Engaging Residents and Fellows With Local Eye Banks
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Engaging with local residency and Cornea Fellowship programs is a great way for eye banks to build relationships with local programs, introduce eye banking to ophthalmogists, educate physicians on where their tissue comes from, and develop relationships with physicians. Speakers will discuss best practices for establishing contact with local programs, tools for educating physicians about eye banking, suggestions for an itinerary when hosting visits at the eye bank, and additional resources and information for best practices when engaging with resident and Fellows.
Jennifer Li, MD
Sierra Donor Services Eye Bank
Jennifer Li, MD, is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the UC Davis Eye Center where she is the Director of the Cornea and External Disease Service and the Fellowship Director. Dr. Li received her medical degree and completed her residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and subsequently completed a fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at UC Davis. She is also the Co-Medical Director of Sierra Donor Services in Sacramento, California. Dr. Li is the Chair of the EBAA Board of Directors and has served on various EBAA committees including EBAA Accreditation Board, the Scientific Programs Committee and as Chair of the Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Li received the R. Townley Paton Award in 2021 for her contributions to the EBAA, sight restoration and corneal transplantation.
Michelle K. Rhee, MD
The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration
Michelle K. Rhee, MD, is the Medical Director of The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration in New York City. She is an associate clinical professor of ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is the president of the Eye and Contact Lens Association, formerly known as CLAO. Dr. Rhee completed subspecialty training in diseases of the cornea and refractive surgery at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary following a residency in ophthalmology at the Eye and Ear Institute of Pittsburgh. She earned her medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine where she was part of the Humanities and Medicine Program which offered early acceptance to a selected group of undergraduates. Dr. Rhee graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University. Before pursuing a career in medicine, she studied piano, cello, and music composition at the Juilliard School in New York City.
Shahzad Mian, MD
Shahzad Mian, MD, is professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School and holds the Terry J. Bergstrom Collegiate Professorship for Resident Education. He has been irector of the residency training program since 2004, and serves as the Vice Chair for Clinical Sciences and Learning. His practice is focused in cornea and refractive surgery and research interests include corneal transplantation techniques, ocular graft versus host disease, and eye banking. He received the senior achievement award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2015 and the Straatsma award for resident education in 2017. He serves on the Board of the Cornea Society, Residency Review Committee for Ophthalmology, the Accreditation Board for the Eye Bank Association of America, as the Senior Medical Director of Eversight Michigan, and is the past-president of the Program Director’s Council of the Association of University Professor in Ophthalmology.
Georgia Eye Bank
Eric Meinecke, CEBT, graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000, and began his eye banking career at Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank (RMLEB) in Colorado. He served in various positions of increasing responsibility through April 2005. He then served as the Technical Director for the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin for three years before returning to Colorado in 2008 where he was RMLEB’s Technical Director. Eric joined Georgia Eye Bank in April 2011 as the Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to President & Chief Executive Officer in January 2014. Eric has been a Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) since 2003 and has served in several various leadership roles for the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA). He currently serves on the Accreditation Board, is secretary of the Medical Advisory Board, and is an at-large member of the Board of Directors.