Joseph Mallinger, O.D., senior vice president of professional relations for Healthy Eyes Advantage buying group and president of Optometry Cares—The AOA Foundation, will receive the 2018 American Optometric Association’s (AOA) Distinguished Service Award during Optometry’s Meeting in Denver next month.
Rather than focusing upon any single contribution, this award is unique because it recognizes the long-term dedication to the profession of optometry by an O.D. It is one of the highest honors awarded each year by the AOA.
In addition to serving as president of Optometry Cares—The AOA Foundation, Dr. Mallinger’s past contributions to the optometric profession include serving as president of the San Diego County Optometric Society, president of the California Optometric Association (COA), president of the COA’s Public Vision League, secretary treasurer of Marshall B. Ketchum University (SCCO) Board of Trustees.
He received recognition as COA’s Young Optometrist of the Year and in 2009 was the COA’s Optometrist of the Year and more recently was the recipient of the Paul Yarwood Memorial Award, COA’s highest single tribute, recognizing significant contributions to optometry or to the visual care of the American public.
In 1996, Dr. Mallinger left private practice to play a leading role in the early years of the COA’s then-subsidiary group purchasing organization which eventually became Vision West, Inc.