Caroline Beesley Pate, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Associate Professor, Optometry

Contact Information:
Academic Office - (205) 996-6635
Patient Services/Appointments:
UAB Eye Care - (205) 975-2020

Physical Address:
522 Henry Peters Building
1716 University Boulevard

Mailing Address:
HPB 522
1530 Third Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0010

Biographical Sketch:

B.S. (Biology) - Gettysburg College
B.S. (Visual Science) - Pennsylvania College of Optometry (Salus University)
O.D. - Pennsylvania College of Optometry (Salus University)
Residency (Family Practice Optometry) - University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry

Administrative Responsibilities:

Director of Residency Programs


Dr. Caroline Pate is originally from Saint Michaels, Maryland and graduated from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.  She received a second Bachelor of Science Degree in vision sciences from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and her Doctorate of Optometry with high honors from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2004.  Dr. Pate completed her residency training in family practice optometry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, and then joined the UAB School of Optometry faculty in July 2005, where she currently is an Associate Professor in the Department of Optometry.  Dr. Pate serves as the Director of Residency Programs at UABSO.

Dr. Pate is a co-coursemaster of the clinical methods course series at UABSO, Clinical Evaluation of the Visual System. In addition, Dr. Pate teaches in the Injections and Minor Surgical Procedures laboratory and is a clinical attending in the Primary Eye Care and Cornea/Contact Lens clinical services at UAB Eye Care.  She was honored with the AOSA Clinical Science Instructor of the Year Teaching Award in 2007-8 and 2013-14 and was named the Alabama Optometric Association’s Young OD of the Year in 2014. 

Dr. Pate has published articles in Optometry and Vision Science, Review of Optometry, Optometric Education, Clinical and Refractive Optometry, and Optometry Today.  She has lectured and presented workshops nationally in the areas of clinical methods and procedures.  Actively involved in organized optometry, Dr. Pate has served as an examiner for the National Board of Optometry and is a consultant for the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, where she has served on site visit evaluation teams for initial accreditation and re-accreditation of optometric residencies, ophthalmic technician programs, and Doctor of Optometry programs.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and an active member of the Alabama Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. 

Dr Jillian Meadows presents her research during the VSGP Student Seminar Series
Sponsored by the UAB VSRC, the Helen Keller Art show honors students with visual impairments for their artistic abilities and creative works.
Vision Science PhD trainee Katie Bales presents her research during the VSGP Student Seminar Series


UAB School of Optometry
1716 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35233
P: (205) 975-2020



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