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

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits 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


    Note: If you purchase the “Group Training” option for an educational session, up to 15 individuals from your eye bank may receive CEU credit for the session. In order for those individuals to have access to the session, please send the list of names to Genevieve@restoresight.org. Please note that all individuals will need to have an eyeLEARN account in order to have access to the session. To activate and log into your eyeLEARN account, simply use your EBAA credentials that you use to log into the EBAA Member’s Section. Once Genevieve Casaceli has received the list of names, and their accounts have been activated in eyeLEARN, Genevieve will give each person access to the session, and they will be able to view the session and obtain CEU credit. If you prefer to watch as a group, please use a group signature sheet to claim credit.

    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), Includes Credits 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

    Note: If you purchase the “Group Training” option for an educational session, up to 15 individuals from your eye bank may receive CEU credit for the session. In order for those individuals to have access to the session, please send the list of names to Genevieve@restoresight.org. Please note that all individuals will need to have an eyeLEARN account in order to have access to the session. To activate and log into your eyeLEARN account, simply use your EBAA credentials that you use to log into the EBAA Member’s Section. Once Genevieve Casaceli has received the list of names, and their accounts have been activated in eyeLEARN, Genevieve will give each person access to the session, and they will be able to view the session and obtain CEU credit. If you prefer to watch as a group, please use a group signature sheet to claim credit.

    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), Includes Credits 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

    Note: If you purchase the “Group Training” option for an educational session, up to 15 individuals from your eye bank may receive CEU credit for the session. In order for those individuals to have access to the session, please send the list of names to Genevieve@restoresight.org. Please note that all individuals will need to have an eyeLEARN account in order to have access to the session. To activate and log into your eyeLEARN account, simply use your EBAA credentials that you use to log into the EBAA Member’s Section. Once Genevieve Casaceli has received the list of names, and their accounts have been activated in eyeLEARN, Genevieve will give each person access to the session, and they will be able to view the session and obtain CEU credit. If you prefer to watch as a group, please use a group signature sheet to claim credit.

    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.

  • Grief and Loss in the Workplace

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits 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


    Note: If you purchase the “Group Training” option for an educational session, up to 15 individuals from your eye bank may receive CEU credit for the session. In order for those individuals to have access to the session, please send the list of names to Genevieve@restoresight.org. Please note that all individuals will need to have an eyeLEARN account in order to have access to the session. To activate and log into your eyeLEARN account, simply use your EBAA credentials that you use to log into the EBAA Member’s Section. Once Genevieve Casaceli has received the list of names, and their accounts have been activated in eyeLEARN, Genevieve will give each person access to the session, and they will be able to view the session and obtain CEU credit. If you prefer to watch as a group, please use a group signature sheet to claim credit.

    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). 

  • Saving Sepsis: How to Rule Donors In

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits 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

    Note: If you purchase the “Group Training” option for an educational session, up to 15 individuals from your eye bank may receive CEU credit for the session. In order for those individuals to have access to the session, please send the list of names to Genevieve@restoresight.org. Please note that all individuals will need to have an eyeLEARN account in order to have access to the session. To activate and log into your eyeLEARN account, simply use your EBAA credentials that you use to log into the EBAA Member’s Section. Once Genevieve Casaceli has received the list of names, and their accounts have been activated in eyeLEARN, Genevieve will give each person access to the session, and they will be able to view the session and obtain CEU credit. If you prefer to watch as a group, please use a group signature sheet to claim credit.

    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), Includes Credits 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

    Note: If you purchase the “Group Training” option for an educational session, up to 15 individuals from your eye bank may receive CEU credit for the session. In order for those individuals to have access to the session, please send the list of names to Genevieve@restoresight.org. Please note that all individuals will need to have an eyeLEARN account in order to have access to the session. To activate and log into your eyeLEARN account, simply use your EBAA credentials that you use to log into the EBAA Member’s Section. Once Genevieve Casaceli has received the list of names, and their accounts have been activated in eyeLEARN, Genevieve will give each person access to the session, and they will be able to view the session and obtain CEU credit. If you prefer to watch as a group, please use a group signature sheet to claim credit.

    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.

  • Insights into Nurse Education: New Tools to Increase Referrals & Build Relationships

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/25/2018

    Learn more about tools available to Nurses to strengthen relationships and reduce referral times!

    Nurses are on the front lines when it comes to hospital referrals for cornea donation, and educating nurses about the role that they have can help reduce referral times and create a beneficial partnership. During this webinar session planned by the Donor Development Committee, three speakers discuss new hospital development tools that they have each implemented at their eye banks to educate nurses about eye donation. These tools and methods of communication have strengthened relationships with nurses and reduced referral times.

