EBAA 2020 Annual Meeting

The EBAA 2020 Annual Meeting features keynote sessions, lively panel discussions, informative webinars, scientific sessions, important meetings, educational workshops and much more!  The virtual event features over 28 hours of educational content that is now available online and on-demand! 

https://eyelearn.restoresight.org/virtualconference2020

  • EBAA 2020 Annual Meeting: Overall Evaluation

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Please complete the overall evaluation for the Annual Meeting.

    Please complete the overall evaluation for the Annual Meeting.

  • A Lasting Connection Between Two Families

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/19/2020

    A donor mother and the mother of a 3 year old recipient share the stories of their daughters, the lasting impact of the gift of sight, and the incredible bond between these two families. UT Southwestern staff provide additional context to this connection and how their eye bank facilitates these meetings.

    A donor mother and the mother of a 3 year old recipient share the stories of their daughters, the lasting impact of the gift of sight, and the incredible bond between these two families. UT Southwestern staff provide additional context to this connection and how their eye bank facilitates these meetings.

    Kevin Corcoran, CAE

    Eye Bank Association of America

    President and CEO of the Eye Bank Association of America.

    ​Donna Drury, MBA, CEBT, CTBS

    UT Southwestern Transplant Services Center Lions Eye Bank

    Donna Drury, MBA, CEBT, CTBS, is the Executive Director of the Transplant Services Center at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.  She has over 28 years’ experience in eye and tissue banking and is certified as both an Eye Bank Technician and a Tissue Bank Specialist.  Her professional activities include current service to the Eye Bank Association of America as the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors.  She has previously served as Chair of the Meetings Committee and Technician Education Committee, member of the Medical Advisory Board and the Accreditation Board as well as service on various other committees.  Ms. Drury holds a B.S. in Biology from Texas Woman’s University and an MBA in Healthcare Management from University of Dallas.

    W. Drew Timmons, RN, CTBS

    Drew Timmons received his nursing diploma from Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing. Drew went on to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, where he embraced eye, tissue, and organ donation. In 1994, he became an Organ Recovery Coordinator for the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency. In 1999, Drew moved to Dallas where he joined the staff of Transplant Services Center. For the last three years Drew has been the Nurse Manager overseeing TSC's Call Center, hospital development, and community outreach programs.

    Rosalba Cruz

    Donor mother

    Nia and Zoe Rabago

    Mother of a cornea transplant recipient

  • Donation and Transplantation Update: Current Snapshot and Future Outlook

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Representatives from EBAA, Cornea Society, AOPO, AATB, and DLA provide updates on how each organization is navigating the unprecedented times of COVID-19.

    Representatives from EBAA, Cornea Society, AOPO, AATB, and DLA provide updates on how each organization is navigating the unprecedented times of COVID-19. Donna Drury, EBAA Board Member, discusses eye banking in the US including current guidance for cornea donation, testing and screening, current state of eye banking, and considerations for the next year. Kathy Colby, MD, Chair of Cornea Society, provides an update on cornea transplantation, number of surgeries, surgery center practices, and concerns of corneal surgeons. Kelly Ranum, President of AOPO, discusses organ donation, current guidance, stats related to donors, and considerations for shared cases. Diana Buck, AATB Chair, talks about tissue banking, screening of donors, and discussions regarding shared cases. David Fleming, President of DLA, discusses how DLA has been promoting organ donation through COVID-19, messaging about donation during the pandemic, and resources available. 


    Diana Buck, CTBS

    American Association of Tissue Banks

    Diana Buck has spent 40 years in not-for-profit leadership roles, the past 20 years in the field of tissue banking. Currently, as the Senior Vice President of Tissue Donation Services at New England Donor Services, (formerly New England Organ Bank) Diana is committed to mentoring the next generation of leaders in her organization and beyond. Diana has been an active and engaged member of AATB, volunteering time in support of a variety of projects, maintaining her CTBS and as an elected member of the AATB Board of Governors since 2013.

    Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD

    University of Chicago/Cornea Society

    Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD, is an internationally renowned ophthalmologist with expertise in managing complex medical and surgical diseases of the cornea and ocular surface. Dr. Colby has a particular interest in Fuchs’ dystrophy, the most common cause for corneal transplantation in the United States, and has pioneered novel treatments for this condition. In addition, she has specific expertise in the management of ocular surface tumors, including conjunctival melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

    Dr. Colby is an active researcher whose contributions have enhanced outcomes for patients who require keratoprosthesis (artificial cornea) surgery. She has an ongoing interest in corneal infections and has published extensively in this area. Dr. Colby was instrumental in determining the optimal surgical techniques for placement of the implantable miniature telescope, a vision-rehabilitative device for patients with macular degeneration.

    Dr. Colby is a passionate educator who trained hundreds of medical students, ophthalmology residents and cornea fellows during the two decades she spent at Harvard Medical School prior to coming to the University of Chicago to lead the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. She lectures around the world on numerous corneal, clinical research and professional development topics. She has leadership roles in various national and international societies. She is the current president of the Cornea Society.

    Kevin Corcoran, CAE

    Eye Bank Association of America

    President and CEO of the Eye Bank Association of America.

    ​Donna Drury, MBA, CEBT, CTBS

    UT Southwestern Transplant Services Center Lions Eye Bank

    Donna Drury, MBA, CEBT, CTBS, is the Executive Director of the Transplant Services Center at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.  She has over 28 years’ experience in eye and tissue banking and is certified as both an Eye Bank Technician and a Tissue Bank Specialist.  Her professional activities include current service to the Eye Bank Association of America as the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors.  She has previously served as Chair of the Meetings Committee and Technician Education Committee, member of the Medical Advisory Board and the Accreditation Board as well as service on various other committees.  Ms. Drury holds a B.S. in Biology from Texas Woman’s University and an MBA in Healthcare Management from University of Dallas.

    David Fleming

    Donate Life America

    Bio coming.

    Kelly Ranum

    Association of Organ Procurement Organizations

    Kelly Ranum is the Executive Director at Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA), the organ procurement organization (OPO) for Louisiana. She began her OPO career as a recovery coordinator at LOPA and within five short years she named CEO. Ms. Ranum has held various active roles within AOPO as an Executive Committee Liaison to many of the councils as well as membership to the AOPO Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Committee and the Nominating Committee. She will serve a three-year term as President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President, respectively.

  • Engaging with and Motivating Diverse Audiences

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are more than just buzzwords in today's professional world. This session explores the value of creating an environment that fosters DEI, consider barriers to inclusion and participation, and explore how to engage diverse audiences internal and external to the organization.

    Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are more than just buzzwords in today's professional world. If an organization is to adopt those principles authentically, it must ensure that the organization is both diverse AND inclusive. That can only be achieved if an organization not only has a diverse staff but makes those individuals feel valued and respected. Organizations must listen in order to communicate effectively. When an organization has a "complex" and "high involvement" product such as corneal donation and transplants, this approach is more complicated and nuanced. This session explores the value of creating an environment that fosters DEI, consider barriers to inclusion and participation, and explore how to engage diverse audiences internal and external to the organization.

    Priya Doshi, MA

    American University

    Priya Lothe Doshi is a professorial lecturer in strategic communications and Inclusion Officer for AU's School of Communication. She has 20 years of experience as a public relations practitioner creating and implementing strategic communications plans, conducting media relations, training spokespeople, and planning high profile events. She has spent most of her career working on communications initiatives for international policy issues for governments and non-profit organizations including the British and Swiss Embassies, the Meridian International Center, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Rights Working Group. She has also been an independent consultant working with her clients to develop messaging documents, write web articles and opinion editorials, and plan and implement the roll out of programs and projects. At American University, she teaches a number of courses in public relations and strategic communications including international strategic communication, communication theory, communication and society and public relations. As SOC's Inclusion Officer, she's responsible for collaborating across the university to ensure a more inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff through programming, training and improved policies and procedures. Ms. Doshi holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Vassar College.

