Hopping steps into role as immediate past presidentJune 12, 2013
Dr. Hopping is a leader in reorganizing the AOA volunteer community in order to more effectively serve members and improve communication while working to help members adapt and succeed in the changing health care environment. Above all, Dr. Hopping has worked continuously to strengthen the family of optometry.
“When I began my term as president, I talked about the importance of optometry writing our own future together,” said Dr. Hopping. “The family of optometry has been very successful in the past, and we have come a long way this year because we have worked together. We must continue that tradition to create the future we envision.”
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. In 2013 he received the Doctor of Ocular Science Honorary Degree from the Southern College of Optometry
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 has lectured extensively and has published numerous articles on a variety of subjects.
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 a graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry, and Grant, who attends Rice University.
Dr. Hopping’s father, Richard Hopping, O.D., served as president of the AOA from 1971-1972.