2019 MAOO Speakers

Anthony B. Litwak, O.D.
Richard Shuldiner, O.D.
Jessica Heckman, O.D.
Eric E. Schmidt, O.D.
Murray Fingeret, O.D.
Diana Shechtman, O.D.

2019 MAOO Speaker Bios

Anthony B. Litwak, O.D.

Anthony B. Litwak, O.D. FAAO, the Director of Residency and Student Programs, graduated from PCO in 1985 and completed a Residency in Hospital-Based Optometry at the VAMC Baltimore in 1985-1986 and has been the residency program director since 1987.  He holds adjunct faculty appointments at Pennsylvania College of Optometry, New England College of Optometry, and State University of New York College of Optometry.  Dr. Litwak is author of the Glaucoma Handbook, Program Director for Ocular Therapeutics Continuing Education, founding member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society and international lecturer on ocular disease.

Richard Shuldiner, O.D.

Richard Shuldiner, O.D. F.A.A.O., founded the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists in 2006 and has been lecturing on low vision for over 30 years around the world. A graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 1970, he completed an Internship/Residency, Vision & Child Development, 1969-1970 and was certified in New York State for Low Vision in 1975.   Dr. Shuldiner founded and was the clinical director for several low vision clinics in New York and in California where he is currently practicing.

Jessica Heckman, O.D.

Dr. Heckman grew up in Minnesota. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and continued on to earn her Doctorate of Optometry from the Pacific University College of Optometry where she graduated with honors. Dr. Heckman joined Chu Vision Institute in 2010. She has experience in full-scope patient care with a special interest in the management of ocular diseases, pre- and post-op care of cataract and refractive surgeries. She has participated as a sub-investigator in over 20 clinical trials at Chu Vision Institute, and lectures locally and nationally. She founded and serves as the director of the optometric residency program through Pacific University College of Optometry.

Eric E. Schmidt, O.D.

Eric E. Schmidt, O.D. is the President of Omni Eye Specialists, a multispecialty practice headquartered in Wilmington, NC. Dr. Schmidt graduated from the University of Illinois and received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He completed a Residency in Ocular Disease from The Eye Institute of PCO and a fellowship in Glaucoma from Scheie Eye Institute in Philadelphia. Dr. Schmidt is an adjunct professor at various Colleges of Optometry and is a frequent contributor to optometric journals. He is the author of the textbook Clinical Procedures of The Lids and Nasolacrimal System and lectures internationally on eye disease. He has a special interest in glaucoma and anterior segment procedures as well as Neuro Eye Disease.

Murray Fingeret, O.D.

Dr. Murray Fingeret is Chief of the Optometry Section, Brooklyn/St. Albans Campus, Department of Veterans Administration New York Harbor Health Care System and is a Clinical Professor at SUNY, College of Optometry. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and sits on the Board of Directors of the Glaucoma Foundation and is a member of the American Glaucoma Society. Dr. Fingeret is a member of the annual meeting program committee, Glaucoma Section, Association in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the editorial boards for the Journal of Glaucoma, International Glaucoma Review, Glaucoma Today, Primary Care Optometry News, Optometry Times and Review of Optometry and has authored numerous articles and co-authored the texts “Atlas of Primary Eyecare Procedures” and “Primary Care of the Glaucomas”.

Diana Shechtman, O.D.

Dr. Diana Shechtman is a board-certified Optometric Physician who obtained her Doctor of Optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in 1998. In 1999, she completed a one-year ocular disease residency at Fox Medical Center in Miami, Florida. She then joined Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry where she was promoted to the rank of Professor and served as a full-time faculty member for 18 years. Among her many roles, she served as Coordinator of the Diabetes & Macula Service and the Director of Interdisciplinary Education. In 2016, she completed a 6-month retinal sabbatical in Miami, Florida. She is currently the Consultative Optometric Physician at Retina Macula Specialists of Miami. Dr. Shechtman is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the Optometric Retinal Society (ORS). She continues to serve as a member of numerous professional committees, Boards and Speaker Bureaus. She continues to participate in numerous journal publications and various research grants. She is currently the co-author of Retinal Dilemmas for Review of Optometry. Dr. Shechtman has lectured expensively at a local, national & international level in the area of vitreo-retinal disease & is the chair of the TRIOD Conference.