  • Social Marketing for Social Change

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​Influencing opinion and changing behavior is becoming increasingly important.

    Influencing opinion and changing behavior is becoming increasingly important. Social marketing seeks to influence and change behavior to benefit the target audience and society at large. This session will provide an overview of social marketing principles and share some examples of effective campaigns. 

    Anya Karavanov, PhD

    American University

    Anya Karavanov is a professor of Public Communication. She is a seasoned marketing communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience creating and implementing social change campaigns for government agencies, nonprofits, and private foundations. She specializes in developing strategies to engage the public on social issues and encourage behavior change. She develops comprehensive strategic plans and builds messaging and dissemination tactics based on technical information and audience based research. Karavanov also has extensive knowledge of research methodologies; her qualitative and quantitative research has informed a number of national communication initiatives. She provides consultation, workshops, and trainings to develop effective social change communication campaigns to improve health, protect the environment and reform public education system. Recent clients include: The General Electric Foundation, AARP Foundation, US Department of Health and Human Services, Smithsonian Institution, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, Rare, National PTA, Kidsave, and United States Agency for International Development.

  • Automatic Electronic Donor Referrals Have Increased Donation

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session reviews the process of receiving electronic donor referrals from hospitals, medical examiners, and coroners.

    This session reviews the process of receiving electronic donor referrals from hospitals, medical examiners, and coroners. The process of design, development, and implementation will be discussed including a comparison of previous and current workflows. Results and benefits are also shared.

    Jonathan Hewlett

    Southwest Transplant Alliance

    Jonathan Hewlett is the Director of Systems Intelligence at Southwest Transplant Alliance. Jonathan supports the activities, goals and objectives of the organization’s operations departments, through the management and analysis of critical donor systems data. Jonathan has OPO experience working with hospital and surgical services, tissue recovery, donor systems intelligence, and systems intelligence. Jonathan is also currently focused on the CDC mortality list reconciliation, establishing framework for system-wide gap analysis, COVID-19 tracking and trending of its impact in organ donation, and national expansion of automated electronic referrals. 

    Wade Liu

    Transplant Connect

    Wade Liu is the Vice President of Products at Transplant Connect. In his almost 10 years at Transplant Connect, Wade has valued collaborating with amazing Eye Bank, OPO, Transplant Center, and Tissue Banking partners to continually optimize key clinical and operational workflows via the development and evolution of modern software solutions. Prior to working at Transplant Connect, Wade worked in the Aerospace, Automotive, and IT Consulting spaces.

    Fred Jordan, FSL (Moderator)

    Miracles in Sight

    Fred Jordan, FSL, has been with Miracles In Sight since 2001. Fred is licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina as a Funeral Director/Embalmer. Over his many years with Miracles In Sight, Fred has fulfilled the roles of Surgical Recovery Specialist, Lab Technician, Professional Development Specialist and is now Director of Development. He currently serves as Chair of the EBAA Donor Development Committee.

  • Leveraging Technology for Quality Improvement: Tools for Tracking and Reducing Errors

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Errors can happen at an eye bank but with the right tools, errors can be tracked and eventually reduced

    Errors can happen at an eye bank but with the right tools, errors can be tracked and eventually reduced. During this webinar, Andrea Crosson, Senior Director of Donor Operations at SightLife, presents technology tools that eye banks and OPOs can use to utilize data and reporting to track errors in their organizations. The session also highlights how operational staff can use tech reporting and tools in real time to catch errors during recovery and chart review in order to minimize impact downstream. Attendees learn more about how to use technological resources to reduce errors and improve your organization’s overall quality and performance.       

