SIFD’s Program Leadership

Co-Chairs (Currently being updated)

Tiffenie Harris, OD, FAAO
Associate Professor, Western University College of Optometry







Dr. Harris is an Associate Professor at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry. She joined the faculty in 2008 and is the course leader for Principles and Practice of Optometry, teaching ocular health assessment skills in the anterior and posterior segment courses. Dr. Harris attended Indiana University where she received her degree in Chemistry in 1989 and graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry in 1993.

After graduation, she moved to Southeastern Michigan and practiced primary care for over 10 years in the Detroit Metropolitan area. Her clinical experience includes working in a variety of urban practice settings including a multi-discipline medical center. The demographics of this community provided a wide diversity of challenging cases and a large amount of pathology to diagnose, treat, and manage.

In 2004, Dr. Harris began her career in academia at her alma matter as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Chief of Primary Care Clinics for 4 years. Dr. Harris has lectured nationally on hypertension and ocular manifestations. She has won numerous teaching awards. She is currently the lead instructor for optometry’s participation in WesternU’s Summer Health Professions Enrichment Program funded by a grant from Roberts Woods Johnson Foundation.

Dr. Harris is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and has served on the admissions committee and currently serves on the Academy’s Quality Assurance Committee. She has served as an examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry as well as a remote examiner for NCCTO. Dr. Harris has also served on the ASCO clinical affairs committee along with the diversity and cultural competency committee. Her service continues as a member of the American Optometric Association as well as the National Optometric Association. In 2008, Dr. Harris was reported to be the first optometrist to join the American Society of Hypertension.