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2017 Mission 2020

By Lawton Snyder, Executive Director


e have ended fiscal year 2017 on a high note, with total support exceeding $5 million. We are grateful to all the donors for every dollar that has been contributed. We realize it is devastating to lose one’s sight or hearing. When one’s ability to communicate or maintain balance is compromised, it is overwhelming. Learning of the diagnosis of head and neck cancer is crushing. It is the mission of the Eye & Ear Foundation to advance the leadingedge academic and research efforts with the ultimate goal of enhancing patient care within these areas. We know patient care and surgical intervention can improve with innovation. We also know that the individual needs should be considered when medicines are prescribed and when care is delivered. Your support will go a long way to make an impact on changing medicine for tomorrow.

Mission 2020 leaders include the Eye & Ear Foundation’s Board of Directors (listed on page 3). Pictured here are Board members: Jonas T. Johnson, Distinguished Service Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology; Albert C. Muse; Nancy L. Snyderman, MD; and George A. Fechter, Chairman of the Board.

Photo courtesy of the French Embassy, Washington, DC. Signatories of the agreement between Pitt and the French research institutions. (L to R) Dr. Sidney Wiener, Scientific Officer, International Affairs, CNRS; Dr. José-Alain Sahel, Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Gérard Araud, ambassador of France to the United States; Dr. Jean Chambaz, President, University Pierre et Marie Curie of the Sorbonne Universités; Dr. Yves Levy, President and CEO of Inserm; Dr. Arthur Levine, Pitt’s Senior Vice Chancellor for the health sciences and John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of Medicine. Over the next three years, the Eye & Ear Foundation will be very focused on a new campaign. Our campaign initiatives will leverage the strength of our science and collaborate with our partners to provide the world with new therapies and treatments. We envision a future where the development of technology can lead to less invasive surgeries and improvement in patient care, with personalized treatments providing less toxicity, allowing patients to enjoy an improved quality of life. Within the Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh, we are fortunate to have the strongest leadership and partnerships in the world to facilitate new discoveries in medicine. Pittsburgh has become an international hub for developing new technologies and driving innovation to improve patient care and surgery. The Eye & Ear Mission 2020 campaign will support several research initiatives

through the year 2020 to improve clinical outcomes and patient care, with emphasis on the importance of translation, innovation, and personalization. However, with government and corporate funding declining, paired with growing healthcare delivery costs, the need for philanthropic support is greater than ever. Our goal is to complete our fundraising and implement these programs by the beginning of the year 2020. This is the largest fundraising initiative in the Foundation’s history, but we know it can be achieved through shared commitment, generosity, and energy. To accomplish our goals, continued research is needed in the following areas: TRANSLATION: This represents the critically important “bench to bedside” ophthalmology and otolaryngology research. There is a major emphasis on using neuroscience to treat tinnitus or to restore vision and/or hearing through neural regeneration.

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Other critical needs include: developing teams of scientists working in biology, gene therapy, stem cells, and/or prosthetics. INNOVATION: With support for innovation, we can make surgeries less invasive. Other needs for technologies in patient care will allow for better assessments of visual impairment, balance disorders, or other neurosensory impairment. Innovation in technology for vision and hearing has the potential to greatly improve the quality of life for our patients. PERSONALIZATION: Every person is different and every person responds differently to treatments and therapies. Our scientists study these differences by understanding genetics and understanding how aging affects our senses. These therapies are tailored based on the information gathered and enhanced by our knowledge with better imaging tools and computer modeling. As current supporters to the Eye & Ear Foundation, we know you understand the importance of our mission. We thank you for your continued support in making the Eye & Ear Mission 2020 a success.

Chairmen Circle 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 2017 Chairmen Circle donors, highlighted in our Donor Roll on page 4. 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 2

Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

has been an exciting year to date. The Department of Ophthalmology and the UPMC Eye Center have been given the go-ahead to build a new Vision Institute on the campus of UPMC Mercy. This Institute will integrate clinical care, along with, clinical, translational and basic research in a single, state of the art center. Researchers and physicians will now be under one roof — joining forces around patients to make this institute a world class facility delivering optimal, innovative care. We are still in the design phase, but are optimistic that this new campus will be completed in the near future. Clinically, we have recruited outstanding physicians in Cornea, Retina, Glaucoma, and Comprehensive Services. 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. On the research side, we have recruited three talented scientists to join the Department: Ryad Benosman, PhD, from the Institut de la Vision/Sorbonne University in France, Debasish Sinha from the Wilmer Eye Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Anthony St. Leger from the National Institutes of Health will join us in 2017. We also have several additional recruitments underway in optic nerve regeneration, machine vision, immunology and retinal cell biology. Our research continues to be well-funded — Dr. James Funderburgh was awarded the Research to Prevent Blindness Stein Innovation Award to support innovate work in cornea regeneration; Dr. Morgan Fedorchak was accepted into the Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Scholars Program which provides individualized, competency based training in rigorous research methodologies for the design and conduct of high-quality translational research and I received, as coordinating Principal Investigator, a major grant from

