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Sara Hitchman, OD

Sara Hitchman, OD

  • Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine
  • Specialty: Optometry

Biography: Sara Hitchman, OD


Residency | Optometry
Optometry - Cincinnati Eye Institute (2017 - 2018)

Medical Education
The Ohio State University College Of Optometry (2017)

Mount Vernon Nazarene University (2013)


Sara Hitchman, OD, joined University Hospitals Eye Institute in March of 2019. She practices comprehensive optometry including contact lens care and the management of ocular disease. Dr. Hitchman teaches optometry externs and ophthalmology residents as a senior instructor with Case Western Reserve University and an associate faculty member of The Ohio State University College of Optometry, Indiana University College of Optometry, and Western University of Health Sciences.

Born and raised in Butler, Ohio, Dr. Hitchman attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University, graduating with a B.S. in biology. Following her undergraduate work, she attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where she earned her Doctorate of Optometry degree. Dr. Hitchman graduated magna cum laude and was awarded the Lyle Aloycious Gassman Award. During her time at Ohio State, Dr. Hitchman was awarded the Ocular Instruments Award of Excellence and was honored as the president of the Gold Key Association. Following optometry school, Dr. Hitchman completed an ocular disease residency at The Cincinnati Eye Institute with rotations in retina, glaucoma, anterior segment, uveitis, oculoplastics and neuro-ophthalmology. Prior to joining UH Dr. Hitchman worked in private practice and part time as an optometrist at a refractive surgery center.

Dr. Hitchman provides comprehensive eye care for adults and children including the prescription of glasses, routine and specialty contact lenses, as well as the management of eye infections and injuries. She also provides non-surgical medical management of uveitis, dry eye disease, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration. Dr. Hitchman works with the ophthalmologists to coordinate care for patients when surgical intervention is necessary. Dr. Hitchman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the American Optometric Association and the Ohio Optometric Association. As a member of the Ohio Optometric Association Dr. Hitchman presents the RealEyes program to local pre-school and elementary school students educating them about the importance of a lifetime of eye health.

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

View UH’s policy (PDF) on practitioner-industry relationships.

As of December 31, 2016, Sara Hitchman did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.