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2016 The Next 30 Years By Lawton Snyder, Executive Director


n last year’s Annual Report, we celebrated the 30 year history of the Eye & Ear Foundation by highlighting the impact support to the Foundation has had on improving care for patients suffering from disorders of the eye, ear, nose or throat. Your contributions to the Eye & Ear Foundation have allowed for significant advances in research by our physicians and scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. We now look ahead to the next 30 years, in anticipation of major scientific advances in patient care. With your continued support to the Eye & Ear Foundation, we will have more opportunities to directly impact lives in the following areas:

New technology to enhance and assess visual function Technologies to improve hearing and vision will reach new heights. One example is the retinal implant developed by our new Ophthalmology Chairman, Dr. José-Alain Sahel, with French company, Pixium Vision, and in collaboration with Dr. Daniel Palanker of Stanford University. Using special glasses, the implant converts light to electrical signals that stimulate the retina, as well as the brain. Clinical trials using this technology may begin as early as 2017, pending FDA approval. Technology, already in use, will continue to assess functional impairment for vision loss and balance disorders using simulated and virtual environments. PRIMA bionic vision restoration: improved visual perception with a retinal implant.

Flex Robotic System: a single port distal robot used for minimally invasive head and neck cancer robotic surgery.

Enhanced technology for better surgery Pittsburgh CREATES (Collaborative for Research, Education, and Technology Enhancements for Surgery) is currently aiming to make all surgeries minimally invasive through partnerships between scientists, engineers, and the technology industry. Restored vision through regenerative medicine For the past eight years, the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration has endeavored to restore sight through tissue regeneration, transplantation, and technology. The objective is not to treat vision loss, but to truly restore vision. Fox Center scientists are focused on the most common and important disease areas associated with vision loss, macular disease (retinal degenerations, including macular degeneration, retinal vein and artery occlusion), glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, optic nerve disorders, corneal scarring, and ocular trauma. A treatment for tinnitus To provide a solution for tinnitus sufferers, Dr. Thanos Tzounopoulos, focused his efforts in determining the mechanisms that lead to the triggering, and maybe eventually, the maintenance of tinnitus. We are working toward clinical trials to test Dr. Tzounopoulos’ pharmaceutical therapy for tinnitus. Advanced diagnostics to image the eye As technology advances, our ability to

image the eye will take significant strides. Adaptive optics uses an astronomical telescope and laser communication systems to image to the eye. Dr. Ethan Rossi is using this technology in clinical trials to identify early onset of degenerative retinal disorders to allow for early intervention. Personalized medicine Dr. Robert Ferris is using new technologies to determine the particular genes that contribute to each patient’s cancer and developing new drugs that can target head and neck/oral tumors. With support from the Marian Mosites Initiative for Head and Neck Cancer Research, Dr. Ferris is recognizing the role the immune system plays in allowing some cancers to develop and spread, leading to a breakthrough in our understanding of why some patients respond, while others do not, to the same therapy. Use of biologics and genetics Over the past decade, our Chairman of Ophthalmology, Dr. José-Alain Sahel, has led pioneering efforts in optogenetic vision restoration, a technique in which cells in the retina are genetically modified to express light sensitive proteins. This therapeutic technique has the potential to help patients visually impaired as a result of a genetic defect. Multidiscipline care teams Realizing head and neck cancer survivors have many lingering co-morbidities, Dr. Jonas Johnson, our Chairman of Otolaryngology, recently established the Survivorship Clinic for Head and Neck Cancer. It takes a multidisciplinary approach to addressing the individual needs of head and neck cancer survivors. The Survivorship Clinic team consists of a head and neck surgeon, speech language pathologist, dentist, physical therapist, audiologist, social worker, and nurse, all of whom have specialized training in the needs of head and neck cancer patients. During a clinic visit, our team will review your medical history and assess for cancer recurrence. This team will also provide information on healthy living, along with developing an individual treatment summary and survivorship care plan.


