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Arthur S. Levine, MD, Exofficio Senior Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences John and Gertrude Peterson Dean of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
Nancy L. Snyderman, MD, FACS Clinical Faculty University of Pennsylvania Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Jeffrey B. Markel Managing Director, Perspective Capital
Violet Soffer President, Soffer Organization
Charles R. Brodbeck, Esq. Vice Chairman of the Board Director, Cohen & Grigsby, PC
Michele M. McKenney Founder and Managing Member McKenney Home Care
Cynthia Sunseri, Secretary Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
Charles C. Cohen, Honorary Director Founding Partner and Chairman Emeritus Cohen & Grigsby, PC
Diana L. Mrvos, MD Ophthalmologist
Ruth G. Auld, EdD Executive Director, DePaul School for Hearing & Speech Henry S. Beukema (Retired) Executive Director, McCune Foundation
Deepinder K. Dhaliwal, MD, LAc Director, Cornea & Refractive Surgery Professor, Department of Ophthalmology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Albert C. Muse President, The Muse Company
Douglas P. Dick Co-Chairman & CEO, Dick Building Company
Eugene N. Myers, MD, FACS, FRCS Edin (Hon) Distinguished Professor and Emeritus Chair Department of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
George A. Fechter, Chairman of the Board Chairman, Fechter Holdings
B. Gordon Nelson, III President, B. G. Nelson, LLC
Louis J. Fox Former SVP Gerald Metals, Inc.
JosĂŠ-Alain Sahel, MD Professor and Chairman Department of Ophthalmology Eye & Ear Foundation Endowed Chair University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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
E. Ronald Salvitti, MD Ophthalmologist Founder and Medical Director, Southwestern Pennsylvania Eye Center
Paul R. Vittone Head of Private Equity Investments Bank of New York Mellon Wealth Management Nancy D. Washington, PhD Chair, Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Corporation Bruce Wiegand Former President/CEO & General Counsel Phillips Companies Aldo Zini President & CEO, Aethon, Inc
Jonas T. Johnson, MD, FACS Distinguished Service Professor and Chairmen, Department of Otolaryngology The Dr. Eugene N. Myers Endowed Chair University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
The Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has been organized to fulfill multiple missions essential to our role as an academic Department of Otolaryngology. Historically this required both education and research. In the last 50 years, academic departments also have become increasingly committed to and involved in the delivery of healthcare. Our surgeons are all members of the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. We participate in training medical students. At the same time, we have a residency training program which is ranked in the top 5 of the United States. Residency in otolaryngology begins after completion of medical school and requires a minimum of 5-years of postdoctoral training. During this time, we take “advanced beginners” and turn them into surgeons. Our department has also evolved into a group of very subspecialized surgeons who provide healthcare to the community. We perform many remarkable procedures. The evolution of subspecialty training has created a situation in which many individuals who have completed a residency in otolaryngology want to continue their training and do between 1 and 3 years of fellowship training in a subspecialty field. Currently we have subspecialty fellowships in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Advanced Oncologic Head and Neck Surgery, Skull-Base Surgery, Otology/Neurotology, and Laryngology (Voice). We are also deeply involved in biomedical research. This allows for the better understanding of disease and improvement in treatment. Accordingly, research offers the potential for improved care. Some of our faculty do basic science research which is confined to the laboratory. Many others of our faculty study patients. These studies are designed to better understand disease processes and to better identify the treatments which work the best. It is only through careful observation and good record keeping that progress can be made. The cycle is complete when our faculty, who are deeply involved in research teach students, residents, fellows, and other doctors in the community about advances which can lead to improved patient care.
