Prevent Blindness America, and the Carel C. Koch Jr. Medal Award from the American Academy of Optometry.

He was one of the four optometrists selected for the Primary Care Health Policy Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

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