Department of Otolaryngology

Ruth G. Auld, EdD Executive Director, DePaul School for Hearing & Speech Charles R. Brodbeck, Esq., Vice Chairman of the Board Director, Cohen & Grigsby, PC Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD, LAc Director, Cornea & Refractive Surgery Department of Ophthalmology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Douglas P. Dick Co-Chairman & CEO, Dick Building Company George A. Fechter, Chairman of the Board Chairman, Fechter Holdings Louis J. Fox Former SVP Gerald Metals, Inc. Lawrence N. Gumberg, Treasurer President, LG Realty Advisors, Inc. Jonas T. Johnson, MD, FACS Distinguished Service Professor and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology The Dr. Eugene N. Myers Endowed Chair University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Arthur S. Levine, MD, Exofficio Senior Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Jeffrey B. Markel Managing Director, Perspective Capital Diana L. Mrvos, MD Ophthalmologist Albert C. Muse President, The Muse Company Eugene N. Myers, MD, FACS, FRCS Edin (Hon) Distinguished Professor and Emeritus Chair University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine B. Gordon Nelson, III President, B.G. Nelson, LLC JosĂŠ-Alain Sahel, MD Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology Eye & Ear Foundation Endowed Chair University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Nancy L. Snyderman, MD, FACS Clinical Faculty University of Pennsylvania Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Violet Soffer CEO, Soffer Organization Cynthia Mosites Sunseri, Secretary Howard Hanna Real Estate Paul R. Vittone Head of Private Equity Investments Bank of New York Mellon Wealth Management Bruce Wiegand Former President/CEO & General Counsel Phillips Companies Aldo Zini President & CEO, Aethon, Inc.



he Department of Otolaryngology remains focused and committed to our core responsibilities, which include caring for patients, training the next generation of physicians, and research directed at improving healthcare for us all. We are pleased to report that our Collaborative for Research Education and Technology Enhancement in Surgery (CREATES) is up and running. We aspire to provide an environment for surgical training with emphasis on minimally invasive techniques. It is now possible to accomplish procedures using telescopes and robots with very small or no incisions for many patients. CREATES intends to train contemporary surgeons in new techniques. It is also an opportunity to bring together surgeons and engineers to develop new products, instruments, and ideas in surgical innovation, which will improve the future of patient care. We are delighted to announce that CREATES has recently received a major grant to support this activity. Our auditory science team continues to thrive as they move forward in explaining the physiology of hearing loss and tinnitus, which will allow for the potential development of new medications to cure or prevent these problems in future generations. Collaboration between basic scientists, audiologists, and clinical surgeons enhances the potential that these areas of investigation will soon become meaningful to patients. Recently, the Department established a Survivorship Clinic for head and neck cancer patients. Following surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, patients experience pain, swelling, and sometimes severe side effects. The Survivorship Clinic provides a team of experts, including doctors, nurses, swallowing therapists, dental medicine, audiologists, physical therapy, as well as other healthcare providers, all in one location. Patients are comprehensively surveyed regarding their needs in an effort to identify potential areas with which we can help, thereby improving quality of life.

Jonas T. Johnson, MD, FACS Distinguished Service Professor and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology The Dr. Eugene N. Myers Endowed Chair, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

The Voice Center has organized a vibrant clinical research activity, while providing contemporary state-of-the-art intervention for a wide variety of voice abnormalities. They have expanded to include diagnosis and treatment of cough, swallowing, and airway problems. Their clinical research is fortified through some basic science and collaboration with scientists in laboratories around the campus. Research in ear disease and eustachian tube dysfunction continues in this Department under the direction of a team of pediatric otolaryngologists. A special chamber, which can control barometric pressure, allows observation of eustachian tube function and dysfunction to be observed in a clinical setting. These studies have an opportunity to allow enhanced therapies to be developed for people suffering with recurring ear problems. Our Center for Sleep Disorder Breathing and Sleep Apnea continues to lead the nation in caring for people with snoring and sleep apnea. New therapies have been developed, diagnostic techniques have been enhanced, and outcomes are improved. These activities are all attributable to research. Your support is appreciated and, in fact, crucial to our mission. We are grateful for your continuing investment in the future of healthcare, not only in Western Pennsylvania, but the world.

