Leadership

With years of experience, a passion for helping others and a diverse wealth of knowledge, a dedicated team of leaders and healthcare professionals help make LEBDV’s mission a reality. Learn more about our team members.

  • Jim Quirk

    President and CEO

    Jim Quirk began his eye banking career as the Technical Operations Manager at the Medical Eye Bank of Delaware which subsequently merged with Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley (LEBDV). During his time at LEBDV, Mr. Quirk has held the positions of Quality Assurance Director, Serology Lab Supervisor and Executive Vice President. He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer.

    Mr. Quirk has extensive community involvement in support of transplantation. He was appointed by Delaware’s Governor to serve as Co-Chairman on 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. As a member of New Jersey’s Coalition on Donation, he works closely on initiatives with Coalition members which include representatives from eye banks, tissue banks, OPOs, government and the State’s hospital association. Mr. Quirk has served on the Eye Bank Association of America’s Board of Directors and on various committees.

    Mr. Quirk served in the United States Navy and Naval Reserve. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology and Chemistry from Pennsylvania’s Neumann University. He is a member of the Pike Creek Hockessin Lions Club in District 22D where he has served as club President and Treasurer.
  • Sadeer B. Hannush, MD

    Medical Director

    Sadeer B. Hannush, MD, is Attending Surgeon on the Cornea Service at Wills Eye Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and completed his Ophthalmology Residency at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He then went on to fellowship training in Corneal and Refractive Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Dr. Hannush’s areas of interest are full and partial thickness cornea transplantation (endothelial and deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty), permanent keratoprosthesis surgery (artificial cornea), complex cataract and anterior segment reconstructive procedures, and laser vision correction.

    Dr. Hannush has been named in ‘The Best Doctors in Philadelphia’ as well as ‘The Best Doctors in The United States’. In 1998 he received the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Honor Award for distinguished service in education. At the 2008 American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting, he received the Senior Achievement Award. The Wills Eye Hospital resident class of 2000 presented him with the Excellence in Teaching Award.

    Together with Wills Eye Hospital Ophthalmologist-in-Chief, Dr. Julia Haller, Executive Director, Mr. Joe Bilson, and fellow surgeon, Dr. Brad Feldman, Dr. Hannush originated W.I.R.E. (Wills International Resident Experience), during which the Wills Eye Hospital senior residents spend time abroad experiencing the delivery of ophthalmic care in a third world setting.

    Dr. Hannush is the Medical Director of Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley (LEBDV) and a Medical Advisory Board Member of the Eye Bank Association of America. He first joined LEBDV in 1988 as a corneal surgeon following completion of his fellowship at Emory. He was later asked to join LEBDV’s Medical Advisory Board, and in 2007 was appointed Co-Medical Director with Dr. Peter Laibson. He has since been responsible for the institution of procedures and methods for LEBDV to prepare tissue for endothelial keratoplasty (partial-thickness corneal transplantation) used by corneal surgeons throughout the Delaware Valley. This required the acquisition of special equipment (microkeratomes), surgical microscopes and a laminar flow hood. As endothelial keratoplasty techniques evolved from Descemet-stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) to Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK), Dr. Hannush arranged for LEBDV’s technicians to receive extra training to prepare and provide appropriate tissue for this procedure.

    Dr. Hannush has performed and taught corneal transplantation in Italy, Spain, Egypt and Kenya, where he started a transplant program at Tenwek Mission Hospital in Western Kenya. This was made possible by generous donations of corneal tissue on many occasions by LEBDV, which serves patients in need of the gift of sight around the world.

  • PDG Earl Groendyke

    Chair of the Board of Trustees

    PDG Earl Groendyke of 16-J Hightstown-East Windsor Lions Club was elected as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley during its Annual Business Meeting Held on June 13, 2020.

    PDG Groendyke has served on the Board of Trustees for over 15 years and in committees including Human Resources and Fundraising. He is continuously inspired by the gratitude of cornea transplant recipients and donor families who make the Gift of Sight a reality.

    PDG Groendyke has been committed to serving others in need as a Lion for 35 years. He joined the Board of Trustees after feeling a connection to the Eye Bank’s mission during a District Governor’s event. He is proud that the values instilled in LEBDV 63 years ago have carried through our history and remain with us today. He is very excited for his two-year term and encourages those who wish to learn more about the Gift of Sight to attend Eye Bank events (even if they happen to be virtual) held throughout the year.


Medical Advisory Board

Behind every life-changing procedure that Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley helps coordinate stands an unparalleled team of cornea surgeons who serve as members of the Eye Bank’s Medical Advisory Board:
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Sadeer B. Hannush, MD Medical Director

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Robert Abel, MD

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Brandon D. Ayres, MD

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Kristin Hammersmith, MD

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Stephen E. Orlin, MD

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Irving M. Raber, MD

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Christopher Rapuano, MD



LEBDV Board

Executive Officers

  • PDG Earl Groendyke
    Chairman of the Board of Trustees
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  • PCT Ann E. Reiver
    Immediate Past Chair
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  • PID Melvyn Bray
    Vice Chairman
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  • PDG Philip E. Shober
    Secretary/Treasurer
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  • PDG Charles Morton
    Chaplain
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LEBDV Board of Trustees

  • PDG John E. Allen
  • Lion Joseph Cutolo, Jr.
  • PDG Fred Frisch
  • PCS Marion S. Goldberg
  • Lion Mark M. Green
  • PDG David E. Jones
  • PDG James J. Minnich
  • Lion Nelson Moeller
  • PDG Charles J. Morton
  • PCC Mary Devon O’Brien
  • DG Arthur Pecht
  • Angel “Bob” Perez
  • PDG William Sauser
  • PZC Christopher Smith
  • PDG Keith L. Thompson
  • PDG Richard W. Zimmermann, Jr.

Privileged Board Members

  • PDG Robert L. Elsner
  • PDG Herbert T. Gerhart
  • PDG Barry L. Hinkle
  • PDG Walter L. Labs
  • PID Robert W. Moore
  • Lion Bruce D. Pollock
  • PDG Richard H. Wilson

Trustee Legal Advisor

  • PCC Albert Olizi, Esq.

Honorary Board Members

  • PCC Joseph T. Bocklage
  • PDG James Davis
  • Lion Herbert E. McMahon
  • Lion Robert Perry
  • Lion John J. Reese

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