2016 Gift of Sight Award Press Release



For Immediate Release

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Trish Hardy, Manager of Communications
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EBAA Presents Gift of Sight Award to Missouri Medical Examiner Mary E. Case, MD

ST. LOUIS, MO – Mary E. Case, MD, Chief Medical Examiner for St. Louis, Franklin, St. Charles and Jefferson counties, received the Eye Bank Association of America’s (EBAA) Gift of Sight Award on June 10, 2016 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark.

The Gift of Sight Award is presented to professionals who have demonstrated significant support of eye banking and corneal donation. Past recipients have included clergy, legislators, funeral service professionals, and others. Mid-America Transplant, an EBAA member organization headquartered in St. Louis, nominated Dr. Case for this award to recognize her many efforts to encourage donation.

Under Dr. Case’s leadership, the St. Louis-area medical examiner offices have shown unparalleled support for organ, eye and tissue donation, working closely with Mid-America Transplant to ensure that donation is considered in even the most complicated situations. Dr. Case’s office highlights donation on its website and in resources for grieving families.

In additional to her role as medical examiner, Dr. Case is a Neuropathologist and Forensic Pathologist, and serves as Professor of Pathology at St. Louis University Health Services.

The Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), established in 1961, is the oldest transplant association in the nation. EBAA sets standards, provides education, and engages in advocacy to support donation, transplantation and research. Its 80+ member eye banks operate in the United States, Canada and Asia. These eye banks made possible more than 79,000 sight-restoring corneal transplants in 2015. Compatible corneal tissue is not dependent on blood type, age, eyesight strength or eye color. To learn more, visit www.restoresight.org.