Chairmen Circle:

Department of Ophthalmology


year ago, none of us could predict that I would be writing for this annual report. 2016 was a year of transition, as I took over as Ophthalmology Chair in July. My prior visits led me to believe that we could achieve a great deal together. I am lucky to have such a strong foundation of clinicians, clinician scientists, research scientists, and administrative/ support staff to build upon. I also sense an overwhelming support from Senior Vice Chancellor and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, Arthur Levine, MD, UPMC CEO, Jeffrey Romoff, and top management, as well as from the Eye & Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh. These strengths make the future very bright for the Department of Ophthalmology. Clinically, we have recruited outstanding physicians in Retina, Glaucoma, and Cornea. All our teams are working diligently on the implementation of many changes in clinical practice, aimed at bringing more innovative, diagnostic, and therapeutic advances to our patients and increasing our focus on patient-centered clinical pathways. I hope to provide many successful examples of these advances next year. On the research side, we have already recruited three talented scientists to join the Department: Ethan Rossi, PhD, joined us from the University of Rochester in the fall, Leah Byrne, PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, and Yuanyuan Chen, PhD from Case Western will join us in 2017. We also have several additional recruitments underway in optic nerve regeneration, machine vision, immunology and retinal cell biology. Highlighting the quality of their research, these recruits have already been quite successful in obtaining grant support; Ethan Rossi and I received an award from the Thome Foundation for AMD research, and Yuanyuan Chen received a highly competitive NIH Pathway to Independence Award. I expect great things from these scientists, as well as all the faculty and staff within the Department of Ophthalmology. In 2016, we also forged ahead in establishing new collaborative teams for our optic nerve regeneration research, the whole eye transplant project, and sensory

José-Alain Sahel, MD Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology Eye & Ear Foundation Endowed Chair University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

neuroscience, by joining with existing teams at the Institut de la Vision in Paris and with colleagues at Stanford, Harvard and other national and international universities. 2017 will see more alliances, as we expand our research programs and their impact, not only by recruiting the most promising scientists and clinicians, but also by establishing greater connections with our partners in Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Carnegie Mellon University. Over the past few months, we have assessed our current organization and obtained strong commitment from Pitt and UPMC leaders to develop an even stronger Department. We are very hopeful that construction will soon begin on a new building, where all our clinicians and scientists will work on addressing patients’ needs in an integrated translational environment, learning from the experience gained at Institut de la Vision in Paris, and organizing collaborative approaches aimed at protecting and restoring vision. In such a delicate and promising phase, the help from the Eye & Ear Foundation and their donors are of outmost importance. We are extremely grateful for your unwavering support of our programs and growth. An example of such support can be found in alumnus and Eye & Ear Foundation friend, E. Ronald Salvitti, MD, whose recent donation will support an endowed chair. This exceedingly generous donation will be used to establish the Jennifer Salvitti Davis, MD Chair in Ophthalmology Research in honor of Dr. Salvitti’s daughter and will support the recruitment and retention of outstanding leadership in the area of retinal research. This is Dr. Salvitti’s second gift of an endowed chair. The first, the E. Ronald Salvitti, MD Chair in Ophthalmology Research was established in 2006 and is currently held by Jeffrey Gross, PhD, Director of the Fox Center for Vision Restoration.

Recognizing and Celebrating Our Most Generous Donors Named to honor our Chairmen of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, our Chairmen Circle recognizes and celebrates our especially generous donors who have contributed $1,000 or more each fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) to the Eye & Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh. We sincerely thank our 2016 Chairmen Circle donors, highlighted in our Donor Roll on the following page. Gifts of cash, securities, and matching gifts are all counted toward a donor’s yearly giving. Benefits to the Chairmen Circle include: • An annual Impact Prospectus detailing our research advances • Opportunity to schedule tours of our research laboratories • Exclusive Chairmen Circle Annual Event The Eye & Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh is extremely grateful to all of our donors! Your support is advancing the research and educational efforts of the Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

Eye & Ear Supporters The Eye & Ear Foundation gratefully recognizes the individuals, organizations, and foundations whose generosity allows us to bring new science for new solutions to people with diseases and disorders of the eye, ear, nose, throat, head and neck. In fiscal year 2016, our philanthropic support reached $3,469,121.00 in dollars raised and 1,020 in total number of gifts. Thank you for your generosity! Your support makes all the difference.

