Medical Directors Symposium

Held annually, this session provides Medical Directors and eye bank professionals with information regarding the latest updates to the Medical Standards, EBAA Accreditation inspections, tissue suitability determination, infectious or emerging diseases and additional information that is useful when working with an eye bank. 

Presentations:

Medical Director Dilemmas: What Would You Do?
Adverse Events in Eye Banking: Role of the Medical Director
Monitoring Your Eye Bank's Training Program
Slit Lamp Microscopy for Donor Tissue Evaluation: What Medical Directors Need to Know
Fungal Infections after Endothelial Keratoplasty: Prevention and Prophylaxis

Michelle K. Rhee, MD

Medical Director

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.

George Rosenwasser, MD, CEBT

Gift of Life Donor Program Eye Bank

George O. D. Rosenwasser, MD, CEBT, has been associated with eye banking since 1984. He is the author of the first atlas and text on eye banking and has been a member of various EBAA committees, including Medical Advisory Board, Technician Education Committee, Scientific Programs Committee, and the International Relations Committee. He is also a member of the steering committee for the Corneal Preservation Time Study. He completely revised the Technician Education Seminar in 2009 and has given many of the lectures from 2009-2019.  He practices Cornea and External Disease in Hershey, PA, and is the Medical Director for the Gift of Life Donor Program Eye Bank.  Dr. Rosenwasser received the R. Townley Paton Award from EBAA in 2015.

Joshua Hou, MD

Assistant Professor/Medical Director

University of Minnesota/Lions Gift of Sight

Joshua H. Hou, MD, is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences at the University of Minnesota. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Duke University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He then received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. After that, he completed both his ophthalmology residency and cornea and external disease fellowship at the University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary. Since 2015, Dr. Hou has served as Medical Director of the Lions Gift of Sight. In addition to a busy clinical practice, Dr. Hou also maintains a research laboratory at the University of Minnesota and is currently supported by the Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation. His main research interests include limbal stem cell deficiency and corneal tissue processing. Dr. Hou has been an active member of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) since completing his cornea fellowship in 2014. He is a past participant of the EBAA Physician Leadership Program, and he currently serves as a member of the Medical Advisory Board and Scientific Programs Committee. He is also a regular physician lecturer for the EBAA Slit Lamp Microscopy Seminar.

Jennifer Li, MD

Medical Director

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 an active member of the EBAA serving on the EBAA Accreditation Board and the Scientific Programs Committee. She is the current Chair of the EBAA Medical Advisory Board, Chair-Elect for the EBAA, and a member for the EBAA Board of Directors and Governance Committee.  She is the recipient of the EBAA's 2021 R. Townley Paton Award.

Elmer Tu, MD

Medical Director

Eversight

Elmer Tu, MD, is a Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and the Director of Cornea Service at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Tu serves as Medical Director for Eversight, and is a current member of the EBAA Medical Advisory Board and the Eversight Medical Advisory Board. 

Sean Edelstein, MD

Associate Medical Director

Mid-America Transplant

Sean Edelstein, MD, is an Associate Professor at Saint Louis University Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Edelstein attended Medical School at University of Cape Town, South Africa, and completed his ophthalmology residency and fellowship in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery at Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Edelstein is the Associate Medical Director at Mid-America Transplant and is an active member in the EBAA, where he currently serves on the Accreditation Board and the Medical Advisory Board.

Shahzad Mian, MD

Medical Director

Eversight

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.

Amy Lin, MD

Utah Lions Eye Bank

Amy Lin, MD, is Medical Director at the Utah Lions Eye Bank. She is also an Associate Professor in Ophthalmology at the Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah. Dr. Lin is a current member of the Accreditation Board and is a past participant of the Physician Leadership Program.

David Warner, MD

Medical Director

Arkansas Lions Eye Bank & Laboratory

David B. Warner, MD, is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology with the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He has served as the Medical Director of the Arkansas Lions Eye Bank & Laboratory, located at UAMS, for nine years. He completed a Corneal, External Disease and Refractive Surgery fellowship at the University of Florida after his residency in Ophthalmology at UAMS.

Anthony Aldave, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology

Stein Eye Institute

Anthony Aldave, MD, is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Cornea and Uveitis Division at the Stein Eye Institute. As a member of the EBAA Medical Advisory Board, Dr. Aldave and colleagues reported an increase in donor-transmitted fungal infections following corneal transplantation in 2013. He has maintained an interest in this topic since, recently publishing an invited editorial on the role of antifungal prophylaxis after receipt of a positive donor rim fungal culture and completing a study investigating the incidence, treatments and outcomes of donor-transmitted fungal infection following DMEK.

Bennie Jeng, MD

Professor and Chair

University of Maryland School of Medicine

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.

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