2023 Naomi “Jo” Svochak GP Practitioner of the Year

Presented to Dr. Gloria B. Chiu

The GP Lens Institute’s highest honor awarded to a practitioner.


“For outstanding professional expertise in fitting customized contact lenses to benefit patients with improved vision and corneal health, and to advance the contact lens field.”

About the Recipient


Dr. Gloria Chiu is an Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the USC Roski Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. She received her Doctor of Optometry at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry and completed a residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at the Southern California College of Optometry, where she still serves as an adjunct faculty member. Her clinical interests include contact lens fittings and treatment for patients with ocular surface disease and irregular corneas. Her research interests include microbial contamination in contact lens-related solutions and effects of scleral lens wear on the ocular surface and optic nerve. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Scleral Lens Education Society, and a member of the California Optometric Association. She is a regular contributor to Contact Lenses Today and Contact Lens Spectrum, and publishes frequently in ophthalmic journals. Dr. Chiu works with various organizations and lectures nationally to further knowledge in the areas of keratoconus, ocular surface disease and specialty contact lenses. She was named one of America’s Best Eye Doctors in 2021 by Newsweek.

Gloria B. Chiu, OD, FAAO, FSLS
USC Roski Eye Institute – Keck Medicine of USC
1450 San Pablo St
Los Angeles, CA 90033

(323) 442-6335

Previous Recipients of the Award

2023 – Gloria B. Chiu, OD, FAAO, FSLS

2022 – Stephanie L. Woo, OD, FAAO, FSLS

2021 – Jason G. Jedlicka, OD, FAAO, FSLS

2020 – Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD

2019 – Susan Resnick, OD, FAAO

2018 – Renée E. Reeder, OD, FAAO

2017 – Jeffrey Sonsino, OD, FAAO

2016 – Douglas P. Benoit, OD, FAAO

2015 – Clarke D. Newman, OD, FAAO

2014 – Michael A. Ward, MMSc, FAAO, FCLSA

2013 – Greg DeNaeyer, OD, FAAO

2011 – Christine W. Sindt, OD, FAAO

2008 – Robert Davis, OD

2007 – Robert M. Grohe, OD

2006 – Barry Adler, OD

2005 – Richard W. Baker, OD

2004 – Cornel LeBlanc,OD

2003 – Joe J. Yager, OD

2002 – Keith S. Ames, OD

2001 – Thomas G. Quinn, Jr., OD, MS

2000 – Joel Halpern, OD

1999 – Richard D. Ebling, OD