Congratulations 2022 NJSOP Award Recipients!

November 13, 2023

2022 NJSOP Award Recipients!

The E.C. Nurock Award – Dr. Ronald Siwoff
The E.C. Nurock Award is NJSOP’s highest and most prestigious honor. To qualify for this lifetime achievement award, a candidate must exemplify those characteristics of an outstanding practitioner, and who, for a continuous period of several years, has rendered outstanding service to his or her profession and colleagues. In addition, the optometrist must have shown concern and involvement within the association and the profession and made a significant contribution to the community. The NJSOP is honored to announce that Dr. Ronald Siwoff has been presented with this honor this year. 

Dr. Siwoff, while attending NECO for school, worked at the Gundersen Clinic for his low vision clinical training at Boston University Medical Center. After his graduation in 1977, he moved to NJ, where he started in private practice. Within one year, Dr. Siwoff was appointed to run a low vision clinic for UMDNJ. There he met Don Greenfield, MD, who was chief of the ophthalmology department. Together, the two men founded the NJ Committee for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NJCBVI) Low Vision Panel, recruiting eye care specialists to provide low vision care for visually impaired and blind individuals at subsidized and reduced reimbursements provided by the State of NJ. Dr. Siwoff was the first doctor on the low vision panel, followed by many more doctors over the past 45 years. Dr. Siwoff continues to serve patients from the NJCBVI, as well as those referred to him by NYCBVI, as he also is on the low vision panel in NY. Dr. Siwoff has many other accomplishments, including fellow diplomat, and director positions, consultant work, award recognitions, research work, publications, and multiple vision related patents. He is most deserving of this NJSOP lifetime achievement award. Congratulations Dr. Siwoff!

NJSOP Optometrist of the Year Award - Dr. Trinae Rosato

The NJSOP OD of the Year Award is presented to Dr. Trinae Rosato. This award is granted to that Optometrist who during the past eighteen to twenty four months has shown themselves to be an outstanding practitioner. The award winner will have proven outstanding involvement and concern for their patients, the profession, and the community. Dr. Rosato is a shining example of outstanding professional leadership in organized optometry. Dr. Rosato understands and advocates for our profession issues, and her passion for what our profession is and what we can do collectively through organized optometry is palpable. At the same time as being a strong professional leader for organized optometry, she maintained a healthy private practice in her small community and most importantly, an involved mom to her children. Congratulations Dr. Rosato!

Young O.D. of the Year Award - Keith Levinson, OD (TCSOP)

(The Young OD of the Year Award is given to an NJSOP member who has been actively involved on an NJSOP Committee or Project.) This year's Young OD Award goes to Dr. Keith Levinson for his active participation in NJSOP leadership and the legislative committee, and for being a valuable voice for and connection to the new OD graduates. He vocalizes what young ODs want and need from organized optometry.

Public Service Award - Gerald Kass, OD (MOSOP

(Recognition of the contributions of a person or an organization to the visual welfare of the people of New Jersey) This award is presented to Dr. Gerald Kass for his willingness to volunteer, post- retirement, to help underserved populations and perform primary eye care services at the Parker Family Health Center. The Parker Family Health Center provides free medical care for Monmouth County residents who meet certain requirements and who are without any medical insurance. Congratulations Dr. Kass!

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