AEB Partners with UAB School of Medicine
The Alabama Eye Bank has been honored to sponsor the Alabama Eye Bank Distinguished Lectureship in Cornea and External Disease for six years bringing the most innovative leaders in corneal and external disease: Matthew Mosteller, M.D., Richard Duffey, M.D., both of Mobile, Alabama, Christopher Rapuano, M.D., of Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kenneth Goins, M.D., from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, Mark Gorovoy, M.D., of Ft Myers, Florida, Eduardo Alfonso, M.D. from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida and Francis Price, Jr., M.D. of Indianapolis, Indiana, to share their wisdom and years of extensive hands-on experience to benefit UAB’s physicians and the Alabama community of ophthalmologist.
AEB has enjoyed a long and satisfying relationship with the UAB Department of Ophthalmology for over 30 years that has expanded and enhanced the mission for restored vision in Alabama, the United States and worldwide. The unified collaboration has brought much new advancement of corneal surgery techniques, procedures and increased resources for research.
AEB, which has ranked among the Top 10 Eye Banks in the world in corneal tissue recovery for more than two decades, realized that an effective Eye Bank is dependent upon the academic quality of vision scientists, ophthalmologists and the support of ancillary professors. Doyce Williams, CEO says, “I believe in this type of venue and the leadership of Dr. Girkin, UAB Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, that will continue to encourage, foster and strengthen the goal and main purpose which is to provide the absolute best care possible to the vision impaired and blind locally and throughout the world.”
Dr. Christopher Girkin, M.D. who is Chairman & Professor of the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine responded by saying, “It’s been an honor for us to be apart of this exciting endeavor. Working along side the Alabama Eye Bank has been inspirational giving those physicians and residents who are hungry for knowledge the opportunity to grow and advance in their careers.”
On April 12th, 2013 Doyce Williams presented a commemorative plaque that displays all previous speakers and publicly communicates the mission of the lecture series along with the effort and passion between AEB and UAB to restore sight and hope through corneal transplant surgery. The plaque will be on display in the Smith Education Center at the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital.
The Alabama Eye Bank is a 501-C3 not-for-profit that has the unique job of helping victims of corneal blindness find sight. For more than 40 years, the AEB has been dedicated to creating a corneal delivery service to solve the unmet vision needs in eye care. AEB is the 4th largest eye bank in North America and has been ranked in the top ten for over 28 consecutive years.