    These tools include audio/visual education methods, poster series, specialized forms, Med Ed live session and more. If you are looking for ways to educate and communicate with nurses at your local hospitals, purchase this webinar recording today!

    Recording Length: 1 Hour

    CEU: 1

    Note: If you purchase the “Group Training” option for an educational session, up to 15 individuals from your eye bank may receive CEU credit for the session. In order for those individuals to have access to the session, please send the list of names to Genevieve@restoresight.org. Please note that all individuals will need to have an eyeLEARN account in order to have access to the session. To activate and log into your eyeLEARN account, simply use your EBAA credentials that you use to log into the EBAA Member’s Section. Once Genevieve Casaceli has received the list of names, and their accounts have been activated in eyeLEARN, Genevieve will give each person access to the session, and they will be able to view the session and obtain CEU credit. If you prefer to watch as a group, please use a group signature sheet to claim credit.

    Nancy Biagioni

    Director of Donor Development and Educations, San Diego Eye Bank


    Nancy Biagioni is the Director of Development and Education at the San Diego Eye Bank. Nancy provides hospitals, hospices and other healthcare facilities with guidance, education and support regarding eye donation. She assists healthcare facilities maintain compliance with federal and state regulations regarding anatomical donation. Nancy manages and reports referral and donor statistics to hospitals and hospices, participates in hospital donor committee meetings and is responsible for the planning of annual educational seminars on eye donation. Nancy also coordinates exhibit displays for the Gift of Sight Eye Donor Program. Nancy is the Chair for the San Diego Eye Bank Nurses' Advisory Board. Nancy designs educational brochures and quarterly education posters, developed and implemented a donor program for the local hospices and manages and executes Donor Development for Hawaii Lions Eye Bank & Makana Foundation.

    Nancy plans and executes physician continuing education including lectures, grand rounds, mini meetings and wetlabs and oversees and coordinates all continuing education for ophthalmic technicians bi-annually.

    Teresa Ham

    Chief Administrative Officer, Alabama Eye Bank


    Teresa Ham has worked at Alabama Eye Bank for the past 14 years and held many different positions within the organization. In her current role as Chief Administrative Officer, her responsibilities include general accounting, administration, marketing and hospital development for the statewide organization. Teresa also serves as the secondary team leader for Donate Life Alabama and has been a member of the EBAA Donor Development Committee for a number of years.

    Sara McFee, APR

    Donor Development/Communications, Lions Gift of Sight


    Sara McFee, APR, leads donor development and stakeholder relations at Lions Gift of Sight and serves with other donation organizations in developing donation education and promotion campaigns. An accredited public relations professional, Sara has more than 30 years of experience in non-profit and healthcare stakeholder relations, marketing and communications, and media relations. Sara is former chair, and current member, of the EBAA Donor Development Committee, and past member of the EBAA Legislative and Regulatory Committee.

  • Ophthalmic Spotlight: Descemetorhexis and Collagen Cross Linking

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/26/2018

    Learn more about Descemetorhexis and Corneal Collagen Cross Linking!

    The webinar presentation, “Ophthalmic Spotlight: Descemetorhexis and Corneal Collagen Cross Linking,” highlights two procedures that are currently being explored in sight restoration. The recording is comprised of two presentations. The first presentation is given by Dr. Kathy Colby, from the University of Chicago, who presents on descemetorhexis and discusses the procedure, the background of the procedure and patient outcomes. Following this presentation, Dr. Parag Majmudar, from Chicago Cornea Consultants, presents on Corneal Collagen Cross Linking and discusses the procedure, current practice and research, and patient outcomes. Purchase the recording to learn more about these two procedures!

    Recording Length: 1 Hour

    CEU: 1


    Note: If you purchase the “Group Training” option for an educational session, up to 15 individuals from your eye bank may receive CEU credit for the session. In order for those individuals to have access to the session, please send the list of names to Genevieve@restoresight.org. Please note that all individuals will need to have an eyeLEARN account in order to have access to the session. To activate and log into your eyeLEARN account, simply use your EBAA credentials that you use to log into the EBAA Member’s Section. Once Genevieve Casaceli has received the list of names, and their accounts have been activated in eyeLEARN, Genevieve will give each person access to the session, and they will be able to view the session and obtain CEU credit. If you prefer to watch as a group, please use a group signature sheet to claim credit.

    Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD

    Louis Block Professor and Chairman, University of Chicago Department of Ophthalmology

    Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD, is an internationally renowned academic corneal specialist with a longstanding interest in Fuchs dystrophy, the most common cause for corneal transplantation in the US. Dr. Colby has pioneered the use of Descemet stripping only (DSO) as a non-graft treatment for Fuchs dystrophy. Dr. Colby is a passionate educator who trained hundreds of students, residents and fellows during the two decades she spent at Harvard Medical School prior to becoming Chairman of Ophthalmology at the University of Chicago in 2015.

