Howard B. Purcell
, OD, FAAO currently serves as Vice President, Customer Development for Essilor of America
Prior to joining Essilor he served as Senior Director of Professional Affairs for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care.
He was with Vistakon since February 1995.
A graduate of the New England College of Optometry in 1984, Dr. Purcell participated in a group optometric practice for ten years.
Beginning in June 1991, Dr. Purcell joined the faculty of Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry.
career at the college, he
was a principle in the development of the Department of Cornea and Contact Lenses.
Reaching the rank of Associate Professor Dr. Purcell was responsible for both the didactics and clinical components of the program, serving as the Deputy Dean of the College.
Further, Dr. Purcell
also participated in the University Committee on Admissions
as well as its Internal Review Board.
was honored by the inaugural class of Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry
as the recipient of the Golden Apple Award, selected by the Optometry students as the Teacher of the Year.
While in private practice, Dr. Purcell served as clinical investigator and consultant to the contact lens industry.
has actively supported Optometry in the state of Florida as President of the Dade County Optometric Association
, as well as an examiner and Disciplinary Monitoring of the State Board of Optometry
Dr. Purcell is a Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry.
In 2007, Dr. Purcell
was named a Distinguised Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice