Hosting a Wet Lab: What You Need to Know!
Wet labs and surgical skills training sessions are essential in a corneal surgeon’s training and eye banks are in a unique position to help make them happen. Caithlin Lopes, Director of Business Development at Eversight, and Darrell Lee, Tissue Processing Manager at Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio, discuss the wet labs and surgical skills trainings that they host, the reason and goal for hosting these sessions, how to host a virtual and in person sessions, and where to look for assistance with materials and funding. Dr. Lorenzo Cervantes, provides the physician and Medical Director perspective, highlighting the importance of hands-on training for surgeons and discussing his role in planning and facilitating wet labs.
Attendees will learn:
- The different types of wet labs and skills transfer sessions hosted by eye banks
- The materials needed for a wet lab
- Resources for materials and funding for wet labs
- How to host a wet lab
- The benefits of hosting wet labs for local surgeons
Attend this session to learn more about wet labs and how to host them for your surgeons!
Lorenzo Cervantes, MD
Lorenzo Cervantes, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a fellowship-trained specialist in cornea, external disease, cataract and refractive surgery at Connecticut Eye Specialists. A medical director serving on Eversight’s Medical Advisory Committee, he is a Fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians, the New England Ophthalmological Society, the International Society of Refractive Surgery, the Cornea Society, the Paton Society, and the Eye Bank Association of America. Dr. Cervantes regularly teaches other surgeons advanced techniques in corneal transplantation and cataract surgery. He has authored several textbook chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. He received his medical degree, cum laude, from the Downstate Medical Center – College of Medicine at the State University of New York, and completed his residency at the North Shore/LIJ Health System in New York, where he also served as chief resident. He completed a fellowship in cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery at the Eye and Ear Institute of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Director, Partner Development
Caithlin Lopes joined Eversight in 2013 and brings to the role more than 15 years of experience in the eye, organ and tissue field. Caithlin leads Eversight’s domestic partner relations efforts, guiding her team to forge relationships with surgeons that allow Eversight to continue to make vision a reality for patients across the country. She also works collaboratively with organizations like the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Cornea Society as partners in education and training for surgeons, fellows and residents. Prior to Eversight, Caithlin served in various roles at the New England Organ Bank. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theology with a minor in natural sciences from Loyola University of Maryland.
Darrell Lee, CEBT
Laboratory & Processing Manager
Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio
Darrell Lee, CEBT, 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.
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