The Pittsburgh Hearing Research Center under the leadership of Dr. Athanassios (Thanos) Tzounopoulos has recruited new faculty. A team has been developed to begin to address the problems involved in doing a clinical trial of an agent which may be effective against tinnitus. Tinnitus, as you know, is a phantom sound that only the patient can hear. Accordingly, the study of tinnitus and its treatment requires sophisticated techniques to understand the problem the patient is confronting. If treatment is offered, it is essential to objectively assess the impact of treatment. On the personalized medicine front, we continue to see major important advances. New immunotherapeutic drugs have been developed which offer hope to patients with cancer. Our studies continue to be directed at identifying techniques to predict treatment response such that these medications can be used more effectively. At the same time, our efforts at providing support to patients who are cancer survivors have been vastly expanded. The Survivorship Clinic meets weekly. This multidisciplinary team has effectively helped patients identify symptoms and begin to work on therapeutic interventions. The Survivorship Clinic also offers the opportunity to identify and develop new and more effective interventions. To date, we have seen over 700 individuals who are head and neck cancer survivors. The Department of Otolaryngology has many other exciting research activities. I invite interested individuals to email email@example.com for more details on our programs.
•IMMUNOTHERAPY •HEAD AND NECK CANCER SURVIVORSHIP CLINIC •PITTSBURGH HEARING RESEARCH CENTER (PHRC) •SINO-NASAL DISORDERS, ALLERGIES, AND VOICE •MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY •PITTSBURGH CREATES
Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
CONTINUING TO TRANSFORM AND GROW While we are finalizing the plans for the UPMC Mercy Vision Institute and Rehabilitation Hospital that will bring into one location cutting-edge ophthalmic care, clinical research, teaching and laboratory research, we are also working on short term improvements to our current sites and recruiting top level clinicians, scientists and staff members. Expansion and renovation has just started at UPMC St Margaret. This will double our capacity to serve this part of the county and provide better coverage in comprehensive ophthalmology and subspecialties e.g. Retina, Glaucoma. A large real-life study on shortening wait times and facilitating access has been implemented at our facilities in Oakland and UPMC Mercy, in partnership with the Wolf Center for Quality and the Patient-Centered Value System team (UPMC). These efforts and changes in site design should improve patient experience in the short term, while preparing for the optimal care delivery that the new facilities will enable. Our clinical faculty is expanding, with recent hires in the areas of comprehensive Ophthalmology (Martin Whitaker, MD), Electrophysiology (Alki Liasis, PhD), Glaucoma and Neuro-Ophthalmology (Tarek Shazly, MD) and Retina (Marie-Hélene Errera, MD, Colin Prensky, MD). Additionally, we have new fellows in the following subspecialties: Cornea; Glaucoma; Retina; Pediatrics; Neuro-ophthalmology and Oculoplastics. The Research Teams are also reinforced with recruitments in Regenerative Medicine (Issam Al Diri, PhD; Takaaki Kuwajima, PhD) and ambitious programs for regenerating parts of the visual systems are in the making. Our core NIH grant was just renewed for the next years and several researchers obtained very competitive funding: Leah Byrne, PhD; Ian Sigal, PhD; Debasish Sinha, PhD; Matthew Smith, PhD; and Jeff Gross, PhD to name a few. Robert Hendricks, former Vice-Chair and Joseph F. Novak Professor, retired after twenty-one years of service in Pittsburgh and more of 40 years of excellent research continuously funded by the NIH. Dr. Hendricks’ impressive work on ocular immunology is known worldwide. 2
A Festschrift was held in his honor, with former and current students, colleagues and chairman, presenting. His legacy and contributions will keep the department growing now under the leadership of Jeffrey Gross, PhD. James Funderburgh was honored at a celebration for all his accomplishments over the years. Dr. Funderburgh recently received the prestigious 2017 Stein Innovation Award presented by Research to Prevent Blindness for his work on corneal stem cells and regeneration. We have had many other educational activities throughout the year – Vision Research Day, which allows our graduating residents, fellows, and medical students to present their research; the Joseph Soffer Memorial Lecture; numerous distinguished lectures given by speakers across the county. If you would like more information on the above or the department in general, please feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also were fortunate to have received another endowed chair in Ophthalmology Research. Named after Jennifer Salvitti Davis, MD, it was graciously funded by her father, E. Ronald Salvitti, MD, to honor her training at the University of Pittsburgh, to commend her career as a partner in his practice and to celebrate the role of his family in his life. The major human-focused campaign led by the Eye & Ear Foundation with strong support from the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor, Patrick Gallagher, and Dr. Arthur Levine, Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences and John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of the School of Medicine,
Jonas T. Johnson, MD, FACS Distinguished Service Professor and Chairmen, Department of Otolaryngology The Dr. Eugene N. Myers Endowed Chair University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
will be of utmost importance to recruit and retain the talents we need, fill the existing gaps and build collaborative programs that will make a major difference in the treatment of blinding conditions. The hope to restore vision (Restoring Vision, Roska B; Sahel JA. Nature. 17May2018; Vol.557; pp. 359-367. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-0180076-4) will not materialize without sustained, massive efforts.
