At-Large Candidate: Stephen Kaufman, MD, PhD

Stephen Kaufman, MD, PhD

Professor, Vice-Chairman and Medical Director of Ophthalmology. Director of Cornea. U of MN, Lions Gift of Sight
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Candidate Bio

Stephen C. Kaufman, MD, PhD is a fellowship trained Cornea Specialist, who is a Professor and Vice Chairman of Ophthalmology, and the Director of Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the The University of Minnesota. He is a previous member of the Board of the Cornea Society, The EBAA and is the Chairman of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Cornea Knowledge Base Committee and is the Co-Chairman of the Midwest Cornea Association. Dr. Kaufman is a previous member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Eye Bank Association of America. He has served the New York Eye Bank for Sight Restoration and the Lions Gift of Sight Eye Bank. He conducts research in many areas of Ophthalmology and has lectured at numerous national and international Ophthalmology meetings. Dr. Kaufman is the editor of 2 cornea and ocular trauma textbooks, is on the editorial board of 2 ophthalmic journals, has published 13 chapters on cornea and refractive surgery and has more than 400 publications and presentations to his name.

Candidate Statement

I have been involved in eye banking and ocular tissue storage research since medical school, where I conducted research which led to the first 14 day cold storage media (K-Sol) and other projects which improved the availability, quality and safety of our donor corneal tissue. My experience of working with large and small eye banks afforded me the opportunity to understand the procedures and challenges of different organizations. I have served on the board of 2 eye banks. Moreover, I have been involved with the EBAA for more than a decade and have served on many EBAA committees (see list). I can contribute to the EBAA’s important mission that must address the many new challenges that arise from infectious diseases, new technology and new surgical procedures, without adding an unnecessary administrative burden. As a previous board member I believe that it is important for the board to consider multiple viewpoints and opinions and then to evaluate each based on the benefit to the overall EBAA membership. I will work hard to bring my experience and unique knowledge to serve the EBAA membership. Thank you for considering me as an EBAA board member.

Prior Service
  • Member, EBAA Board of Directors (2017-2019)
  • Member, Medical Advisory Board (2010-2018)
  • Member, Finance Committee (2018-current)
  • IJEB Editorial Board – (2015-current)
  • Member, Research Committee (2018-current)
  • Member, Policy & Position Review Subcommittee (2012-2014)
  • Member, Nominating Committee (2013)
  • Chair, Scientific Programs Committee (2010-2013)
  • Member, Antifungal Supplementation RFP Selection Subcommittee (2017)
  • Povidone Iodine Study Group
  • The Corneal Donor Study
  • Corneal Stem Cell Study Group, EBAA/Cornea Society (2012-current)