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Chair, Department of Optometry and Vision Science
Director, Cornea and Contact Lens Service
Coordinator, Residency Program in Cornea and Contact Lenses

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HPB 507

Schedule a UAB Eye Care Appointment: (205) 975-2020

Teaching/research interests: Contact lenses in normal and diseased eyes, medical applications of contact lenses, ophthalmic optics

Office hours: By appointment


  • B.A., Washington University (St. Louis)
  • O.D., UAB School of Optometry
  • M.P.H., UAB School of Public Health

Born and raised in Baltimore MD, Dr. Gordon graduated from Washington University (St. Louis) and from the UAB School of Optometry. He was the first student to graduate from the combined OD/MPH program at UAB. Dr. Gordon currently teaches several courses in the professional program: Geometric and Clinical Optics, Clinical Ophthalmic Optics, Advanced Contact Lens Elective, and Public Health Optometry.

Dr. Gordon is the Director of the Cornea and Contact Lens Service and serves as the Coordinator of the Cornea and Contact Lens Residency Program. He is an attending clinical instructor in the Cornea and Contact Lens Service and the Primary Eye Care Service. He also sees patients at the University Optometric Group, the faculty private practice. His clinical interests are caring for patients with diseases/injuries of the cornea and comanaging patients needing ocular surgery. He also enjoys seeing complex and challenging contact lens patients.

Dr. Gordon has a unique perspective on teaching optometry students at UAB. “I am privileged to teach courses in the first year of the program and also supervise fourth year interns ready to graduate. This allows me to witness the incredible transformation of these young people into confident, highly skilled doctors eager to serve their communities. It is truly an honor to help train the next generation of optometrists at UAB.”

Clinical specialties/areas of expertise: Care of patients with diseases/injuries of the cornea and anterior segment, primary eye care for adults and children

Academic distinctions and professional societies:  

  • American Optometric Association
  • Alabama Optometric Association
  • Birmingham Area Optometric Society
  • American Academy of Optometry
  • American Public Health Association