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Satya Verma

Satya B Verma OD, FAAO, DPNAP, Diplomate

Associate Professor; Assistant Director, Externship Program, Pennsylvania College of Optometry/Salus University, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

Dr. Satya Verma is Associate Professor and Assistant Director of Externship Program at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University.   He just completed his term as the Chair of Awards Committee for the American Public Health Association (APHA).  He was re-elected to serve a two year term as Chair of National Academy of Practice in Optometry (NAPO).  Currently he is the President-elect of NAP and also serves on its Public policy Committee.

Dr. Verma has been elected to the Board of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), one of the largest Area Agency on Aging in the USA.

He completed  his term on the Board of the National Council on Aging, where he also served as the Chair of Public Policy Committee.  He was one of the longest serving board members  and a member of the Audit Committee.  He has served NCOA on the Executive Committee, By-Laws committee, Awards Committee, chaired member services division, 50 years celebration committee, conference committee and Chaired NCOA conference and Co-chaired the first and the fifth joint Conference of NCOA and American Society on Aging (ASA).  In addition he has also served as Chair of both NVOILA and HPI, Constituent Units of NCOA.  

Dr. Verma was selected as a Delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging and consultant on health issues to the 1981 White House Conference on Aging.

He is a Diplomate in Public Health and Environmental Optometry  Section of the American Academy of Optometry .  He has also served the academy as Program Chair, Diplomate Chair and as Chair of  the Section. 

He was selected as  a Fellow of  Primary Health Care Policy of the DHHS class of 2003 (one of only four optometrists in the country).   

He has served on the National Eye Health Education Planning Committee (NEHEP) of the National Eye Institute (NEI).  He is the Past President of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association (POA), Vision Conservation Institute (VCI) and Faculty organization of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO).  He has served the American Optometric Association in various capacities including as the Chair of the Professional Relations Committee.  Currently he serves as the Secretary of the VCI. He also serves as the Chair of the Scholarship Awards Committee of the Asian Indian Professional (AIP) Foundation.

Dr. Verma has received numerous honors.  He received the James A Boucher Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Practice in Optometry in 2013.  He received  the 2007 Geneva Mathiasion Award from National Council on Aging.  Professional Excellence award 2006 from Council of Indian Organizations (CIO); Carl Coch Memorial Award from American Academy of Optometry 2002; Distinguished service award, Prevent Blindness America 1998;   Optometrist of the Year Award , American Optometric Association 1998,  Pennsylvania Optometric association OD of the year awards 1997 and 1986;  and George Gottschalk Jr. Memorial award from the Pennsylvania Optometric association in 1985.  He has been honored by the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  He served as  the 100th President of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association.  It was during his term as president that Pennsylvania optometrists received therapeutic privileges.

Dr. Verma was elected as Distinguished Practitioner in Optometry in the National Academies of Practice (NAP) consisting of ten health care professions Academies and currently serves as the Chair of the Optometry Academy.

Dr. Verma has lectured nationally and internationally has published several papers and chapters in various books and also has authored a manual for eye care in nursing homes.   

He has served as the Chair of the Vision Care Section of APHA , Chaired its  Awards Committee.   He has served as Section Councillor, Program Committee Chair,  and served on the Action Board and Inter-section Council.   He also serves as the Chair of the Scholarship awards Committee of the Asian Indian Professionals Inc.  He was a member of the APHA Awards Committee and currently serves as its Chair.   He is a long time member of the Lions Club and has served as President of Bridgeport-Upper Merion Lions Club.