Chairmen Circle Donors Chairmen Circle recognizes and celebrates our especially generous donors who have contributed $1,000 or more each fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) to the Eye & Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh. Berrylin Houston Lockhart Trust Spyros Macris Michael and Linda Magidson Daniel E. McLain Virginia McNulty John and Doris Meehan Anne M. Miller Donald and Janet Moritz James and Marlee Myers B. Gordon and Kennedy Nelson, III Dean and Lynnette Panos John and Rosemarie Parse Rodney and Terrie Piatt Richard and Miriam Rader Frank and Diana (Mrvos) Rath Joyce K. Rearick $1,000 - $4,999 Margery Rieff Anonymous Givers Howard and Bette Rom Robert and Ruth Auld Farrell and Nancy Rubenstein Nancy Aulis Barry Schaitkin and Sally Carty Charles and Patricia Bluestone Joel and Carole Schuman Jeffrey and Jeanne Boswell Glenwood C. Scott Richard A. Bowers Lawton and Susan Snyder Raymond And Annette Boyer Nancy L. Snyderman Charles and Jill Brodbeck James Spencer Sidney and Sylvia Busis D. Fred and Judith Stewart Margaretha Casselbrant Yiannis Kaloyeropoulos and Gayle Tissue Jane P. Cookson Deepinder Dhaliwal and Sanjiv Singh B. Joseph Touma UPMC David and Carol Eibling Michael and Deborah Wasilchak Engility Corporation ENT & Allergy Specialists of WPA, P.C. Edmond and Comely Watters Wheaton Lions Charities, Ltd. George Fechter and Christine Fulton Charles E. Yankel Lawrence and Ina Gumberg Sam and Anne Zacharias Neil and Joyce Hay-Roe Robert Frazzini and Anne Zacharias Jay Hill Walter and Mary Zuck Sara Horsman

$5,000 - $9,999 Allergan, Inc. Anonymous Giver Albert and Barbara Biglan $100,000+ Carl and Beth Campbell Margaret “Ritchie� Battle Steven and Nancy Cohen Joseph Horne Trust Robert and Laura Ferris Steven and Marian Mosites Milton and Sheila Fine Albert and Eileen Muse PNC Foundation & Charitable Trusts Jonas and Janis Johnson Jane V. Love Bruce and Barbara Wiegand Sheldon Marstine John and Cathy Pelusi $50,000 - $99,000 The Frank E. Rath-Spang & Company Louis and Dorothy Fox Donald and Sylvia Robinson Jack Buncher Foundation Gregory Roscoe Thomas Wandrisco $1,000,000+ Anonymous Giver

$25,000 - $49,000 Anonymous Givers Mark Cuban PA Lions Sight Conservation and Eye Research Foundation The Pittsburgh Foundation Milton+ and Nancy Washington $10,000 - $24,999 Anonymous Giver Betty Lou Yount Trust James and Sarah Bregenser Gary and Victoria Frenette Timothy and Elizabeth Katen Martha Lockhart Mason Trust Nancy McDonald Eugene and Barbara Myers John and Mary Nice E. Ronald Salvitti Violet L. Soffer

$500 - $999 Marshall S. Abes Neal S. Beckford Judith M. Berger Michael and E. Sherle Berger John F. Bitzer James and Dianne Boyle 4

Patricia H. Campbell Charles and Ann Catlett Warren Cohn Sally Cornwell M. Jennifer Derebery Douglas and Laura Dick Milton and Sarita Eisner

Martin Engels ENT Specialists of Northwestern Pennsylvania Sylvia F. Fischer James and Martha Funderburgh Edward and Mary Lou Harrison Glenn C. Isaacson

Diane M. Jernigan Paul and Edwina Kinchington John and Penny Kramer Lois M. Kreitzer David and Diane Laughlin Michael London Timothy Lyall Alan R. Malasky Gregg Martin Richard and Martha Masson Rosemary Meharey Richard and Carol Minker Robert D. Morgan Robert and Mary Moses Steven H. Rochkind Mark and Sandra Rosenbaum Paul Rafail and Gregory Roth David E. Scopa Lawrence and Jessica Sherman Huberta S. Siciliano Jackie Simons Howard and Elaine Specter Thomas Spitzer Louis and Barbara Steiner Charles and Jacqueline Territo UPMC Department of Otolaryngology John and Donna Viehman Eugenia M. Vining Raymond and Christine Wagner Sherri L. Wilson Lee and Michelle Zimmer Aldo and Kathryn Zini $100 - $499 Quzi and Soraiya Ahmed Donna Albright Kimberly Anderson Frank J. Anesi Ronald and Nancy Angerman Anonymous Giver Sheila A. Apicella Aquia Evening Lions Charities, Inc. George S. Ashman Eric R. Balzano Dorothy S. Behm John and Paula Bell Frank and Bella Bencivenga Thomas Bennett William M. Berger Alice Berkey Robin J. Bernstein Thomas E. Bernstein Bloomfield-Lawrenceville Lions Club Charlotte G. Bluestone Ralph and Barbara Boden Kevin and Mary Bohner Robert and Paula Bowersox Dorothy L. Boyer Miriam K. Bradley James and Kathleen Braham Bernhard Breitfeld Dietrich Breitfeld Harmut Breitfeld John and Mary Ann Brenkus Elliot Brumberger

