At-Large Candidate: Stephen Kaufman, MD, PhD

Stephen Kaufman, MD, PhD

Vice-Chairman and Professor of Ophthalmology Medical College of Wisconsin

Candidate Bio

Stephen C. Kaufman, MD, PhD is a fellowship trained Cornea Specialist, who is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and will be the new Vice-Chairman of Ophthalmology, and the Director of Cornea and Refractive Surgery at  The University of Minnesota. He is a previous 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. He is a past-member of the Medical Advisory Board of the EBAA and the Executive Board of the New York Eye Bank for Sight Restoration and is an Associate Medical Director of the Minnesota 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 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 continue as an Associate Medical Director of The Lions Gift of Sight Eye Bank and have served on the board of The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration. I have been involved with the EBAA for more than a decade and have served on many EBAA committees. The EBAA is an important organization with a mission that must address the many new challenges that arise from infectious diseases, new technology, new surgical procedures and evolving eye bank organizations.

I fully understand the physician’s concerns involving ocular tissue banking as well as the challenges faced by professionals in eye banking.  I am aware that the field of eye banking faces competition in placing tissue; works hard to meet regulatory requirements; and is dedicated to providing tissue for sight saving procedures.  As an association, the EBAA is impressive in the way it responds to changing environments today and in planning for the future.  I believe my experience can be of service in that regard.

Prior Service
  • EBAA Board of Directors, At-Large Member – 2017-present
  • Medical Advisory Board – 2012-2018
  • IJEB Editorial Board – 2015-present
  • Research Committee – 2018-present
  • Policy & Position Review Subcommittee – 2012-2014
  • Nominating Committee – 2013
  • Scientific Programs Committee – 2010-2013 (Chair 2010-2012)
  • Antifungal Supplementation RFP Selection Subcommittee – 2017
  • The Corneal Donor Study
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