Mary Jane O’Neill Fellowship

The Mary Jane O’Neill Fellowship in International Eye Banking was established in 2001 to provide medical or technical personnel from eye banks outside of the USA and Canada with the skills necessary to develop, operate, and maintain successful eye banks within their own countries, reducing blindness due to corneal disease or injury.

2019 Fellowship Information:

The 2019 Mary Jane O’Neill Fellowship will bring an individual to the United States for a 2 week period during June 2019 to attend the EBAA Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, and intern at Lions Gift of Sight in St. Paul, Minnesota. Once a Fellow is selected, the EBAA will work with the host eye bank and the Fellow to determine the actual dates of the program.

EBAA and The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration in New York City established this fellowship to honor Mary Jane O’Neill, The Eye-Bank’s Executive Director from 1980 to 2000. During her long history in eye banking, Ms. O’Neill was a forward thinking visionary and championed international outreach, devoting significant efforts to establish and improve eye-banking services worldwide.

The deadline to apply for the 2019 Fellowship has passed.


Maya Alba, MD, PhD
Eye Bank at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center
Tel Aviv, Israel
Hosted by:Eversight (Chicago, IL)

About Dr. Alba’s Experience:
“The Mary Jane O’Neill Fellowship has been the most important educational and practical experience I have ever had in eye banking. My “to do” list back home includes updating the standards and practices, introducing quality control and OCT cornea assessment, and promoting a training program for eye bank technicians.”