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

DARPA to develop brain-computer interfaces in the blind. This grant will involve faculty from France, Switzerland, California and Pittsburgh. The Fox Center meeting was held in July at the French Embassy in Washington. 25 top level clinicians and scientists working on nerve regeneration gathered from leading institutions around the world (Pittsburgh, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Hong Kong, Paris, to name a few) in order to draw a roadmap towards optic nerve regeneration. In 2017, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine entered into an agreement with three world renowned French research institutions: University Pierre et Marie Curie of the Sorbonne Universités, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM), and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) to focus on collaborative research and education in the fields of medicine and biomedical sciences. This agreement will allow researchers from all four institutions to cooperate on fundamental research, develop novel therapeutics, and clinical trials with an initial focus on ophthalmology, vision and neuroscience. Along with joint research, the agreement also emphasizes the exchange of academic personnel, joint academic conferences, and the exchange of scientific, educational, and scholarly materials. We look forward to another year of innovative research and the development of a more efficient patient-centered clinical department with our main focus being the patient experience. Your support, more than ever, is critical to our mission as we move forward during this exciting time.

Department of Otolaryngology


at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Ruth G. Auld, EdD Executive Director, DePaul School for Hearing & Speech Henry S. Beukema (Retired) Executive Director, McCune Foundation


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. 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. Opportunity to personalize medicine for people who suffer with cancer and those with nasal polyps has evolved dramatically. New agents are actively being developed. The era of immunotherapy has arrived. New agents have been approved and many others are in the pipeline. Our teams of clinical investigators are on the forefront of this movement. 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

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

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

other healthcare providers, all in one location. Patients are comprehensively surveyed regarding their needs in an effort to identify potential areas in which we can help, thereby improving quality of life. The Voice Center has established 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.

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 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 Department of Otolaryngology 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 President, Soffer Organization Cynthia Mosites Sunseri, Secretary Howard Hanna Realty 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. Arthur S. Levine, MD, Exofficio Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences & John and Gertrude Peterson Dean of Medicine 3 University of Pittsburgh

July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

Eye & Ear Supporters The Eye & Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh 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 2017, our philanthropic support reached $5,003,384 in raised dollars, with 773 in total gifts to support the research and academic efforts for the Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Thank you for your generosity!

Chairmen Circle Donors Chairmen Circle recognizes and celebrates our especially generous donors who have contributed $1,000 or more during our fiscal year 2017. $1,000,000 and over Anonymous Giver E. Ronald Salvitti $100,000 - $999,999 Margaret Ritchie Battle Bright Focus Foundation Louis and Dorothy Fox Horne Trust Jack Buncher Foundation Steven and Marian Mosites Eugene and Barbara Myers Joseph and Eve Novak Estate PNC Foundation & Charitable Trusts Bruce and Barbara Wiegand $50,000 - $99,999 Ruth L. Kuschmierz Mary T. Mitskavich $25,000 - $49,999 Anonymous Giver Berrylin J. Ferguson Estate The Fine Foundation Medrobotics Corporation Charles and Louella Snyder $10,000 - $24,999 Anonymous Giver Betty Lou Yount Trust James and Sarah Bregenser Charles and Michele Cohen The Frank E. Rath-Spang & Company Charitable Trust Gary and Victoria Frenette Timothy and Elizabeth Katen Martha Lockhart Mason Trust Nancy McDonald Albert and Eileen Muse John and Mary Nice Diana Shoemaker


