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  • The Office of the Medical Examiner: What You Need to Know

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 03/20/2019

    Learn more about the role of the Medical Examiner and how to strengthen relationships with the Medical Examiner or Coroner office that your organization works with!

    Mary Case, MD, the 2016 EBAA Gift of Sight Recipient, discusses the role of the Medical Examiner and the relationship that has been developed with Mid-America Transplant. Also speaking during this session is Debbie Lanter from Mid-America Transplant, where she discusses the relationship from the eye bank's perspective.

    The speakers also discuss some of the more common challenges that are encountered when preserving the integrity of the death investigation, as well as ensuring that donation is possible.

    Recording Length: 1 Hour

    CEU: 1

    Mary Case, MD

    Office of the Medical Examiner in St. Louis County, Missouri

    Dr. Mary Case is the Chief Medical Examiner in the Office of the Medical Examiner in St. Louis County, Missouri. Dr. Case has a BA from the University of Missouri and received her medical degree from the St. Louis University School of Medicine. In 2016, Dr. Case received the EBAA Gift of Sight Award for her work in ensuring donation is an option for the deaths that fall under the Medical Examiner’s jurisdiction in St. Louis and the surrounding counties. As a result of her tireless support of donation, the Office of the Medical Examiner work in cooperation with Mid-America Transplant to ensure even complicated deaths are still considered for donation.

    Debbie Lanter

    Mid-America Transplant

    Debbie Lanter is the Medical Examiner/Coroner & Hospital Services Specialist for Mid-America Transplant. She has been involved in eye banking for the past twenty-five years and has performed a number of different of roles in the organization  throughout that time. Debbie’s current role focuses on developing partnerships with Medical Examiners, Coroners, and Hospice to establish effective systems for increasing non-hospital referrals for eye and tissue donation.

  • Referral to Recovery: Increasing High Quality Ocular Outcomes

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 03/06/2019

    Learn more about practices that eye bank staff members can utilize when working with hospital partners, funeral home directors, and others to increase potential benefits for recipients.

    In the always evolving eye banking profession, ensuring that cornea tissue is recovered in a timely, efficient and safe manner is always a priority.

    In the one-hour webinar, Referral to Recovery - Increasing High Quality Ocular Outcomes, three presenters will identify various practices that eye bank staff members can utilize when working with hospital partners, funeral home directors, and others to yield excellent ocular outcomes and increase potential benefits for recipients.

    Referrals, Triage and Donor NOK Phone Calls: A program to improve ocular donation outcomes.
    Andrea Cranford, Lions VisionGift

    Navigating call center logistics effectively and efficiently can broker positive tissue quality outcomes with donor tissue by abbreviating death to preservation timelines. This smoother, more efficacious execution of the donor coordinator role also has the secondary benefit of facilitating a better relationship with partner agencies by streamlining and expediting the donation process, thus reducing the time and logistics burden placed upon hospitals and funeral homes throughout the recovery process. The presenter discusses several tools and strategies that can be used by donor coordinators to reduce tissue recovery timelines.

    Implementing an issue tracking system
    Michael O’Keefe, Eversight

    This session will provide an overview of how Eversight implemented a system where all staff can report issues that obstruct work flows or slow down the donation process. Using Jira, a software program, all submitted issues are collated so that trends can be identified. Recurrent items are reviewed and countermeasures are developed to prevent continued issues. Implementation of the software, along with making it widely available for all staff has raised awareness to issues that were previously unknown, leading to improvements in OPO relations, Hospital recoveries, and Funeral Home and Medical Examiner partnerships.

    Enhancing Funeral Home Relationships to Increase Donations and Reduce Recovery Times.
    Julie Todd, KeraLink - Southeast

    The role of the Eye Bank can greatly impact outcomes and by strengthening Funeral Home relationships we can have successful donation outcomes. This presentation will share a unique program that fosters positive relationships with funeral homes. The Funeral Home relationship can provide a partnership that will improve death to preservation times and lead to increased referrals. To have a positive impact on reducing death to preservation times a program was implemented that allows 24-hr access to the facilities. The presenter will share why the program was created at one organization, how it was implemented and the outcomes.

    Gain insight on ways to improve the referral process as well as ocular outcomes and purchase this session today!

