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Every year in the United States more than 34,000 people have their sight restored through corneal transplantation, and hundreds of thousands of people benefit from medical research and education made possible by donated eye tissue.

In our area, Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley works 365 days a year to provide local residents with the highest quality and safest corneal tissue available. In fact, since 1957 we have helped coordinate more than 30,000 surgeries. We uphold the highest eye tissue quality standards and work diligently to make the corneal transplant process as easy as possible for all of our recipients.

We invite you to read some of the stories of your neighbors and friends who have received the gift of sight, as well as the tributes to those who became donors.

Learn more about our Gift of Sight Program

Register today to become a donor

Our Medical Team

  • Sadeer B. Hannush, M.D.

    Sadeer B. Hannush, M.D.

    Medical Director
  • Peter R. Laibson, M.D.

    Peter R. Laibson, M.D.

    Medical Director
  • Robert Abel, M.D.

    Robert Abel, M.D.

  • Brandon D. Ayres, M.D.

    Brandon D. Ayres, M.D.

  • Kristin Hammersmith, M.D.

    Kristin Hammersmith, M.D.

  • Stephen E. Orlin, M.D.

    Stephen E. Orlin, M.D.

  • Irving M. Raber, M.D

    Irving M. Raber, M.D

  • Christopher Rapuano, M.D.

    Christopher Rapuano, M.D.

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Management Team

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Angel "Bob" Perez
Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Angel “Bob” Perez of Maplewood, NJ was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley (LEBDV) during its Annual Business Meeting held June 18, 2016 at Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth, NJ. He will begin his term as Chairman July 1, 2016.

Inspired by his wife’s journey through corneal transplantation, Mr. Perez joined LEBDV’s Board of Trustees in 2009. At 30 years old, Mrs. Perez was diagnosed with Fuch’s Cornea Dystrophy.  She was told there was no cure and that her condition would worsen causing discomfort and eventually loss of sight.  As her vision continued to deteriorate her daily activities became a struggle.

Mrs. Perez eventually lost all vision in her left eye and her right eye was also failing. “It was a very scary time for our family,” remembered Mr. Perez. Because of LEBDV, skilled surgeons at Wills Eye Hospital and a family who selflessly chose to donate their loved one’s corneas, Mrs. Perez had two successful cornea transplants that ultimately saved her sight.

“I think about how wonderful things worked out for my family. I am able to see the total outcome of this sight-restoring surgery and it goes far beyond me,” says Mr. Perez. “LEBDV facilitates in giving a second chance of sight to individuals every day. These miracles can happen at home, next door and around the world.”


Jim Quirk

Jim Quirk, B.S., CEBT
President/Chief Executive Officer

Jim Quirk began his eye banking career as the Technical Operations Manager at the Medical Eye Bank of Delaware, which subsequently merged with the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley (LEBDV). At LEBDV, he has also held the positions of Quality Assurance Director and Serology Lab Supervisor. He was appointed by Delaware’s Governor to serve as a member of the state’s Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Board. He was also an appointed member of the Pennsylvania Organ Donation Advisory Committee to the Governor and a member of New Jersey’s Coalition on Donation. Jim serves as Co-Chairman of EBAA’s Accreditation Board and also serves on the Board of Director's Executive Committee and Finance Committee.


Bob Lytle

Bob Lytle, CEBT
Technical Director

Robert Lytle joined the Eye Bank as a full-time recovery technician in 1988. He previously worked in social work and pharmaceutical sales. Bob has been the Eye Bank’s Technical Director for 20 years. He has helped guide the Eye Bank through expansion to include, most recently, the provision of partial thickness corneal tissue for application in an enhanced transplant procedure called DSAEK (Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty.) He has coordinated several international humanitarian missions to provide eye services to those unable to access care. Since 2008, through the efforts of his department, 12 Eye Banks have provided tissue to volunteer ophthalmic surgeons who travelled internationally to bring improved vision to underserved populations. Bob has participated in research studies and the development of scientific papers with the University of Pennsylvania and Wills Eye Institute. He also served on the Exam Committee of the Eye Bank Association of America. A native of Maryland, Bob graduated college in the United Kingdom.

Year-End Stats

ByTheNumbers 2014 350b

Eye Bank Support at Work

Through the generosity of donor families and financial supporters, the Eye Bank recorded the following clinical outcomes ending December 31, 2014:

  • CORNEAL TISSUE DONORS* 715
  • TISSUE GIFTED 1,427
  • CORNEAL TISSUE GIFTED FOR TRANSPLANT SURGERY** 1,041
  • CORNEAL TISSUE GIFTED FOR EDUCATION, TRAINING AND RESEARCH 483

Since 1957, Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley has coordinated more than 38,000 corneal transplant surgeries at the request of donor families and their loved ones.

