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Professor George Woo, OD, MSc, PhD, LOSc, FAAO, FVCO

Chair & Professor of Optometry, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Photograph of Prof George Woo

Professor George Woo received his Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He obtained his MSc and PhD degrees in physiological optics from Indiana University in the U.S. He is a Fellow and a Diplomate in Low Vision of the American Academy of Optometry.

After graduating and completing the licensing requirements for practice, he became an optometrist with the Canadian Red Cross Society before moving to Indiana University to undertake graduate studies and various teaching and research posts. In 1970, he joined the University of Waterloo as a faculty member, rising to full Professor in 1980. During his tenure at Waterloo from 1970 until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in 1996, he took up many visiting and consulting appointments at several institutions, including the University of Melbourne in Australia, Pennsylvania College of Optometry in the U.S., and the University of Cambridge in the U.K. From 1987 to 1989, he was the founding Head and Professor of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences of the then Hong Kong Polytechnic. In January 1997, Professor Woo was appointed Chair Professor of Optometry and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He became Associate Dean and CEO of PolyVision after deciding to relinquish the deanship after seven years, but resumed the position on 1 August 2008. Professor Woo is also Honorary Professor at China’s Sun Yat-sen University and Tianjin Medical University in China.

Professor Woo has served on numerous local and international optometry, health and research committees. He is President of the World Council of Optometry, Immediate Past President of the Asia Pacific Council of Optometry and the Hong Kong Society of Professional Optometrists, and President of the Hong Kong Contact Lens Research Association. He is currently a board member of the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong. Professor Woo’s research interests include low vision, myopia, contrast sensitivity function, refraction, and contact lenses. He has published in numerous scientific and professional journals.