Caroline Beesley Pate headshot.

Professor & Director of Residency Programs

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(205) 996-6635
HPB 522

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

Teaching/research interests: Residency education, clinical methods and procedures, anterior segment ocular disease

Office hours: By appointment


  • BS, Gettysburg College, Biology
  • BS, Pennsylvania College of Optometry (Salus University), Vision Science
  • OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry (Salus University)
  • Residency, UAB School of Optometry, Family Practice Optometry

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 science 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 and Vision Science.  Dr. Pate serves as the Director of Residency Programs at UABSO.

Dr. Pate is the coursemaster for Diseases of the Anterior Segment. In addition, Dr. Pate teaches in the classroom and laboratory in the clinical methods course series at UABSO, Clinical Evaluation of the Visual System. Dr. Pate sees patients in the Ocular Disease and Primary Care clinical services at UAB Eye Care and is a member of the University Optometric Group, the UAB School of Optometry faculty private practice.  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.  She was the 2017 recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at UAB.

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 systemic diseases and the eye, anterior segment disease, and 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, SECO International, and the American Optometric Association.