Caldwell announces run for AOA trusteeJune 2, 2013
Dr. Caldwell is a member of the AOA Third Party Center’s Executive Committee where he advocates for optometry’s inclusion in the emerging health care marketplace. He served on the AOA’s Accountable Care Organization and Patient Centered Medical Home Committee, Patient Access for Optometry Committee and Payers and Purchasers Committee and is the Third Party Center’s liaison to Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and West Virginia. He also served on the AOA’s Optometric Database Team, which worked to implement a new integrated database management system for the AOA and state affiliates, as well as the President’s Council Planning Committee.
Dr. Caldwell is a leader in the Pennsylvania Optometric Association, serving as president in 2010 and as chair of several committees, including the Diabetes Task Force, Health Care Reform Committee, Pennsylvania Optometric Political Action Committee (POPAC), POPAC Fundraising Committee, Strategic Planning Steering Committee, Clinical Practice Committee, Education & Program Committee, Personnel Committee and Non-Dues Income Committee.
He also volunteered significant time as a member of POA’s Third Party Center, Legislative Affairs Committee, Nominating & Evaluating Committee and Budget and Finance Committee, and serves as Keyperson to Pennsylvania and U.S. legislators.
In the two years since Dr. Caldwell took over as POPAC fundraising chair, contributions to POPAC have increased significantly, strengthening optometry’s position in the legislative arena. In recognition of his extraordinary effort and achievement, the POA recognized Dr. Caldwell with the 2013 Merit Award.
Dr. Caldwell was also honored by the Mid-Counties Optometric Society as its 2012 Optometrist of the Year and 2003 Young Optometrist of the Year.
He currently serves on the Optometric Advisory Committees for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark.
For many years, Dr. Caldwell served as an examiner and supervising examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and as a referee for Optometry, Journal of the American Optometric Association.
Dr. Caldwell has been a participant in multiple FDA investigations and is a well-known and highly respected lecturer. He was also a clinical instructor at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University and has been published in Optometry Times and Primary Care Optometry News.
Dr. Caldwell is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry (ABO).
After graduating from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1995, he completed a one-year residency in primary care and ocular disease at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia.
In his community, he is serving his second year as president of the Blair/ Clearfield Association for the Blind, having joined its Board of Trustees in 2009.
Dr. Caldwell and his wife, Dana Gjurich-Caldwell, O.D., also an optometrist, have a 10-year-old son, Gregory.
His brother, James M. Caldwell, O.D., is also an optometrist and serves as the dean of student affairs at Salus University, which was founded by the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
Optometry is a truly an integral part of the Caldwell family, all of whom enthusiastically support his candidacy for AOA trustee.