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

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.5 credits offered Recorded On: 06/08/2018

    If you missed Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu's inspiring keynote presentation at the 57th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, purchase the recording 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), 1 credit offered

    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

    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), 1 credit offered 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

    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

  • Environmental Monitoring: Considerations for Process Implementation and Ongoing Monitoring

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 05/17/2017

    Learn more about setting up a clean room and the process an eye bank with through in regards to validation and environmental monitoring!

    During this webinar presentation, attendees hear from speakers on the topic of environmental monitoring. Staff from the Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio share their experience with setting up a clean room and the process the organization went through in regards to validation and environmental monitoring and discussed the challenges they faced and the lessons that were learned. Scott Carlisle then discusses ongoing monitoring and presents recommendations regarding ongoing environmental monitoring of the processing space, ongoing temperature monitoring of refrigerators, and maintenance of the processing space.

    Length of Recording: 1 Hour

    CEU: 1

    Andrew Officer, CEBT

    Technical Director, Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio

    Andrew Officer is the Technical Director at Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio and started in eye banking 9 years ago while pursuing his masters at Wright State University.  Andrew is currently a member of the EBAA’s scientific programs and research committees.

    Darrell Lee, CEBT

    Laboratory & Processing Manager, Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio

    Darrell Lee is a Laboratory & Processing Manager for Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio. He has worked for the eye bank for over 13 years, initially starting off as an eye tissue recovery technician. Darrell’s has BS in Chemistry and is a CEBT. Along with being a tissue coordinator, he is responsible for the processing of corneal tissue at LEBWCO. 

    Scott Carlisle

    Quality Assurance Director, CorneaGen

    Scott Carlisle is the QA/Device Director for SightLife Surgical. In this capacity he has overall responsibility for the quality management system and regulatory affairs for the tissue processing and medical device operations of the company.  Scott also directs the manufacturing and inventory management for all the medical devices produced and distributed by SightLIfe Surgical.  Scott joined the SightLife Surgical in 2010. During his 30-year career, Scott has worked in a variety of quality management positions for large multi-national medical device companies. Scott received his B.S. in Biology from Wheaton College in Wheaton Illinois.  He is an ASQ certified quality engineer, ASQ certified quality auditor, and is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

  • Advancing and Strengthening Relations with Medical Examiners and Coroners

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 03/22/2017

    Learn more about building and strengthening relationships with Medical Examiners and Coroners.

    Eye banks often work closely with Medical Examiners and Coroners, and developing a strong relationship with these entities can be very important. During this webinar, attendees learn how to build relationships with their local ME or Coroner offices. Attendees hear from both an investigator at an ME office and a representative from an eye bank with a process in place to effectively work with local ME and Coroner offices. The investigator discuss the culture at her office to support donation, steps taken to improve communication, dramatic increase in referrals since implementation of a donation portal in late 2015, and other ways in which they help facilitate the donation recovery process. The eye bank representative presents one eye bank's process for communicating and working with ME and Coroner offices. Watch today to learn about how other eye banks are working with their local ME or Coroner offices to increase donations to help increase the number of individuals who will receive the gift of sight!

    Length of Recording: 1 Hour

    CEU: 1

    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.

    Ingrid Schunder, MBA, CEBT

    VP of Logistics & Development, Miracles in Sight

    Ingrid Schunder, MBA, CEBT, began her career in eye banking in 1999 and has been with Miracles In Sight since 2013. In her current role as VP of Logistics and Development, Ingrid is responsible for the day to day logistical operations of both North and South Carolina. This includes the supervision and ongoing training of the Surgical Recovery Specialists who perform ocular tissue recoveries as well as the Professional Development Staff servicing the hospitals, Medical Examiners, Coroners and Funeral Homes of North and South Carolina. Ingrid is currently a member of the Technician Education Committee and has served on the faculty for the Technician Education Seminar for the past two years.

    Jackie Ulven, ABMDI

    Senior Investigator, Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office

    Jackie Ulven, ABMDI, has been working for the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office in Minneapolis for more than 20 years.  She began as an autopsy technician and then moved to investigations and fieldwork. Jackie has been in her current role as the Senior Investigator for 12 years, which includes coordination with eye, tissue and organ donation organizations. 

    The Hennepin County ME covers a three-county area the state of Minnesota with a population of 1.3 million residents.

  • Wrapped in Gratitude: Caring for Donor Families

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 12/08/2016

    Learn more about aftercare programs that are currently in place at eye banks around the country!

    Eye banks hold donors and donor families in the highest regard.  In this webinar, attendees hear about some of the aftercare programs that are currently in place at eye banks around the country.  Attendees learn how to foster relationships with donor families by establishing supportive services to ensure positive outcomes for families and corneal donation. Watch the webinar to learn about how other organizations are caring for their donor families after donation!