    Parag Majmudar, MD

    President and Chief Medical Officer of Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd


    Parag A. Majmudar, MD, 
    is the President and Chief Medical Officer of Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd. where he practices cataract, corneal and refractive surgery.  Raised primarily in New Jersey, Dr. Majmudar was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After receiving his medical degree at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Dr. Majmudar completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Chicago, serving as chief resident in the Department of Ophthalmology. He followed his residency with a subspecialty fellowship in cornea and external diseases and refractive surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Majmudar is a highly regarded international lecturer and instructor on the subjects of corneal and refractive surgery, and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Rush University in Chicago.

    Dr. Majmudar is an active member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery as well as the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and he has received the Academy's Achievement Award and Senior Achievement Award. He is a member of the International Council of the International Society of Refractive Surgery, and recently received an ISRS Achievement Award.  Dr. Majmudar serves on a number of scientific advisory boards. Dr. Parag Majmudar specializes in laser and non-laser vision correction procedures, cataract surgery, corneal surgery, treatment of keratoconus, and complications stemming from refractive surgery.

  • Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu- “Donation and Transplantation – Everyone’s Opportunity, Everyone’s Responsibility”

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/08/2018

    If you missed Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu's inspiring keynote presentation at the 57th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, view his presentation for free today!

    During the 57th EBAA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu, delivered the keynote presentation,“Donation and Transplantation – Everyone’s Opportunity, Everyone’s Responsibility.” Learn more about Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu's experience with eye, tissue, and organ donation after both his wife and daughter were killed in separate automobile accidents, and what donation and the gifts of sight and life mean to him. 

    Kenneth Moritsugu, MD, MPH, FACPM

    Dr. Kenneth P. Moritsugu lost his wife, Donna Lee Jones Moritsugu, in an automobile crash in 1992, and his daughter Vikki Lianne in a separate automobile crash in 1996.  Both were organ and tissue donors.  He has been intimately involved with organ and tissue donation and transplantation ever since.

    He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Regional Transplant Community; and in 2007, the International Organ Donation Congress named him the first International Ambassador for Organ and Tissue Donation.  He has spoken extensively both internationally and domestically on this subject. In January of 2016, he was instrumental in organizing a plenary panel of former Surgeons General of the United States for the mid-winter meeting of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), addressing “Transforming the Lnadscape of Organ Access and Transplantation: Surgeons General Perspectives.”  Most recently, he was a keynote speaker at the White House Summit on Organ Donation, in June 2016.  In January 2017, he was named an Honorary Member of ASTS.

    Rear Admiral Kenneth Moritsugu was the Acting Surgeon General of the United States, in 2002 and again from July 2006 until his retirement from the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) in September 2007.  As Acting Surgeon General, he served as the nation’s top doctor, communicating the best available science and information to the American people to help protect, promote, and advance their health and safety.  In this position, he was the operational commander of the 6,500 Commissioned Corps health personnel of the USPHS.

    As of October 1, 1998, he served as the Deputy Surgeon General of the United States.  A career officer in the Commissioned Corps of the USPHS for 37 years, Admiral Moritsugu held the title of Assistant Surgeon General since 1988, beginning with the tenure of Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.

    He is currently the Principal at First Samurai Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in health consultations, “putting the patient at the center of what we do.”

    Dr. Moritsugu was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  After attending Chaminade College, he received his Baccalaureate Degree with Honors in Classical Languages from the University of Hawaii in 1967, a Medical Doctor degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine in 1971, and a Master of Public Health in Health Administration and Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975.

    Dr. Moritsugu is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine; holds Fellowships in the American College of Preventive Medicine, the Royal Society of Public Health, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the National Academy of Public Administration; and is a Certified Correctional Health Professional.

    Over his public career, RADM Moritsugu served in many diverse assignments in uniform, including Staff Medical Officer at the USPHS Hospital Outpatient Department in San Francisco; Medical Officer on board the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney (Ocean Station Bravo); Director of the National Health Service Corps; and Assistant Bureau Director and the Medical Director of the U.S. Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Prisons, in addition to Deputy Surgeon General.

    Admiral Moritsugu has received numerous honors and awards, including the Surgeon General's Medallion with two gold stars, twelve honorary degrees, and Distinguished Service Medals from the USPHS, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

    Also an educator, Dr. Moritsugu is an Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

    Dr. Moritsugu resides in Great Falls, VA with his wife, Lisa R. Kory.  He has two daughters, Erika Lizabeth Moritsugu, an attorney in Washington, DC; and Emily Renee Moritsugu.