    Recording Length: 1 Hour

    CEU: 1

    Andrea Cranford

    Lions VisionGift

    Andrea Cranford began her career at Lions VisonGift in May of 2011 as a Donation Specialist, screening for eye and tissue donation, coordinating recovery logistics and guiding families through the donation process. In June of 2011 she was promoted to Logistics Center Trainer overseeing all training for new Donation Specialist staff. In August 2013 she was promoted to Manager of the Logistics Center and in January of 2019 her role expanded to managing the Donor Referral Line, DRL. The DRL is the new designated referral center for Oregon and Southern Washington. Through a strategic partnership with Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank, Community Tissue Services, and Lions VisonGift the three organizations work to gain operational efficiencies through shared resources and aligned initiatives to best maximize the gift of donation.

    Michael O'Keefe, CEBT

    Eversight

    Michael O'Keefe, CEBT, joined Eversight in 1994 as a laboratory technician soon after he graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Biology. During his time at Eversight he worked in numerous leadership roles, became a private pilot, learned how to raise bees, thought about raising chickens, formed an improv duo and earned an MBA from the Ross School of Business. Michael now serves in the role of Chief Operating Officer and is helping Eversight to maximize its mission by improving operational effectiveness, employee engagement and customer satisfaction using principles derived from the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan.

    Julie Todd, CEBT

    CorneaGen - Orlando

    Julie Todd, CEBT, has been with CorneaGen - Orlando (formerly KeraLink International, Southeast) since October 2013 and is currently Donor Family Services Manager. Julie was introduced to the donor services field and began working as a per-diem ocular recovery technician for KeraLink International. Over the years Julie has become a full time technician developing her eye-banking education and worked to attain her CEBT in 2016. She currently manages the Family Service Coordinator and Recovery departments. Julie is an outdoor enthusiast and will always #optoutside when the opportunity presents.

    Janice Sedgwick, CEBT

    Georgia Eye Bank

    Janice Sedgwick, CEBT, is the Manager of Public and Professional Relations at Georgia Eye Bank. Janice has also been a member of the Donor Development committee since 2012. 

  • Let's Get Together: Enhancing Collaboration on Shared Cases

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 02/28/2019

    Learn more about how to communicate with your recovery partners and register for this session today!

    Communication and collaboration are key when working with recovery partners on a shared case. During this webinar, speakers identify the challenges and opportunities that arise on shared tissue and eye cases in regards to individual needs of each tissue and organization and how to effectively communicate with each other to ensure the best possible outcome of the donation for both organizations. This session focuses on the tissue and eye bank requirements in blood collection, recovery procedures, physical inspections and cooling protocols. The speakers also present various case studies that highlight the importance of communication on shared cases. Learn more about how to communicate with your recovery partners and register for this session today!

    Recording Length: 1 Hour

    CEU: 1

    Jonathan Boyd, CTBS

    American Association of Tissue Banks

    Over the past decade, Jonathan Boyd has worked in multiple roles within the tissue banking and transplant industry including surgical tissue procurement, in leadership roles and eligibility evaluation. Jonathan is now the Director of Certification & Online Learning at the American Association of Tissue Banks where he oversees the development of online educational programming and the certification program. Jonathan is a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist, the AATB Liaison to the several AATB committees and the winner of the 2018 AATB Outstanding Professional Education Award.Jonathan is an active member of the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners, an Affiliate Member of the National Association of Medical Examiners, a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is an active committee member with IACME, NAME & ASAE.

    Esteban Rangel, CEBT

    KeraLink International

    Esteban, a Texan native, joined the eye banking community as a recovery technician in 2010 while working on obtaining his BS in Anthropology from Texas State University. Over the years he's worked in different areas of eye banking, from donor coordinator to technical director. In his most current role, he oversees the new tissue processing facility at KeraLink- New England. He also serves in the Technician Education, Research and Statistical Report Committees.

    Troy Win'E, CEBT

    SightLife

    Troy is the Director of Recovery Services at SightLife. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Cellular Molecular Biology from the University of Washington. Troy currently serves on the EBAA Technician Education Committee as Vice Chair.

