Ophthalmologist/Assistant Dean for Surgical Training and Education
Richard Castillo, O.D., D.O., is a graduate of the Oklahoma College of Optometry and the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. He completed a medical/surgical residency in Comprehensive Ophthalmology/Ophthalmic Surgery at Oklahoma State University, and is a past director of the OSU Ophthalmology service. He has been NSU-OCO’s principle surgeon, and a clinical professor of Optometry since 1998. He has a subspecialty interest in anterior segment microsurgery and oculoplastics. As Professor, Assistant Dean for Surgical Training and Education, and Chief of the NSU-OCO Surgery Service, he is responsible for overseeing all facets of NSU-OCO’s surgical program, a program he helped pioneer going back to 1996. He introduced office-based radiosurgery to NSU and the profession in 1998, a treatment modality which has become commonplace in all states with Optometric Advanced Practice and Surgical Legislation. For the past two decades, Dr. Castillo has remained a strong and aggressive proponent of optometric CME, holding workshops on Advanced Office Procedures, minor surgery, lasers, and office-based anesthesia both nationally and internationally. Dr. Castillo is the author of several textbook chapters, including the iconic Rosenbloom’s Vision & Aging, where he co-authored the text’s introductory chapter, and the equally iconic Pfenninger & Fowler’s Procedures for Primary Care, which has been included in the list of the 100 most influential texts in medicine. He is the chair and commissioner of the National Commission on Vision and Health. He has served on numerous committees for the National Board of Examiner’s in Optometry. Dr. Castillo was recently honored with a Special Citation from the Oklahoma House of Representatives for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Surgical Optometric Care in the State of Oklahoma. He was honored with a similar award from the Oklahoma State Board of Examiner’s in Optometry in the winter of 2015.
American Osteopathic Association
American Optometric Association
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians
Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps
Awards and Accolades
Special Citation from the Oklahoma House of Representatives for outstanding contributions to the surgical advancement of optometric care in the State of Oklahoma.
Awarded Fall 2014.
Special award and recognition from the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners in Optometry for contributions to the advancement of surgical care in Oklahoma.
Awarded Winter 2015.
Certificate recognizing outstanding ability and contributions as a Standard Setting Panelist, awarded by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.
Received Fall 2011.
Certificate of Recognition as an Outstanding Faculty Member, Northeastern State University.
Received Spring 2010.
Appointed Chief Resident in Ophthalmology, Columbia-Tulsa Regional Medical Center, 1996 - 1997.
The Harold C. Kohn Memorial Award for Outstanding Paper in the field of Optometric Jurisprudence. Presented by the American Optometric Foundation.
Awarded May 1987.
“I was born here, or more like "created in the lab!" (Professionally speaking)”
“I have an extensive library of books dealing with card tricks! I've lost count how many times I've watched every episode of the Twilight Zone.”