•RETINAL BIOLOGY •PROSTHETICS •GENE THERAPY •STEM CELL THERAPY •REGENERATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY •MACHINE LEARNING
José-Alain Sahel, MD Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology The Eye & Ear Foundation Endowed Chair University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
on the and the By Lawton Snyder, CEO, Eye & Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh
If you are a regular reader of our biannual Sight + Sound newsletters, or of the news reporting on how the University of Pittsburgh is advancing care for patients, you already know about the major leaps in research and innovation geared towards helping those with vision loss, hearing loss, tinnitus, or cancers of the head and neck. We are so lucky to have access to the University of Pittsburgh Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, and are honored to support them in their quest to become global leaders in research to advance care. As much as we emphasize the importance of this leading-edge research and discovery, the central focus for clinicians and scientists alike is on the patient. Chairmen Jonas T. Johnson, MD and JosĂŠ-Alain Sahel, MD, know that everything that the departments engage in, from excellence in care to forward-thinking science, begins and ends with patients and the diseases and conditions that can unfortunately affect people of all ages and backgrounds. We see the way we make progress towards finding solutions not as a linear process but a cyclical one; starting and ending with the patient, keeping their needs and their challenges always at the forefront. Our goal is to make these interactions among our physician and research 4
teams centered around patient needs occur as often as possible. It is also imperative to have the funds available to support the creation of new projects, even more critically when our experts have high-risk, highreward ideas that are less likely to receive federal funding. Finally, as the Eye & Ear Foundation continues to expand its reach to the community, we are finding more ways to make an even larger impact in Pittsburgh. What goes hand in hand with innovation in care is the creation of partnerships with commercial entities and with this, comes the creation of jobs. We anticipate that in the near future this will be our legacy for Pittsburgh.
Your contributions to the Eye & Ear Foundation support our mission to ensure all patients in Pittsburgh, and worldwide, remain at the heart of our organization and the Departments we support.
Our patient-driven plan for success meets people where they are, with compassion and desire to change what we can to improve a person’s quality of life. Clinical Challenges
In both Departments, a physician who encounters an issue in the clinic can easily bring the challenge to a researcher, who may then pursue it as a scientific question that is tested and proven. From there, we seek to accelerate the translation of results into therapies and products, by collaborating with industry, funding the incubation of new technologies and building companies.
Helping Pediatric Patients
Clinician Ken Nischal, MD, Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology and research scientist Morgan Fedorchak, PhD are in the process of experimenting with Dr. Fedorchak’s unique hydrogel drug delivery system and its ability to help pediatric patients who live with Ocular Cystinosis, a devastating disease that causes the formation of painful crystals to form in a child’s eye and a rigorous regimen of medication.
Individualized Treatment Plans
The Survivorship Clinic was born out of an unmet need of patients recovering from or in treatment for head and neck cancer. The side effects of their cancer treatment leave many patients with a host of symptoms that we knew we could address better with our multidisciplinary team of providers all working together to provide a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan for all who need it.