    Andrea Crosson, CEBT

    SightLife

    Andrea Crosson, CEBT, has been at SightLife for over 15 years and has worked as a cornea recovery technician, transplant donor coordinator, medical review coordinator, and held several leadership roles throughout operations.  Over the last few years Andrea has overseen the Medical Review and Donor Operations teams, working to increase collaboration across departments and with external partners, improve efficiency and quality throughout her organization to ultimately 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.

    Matthew Arnett (Moderator)

    Dakota Lions Sight and Health

    Matthew Arnett is the Chief Quality Officer of Dakota Lions Sight & Health (DLSH) where he has worked since 2013. Prior to joining DLSH, he worked as an analytical chemist for a FDA-regulated pharmaceutical and cosmetics manufacturing firm. Matthew currently serves as Chair of the EBAA Quality Assurance Committee and has also served on the Mary Jane O'Neill Fellowship in International Eye Banking Selection Committee and as a guest faculty member of the 2019-2020 Technician Education Seminar. When not at work, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family (wife & son), cheering for the Green Bay Packers as a partial (1/360,760th) owner of the team, and brewing his own beer in a custom designed brewery in his garage.

  • A Multi-Organization Comparison of Distribution Workflow

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​This presentation aims to compare the workflow of the Distribution role at 4 different eye banks.

    This presentation aims to compare the workflow of the Distribution role at 4 different eye banks. The panelists, Ellen Kerns, Art Kurz, Brian Philippy, and Ryan Simmons, represent a variety of perspectives: multi-eye bank vs. single eye bank systems, import vs export focus, operation of sister programs (e.g. Global Sight Network, One World Sight Alliance), use of third-party allocation agencies, access to international placements, and other concepts that play a role in day-to-day distribution operations. The presentation is framed by following these four specialists through a typical daily distribution workflow.

    Ellen Kerns, CEBT

    Advancing sight Network

    Ellen Kerns, CEBT, has had the privilege of being in eye banking for 28 years and is currently responsible for coordinating domestic and international placements of donated ocular tissue for Advancing Sight Network. Aside from being in awe of donors and their families, the best part of her job is getting to interact with other eye banking professionals. She grew up in New Jersey (Exit 10) and graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts and has gradually worked her way south.

    Art Kurz

    Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research

    Art Kurz has over 30 years of comprehensive and progressing responsibilities in the field of allograft tissue recovery, processing, R&D and distribution. Art has experience working within various clinical indications to include cardiac, vascular, wound care, trauma, ophthalmology and orthopedics. He is currently responsible for development and management of domestic and international business relationships and field services including tissue processing operations, customer service call center, supply and distribution contracts, independent representative recruitment and training, business development marketing, clinical development (R&D), and surgeon training programs.

    ​Brian Philippy, BS, BCHe, CEBT

    Lions Medical Eye Bank & Research Center of Eastern Virginia

    Brian Philippy, BS, BCHe, CEBT is a consummate eye banker who started in Minnesota in 1997 and transferred to the Tidewater region of Virginia in 2005, where he serves in Quality, Technical, and Distribution roles. In addition to numerous consulting gigs, Brian also served as a Director of Operations for Vision Share (as well as other roles) between 2007 and 2015 (concurrent with Virginia director roles). Throughout these different appointments, Brian's personal passion is in the arena of distribution - finding homes for every transplantable graft and intentionally filling challenging research requests.

    Ryan Simmons

    Eversight

    Ryan Simmons is an experienced Eye Bank professional and has worked in the industry for over 10 years. He began his career screening donors and speaking with donor families, which helped lay a solid foundation for his future work in eye banking. Ryan currently oversees the operations of the Donation Support Center, Donor Eligibility, and Tissue Distribution. He has an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and recently completed his masters degree in Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University. 

  • Corneal Tissue Processing Case Studies Discussion

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Speakers present various case studies on corneal tissue processing, taking a deeper look into each case.

    Speakers present various case studies on corneal tissue processing, taking a deeper look into each case. The session highlights interesting cases and may include the process for preparing the tissue, the post-op follow-up information or investigations, and any unique aspects of the case.  

