Dr. Dickson Chen became an optometrist for one simple reason: to help others live the best lives possible. For him, nothing beats putting his skill set to good use everyday to make a difference.
Dr. Chen graduated high school as both Valedictorian and Student Body President before attending UCLA as a Regents and Alumni Scholar. During his time there, he served as his dormitory president for two years, and also sang in the UCLA Men’s Glee Club and was a member of Lambda Phi Epsilon, the first and only internationally recognized Asian fraternity. Next, Dr. Chen entered the Southern California College of Optometry, serving as Class President, Student Association President, and American Optometric Student Association National Spokesman during his studies.
Prior to becoming a founding member and director of the American Optometric Society, Dr. Chen served as Chairman of the SCCO’s Young Alumni Association, President of the Rio Hondo Optometric Society, and President of the California Vision Foundation. As a member of Lions International, he served as Club President, Zone Chairman, and Optometric Director of the Lions Eye Foundation of Southern California. Dr. Chen has also served on the governing council of the Southern California Public Health Association, and co-chaired SCPHA’s Legislative Committee. In 2003, the California Optometric Association named Dr. Chen COA Young OD-of-the-Year, as well as its nominee for the American Optometric Association’s National Young OD-of-the-Year Award.
Dr. Chen is also a former member of the Board of Directors and former Assistant Executive Director of the American Board of Clinical Optometry. Currently, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Having a special interest in contact lenses, he has served as both a clinical investigator for Coopervision and as Subject Matter Expert for the California State Board of Optometry.
One of Dr. Chen’s favorite pastimes is singing barbershop-style music. He’s a proud member of the nine-time international chorus champions, The Masters of Harmony.