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Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

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Teaching/research interests: Clinical skills and thinking, ophthalmic imaging, ocular disease

Office hours: By appointment


  • BS, Wofford College, Biology
  • OD, UAB School of Optometry

A Charleston, SC native, Dr. Beth Steele graduated from Wofford College in 1999 with a BS in Biology. She graduated from the UAB School of Optometry in 2003, then completed a residency focused in the areas of Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Dr. Steele joined the UAB School of Optometry faculty in 2004 and has since contributed to the teaching in many courses including CEVS, Injections and Minor Surgical Procedures, Ophthalmic Lasers, Advanced Clinical Procedures, Disease of the Posterior Segment and Ophthalmic Imaging. From 2004-2005, Dr. Steele was the Clinic Supervisor for the Primary Care Clinic located at Birmingham Health Care. In 2005, Dr. Steele accepted the role of CEVS Coursemaster, and co-led the course until 2015. While Dr. Steele still currently teaches in CEVS, and is the Coursemaster for Ophthalmic Imaging and Ophthalmic Lasers, since 2014 she has served as the Associated Dean for Clinical Affairs.

Dr. Steele enjoys presenting continuing education lectures and workshops both locally and nationally. She has been honored with numerous teaching awards, including the AOSA Clinical Science Teaching Award in 2005, 2008 and 201, the UAB Scholarship of Teaching Award in 2012, the ALOA Educator of the Year Award in 2016, and the AOA Educator of the Year Award in 2017.

Dr. Steele is an active volunteer for the optometric profession, by serving on committees for ALOA, AOA, and ASCO, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. In 2009, she was awarded the ALOA Young Optometrist Award, and received the SECO Young Optometrist of the South Award in 2010.

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Recent courses taught:

  • Ophthalmic Imaging, Coursemaster
  • Clinical Evaluation of the Visual System
  • Introductory Clinical Rotation, Coursemaster

Academic distinctions and professional societies:  

  Fellow of American Academy of Optometry, 2007

UAB/Area student groups you participate in:

    Faculty Advisor, American Optometric Student Association

If you are a clinician, in what UAB Eye Care clinic do you provide care?

  • Primary Care Clinic
  • Ocular Disease Clinic