Kenji Hamada, O.D.

Kenji Hamada, O.D.

Kenji Hamada, O.D., of Oregon, is a 1972 graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry. Dr. Hamada began his career in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He served as captain and chief optometrist, earning the Meritorious Service Award.

After his service in the U.S. Army, Dr. Hamada started his private practice with partner C. Richard Matti, O.D., in Grants Pass, Oregon, in 1974. Together, they co-founded what is now Eye Care Group of Southern Oregon, which has been one of the largest group optometric practices in Oregon for more than 30 years.

Dedicated to his alma mater, Dr. Hamada served as an adjunct professor from 1993 to 2006. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Jefferson Hall Renovation Project.  Dr. Hamada still serves on the Advisory Group of the Vision Performance Institute (VPI) of Pacific University.  Additionally, he has also served on the board of trustees of Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) from 2000 to 2003.

From 1991 to 2006, Dr. Hamada was the primary investigator for 50 contact lens studies for at least eight different contact lens manufacturers and served on their advisory panels. He has been a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA) Contact Lens and Cornea Section (CLCS) since 1986, for which he served as Industry Relations Committee chair (1991 to 1993) and General Projects chair (1994).  In recognition of his services, he was awarded the Luminary Award in 2012 and inducted into the CLCS Hall of Fame in 2013.

Dr. Hamada is an active member of the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association (OOPA), serving as president of OOPA in 1984 and as president of the Southern Oregon Optometric Society in 1975.  He also was one of the original founders of the Great Western Council of Optometry (GWCO) and named as the GWCO OD of the Year in 1997.

For the AOA, Dr. Hamada has served in various positions, including chair of the State President's Council (1984), an AOA Congress Nominating Committee member (1992), and an AOA Congress Local Arrangement Committee member (1996). He has held positions on numerous volunteer committees, including chair of the Communications Center Executive Committee (1998) and the Communications Group Advisory Committee (1999 to 2001). 

A lifetime member of Optometry Cares®-The AOA Foundation, Dr. Hamada is actively involved in the profession's charity of choice, serving as a board member from 2011 to 2013 and 2015. He's also an advocate and funding supporter of Camp Courage: A Helen Keller Experience.

Dr. Hamada's impact on the profession of optometry can also be summed up by the numerous awards he has garnered, including the Young OD of the Year Award, OD of the Year Award and President's Award (earned three times) from the OOPA and the 2001 National Distinguished Service Award from the AOA. Dr. Hamada was also inducted into the National Academies of Practice as a Distinguished Practitioner in Optometry in 2000.