Dr. Yudcovitch is lead instructor of the Ocular Therapeutics course and most Ocular Disease courses, as well as ocular disease clinic attending doctor. He served as Clinic Director of the Pacific University Northeast and Southeast Portland Eye Clinics, and is currently Chief of the Medical Eye/Ocular Disease service for the college. Areas of expertise and interest include advanced ocular imaging, diabetes and glaucoma management, eye disease pharmacological treatment, and pediatric examinations.
Prior to joining Pacific University, Dr. Yudcovitch practiced as an optometric physician in the U.S. and Canada. He has received the College of Optometry Didactic Instructor of the Year Award three times in a row by his students. Dr. Yudcovitch is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.
Dr. Yudcovitch is also a musician and filmmaker. Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, he produced and directed the documentary film, " Fighting in Sunshine: The Untold Story of Banood" which won the Best Documentary award at the Everglades International Film Festival, South Africa. He has played with several rock/pop, alternative, classical and jazz groups, and writes, arranges, performs, and records original music.
What does he enjoy most about teaching at the College of Optometry?
"Our students provide a source of inquisitiveness, enthusiasm, and collegiality that makes it easy to teach. Combined with a diverse and fascinating subject matter, it makes optometric instruction a very pleasant experience. It is exciting when practical application of the knowledge we provide ultimately helps patients in the clinical setting. The personal interaction with students is valuable, and they are encouraged to ask questions, think creatively, and grow professionally.”
MS, Pacific University, 1997
Teaching Fellow, Pacific University, 1996-97
OD, Pacific University, 1996
BS, University of Calgary, 1990