Leon Nehmad, O.D., M.S.W., FAAO is an associate professor at Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry where he has taught since 2013. A graduate of SUNY College of Optometry in 1991, he served on faculty there from 1998 – 2013. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, and member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society. He is the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006, as well as the New York State Optometric Association Distinguished Achievement Award in 2004.
The co-author of the book Emergency Care in the Optometric Setting, Dr. Nehmad’s scholarly area of emphasis has been ocular disease, in particular glaucoma and visual fields. He has taught and published extensively in these areas as well as in optometric education. At SUNY, he held the position of Clinical Educational Coordinator. At NSU, he teaches students, interns and residents in the clinic, lab, and classroom. He is the Chair of the Curriculum Committee, College representative for Inter-professional Education, and instructor of the Epidemiology course. He has been actively involved in the optometric profession for many years and currently serves as a consultant for the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education and Secretary for the Broward County Optometric Association.
Dr. Nehmad also holds a Master’s Degree from Hunter College School of Social Work. Prior to becoming an optometrist, he provided social work services to low vision patients at the New York City Lighthouse.