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

    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), 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). 

  • 2018 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum

    Contains 34 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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), 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.

  • The Opioid Epidemic and What Eye Banks Need to Know

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn more about the opioid epidemic and how it may affect organ donation.

    During this session, listeners will learn more about the opioid epidemic and how it may affect organ donation. Lieutenant Dustin Smith, a toxicologist for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, discusses the overall opioid epidemic, specifically the use of heroin and fentanyl/fentanyl analogues, the safety aspects related to encountering potential synthetic opioids, and the importance of vitreous fluid during a toxicological analysis. Then, Julie Plescia, Clinical Manager at Lifebanc, presents on how the increase of opioid related deaths has affected organ donation and the considerations that have to be made in regards to donor suitability. These speakers will provide insight into the opioid epidemic and provide attendees with information that may be helpful when recovering tissue or determining suitability. 

    Length of Recording: 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.

    Lt. Dustin Smith

    Toxicologist, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division

    Lt. Dustin Smith is the Supervisor of the Toxicology Department at the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.  With over 18 years of experience, he has worked thousands of cases involving DUI, cause of death and criminal sexual assault investigations.  As supervisor, he is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the toxicology lab, reviewing all cases requiring drug analysis prior to case completion, and providing interpretation and expert testimony when requested.

    Lt. Smith is board certified as a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology, is an active member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists and serves as Vice President of the Palmetto Association of Toxicologists.  He also serves on the National Institute of Justice Technology Working Group and grant review committee and as a panel member on the National Safety Council’s Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division (ADID) sponsored meeting regarding updating current minimum testing standards for DUID casework. He is also a member of the South Carolina Vulnerable Adults Fatality Review Committee.   

    Julia Plescia

    Director of Organ Services, Lifebanc

    Julie Plescia is the Director of Organ Services for Lifebanc. Julie has worked for many years in the field of organ donation and transplantation. Before assuming her current role, Julie was the Manager of Organ Services and before that she was the donor referral coordinator for Lifebanc for 6 years.  Prior to working at Lifebanc, she worked at the Cleveland Clinic in the roles of Family Liaison, Registered nurse in the Heart Failure Intensive Care Unit, In-House Lifebanc Coordinator, and the liver/intestine coordinator. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Ohio University and has been a Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator since 2013. She is past co-chair of the Cleveland Clinic Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation Committee and past chair of the Nursing and Transplant Shared Governance Committee. 

  • It's Sensitive: Keeping Information Safe and Confidential

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/09/2017

    Learn more about electronic medical record access and the HIPAA Rule.

    The speakers discuss the challenges surrounding electronic medical record access and address the fact that not one size fits all for every organization. A representative from LifeBanc shares how her organization was able to gain access at 30 hospitals and what that transition has meant for those hospital and the eye bank staff. The session also focuses on the HIPAA rule and how to distinguish between data which may be considered "confidential" vs. data that is covered under the HIPAA Rule. 

    Length of Recording: 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.

    Beth Kost, MBA, RHIA

    Wellstar Health System

    Jackie Rossi, CEBT, CTBS

    Referral Service Coordinator/Trainer, Lifebanc