Patricia M. Buttenheim Frank Calandra Joseph M. Cambridge Denise Capurso Benjamin and Myrna Cardin Kendra K. Carney Anderl Colleen M. Carty Vincent R. Cerchiaro John and Sarah Chadam Douglas Chance Julie Chetlin Catherine Chi Margaret Chiaverini Albert P. Ciez David N. Clark Luann Closson C. W. and Adren Cook Peter Cooke Lisa Corradino Joseph and Marilyn Cosetti Harry M. Crooks Patricia Dalby James and Margaret Degnan Philip A. Delozier John J. DiMatteo Herbert Dodell Thomas and Valerie Domville Robert W. Donahey Dennis and Sandra Duerksen William F. Duncan Jamie and Constance Egan Andrew Eller and Andrea Solomon-Eller Janet Elliot Engility-WiTi Estate of Sarah F. Graf Michele S. Fabrizi Kenneth G. Fawcett Jerry Ferguson Jay L. Fingeret Samuel W. Flannagan Ronald Franck Kenneth and Harriet Franklin Judith A. Friedel Frank B. Fuhrer Paul and Molly Gabos Denise Gallagher and Forest Royse Elizabeth M. Gallagher James and Joy Galvanek Marvin and Mary Louise Gantz Deborah Gardner Phillip Gasiewicz Pasquale D. Gentile Michael Gerber Wayne and Catherine Gerhold John Vesco and Kathleen Gilmartin-Vesco James and Teresa Glascock Rosita C. Go James and Sharon Goldberg William E. Gooding Elizabeth Graf John and Kathleen Green Tom and Cynthia Gregg Phyllis R. Grine Jeffrey Gross and Jessica Wandelt Patrick and Lynn Gurrentz

Lifetime Giving Society This society represents the highest level of giving to the Eye & Ear Foundation and the Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh. We deeply appreciate those who have stayed dedicated to the Foundation’s mission. FINDING A CURE LEVEL $1,000,000 - $4,999,999

RESEARCH LEVEL $50,000 - $99,999

Anonymous Donors (2) James and Alice Beckwith† Estate of Virginia Huban E. R. Salvitti

Allergan, Inc. Betty Lou Yount Trust Albert and Barbara Biglan Boston Pediatric Neurosurgical Foundation David and Katherine Bradley Chuck and Jill Brodbeck American Cancer Society H.P. Davis Trust Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust Michael and Kim Evans Berrylin J. Ferguson† Milton and Sheila Fine The Fine Foundation Gary and Victoria Frenette Ruth L. Kuschmierz Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation Charles and Jo Ann Queenan V.K. and Rani Raju Sumner M. Redstone Donald and Sylvia Robinson Dorothy Sarni Huberta S. Siciliano Diann and T. Philip† Stout

DISCOVERY LEVEL $500,000 - $999,999 Campbell Foundation Louis and Dorothy Fox Anne M. Guenther† Eden Hall Foundation Joseph Horne Trust Steven and Marian Mosites Charles and Louella Snyder Bruce and Barbara Wiegand INNOVATION LEVEL $250,000 - $499,999 Jack Buncher Foundation Bright Focus Foundation Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation The Pittsburgh Foundation PNC Foundation & Charitable Trusts Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc. Richard King Mellon Foundation Western Pennsylvania Medical Eye Bank Foundation COLLABORATION LEVEL $100,000 - $249,999 Abgenix Anonymous Donors (2) Margaret “Ritchie” Battle William† and L. Spencer Boyd Mark Cuban American Endowment Foundation Hearst Foundation Jonas and Janis Johnson PA Lions Sight Conservation and Eye Research Foundation Albert and Eileen Muse Eugene and Barbara Myers Joseph and Eve Novak† PNC Charitable Trust Committee Joel and Carole Schuman Charles and Pearl Snyder Trust Nancy L. Snyderman Violet L. Soffer J. Barry† and Lenore Stout †