$5,000 - $9,999 Anonymous Giver Jeffrey and Jeanne Boswell Carl and Beth Campbell Jack D. Elalouf Robert and Laura Ferris Milton and Sheila Fine James and Edith Fisher Howard Higholt Jonas and Janis Johnson Liam Kenney Jane V. Love Sheldon Marstine Diana Mrvos and Frank Rath James and Marlee Myers John and Cathy Pelusi The Pittsburgh Foundation Donald and Sylvia Robinson José-Alain and Annie Sahel Violet L. Soffer The Kurtz Family Foundation $1,000 - $4,999 Anonymous Giver Henry and Charlotte Beukema Charles D. Bluestone and Patricia Unger-Bluestone Richard Bowers and Miriam Rader Raymond and Annette Boyer Charles and Jill Brodbeck Sidney and Sylvia Busis Nancy S. Caldwell Jane P. Cookson David and Carol Eibling Richard Fogoros George Fechter and Christine Fulton Steffi Gold Lawrence and Ina Gumberg Barney and Susan Guttman Neil and Joyce Hay-Roe John and Penny Kramer John V. Lacarte

David and Diane Laughlin Lockhart Trust Mark and Catherine Loevner Charles and Barbara Lutz Spyros Macris Michael and Linda Magidson Jeffrey Markel and Carol Robinson Daniel E. McLain Anne M. Miller Donald and Janet Moritz B. Gordon and Kennedy Nelson Dean and Lynnette Panos John and Rosemarie Parse Howard and Bette Rom Barry Schaitkin Glenwood C. Scott William C. Seefeld Deepinder Dhaliwal and Sanjiv Singh Lawton and Susan Snyder Nancy L. Snyderman Vi Soffer D. Fred and Judith Stewart Sharon Taylor Touma Foundation, Inc. Valiance Partners, Inc. Paul and Tara Vittone Michael and Deborah Wasilchak Edmond and Comely Watters Evan and Laura Waxman Western Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Foundation Wheaton Lions Charities, Ltd. Peter F. White Shaun Williamson Marguerite Woodworth Charles E. Yankel Anne Zacharias and Robert Frazzini Hilda V. Zaiden Larry Zieske Lee and Michelle Zimmer Walter and Mary Zuck

$500 - $999 Martin S. Berger Bristol Educational Associates William J. Burik Denise Capurso Margaretha Casselbrant Charles and Ann Catlett Steven and Nancy Cohen Douglas and Laura Dick ENT & Allergy Specialists of WPA, P.C. ENT Specialists of Northwestern Pennsylvania Estate of Sarah F. Graf Norman and Melinda Fogel Morton and Racelle Goldstein Elizabeth Graf Robert and Barbara Hannan Edward and Mary Lou Harrison Barry Hirsch and Jean Harwick Robert L. Hendricks Marshall† and Wallis Katz Richard and Martha Masson Jeffrey and Eileen Paul Forest and Denise Royse Karl and Kathleen Salesi Frederick J. Schirm David E. Scopa Louis and Barbara Steiner Charles and Jacqueline Territo Steven C. Thomas Charles Bluestone and Patricia Unger-Bluestone John and Donna M. Viehman John L. Wandrisco Aldo and Kathryn Zini $100 - $499 Raed Abdullah John and Sally Adkins Quzi and Soraiya Ahmed Ronald and Nancy Angerman Anonymous Giver Sheila A. Apicella Aquia Evening Lions Charities, Inc. Robert and Ruth Auld Michael and Carol Azar †


Lawrence Bagley Jack and Susie Baker Eric R. Balzano Jane S. Barnes Dorothy S. Behm Frank and Bella Bencivenga Thomas Bennett Jennifer K. Berge Alice Berkey Robin J. Bernstein Douglas M. Bevan Shailesh Bhende Albert and Barbara Biglan Bloomfield-Lawrenceville Lions Club Ralph and Barbara Boden Kevin and Mary Bohner Robert and Paula Bowersox Georganne Boyer James and Kathleen Braham John and Mary Ann Brenkus Kenneth V. Cahill Joseph M. Cambridge Kendra K. Carney Anderl Chiou-Horng and Mary Chen Robert Chiu Howard Choset James W. Christy David and Florence Clark Columbus Polo Club Juliann Cook Adren and C. W. Cook Peter Cooke Joseph and Kay Corradino Harry and Jerilea Crooks Mary W. Dahl James and Margaret Degnan Philip A. Delozier Department of Otolaryngology Gennaro and Joni DiBello Joan Diricco Thomas and Valerie Domville William F. Duncan Susan E. Dusecina Easley & Rivers, Inc. Educational Testing Service Milton and Sarita Eisner Janet Elliott Danforth and Nancy Fales Sophie J. Ferenac Sylvia F. Fischer Carl B. Frankel Melanie S Freeman Judith A. Friedel Edward B. Friedman Paul and Molly Gabos Marjorie A. Gallardy Philip Gasiewicz Wayne and Catherine Gerhold

