Diplomate Spotlight – Dr. Pat Segu

February 12, 2020

For Dr. Pat Segu, board certification was a natural next step to advance her clinical expertise and professional education. By keeping up to date with advancements in clinical standards, she felt better able to provide the utmost care for her patients. 

A 1992 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry, Dr. Segu completed a one-year, hospital-based residency at American Lake VAMC in Tacoma, Washington. After completing her residency, she joined the faculty at UHCO as an adjunct instructor and later received a full-time appointment. Currently, she serves as a clinical professor at the university and is clinical director for the See to Succeed program. 

Dr. Segu’s career includes 20 years of extensive clinical experience focused in primary care, ocular disease and community outreach programs. As a clinical professor, her fundamental philosophy is to foster a learning environment that demonstrates the highest level of competency and shows genuine compassion and respect for patients. “As the founding medical director of the See to Succeed program, I am thrilled that over 76,000 school aged children have been examined and more than 70,000 pairs of eyeglasses have been delivered since the program’s pilot in 2011,” said Dr. Segu. “The design of the clinical flow process as well as the referral procedures for children with serious vision issues have been implemented with my direction. In 2019, Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner, recognized my efforts and leadership skills which helped transform many lives through the advancement of childhood vision.”

Always serving the profession and engaging in community initiatives, Dr. Segu has held leadership roles in numerous organizations including Immediate Past Chair of American Public Health Association Vision Care Section, Chair of Texas Public Health Association Vision Care Section, Board Chair for Prevent Blindness Texas, Chair of the Vision in Aging SIG for AAO, ABO faculty liaison and AOA faculty liaison. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, member of AOA, TOA, American Public Health Association, Texas Public Health Association, Harris County Optometric Society, and member of Sugar Land Lions Club.

Throughout her career, Dr. Segu has been continually recognized for her contributions and guidance. She was most recently the recipient of the 2020 Mollie Armstrong Award from the Texas Optometric Association, which acknowledges public service and community involvement within optometry. Numerous other awards she has been honored with include the Distinguished Service Award for the Vision Care Section of the American Public Health Association, the UH Teaching Excellence Award in Community Engagement and the Texas Optometric Association Educator of the Year Award.

While helping people improve their vision and lead better lives is a top priority for Dr. Segu, she also enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters. Her top travel destinations include the islands of Hawaii, sandy beaches and anywhere with beautiful water. Going to the movies, dining out and shopping round out her list of favorite activities.

We thank Dr. Segu for her commitment to the profession, willingness to serve and her continued support of ABO.

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