    Julie Todd, CEBT

    KeraLink - Southeast

    Julie has been with KeraLink International, Southeast since October 2013 and is currently Donor Family Services Manager.  Julie was introduced to the donor services field and began working as a per-diem ocular recovery technician for KeraLink International.  Over the years Julie has become a full time technician developing her eye-banking education and worked to attain her CEBT in 2016.  She currently manages the Family Service Coordinator and Recovery departments.  Julie is an outdoor enthusiast and will always #optoutside when the opportunity presents.

  • The CEBT Exam: Updates, Information, and Resources

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Check out this free informational webinar that goes over everything you need to know about the CEBT exam!

    This webinar will discuss everything you need to know about taking the CEBT Exam, as well as the new and updated resources available to you.

  • 2018 R. Townley Paton Award Lecture: Planning for the Next Generation: The Art of Mentorship (Free)

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    If you were unable to attend the 2018 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum in Chicago, IL, where Dr. Barry Lee was awarded the R. Townley Paton Award, check out the free lecture here!

    During the 2018 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum in Chicago, IL, Dr. Barry Lee was awarded the R. Townley Paton Award and delivered the R. Towley Paton Award Lecture titled, "Planning for the Next Generation: The Art of Mentorship." Attend the complimentary lecture here!

  • Grief and Loss in the Workplace

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 12/12/2018

    Learn how to maintain your own health and provide comfort and service to others by attending this informational and mindful webinar!

    During this session, Pam Albert identifies grief and loss stressors that donation professionals face on a daily basis. She also compares the differences and similarities between personal and professional grief, describes how cumulative stress can lead to compassion fatigue, burnout and staff turnover and discusses how to best care for yourself and your staff while at work. Purchase this webinar recording today!

    Recording Length: 1 Hour

    CEU: 1

    Pam Albert, RN, BSN, CPTC, CBF

    New England Donor Services

    Pam Albert, RN, BSN, CPTC, CBF, has been with New England Donor Services (NEDS) since June 1989 and is currently the Senior Director of Tissue Donor Services Resource Development/Donor Family Services. At NEDS, she has worked as a donation coordinator, education specialist/hospital development coordinator, donor family liaison and aftercare coordinator. Her areas of interest and research involve contact between donor families and recipients as well as grief and loss issues. She has contributed to the literature in the donation field with publications in both Progress in Transplantation and the Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America. She is a registered nurse and is a Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator (CPTC). 

  • 2018 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum

    Contains 34 Component(s), 4.5 credits offered

    If you missed the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum in Chicago, IL on October 26, purchase the Forum package today!

    The Cornea and Eye Banking Forum is an annual event that features the research and innovations in corneal transplantation and eye banking. If you were unable to attend the much-anticipated event in person, you still have a chance to catch up on the research that was presented this Fall. Purchase the Forum package today!

    Included with purchase:

    - 2018 CEBF Program Booklet (electronic version)

    - Access to 26 scientific presentations and two invited sessions

    - Attendees will earn 4.5 CEUs for attending the sessions

    Cornea and Eye Banking Forum Recording List

     

    What I Learned from My First 50 Cases (Invited)

    • DALK: Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
    • DMEK: Peter Veldman, MD, University of Chicago
    • DWEK: Mark Gorovoy, MD, Gorovoy MD Specialists

     

    Predictive Factors for Graft Dislocation and Outcomes After DSAEK in the Cornea Preservation Time Study

    Jonathan H. Lass, MD, University Hospitals/ Case Western Reserve University

     

    Donor, Recipient, and Operative Factors Associated with Increased Endothelial Cell Loss in the Cornea Preservation Time Study

    Sanjay Patel, MD, FRC Ophth, Mayo Clinic

     

    Factors Associated with Graft Rejection in the Cornea Preservation Time Study

    Steven Dunn, MD, Michigan Cornea Consultants

     

    Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty for Failed Penetrating Keratoplasty: Visual Outcomes and Graft Survival

    Anand Pasari, MD, DNB, FICO, Cornea Research Foundation of America

     

    Donor DMEK Tissue Characteristics and Association with Clinical Outcomes

    Michael D. Straiko, MD, Devers Eye Institute

     

    Graft Preparation Failure in Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK)

    Maya Tong, MD, Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery

     

    Optimizing Visualization of DMEK Tissue: Assessing the Duration of Trypan Blue Staining

    Jennifer Ling, MD, University of California, Davis

     

    Ready to Go: First Year Clinical Outcomes Using Preloaded DMEK Grafts

    Luke Potts, MD, PhD, Devers Eye Institute

     

    DMEK Using “Patient-Ready” Tissue:  A Comparison of the Use of Pre-Stripped vs. Fully Prepared Pre-Stripped, Pre-Stained and Pre-Loaded Donor Grafts.

