Faculty & Staff bios

Daniel Kurtz, PhD, OD, FAAO

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor of Optometry

College of Optometry

E-Mail: dkurtz@westernu.edu

Phone: 909-706-3507 | Fax: 909-706-3905

Website: www.westernu.edu

Join year: 2007


O.D., 1982, New England College of Optometry

Ph.D., 1977, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

B.S., 1968, Oberlin College

Education Experience

Postdoctoral fellow in Neuroscience, Schepens Eye Research Institute, 1977-1980

Sabbatical in Neuro-Optometry, Harvard Medical School, 1996


Fellow, 1986, American Academy of Optometry

Military Experience

US Navy, 1968-1972


Principles and Practice of Optometry, College of Optometry

Neuro Eye Disease, College of Optometry


American Academy of Optometry (AAO)

American Optometric Association (AOA)

California Optometric Association (COA)


Kurtz D,Hyman L, Gwiazda J, Manny R, Dong, LM, Wang Y, Scheiman M, and the COMET Group. Role of Parental Myopia in the Progression of Myopia and Its Interaction with Treatment in COMET Children.   Invest Ophth & Vis Sci, 2007. Feb. 48(2): 562-570.

Kurtz D, Manny R, Hussein M, the COMET Study Group. Variability of the ocular component measurements in children using A-scan ultrasonography. Optom. & Vis. Sci. 2004. 81(1): 35-43.

Manny, RE, Hussein, Scheiman, M, Kurtz, D, Niemann, K, and Zinzer, K, The COMET Study Group. Tropicamide 1%: An effective cycloplegic agent for myopic children.  Invest Ophthalmol & Vis Sci. 2001. 42(8): 1728-1735.

Kurtz, D. The Perfect Eye: A novel model for teaching the theory of refraction.  Journal of Optometric Education. Spring 1999. 24(3): 91-95.

Kurtz, D.Teaching clinical reasoning.   Journal of Optometric Education.  1990. 15(4): 119-122.

Kurtz, D., Leiby, C.C., III, and Butter, C.M.  A further analysis of S-R separation effects on visual discrimination performance of normal rhesus monkeys and monkeys with superior colliculus lesions.  Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology.  1982; 96(1):35-46.


After completing four years of service in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Kurtz received his PhD in Psychobiology from the University of Michigan in 1977 followed by postdoctoral research at the Eye Research Institute in Boston, MA. Upon receiving his Doctor of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1982, he joined their faculty. In the course of his academic career he rose to the rank of Full Professor of Optometry, served as the Founding Director of the Homeless Veterans Eye Clinic in Boston, co-authored “Clinical Procedures for Ocular Examination,” served as Principal Investigator of the Boston Clinical Center of the COMET research grant on myopia, served as chair of national committees in the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry, and received Faculty of the Year honors during each of his last four years as a teacher at the New England College of Optometry. After 25 years as a member of the faculty in Boston, Dr. Kurtz accepted the position of Founding Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry in Pomona, California, where he has been since the Summer of 2007.