M. Rob Pate, O.D., of Alabama, is the 2014 Young Optometrist of the Year. Dr. Pate is a 2007 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Optometry.
Dr. Pate became a volunteer for the Alabama Special Olympics while receiving his optometric education. He has chaired the Eyecare Section for the Special Olympics since 2012 and organizes, promotes and directs eye exams at the state games on the campus of Troy University.
Dr. Pate is an active member in the Alabama Optometric Association (ALOA) and was recently elected to the ALOA Board of Directors. He has served ALOA in numerous leadership roles, including Legislative Keyperson and InfantSEE® Committee chairman, for which Dr. Pate has traveled across the state to every local optometric society to lecture on the InfantSEE program, how to perform the exam, and provide ideas on implementing the program within all optometric offices.
He is also very involved with his local school district, for which he serves as the team optometrist for the Spain Park High School football team. Dr. Pate also organizes and performs eye screenings for the Hoover City Schools middle and high school athletes and serves as a preceptor for the Hoover High School Science Academy. In this role, he provides job shadowing internships to high school seniors taking part in the Health Science Academy.
Dr. Pate has participated in several volunteer health screenings, including the Cahaba Hispanic Health Screenings and at Brook Hills Community Church Hispanic Medical Clinic, for which he provided full eye exams for non‐English-speaking patients at no charge.
Dr. Pate is a partner at EyeCare Associates, Inc., in Hoover, Ala. In addition to his optometric career, Dr. Pate enjoys football and played while receiving his Bachelor of Science degree at Auburn University. He is the author of A Tiger's Walk: Memoirs of an Auburn Football Player.