At-Large Candidate: Stephen Kaufman, MD, PhD

Associate Medical Director, Lions Gift of Sight

Candidate Bio

Dr. 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 State University of New York – Downstate, in New York City, NY. He is a member of the Board of the Cornea Society 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 member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Eye Bank Association of America. He is a member of the Medical Advisory Board and the Executive Board of the New York Eye Bank for Sight Restoration and is an Associate Medical Director of the Minnesota Lions 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 11 chapters on cornea and refractive surgery and has more than 400 publications and presentations to his name.

Candidate Statement

I have been involved in ocular tissue storage research since medical school, where I conducted research which led to the first 14 day cold storage media (K-Sol). My other eye bank related research continued and includes such topics as a report that warned of a new foil lining in the bottle cap of the Optisol bottle that was toxic to the corneal endothelium, which resulted in a production change of B&L’s Optisol packaging. I have been associated with many eye banks over my 25 years as a corneal surgeon. The 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 The Minnesota Lions Eye Bank and the New York Eye Bank for Sight Restoration. Moreover, I have been involved with the EBAA for more than a decade and have served on many EBAA committees (see list). The EBAA is an important organization with a mission that must address the many new challenges that arise from infectious diseases, new technology and new surgical procedures. My commitment and support of the EBAA will continue and I hope to serve the EBAA, as a board member.

prior service

Current Committees:

  • EBAA Board
  • Position: Member (2017 – 2018)
  • Antifungal Supplementation RFP Selection Subcommittee
    Position: Member (1/1/2017- 6/16/2017)
  • Medical Advisory Board
    Position: Member (7/1/2015- 6/30/2018)
  • IJEB Editorial Board
    Position: Member (1/14/2015- Present)

Past Committees:

  • Medical Advisory Board
    Position: Member (7/3/2012-6/30/2015)
  • Policy & Position Review Subcommittee
    Position: Member (7/1/2012- 6/30/2014)
  • Nominating Committee
    Position: Member (1/1/2013- 6/30/2013)
  • Scientific Programs
    Position: Chair (7/1/2010- 6/30/2013)
  • Medical Advisory Board
    Position: Scientific Programs Committee Chair (7/3/2010-6/30/2012)
Letters of Support