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 Givers (2) James and Alice Beckwith† Louis and Dorothy Fox E. Ronald Salvitti Estate of Virginia Huban

Allergan, Inc. American Cancer Society Anonymous Givers (2) Betty Lou Yount Trust Albert and Barbara Biglan David and Katherine Bradley Charles and Jill Brodbeck Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust Michael and Kim Evans Berrylin J. Ferguson† The Fine Foundation Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation Ruth L. Kuschmierz Nancy McDonald Mary T. Mitskavich John and Cathy Pelusi Charles and Jo Ann Queenan V.K. and Rani Raju Sumner M. Redstone Donald and Sylvia Robinson Dorothy Sarni Huberta S. Siciliano Diann Stout and T. Philip† Stout Tom Wandrisco

DISCOVERY LEVEL $500,000 - $999,999 Bright Focus Foundation Campbell Foundation Eden Hall Foundation Louis and Dorothy Fox Anne M. Guenther† Jack Buncher Foundation Joseph Horne Trust Steven and Marian Mosites PNC Foundation & Charitable Trusts Charles and Louella Snyder Western Pennsylvania Medical Eye Bank Foundation Bruce and Barbara Wiegand INNOVATION LEVEL $250,000 - $499,999 Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation The Pittsburgh Foundation PNC Foundation & Charitable Trusts Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc. Richard King Mellon Foundation COLLABORATION LEVEL $100,000 - $249,999 Abgenix Anonymous Giver Margaret Ritchie Battle L. Spencer Boyd Mark Cuban Milton and Sheila Fine Gary and Victoria Frenette Hearst Foundation Jonas and Janis Johnson Albert and Eileen Muse Eugene and Barbara Myers PA Lions Sight Conservation and Eye Research Foundation 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 Boston Pediatric Neurosurgical Foundation Carl and Beth Campbell Jane P. Cookson FISA Foundation John B. Fisher Hillman Foundation Richard Hood Howard Hughes Medical Institute Torrence M. Hunt Roy A. Hunt Foundation Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Timothy and Elizabeth Katen Martha Lockhart Mason Trust McAuley Ministries Medrobotics Corporation James and Marlee Myers John and Mary Nice The Frank E. Rath-Spang & Company Charitable Trust William H. Rea† United States Steel Foundation Inc. Milton† and Nancy Washington

† Deceased


Edward C. Gilliland James and Teresa Glascock Ralph E. Grabowsky John and Kathleen Green Tom and Cynthia Gregg Phyllis R. Grine Jeffrey Gross and Jessica Wandelt Jeffrey and Joanne Hall Van and Paula Hall Ted Harhai Scott and Dianne Heeter William H. Heimberger Gordon B. Higgins Gary and Beth Hopen Thomas H. Horsman Dean E. Hu James O. Irwin Kenneth Isaacson James and Nancy Johns Glenn and Sara Johnson Michael R. Kahn Donald and Carol Kamerer Simone F. Karp Donald L. Keefer Jerry and Joyce Kennedy Arthur J. Kerr Ronald and Sandra Kiersarsky Paul and Edwina Kinchington Lois W. Kiselica Susan P. Koehler Susan L. Kozminski Kim and Cindy Kunkle


Henry and Ethel Kurtz Leonard and Mary Labriola Paul and Marsha Lackner Stanley and Nancy Lehman Michael A. Lopez Frank and Ruth Lowe Mark and Debra Lumadue James C. Lynn James R. Magnussen Christine Malati Cathy Martina Lori Matta Mary M. Matuskowitz Scott and Muffet McClintock Phyllis E. McKeon Thelma J. Meacci Shirley Mikita Beth Millwood Leslie J. Mlakar Robert D. Morgan Charles and Nancy Morreale Robert and Mary Moses Charles and Courtney Muse James and Jennifer Muse Cuddalore P. Natarajan Billie Neil Eric and Susan Nernberg Michael and Linda Orsini Mark and Jill Palmer Steven M. Parnes Lewis and Donna Patterson George A. Pavlic