    Philip Dye

    Lions VisionGift

    Phil has worked at Lions VisionGift since 2008. During that time Phil has processed over 5000 grafts for Transplant. Phil has also been the lead processing trainer since 2015 and has trained many processing tech’s from Lions VisionGift as well as eye bankers and Doctors from all over the world. In his downtime he likes to enjoy time with his family and fly fishing. 

    Kelly Odell

    Lions VisionGift

    Kelly Odell has been a processing technician with Lions VisionGift since 2014. She routinely prepares corneal tissue grafts for sight restoration including; Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK), Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK), and Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (ALK) grafts. She has led multiple skills courses teaching the SCUBA technique of DMEK processing and Patient Ready DMEKTM preparation and evaluation. 

    Kelly Odell lectured at the 2019 Oregon Ophthalmological Alumni Association Technician’s conference and at the 2019 International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology conference. She was the recipient of the Jachin Misko Memorial Scholarship in 2015 and is the co-author on multiple papers featured in Cornea and the International Journal of Eye Banking. Kelly has a Bachelor of Science in Organismal Biology from Portland State University.

    Mark Soper, CEBT, CTBS

    VisionFirst

    Mark C. Soper, CEBT, CTBS, began his career in eye banking at the Eye Bank of British Columbia in 1984. Mark became a Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) in 1986. Mark moved to Dallas to work with UT Transplant Services Center Lions Eye Bank from 1992-1993. Mark continued his career by working at Miracles in Sight (formerly the North Carolina Eye Bank) and developed the EK program at the eye bank. Since 2008, he has worked at VisionFirst in the roles of EK operator, trainer, consultant, and now as Director of Surgical Education and Innovation. Mark expanded the EK program to include DMAEK, DMEK and PDEK. Mark has served on various EBAA committees, and is currently on the Exam Committee. Mark was the 2019 Leonard Heise Award Recipient.

    Dr. Lamis, Baydoun

    Dr. Lamis Baydoun, is a Consultant and anterior segment surgeon at the University Eye Hospital, Munster, Germany and the ELZA Institute, Zurich/Dietikon, Switzerland. From 2012 until 2019 she was working as a Corneal surgeon, researcher and Head of Academy at the Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery (NIIOS) and the Melles Cornea Clinic Rotterdam. She specialized in lamellar transplantation techniques. Her main research focus and thesis is on endothelial keratoplasty, in particular on DMEK, DMEK modifications, graft survival and (prediction of) allograft rejection. 

    Jessica Lie, PhD

    Jessica Lie is Medical Biologist / Research Scientist at Amnitrans Eye Bank Rotterdam, a division of the Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery (NIIOS). Dr. Lie began her career at NIIOS in 2005. She manages the supply of tissue for corneal transplantations. Her main specialization is in the surgical preparation of bio-implants for advanced lamellar keratoplasty and tissue engineering. She has played a key role in developing novel corneal surgical techniques such as harvesting Descemets membrane for DMEK. She continues to explore new technologies. She regularly trains ophthalmologists from all around the world in advanced keratoplasty during NIIOS Wet lab courses.

    Dr. Lie is a member of the European Eye Bank Association (EEBA) and the Dutch Ophthalmology Society (NOG).

    Prior to joining the NIIOS, Dr. Lie earned a PhD from Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam in 2004 for her research on atherosclerosis by using transgenic mouse models. She holds a MSc degree in Medical Biology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (1996) and a BSc degree in Biochemistry from Hogeschool Amsterdam (1993). Between degrees, Dr. Lie worked as a junior scientist in the biotechnology industry for DSM / Gist Brocades B.V. and for Microbiology Research Centre – Holland.

  • Scientific Symposium Abstract Presentations

    Contains 30 Component(s), Includes Credits

    View the 14 abstract presentations on-demand here.

    The 2020 Scientific Symposium is comprised of two components: these abstract presentations and the session held on June 20. Both portions are required to be completed to earn CEU credit.