*Donor Profile: 2014

  • Ages 1 to 10 = .4%
  • Ages 11 to 20 = 2.2%
  • Ages 21 to 40 = 10.9%
  • Ages 41 to 60 = 53%
  • Ages 61 to 70 = 28.2%
  • Age 70+ = 5.3%

** Includes corneal tissue imports

Our Board


Executive Officers


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Jim Quirk, CEBT

President/CEO
22-D Pike Creek Valley Lions Club
Service Year: 1994

Mark Green 142

Mark M. Green, 2nd VDG

IP Chairman of the Board
14-A Pottstown-Stowe Lions Club
Board Member since 2010

Bob Perez 142 

Angel 'Bob' Perez

Chairman of the Board
Maplewood, NJ
Board Member since 2009

Sauser 

William J. Sauser Jr., PDG

1st Vice Chairman
16-L Winslow Township Lions Club
Board Member since 2004

ann reiver

Ann E. Reiver, PCT

2nd Vice Chairperson 
22-D Talleyville-Naamans Lions Club 
Board Member since 2004

Earl G

Earl Groendyke, PDG

3rd Vice Chairman
16-J Hightstown-East Windsor Lions Club
Board Member since 2004

Phil Shober-142

Phillip E. Shober, PDG

Secretary/Treasurer
14-P Exeter Township Lions Club
Board Member since 2003

fred richardett

Rev. Frederick Richardett, Lion

Chaplain
16-L Camden Lions Club
Board Member since 1995


 


Trustees


John E. Allen, PDG
Past President 1996-1997
Past Chairman/CEO 2001-2002
16-L Freehold Township Lions Club
Board Member Since 1987

 George Bonadio, PDG
14-A Northwest Philadelphia Lions Club
Board Member Since 2002

Melvyn K. Bray, ID
16-L Toms River Lions Club
Board Member Since 2002

Joseph F. Cutolo, Jr.
14-P Honey Brook Lions Club
Board Member Since 2016

James Davis, IPDG
14-A Chalfont Lions Club
Board Member Since 2011

Robert L. Elsner, PDG
Past Chairman/CEO 2009 - 2010
14-A Dublin Lions Club
Board Member Since 2002

 

Fred Frisch, PDG
Past Chairman/CEO 2003-2004
16-L Ventnor-Margate Lions Club
Board Member Since 1995

Marion S. Goldberg, PCS
16-J Linden Lions Club
Board Member Since 2002

David E. Jones, PDG
Past Chairman/CEO 2005-2006
22-D New Castle Hundred Lions Club
Board Member Since 1995

Walter L. Labs, PDG
14-P Honey Brook Lions Club
Board Member Since 2004

Robert C. Millea, PDG
16-N Harrison Lions Club
Board Member Since 2007

Nelson Moeller
14-P Exeter Township Lions Club
Board Member Since 2016

James J. Minnich, PDG
Past Chairman/CEO 2000-2001
22-D Wilmington Gateway Lions Club
Board Member Since 1995

Mary Devon O’Brien, PCC
Past Chairperson/CEO 2008-09
16-N Newark Lions Club
Board Member Since 1999

Christopher Smith, PZC
16-N Newark Lions Club
Board Member Since 2000

Keith L. Thompson, PDG
Past Chairman 2014-2015
22-D Glasgow Lions Club
Board Member Since 1999

Richard H. Wilson, PDG
14-A Springfield Lions Club
Board Member Since 1991

Richard W. Zimmermann, Jr., PDG
16-L Laurel Springs Lions Club
Board Member Since 1998


Legal Advisor


Albert Olizi, Esq.
16-L Audobon Lions Club
Legal Advisor since 2012
 

Privileged Board Members


Herbert T. Gerhart, PDG
Past President 1985-1986
14-R Upper Gwynedd Lions Club
Board Member since 1977

William G. Hansen, PDDG
16-L Haddonfield Lions Club
Board Member since 1992

Barry L. Hinkle, PDG
Past President 1999-2000
14-P Paoli-Berwyn-Malvern Lions Club
Board Member since 1988

Robert W. Moore, PID
16-N West Milford Lions Club
Board Member since 2000
 
Bruce Pollock, Lion
Past President 1997-1998
14-A Pottstown Lions Club
Board Member since 1983
David L. Smith, PDG
Past President 2007-2008
14-P Paoli-Berwyn-Malvern Lions Club
Board Member since 1999

Honorary Board Members


Joseph T. Bocklage, PCC
16-J Franklin Twp. Lions Club
Board Member since 1999

Herbert E. McMahon, Lion
14-R Audubon Oaks Lions Club
Board Member since 1984
Alfred Losiewicz, PCC
16-J South River Lions Club
Board Member since 2000
John J. Reese
President 1990-1991
14-R Stowe Lions Club
Board Member since 1978
Robert Perry, Lion
14-A Pottstown-Stowe Lions Club

 

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