    Paul Phillips, MD, Sightline Ophthalmic Associates

     

    Comparing Endothelial Cell Loss Between 2 DMEK Inserters

    Joanne Ho, MD, MAS,* University of Washington

     

    Evaluation of a New “Pull-Through” “Endo-In” Inserter for DMEK - the E-DMEK Procedure

    Donald Tan, FRCS, Singapore National Eye Centre

     

    International Outcomes with the Boston Type I Keratoprosthesis

    Huong Duong, MD, Stein Eye Institute

    Change in Transplant Rates for Keratoconus Treatment Since the Launch of Corneal Collagen Crosslinking in Ontario and British Columbia

    Jaime Sklar, BMSc, MSc, University of Toronto

     

    Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia: A Now Medically Treatable Disease Spectrum?

    Matthew Ip, MD, Prince of Wales Hospital

     

    Tissue Loss and Processing Time at One Eye Bank Over the Course of 3000 DMEK Grafts: What Can Others Learn From Our Experience?

    Lindsay Mandel, Weill Cornell Medicine

     

    Outcomes of Gamma-Irradiated Sterile Corneal Grafts

    Priya Mathews, MD MPH, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

     

    Efficacy of Amphotericin B Supplementation of Corneal Storage Media in Inhibiting Candida Growth Under Simulated Eye Banking Conditions

    Bennie H. Jeng, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine

     

    Efficacy of Varying Amphotericin-B Concentrations Against Candida albicans After Short Exposure Times in Cold Storage

    Khoa Tran, PhD, Lions VisionGift

     

    Efficiency Evaluation of the New Cold Cornea Storage Medium with Dissolvable Antifungal Tablet

    Eric Abdullayev, MD, MBA, CEBT, Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research

     

    Increasing Betadine Exposure During Cornea Tissue Preparation Decreases Positive Rim Cultures and Postoperative Infections

    Charles Salisbury, MD, Eye Consultants of Atlanta

     

    Controversies in Eye Banking: Postkeratoplasty Fungal Infections (Invited)

    • Antifungal Supplementation of Donor Storage Media
      • Bennie H. Jeng, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Gregory Grossman, PhD, Alabama Eye Bank
    • Donor Rim Fungal Cultures
      • Jennifer Li, MD, University of California, Davis, and Mark A. Terry, MD, Devers Eye Institute
    • Response to a Donor Rim Fungal Culture
      • Elmer Tu, MD, University of Illinois, Chicago, and Kourtney Houser, MD, Hamilton Eye Institute, University of Tennessee
                                                                   

    Long-Term Outcomes of Living-Related Conjunctival Limbal Allograft Compared to Keratolimbal Allograft in Patients with Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency

    Medi Eslani, MD, Cincinnati Eye Institute/ University of Cincinnati

     

    The Utility of Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography for the Assessment of Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency

    William Binotti, MD, Tufts Medical Center

     

    High Resolution Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography for the Diagnosis and Differentiation of Conjunctival Lymphoma, Conjunctival Amyloidosis and Benign Lymphoid Hyperplasia

    Nandini Venkateswaran, MD, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

     

    Ex vivo Expansion of Limbal Stem Cells Using Descemet’s Membrane as a Culture Substrate

    Joshua Hou, MD, University of Minnesota

     

    Possible Molecular Mechanisms Explaining the Effect of ROCK Inhibitor on Corneal Endothelial Cells in Fuchs Dystrophy

    Friedrich Kruse, MD, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg

     

    Quarter-Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (Quarter-DMEK) for Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy: 12 Months Clinical  Outcome of the First Case Series

    Lamis Baydoun, MD, Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery

  • Saving Sepsis: How to Rule Donors In

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 10/18/2018

    Learn about the elements that make a donor eligible for donation when considering sepsis!