Kathleen Perod Michael and Carol Perry Andrew and Kathleen Petcash Nellie I. Phillips William Pietragallo Scott and Susan Portnoy Mildred M. Posvar Heberto Poveda Elaine Preston William and Nancy L. Rackoff Norman Radcliffe Maryanne Reed Gary W. Ritchey Robert and Charlie Roche Douglas and Annie Roth Nancy and Farrell Rubenstein Dolores Rueger David and Deborah A. Rusnak Stephen Sakumoto John and Carole Scalo Rose Scilla Mario Sciulli Robert J. Sechan Lou J. Seifarth Robert Shanks Lester and Arlene Shapiro Anita Shuttleworth Frank and Vicki Simonetta Joyce M. Slagel Charles and Patricia Slater David R. Smith Margaret B. Snavely

James J. Snyder Sofregen Medical Inc Andrew Eller and Andrea Solomon-Eller Benjamin Speiser and Valentina Vavasis Garrett and Ruth Stauffer Alois M. Steinbugl K. James and Kathleen Strickland Patrick and Goldie Stromick Thomas B. Sturges David and Deborah Stutzman Joan M. Surmik Shivalingappa and Sudha Swamynathan Daniel R. Talbot Gary and Monica Tener James and Alice Ternent Georgina A. Trunzo Frances J. Urban Gary D. Veshecco Dominick and Dolores Vesio Marilyn Wagner Iris A. Walker David and Wilma Watson Doris Whittaker Antenor R. Willems John and Kathleen Wolfe Margaret W. Woods Robert and Nancy Worstell Elizabeth A. Wynblatt John Yokim Cathy R. Zamba



In fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017), 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.

Michael R. Bucci

Julius Kahn

Joseph F. Novak

Peter Cooke

Ana Kaliman

Gayle Preiser

Amrik Dhaliwal

Robert H. Karl

Sheila Rothman

Thomas Edwards

Audrey Kromer

Raimund G. Rueger

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.

Berrylin J. Ferguson

Rachel Latterman

Dorothy C. Scott

Jenifer Fruit

David Levine

Lois Sloane

Jody and Victor Burdell

Paul E Rafail, DDS Glenwood C. Scott

Clyde W. Gallardy

Toba Levinson

Margie S. Smyrnes

Sylvia F. Fischer

Jack S. Goldsmith

Aaron Loether

Audrey G. Tosic

Louis and Dorothy Fox

Ralph E. Tarter, PhD

Justine Griffing

Lowell Lubic

Thomas J. Walker

Thomas and Loretta Hanwell

Gayle L. Tissue and Yiannis Kaloyeropoulos

Milton Washington

Clarence E. Klaus

David B. Wagner

Edward A. Grine

Barbara A. Markel

Ivan J. Gross

Charles J. Miller

Sandra Hill

Alison Newman

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, 2016 - June 30, 2017

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. These areas to research received the highest level of support in fiscal year 2017:

Pittsburgh CREATES Head & Neck Cancer Research in Personalized Medicine

$1,176,550.00 $202,925.00

Unrestricted $129,916.24 Glaucoma $119,250.00 Robotic Surgery


Research Chair


Resident Training


Pediatric Ophthalmology


Fellowship Support


Retinal Regeneration


BJ Ferguson Lectureship




Ophthalmology General Fund


Skull Base Surgery


Sino Nasal Research


Cornea Research


Otolaryngology General Fund


Voice Center


Macular Degeneration


Muse Prize


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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Checks made payable to the Eye & Ear Foundation can be sent to: The Eye & Ear Foundation 203 Lothrop Street Suite 251, Eye and Ear Institute Pittsburgh, PA 15213 The attached envelope can be used for cash, check, and credit card donations. Should you wish to contribute to a particular cause or fund, please indicate as such on the envelope, check, or the online form. You also have the opportunity to honor your Ophthalmologist or ENT physician, as well as memorialize a deceased loved through a Tribute Gift. You only need to indicate as such on the envelope or online form. A planned gift made through your will, trust, or annuity is another way to provide your support. Should you need any assistance in making your donations, please call 412-864-1300. It will be our pleasure to assist you.




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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.

$6,000,000 $5,003,384

$5,000,000 $4,000,000 $3,469,121

$3,500,000 $3,000,000 $2,500,000


$2,000,000 $1,500,000




$1,000,000 $500,000 $0

980 gifts

FY 12

960 gifts

1,048 gifts

1,058 gifts

1,020 gifts

FY 13 FY 14 FY 15 FY 16 Total Dollars Raised and Number of Gifts Received

773 gifts

FY 17

EEF Annual Report 2017  
EEF Annual Report 2017