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Physicians and Health Care Providers

All of us at the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley are honored to be part of the gift of sight process and to work with the talented and dedicated medical professionals throughout our region who make improved sight a reality. If you are a physician or healthcare provider, please consult the resources of this section for more information or feel free to contact us at 1-800-743-6667.

Healthcare Providers

The Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley is the designated Eye Bank for southern New Jersey, Delaware and southeast Pennsylvania. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide recovery, education and information services on all aspects of the eye donation process. Our Marketing and Development Department can provide you with in-services and information for both medical staff and the general public.

Please see below to access more information on organ, eye and tissue donation and for information on a variety of educational programs available through the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley, or call 1-800-743-6667 for more information.

A Resource Guide

The Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration and Health Care Financing Administration have created a publication titled “Roles and Training in the Donation Process: A Resource Guide.” Developed with guidance from donor families and a multi-disciplinary team of transplant and other healthcare professionals, this guide offers support to hospitals in implementing the training provisions of current legislation. The current legislation, which took effect on August 21, 1998, was a revision of the Medicare and Medicaid Hospital Conditions of Participation designed to facilitate an increase in organ, tissue and eye donation.

To obtain copies of this report, write, fax or call:

Division of Transplantation
Parklawn Building
5600 Fishers Lane
Room 7C-22
Rockville, MD 20857

Phone: (301) 443-7577
Fax: (301) 443-1267

Please Note:Before planning an education program in your facility on organ, tissue or eye donation, it is important that you coordinate with your local procurement agency.

  • For information on eye donation, call 1-800-743-6667
  • For information on organ donation, call 1-888-DONORS-1

Educational Opportunities for Eye and Tissue Donation

  • Community outreach events
  • Speakers
  • Hospice education
  • In-services

Corneal Surgeons

If you are a corneal surgeon, it is important to note the following about the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley:

  • Member of and accredited by the Eye Bank Association of America
  •  Offers cornea tissue for surgery
  • Medical training eyes and research tissue
  • Technical staff is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Networks with more than 100 accredited Eye Banks throughout the United States and Canada
  • Tissue requests taken for scheduled surgeries as well as emergency procedures
  • Tissue recovered from more than 90 hospitals within a 100-mile radius Philadelphia, allowing only a minimal death to preservation time

Tissue requests or consultations may be made by calling 1-800-462-1011.

Co-Medical Directors of the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley

  • Sadeer Hannush, M.D.
  • Peter Laibson, M.D.

Physician Stories

Good Hearts Make Healthy Eyes

Our ongoing relationship with various international corneal surgeons has enabled us to be part of many humanitarian efforts to save sight. The doctors with whom we work closely all have amazing stories to tell of their sincere dedication to helping give the gift of sight. Here are just a few of these stories. If you have one to share, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 1-800-743-6667.


From One Parent to Another

In March 2010, Dr. Sadeer Hannush, Medical Director of the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley, traveled to Kenya, Africa, to teach state-of-the-art vision restoration procedures to Kenyan hospital physicians. Dr. Hannush generously volunteered his time to this humanitarian effort and used cornea tissue donated by the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley to make the gift of sight a reality for more than 20 patients.   hannush1

A Correction 10 Years Overdue

Dr. Michael Wong of the Princeton Eye Group is well known for his worldwide humanitarian outreach. As part of that outreach, Dr. Wong collaborated with an international aid organization to restore a 16-year-old girl's sight. 

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Professional Thanks

Medical Advisory Board Physician Dr. Irving M. Raber of Ophthalmic Partners of Pennsylvania provided international assistance and training in new methods of performing cornea transplants as part of a humanitarian effort. To show his appreciation for the efforts of one of the Eye Bank's Recovery Technicians, David Rechtshaffen, B.S., CEBT, he wrote:

"Thank you again for not only pre-cutting the donor corneas for DSAEK surgery that I took on my recent trip...but also for all you have done providing pre-cut donor tissue over the past year for all DSAEK surgeons in the Delaware Valley...the quality...is second to none and you have continued that 'tradition' with all of the skill you have demonstrated in getting the pre-cut program up and running...your efforts are certainly most appreciated...by me and my patients...by all surgeons...."

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Tissue Request Form

tissue request formTo request tissue from the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley, please print and complete the Tissue Request Form and fax it to the Eye Bank at (215) 563-6603.

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