    Length of Recording: 1 Hour

    CEU: 1

    Rebekka McCollom

    Hospital & Community Relations Coordinator, KeraLink

    Rebekka McCollom has worked passionately in the community of organ, eye and tissue donation for over 10 years. As a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Public Relations, she began working for Life Alliance Organ Procurement Organization in 2015. Rebekka has served on several committees within Donate Life Florida and AOPO before moving to Orlando, FL. She became part of the Donor Development team with the local Blood bank where she worked for 5.5 years increasing blood donations throughout Central Florida.  Rebekka has been in my position as a Hospital & Community Relations Coordinator with KeraLink for over 2.5 years.

    Debbie May-Johnson


    Rebecca Grossman

    Family Services Manager, SightLife

  • Writing Stronger Research Grant Proposals & Scientific Abstracts

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 10/26/2016

    Learn more about how to write a strong and impactful grant proposal or scientific abstract.

    Eye bankers are becoming more involved in research and are seeking financial support for that research or submitting their findings as scientific abstracts for presentation at a variety of scientific meetings. Writing a strong and impactful grant proposal or scientific abstract can be the difference of having a project receiving funding or being presented at a national meeting and never having the chance to complete or present a study. During this presentation, Dr. Dupps provides tips and tools for writing strong grant proposals and scientific abstracts, while Dr. Woodward gives information and guidance regarding the EBAA Richard Lindstrom Research Grant application process, and Dr. Jeng provides updates and tips regarding the abstract submission processes for the EBAA Scientific Symposium and Fall Educational Symposium. Purchase the recording today to learn how you can strengthen your grant proposal and abstract writing skills!

    Length of Recording: 1 Hour

    CEU: 1

    William J. (BJ) Dupps, Jr., MD, PhD

    Ophthalmologist, Cole Eye Institute

    William J. (BJ) Dupps, Jr., MD, PhD is a native of Catawba Island, Ohio. After studying Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, he earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering and an M.D. (Alpha Omega Alpha) as a Medical Scientist Training Program fellow at the Ohio State University. After an internship in Indianapolis, Dr. Dupps completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa and was the inaugural fellow in a two-year Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute. 

    Dr. Dupps joined the Cole Eye Institute in 2006 with joint appointments in Ophthalmology, Biomedical Engineering and Transplantation. He has academic appointments in engineering at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University. His clinical interests include refractive surgery, intraoperative imaging in corneal transplantation, and predictive models for disease risk and treatment response in corneal ectasia. Dr. Dupps founded the Ocular Biomechanics and Imaging Laboratory, where he leads a team exploring the biomechanics of refractive surgery and corneal ectasia and developing engineering approaches to optimizing corneal therapy through biomechanical measurement and computational modeling. His work has been supported by NIH KL2 and R01 Bioengineering Research Grant awards, the National Keratoconus Foundation, an Ohio Third Frontier Innovation Platform Award and philanthropic gifts. 

    His honors include a Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Award, an American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Achievement Award, the Kritzinger Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery/AAO, and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Ohio State University College of Engineering. Dr. Dupps was accepted to membership in the American Ophthalmological Society in 2016. He is an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology, is Vice-Chair of the AAO Practicing Ophthalmologist Curriculum Committee, and recently completed his term on the AAO Regulatory, Research and External Affairs Committee. Dr. Dupps has been Associate Editor for the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery since 2007. He is also an Associate Editor for Translational Visual Science and Technology and an Executive Editor at Experimental Eye Research. He has published 96 journal articles, 22 book chapters, and has delivered over 130 invited presentations. He has contributed to several patents and received the Cleveland Clinic’s first Early Career Innovation Award in 2009 for founding OptoQuest, a technology spinoff company. 
    He has been married to Gretchen, a volunteer with the American Medical Association Alliance, for 24 years, and they have 3 children: Alexandra, Christian and Adrianne. They live along Lake Erie where Dr. Dupps enjoys kayaking, reading, and playing guitar.

    Bennie H. Jeng, MD

    Associate Medical Director, SightLife

    Bennie H. Jeng, MD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Jeng is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and he completed his residency training and chief residency at the Cole Eye Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, followed by a fellowship in cornea and external diseases at the Proctor Foundation/University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He was on the faculty at the Cole Eye Institute and then UCSF prior to his current position. Dr. Jeng was a past participant of the EBAA Physician Leadership Program, as well as a past member of the Board of Directors. He is currently the Chair of the Scientific Programs Committee and also serves on various EBAA committees including the Medical Advisory Board, Accreditation Board, and Research Committee.  Dr. Jeng is an Associate Medical Director of SightLife.

    Maria Woodward, MD

    Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Michigan

    Maria Woodward, MD, is a board-certified corneal specialist and Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at University of Michigan. She is passionate about the gift of sight provided by deceased persons to patients requiring corneal transplantation. Her research seeks to improve eye banking tissue processes, highlighted threats to tissue supply, and established clinical correlations of tissue characteristics and patient outcomes. Since 201, Dr. Woodward has served on the Research committee for the Eye Bank Association of America and as chair from 2016-2018 and is a past participant of the Physician Leadership Program. She serves on the research committee and medical advisory board for Eversight.