EDUCATION LEVEL $25,000 - $49,999 Yanna Avramidis Carl and Beth Campbell Jane P. Cookson FISA Foundation John B. Fisher Hillman Foundation Richard Hood Howard Hughes Medical Institute Roy A. Hunt Foundation Torrence M. Hunt Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Timothy and Elizabeth Katen Martha Lockhart Mason Trust McAuley Ministries Nancy McDonald Marlee and James Myers John and Mary Nice John and Cathy Pelusi The Frank E. Rath-Spang & Company Charitable Trust William H. Rea† United States Steel Foundation Inc. Nancy and Milton+ Washington

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Douglas and Julianna Haag Van and Paula Hall David Handler Daniel Hanolt Ted Harhai Melanie L. Harrington Anthony and Rosanne Harrison William H. Heimberger Max J.Hempt Barry Hirsch and Jean Harwick Stanley and Leslie Hirsch Arnold and Bette Hoffman Vicki Hoffman Darrell R. Holupko Gary and Beth Hopen Dean E. Hu Edward V. Hudson Warren and Ellen Hulnick Rick Hyre Richard W. Ingold James O. Irwin Peter S. Jacobs James and Nancy Johns Glenn and Sara Johnson JRG Advisors Michael R. Kahn Donald L. Keefer Jerry and Joyce Kennedy Marion F. Kenyon Arthur J. Kerr Kurt Kidd Jacob and Barbara Kiefer Ronald and Sandra Kiersarsky Stefi Kirschner Cary and Kathryn Klein Verne and Mary Koch Susan P. Koehler William T. Krahe Ezra M. Krieg Ethel C. Kurtz Leonard and Mary Labriola Stanley and Nancy Lehman Penina K. Lieber Rochelle Lieberman

Kay E. Poeschel Scott and Susan Portnoy Heberto Poveda Becky Powers Paul Powers James and Beverly Pugh Joann F. Purdie Henry Rawski Loretta Ray Maryanne Reed Andrew Reeves Daniel P. Reilly James and Idamae Rich Patrick and Carol Riley Gary W. Ritchey Fran F. Root Alan L. Rosen Richard and Norma Rosenberg Robin Rotenberg Bernard Rothman David and Deborah Rusnak Gary G. Russell Elizabeth Ryan Keith Sachs Dian L. Saltzberg Robert Sawyer Cesare and Maria Scalfi Frederick J. Schirm Janet S. Schneider Marc A. Schwartz Robert J. Sechan Richard and Clare Segall Alan Segan David and Elizabeth Segel Frank and Vicki Simonetta Jennifer Sincore Charles and Patricia Slater Andrew and Mary Beth Sloan William R. Slomanson Joel and Judith Smalley Martin Smith Robert M. Solmson Julie Stanford Ashley Stanford

Garrett and Ruth Stauffer Steady State Media, LLC Michael and Marissa Steketee Jay Stemler Pamela L. Stewart Hayes and Patricia Stover Matt Straka K. James and Kathleen Strickland Student Academy of Audiology at the University of Pittsburgh Thomas and Hwei-Lin Sung Mark W. Surrey Shivalingappa and Sudha Swamynathan James and Marjorie Swartz Nancy A. Szablewski Daniel R. Talbot Ralph and Sharon Tarter Daniel M. Taylor Gary and Monica Tener James and Alice Ternent Roseann Thomas Donald and Bonnie Tripi Louann Tronsberg-Deihle Georgina A. Trunzo Allan and Jean Tucker Joseph A. Valenti Robert and Janet Van Iten Gary D. Veshecco Dominick and Dolore Vesio Marilyn Wagner David and Wilma Watson Cyril and Sigrid Wecht Carol and Ernest Westwood Susan J. White Doris Whittaker Hilary Wilkins Frank and Sandra Williamson Martin and Eileen Winkler Paul M. Winkler Jeff A. Wisyanski Margaret W. Woods Cathy R. Zamba Roger P. Zelt † Deceased



In fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016), the Eye & Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh received memorial donations in tribute of the following:

In 2010, the Eye & Ear Foundation established the Science & Solutions Society to recognize those individuals who have made a commitment to the Foundation through a planned estate gift.

