President Mittelman's News, Activities

Looking Out For Kids Event


See the video clip from Dr. Mittelman's live appearance on NBC10 News on October 30, 2014. He spoke with Vai Sikahema about Salus' efforts in the area of vision care and how we can bring an interdisciplinary outreach to our community.

August, 2014

Salus First University to Endorse HR 5304

The University became the first University or college to issue an endorsement of a federal bill – HR 5304 , the Audiology Patient Choice Act – that, if enacted, will grant audiologists limited licensed physician (LLP) status within Medicare, allow Medicare patients direct access to audiologists and, as a comprehensive Medicare benefit, give recognition to the profession of audiology so that it is recognized within the full scope of practice.

The endorsement, signed by Salus President Michael H. Mittelman, OD, MPH, Provost Janice Scharre, OD and Osborne College of Audiology (OCA) Dean Victor H. Bray, PhD, states that HR 5304 will “bring about a much needed modernization in the way audiology services are available to Medicare beneficiaries.”

The bill is a bi-partisan effort of US Representatives Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and has the full support of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA). In late September, ADA members staged a “fly-in” to Washington, DC, where they met with staffers of Congressional members.  Federal health insurance for members of Congress and their staffs does not require a referral from a primary care physician before seeing an audiologist.

The goal of making audiology an autonomous profession with LLP status on a par with other, frontline healthcare doctoring professions such as optometry, dentistry, podiatry, was one of great importance to the late Dr. George S. Osborne, the founding dean of the University’s audiology program. Dean Bray and the many OCA alumni who are working to gain supporters of the bill are confident that Dr. Osborne would be in the forefront of their efforts. With audiologists licensed in all 50 states to offer these services and with the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree the profession’s entry level degree, HR 5304 is the next logical step in elevating the profession. 

Press Release

ADA - AuDvocacy Action Center

April 1, 2014

Earlier this year, Dr. Mike Mittelman was interviewed by Dell Poncet, editor of the Philadelphia Business Journal. The interview - "Social Capital" - originally available only to the paper's subscribers,  has now been made available to everyone. (Interview)  

March 19, 2014

Conicelli and Toyota Make Matching Contributions to Salus University’s Vision Care Program

Conicelli Toyota presented a $5,000 check to The Eye Institute of Salus University for our “Looking Out for Kids” vision care initiative in the Norristown Area School District on Wednesday, March 19. The $2,500 donation was met with a matching gift from Toyota.

Pictured from left-right are:  Conicelli’s General Manager, Dominic Conicelli, Jr.; Internet Director of Sales, Lori Hammond; our own Chief of Staff, Dr. Susan Oleszewski; Conicelli’s Human Resources Manager, Donna Conicelli and Salus University president, Dr. Michael Mittelman. The donation will help provide vision care services and eyeglasses to uninsured and under-insured public school children in the Norristown community.

For more information about the “Looking Out for Kids” vision care initiative, visit or email

December 30, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer

Well Being: New leader is a living example for school of 'health and well-being'

November 15, 2013

Looking Out for Kids saw more than 300 people support the 7th Annual Looking Out for Kids event at the Hafter Center. This year’s guest co-hosts were Brian Westbrook, Comcast sports commentator and former Eagles running back, and Dr. Janet Samuels, superintendent of the Norristown School District.

The event and silent auction were a great success and the money raised will support The Eye Institute’s program to provide eyecare and eyeglasses for under-insured and uninsured area children.

To see photos from the event check out TEI's Facebook page

Co-hosts Brian Westbrook and Dr. Janet Samuels

Dr. Mittelman with Dr. Janet Samuels and her husband.

November 11, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer

Read Dr. Mittelman’s op-ed piece about the Military Healthcare System and what we can learn from it.

November 1st, 2013

Salus was honored to host two visitors

PA State Senator Mike Folmer (R-48), chair of the Senate Education Committee, and Dr. Robert Owens, current president of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association. Welcomed by PCO Dean Linda Casser, the visitors were given a tour of the Elkins Park campus and met with Salus President Mike Mittelman before touring The Eye Institute. In the photograph to the left are (L to R): Dean Casser; Dr. Joseph Toland, PCO faculty; Senator Folmer; Dr. Mittelman; Dr. Owens.

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