ACCCOS' own Dr. Andrea De Souza won COA Young OD of the Year for 2015 and was awarded at this year's House of Delegates meeting. Dr. De Souza, a native Canadian, received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry and completed her residency training in Primary Care and Contact Lens at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry. Today, Dr. De Souza works as a clinical instructor at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry teaching third and fourth year students in the field of ocular disease, contact lenses and primary care. She also provides pre-operative and post- operative care at the University's Refractive Surgery Center and assists in the glaucoma certification of Optometrists during Glaucoma Grand Rounds lectures at UC Berkeley.
Since 2014 she has served on the board of the Alameda and Contra Costa Counties Optometric Society, first as Director of Education and currently as President-Elect. She has published two articles in COA's Online CE on the topics of Herpetic Epithelial Keratitis and Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Syndrome.