Corinne Balaban Volker Breitfeld, MD Michael R. Bucci James R. Carl Thomas Dawson Jenifer Fruit Zola H. Gold Edward A. Grine William G. Hardy Annette Hiedemann 6

Paul E. Lindermuth Mark and Catherine Loevner Armand and Carole Lombardo Michael A. Lopez Frank and Ruth Lowe James and Davida Luehrs Michael Mabunay Leila Mady Stephen Malone William and Anne McConnel Alberto and Barbara McGregor Susan McGregor Laine Phyllis E. McKeon Thelma J. Meacci Alissa Meade Merrill Lynch Charles and Barbara Miller Leslie J. Mlakar Monroeville Lions Club Elaine Mormer Charles C. Morreale Charles L. and Nancy Morreale Emmy Msaitif Jay Muchnick William and Brenda Murphy James and Jennifer Muse Billie Neil Eric and Susan Nernberg Thomas S. Netzer Theresa L. Nimick-Whiteside O’Sullivan’s Restaurant John S. Oehrle Andrew Orochena James Paine Steven M. Parnes George A. Pavlic Norman and Eve Peikin Kathleen Perod Ronald L. Perrin Michael and Carol Perry Andrew and Kathleen Petcash Nellie I. Phillips John M. Plavetich Leonard and Katherine Plotnicov

Judith M. Kochman Kenneth S. McCarty Joseph F. Novak, MD Richard Polcsak Betty Rudis Sandra R. Steiner James E. Swartz Thomas J. Walker Mary Weber Walter N. Zuck

At this time, we would like to honor the following members of our Science & Solutions Society. Their generosity ensures that the Eye & Ear Foundation continues to provide the support needed to advance the research and academic efforts of the University of Pittsburgh’s Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. Jody and Victor Burdell Sylvia F. Fischer Louis and Dorothy Fox Thomas and Loretta Hanwell Clarence E. Klaus

Paul E Rafail, DDS Glenwood C. Scott Ralph E. Tarter, PhD Gayle L. Tissue and Yiannis Kaloyeropoulos David B. Wagner

Should you wish to add the Eye & Ear Foundation to your estate plans, please contact us at 412-864-1300.

Making a Difference

July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

Philanthropic Support: The Highest Levels

The Eye & Ear Foundation is committed to raising support and awareness for the groundbreaking research, education, and outreach centered care programs of our Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology Departments at the University of Pittsburgh.

Philanthropic support to the Eye & Ear Foundation is greatly needed to stimulate growth of new research within the Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. We have made this a consistent message to our donors over the years, and, as a result, your support has generated exciting new opportunities. The following areas of research received the highest level of support in 2016:

Optic Nerve Regeneration*


Personalized Medicine in Head/Neck Cancer


Initiative to Cure Glaucoma*


Surgical Innovation


Wiegand Fellowship*


Muse Prize


Retinal Regeneration*


Pediatric Brain Port*


Whole Eye Transplant*


Joel Smalley Award*


Tinnitus Research


Guerilla Eye Service


Dr. Deepinder Dhaliwal Ophthalmology Research


Dr. Stella Lee-Sino Nasal Disorders


Voice Disorders


Campbell Lab


Dr. Isamu Sando Memorial Lectureship


Fox Center for Vision Restoration*


Macular Degeneration


BJ Ferguson Lectureship




Society of Middle Ear Disease


Dr. Andrew Eller Ophthalmology Research


*part of the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration

Your contribution helps to close the funding gaps not covered by federal grants. Your donation will fund new seed research projects and attract and retain the best and brightest physicians, scientists, and students. Your gift also helps to fund core facilities and leading-edge equipment for research, education, and care—ensuring new science for new solutions.


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Eye & Ear Foundation Total Dollars Raised The Eye & Ear Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (C) (3) support organization for the Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Our mission is to advance the leading-edge academic and research efforts with the ultimate goal of treating and curing people with diseases and disorders of the eye, ear, nose, throat, head and neck. By raising and distributing philanthropic dollars to these University of Pittsburgh departments, the Eye & Ear Foundation is well-positioned to forge exciting new collaborations among scientists, researchers, and physicians, and with your support, can help build an innovative model of medicine. The Eye & Ear Foundation greatly appreciates the individuals, foundations, and businesses that support our new science for new solutions.

$4,000,000 $3,469,121

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