    Making a determination about whether or not a donor was septic at the time of death can be a difficult task, but it is an important one. During this session, Dr. Beverly Forsyth discusses sepsis and what eye banker professionals need to know and look for to determine whether or not a donor is eligible for donation. Following Dr. Forsyth’s presentation, two eye representatives discuss tools and processes for screening donors for sepsis. Learn more about sepsis and what to consider in making a donor eligibility determination. Purchase this webinar recording today!

    Recording Length: 1 Hour

    CEU: 1

    Dr. Beverly Forsyth

    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

    Beverly Forsyth, MD, has a dual appointment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Medical Education. She has an BA from Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, and received her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Montefiore Medical Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. At Mount Sinai, she is a clinician-educator and she combines a clinical HIV practice with teaching and participation in scholarly work in medical education.

    Sharlepe Rupp, MPA, CEBT

    Donor Network of Arizona

    Sharlene Rupp, MPA, CEBT, has worked in the field of transplantation since 2007 at Donor Network of Arizona. She started her career in tissue recovery transferring to the Ocular Supervisor role in 2013. Sharlene completed her Bachelors of Science in Human Biology, and Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Care management from Grand Canyon University. For the last 5 years, Sharlene has overseen the recovery, distribution, and processing at the eye bank at Donor Network of Arizona.

    Trisha Tavolazzi, CEBT

    San Diego Eye Bank

    Trisha Tavolazzi, CEBT, has worked for the San Diego Eye Bank since she first began in eye banking five years ago. Trisha obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and is currently an eye bank technician, donor eligibility coordinator, and lead research technician. Trisha loves what she does and feels very fulfilled in her job.

  • Information sharing with Your Recovery Partners

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/19/2018

    Learn more about information sharing and regulatory requirements!

    During this presentation, Andrea Crosson, CEBT, and Lea Gralton, discuss how to meet regulatory requirements and effectively share information with the local OPO and tissue bank. The speakers provide insight on the regulatory requirements OPOs, Tissue Banks and Eye Banks must follow as they relate to information sharing. In addition, they present best practices for information sharing to minimize operational impact and discuss how to effectively review and act on information shared in order to mitigate risk. Purchase this webinar recording today!

    Recording Length: 1 Hour

    CEU: 1

    Andrea Crosson, CEBT

    Director of Medical Review

    Andrea Crosson, CEBT, has been at SightLife for 13 years and has worked as a cornea recovery technician, transplant donor coordinator, and held several leadership roles within operations. She has guided her team through several changes in the last several years, including aiding in the development of new and successful relationships with OPOs across the country and streamlining functions to help SightLife provide thousands of corneas for transplant annually in order to support their mission to serve as a global leader and partner to eliminate corneal blindness by 2040.

    Lea Gralton, CTBS

    Donor Information Manager

    Lea Gralton, Donor Information Manager at LifeCenter Northwest, has been working in organ and tissue donation since 2003, having worked as a processing technician, production coordinator, medical review coordinator, and quality systems manager.  Most recently, Lea has collaborated with both the organ and tissue departments at LifeCenter Northwest to develop a new Donor Information Group, comprised of Quality & Regulatory Affairs staff responsible for overseeing donor chart and medical records review; tissue processor and organ transplant center communications; organ culture coverage; patient safety reporting; and adverse event follow-up.  Lea holds a mathematics degree from the University of Colorado at Denver, and has been a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist since 2005.

  • The Changing Paradigm of Infectious Disease Determination

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Learn about various infectious diseases and how to determine whether or not a donor is eligible for donation.

    During this webinar presentation, listeners will learn about infectious diseases and how to determine donor eligibility. Dr. Bergevin, Senior Medical Director for LifeNet Health, discusses about various diseases and the information to look for on a potential donor's medical records and during physical inspections to to help make the eligibility determination. Specific case reports are presented as examples. Learn more about this topic; purchase the recording of the webinar today!

    Length of Recording: 1 Hour

    CEU: 1 

    Michael A. Bergevin, MD, FCAP, CTBS

    Senior Medical Director, LifeNet Health

    Dr. Michael Bergevin is the Senior Medical Director for LifeNet Health in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Pediatric Pathology and has been in tissue banking for 15 years.  As a member of the AATB he presently serves on the Physician’s Council, the Tissue Transmitted Disease Sub-group and the American Board of Tissue Banking. He has also served in the past as a member of the Scientific and Technical Affairs Committee, Standards Committee, Membership Council, Planning Committee and Accreditation Committee.