National Academies of Practice inducts six new distinguished optometry professionals, honors VermaJune 20, 2013
Six distinguished professionals in optometry were recently elected to the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in honor of their achievements and contributions to the health care profession.
The new honors go to:
- Vincent Brandys, O.D., Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow, Chicago, Ill.
- Peter Kehoe, O.D., DOS, Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow, Galesburg, Ill.
- Michael W. Ohlson, O.D., Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow, West Union, Iowa
- Richard Soden, O.D., Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow, New York, N.Y.
- Heidi Wagner, O.D., MPH, Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow, Davie, Fla.
- Jeffrey Weaver, O.D., Distinguished Public Policy Fellow, St. Louis, Mo.
Membership in the NAP is an honor extended to those who have excelled in their profession and are dedicated to furthering practice, scholarship and policy in support of interprofessional care.
The central purpose of NAP is to advise public policymakers on health care issues using NAP’s unique perspective – that of expert practitioners and scholars joined in interdisciplinary dialogue.
Founded in 1981, NAP is an interdisciplinary, non-profit organization, with membership representing ten health care professions willing to serve as distinguished advisors to health care policy makers in Congress and elsewhere. The 10 academies of practice within the NAP include: dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, podiatric medicine, psychology, social work, and veterinary medicine.
New members were inducted following a forum on “Interprofessional Healthcare: Working Together for Healthy Aging.”
NAP has sponsored an annual forum for several years on critical issues of health care policy and practice, and has made policy statements of interest to federal, state and local officials.
Satya B. Verma, O.D., associate professor and the assistant director of Externship Program at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, was also announced as the recipient of the James A. Boucher Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Practice in Optometry.
The award was presented to him at the Annual Banquet and Forum April 6 in Alexandria, Va.
The award is given to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary contributions to the profession of optometry and health care field. The individual must also uphold the mission of NAP to advance science and concept of interdisciplinary health care.
Dr. Verma has shown through his career accomplishments that he is worthy of this honor, said Robert Newcomb, O.D., MPH, chair of the awards committee while presenting the award.
Beginning in January, Dr. Verma also took over as the president-elect of the National Academies of Practice (NAP).
For more information, visit www.NAPractice.org.