PUCO Bestows Kamelia Massih Prize

Dr. Doug Weberling TMB
Dr. Doug Weberling receives the 2016 Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist from PUCO Dean Dr. Jennifer Coyle during the college’s professional programs commencement ceremony on May 21, 2016.

Dr. Doug Weberling receives the 2016 Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist from PUCO Dean Dr. Jennifer Coyle during the college’s professional programs commencement ceremony on May 21, 2016.

Pacific University College of Optometry (PUCO) alumnus and current member of the university Board of Trustees Dr. Douglas R. (Doug) Weberling has been named the sixth recipient of the Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist. Dr. Weberling earned his bachelor’s degree at Pacific in 1972 and a doctorate in optometry in 1974 before going on to a prolific career as a renowned practitioner and researcher.

Dr. Weberling is the President of Dr. Weberling and Associates optometric practice in Bristol, Va., where he has been a longtime resident and former mayor. He has been a clinical investigator and spokesperson for several ophthalmic companies and is an expert on sports vision issues. He served as an optometrist for Team USA in both the 1994 Winter Olympics and the 1991 Pan American Games.

The Massih Prize is named after the late Kamelia Massih, a 1985 PUCO graduate who passed away in March 2010 following a three-year battle with cancer. According to the university, Massih served her patients and members of her community with a level of compassion and care that exemplifies PUCO alumni.