David A. Cockrell, O.D.

David A. Cockrell, O.D.

Upon graduation from Southern College of Optometry, David A. Cockrell, O.D., and his wife, Cherry Cockrell, O.D., opened their practice to serve the community of Stillwater, Oklahoma, which grew to a second practice, expanding area residents' access to eye care. Much of this expansion has been due to the increase in optometric scope of practice in Oklahoma.

Dr. Cockrell's service to the profession began on a state level then grew to both a regional and national level. He served on the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians (OAOP) Congress Committee in 1987 where he served for 5 years. Dr. Cockrell has served on the Oklahoma State Board of Optometric Examiners since 1996, and as president from 2001-2006. In 1989, he received his first American Optometric Association (AOA) appointment to the Primary Care Committee, became a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and, in 1992, was elected to the OAOP board of directors where he served for 5 years, and was president from 1995-1996. Dr. Cockrell was also appointed to the Heart of America Contact Lens and Primary Care Society and the Southwest Council of Optometry in 1995, concurrently serving as OAOP president. He continued his service on both regional councils for 8 years and served as president of the Southwest Council of Optometry in 1998.

His long tenure of AOA involvement continued as he became chair of the AOA Statutory Scope Committee in 2004. Dr. Cockrell was elected to the AOA Board of Trustees in 2005, and in 2014, he became president. During his term as president, he testified before a Senate Committee regarding the potential deregulation of contact lenses, testified before the Federal Trade Commission and oversaw efforts to defeat harmful anti-patient legislation drafted by 1-800 Contacts which was introduced in a dozen states around the country.

His diligent service to his community includes leadership in Boy Scouts, a member of the Rotary Club for six years, 30 years on the Chamber of Commerce in Stillwater, serving as the team eye doctor for the Oklahoma State University football and wrestling teams, volunteering on the Stillwater Public Education Foundation for several years, and the Stillwater Medical Foundation.

As a former commercial pilot, another of Dr. Cockrell's many passions is his love of aviation. He has been a private pilot for many years and served on the Stillwater Regional Airport Authority in 2005. He spent six years on the board and served as Chair of the Airport Authority for three.

After passage of Board Certification in the AOA House of Delegates in 2009 and the subsequent formation of the American Board of Optometry (ABO), Dr. Cockrell was appointed the first Chair of the ABO and continued in that position until 2011.

Following his completion of service on the AOA Board of Trustees in 2016, David accepted an appointment as AOA Advocacy Chair and continues his service to the profession.