In the Community
Dr. Jake Waxman, Director, UPMC Eye Center Mercy, and teams of ophthalmology residents have provided free care and consultation to the under served community for over 15 years through the community-based Guerilla Eye Service. Dr. Catherine Palmer, Director of Audiology Services for UPMC along with teams of students and audiology staff provide no-cost hearing screenings and necessary hearing aids to the under served community through the HearUP program offered at community-based clinics throughout the year.
EYE & EAR SUPPORTERS
The Eye & Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh gratefully recognizes the individuals, organizations, trusts, 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 2018, our philanthropic support reached $4,265,110 in raised dollars, with 714 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 The Chairmen Circle recognizes and celebrates our especially generous donors who have contributed $1,000 or more during our fiscal year 2018. $100,000 - $999,999 Margaret Ritchie Battle Jack Buncher Foundation Louis and Dorothy Fox Horne Trust Ladies Hospital Aid Society of Western PA The Pittsburgh Foundation Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc. Herbert and Barbara Shear $50,000 - $99,999 Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. Eugene and Barbara Myers Charles and Louella Snyder $25,000 - $49,000 Anonymous Givers (2) Henry and Charlotte Beukema Milton and Sheila Fine Pamela Schanwald and James Keen $10,000 - $24,999 Anonymous Givers (2) James and Sarah Bregenser Charles and Jill Brodbeck Gary and Victoria Frenette
Alfred Friedl Sheldon Marstine Nancy McDonald Albert and Eileen Muse John and Mary Nice José-Alain and Annie Sahel E. Ron Salvitti Diana Shoemaker $5,000 - $9,999 Anonymous Giver Carl and Beth Campbell Mary J. Ellis Steven Higger Jonas and Janis Johnson Timothy and Elizabeth Katen Jane V. Love Steven and Marian Mosites James and Marlee Myers John and Cathy Pelusi Diana Mrvos and Frank Rath, Jr. Donald† & Sylvia Robinson Gary and Mildred Ryan Huberta S. Siciliano Violet Soffer James Spencer William and Saundra Stout David and Cynthia Sunseri
UPMC Bruce and Barbara Wiegand $1,000 - $4,999 Alphagraphics Anonymous Givers (2) Glenn Amsbaugh Albert and Barbara Biglan Richard Bowers and Miriam Rader Sidney and Sylvia Busis Christian and Noel Carmody Charles Cohen and Michele McKenney Jane P. Cookson Debra K. Demchak Deepinder Dhaliwal and Sanjiv Singh Douglas and Laura Dick David and Carol Eibling Andrew W. Eller George Fechter and Christine Fulton Richard and Anne Fogoros Freudenberg Medical, LLC Lawrence and Ina Gumberg Barney and Susan Guttman Neil and Joyce Hay-Roe K & M Construction Co of NJ, Inc. Liam Kenney
John V. Lacarte Russell S. Lauffer David and Diane Laughlin Spyros Macris Leila Mady Michael and Linda Magidson Jeffrey Markel and Carol Robinson Daniel E. McLain Donald and Janet Moritz B. Gordon and Kennedy Nelson Dean and Lynnette Panos Lewis and Donna Patterson Howard and Bette Rom Barry Schaitkin Lawton and Susan Snyder Nancy L. Snyderman D. Fred and Judith Stewart Steven and Judith Thomas Doris E. Walk Edmond and Comely Watters Western Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Foundation Wheaton Lions Charities, Ltd. Charles E. Yankel Larry Zieske Aldo and Kathryn Zini Mary M. Zuck† † Deceased
EVERY CONTRIBUTION, NO MATTER THE SIZE, HELPS TO ADVANCE RESEARCH. The Eye & Ear Foundation is the sole support organization for the Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The money we raise supports the research and educational efforts within these two departments. Your gift makes a difference. To learn more, please contact the Foundation office at 412-864-1300. 6
$500 - $999 Sheila A. Apicella Robert and Ruth Auld George and Linda Austin Judith M. Berger John A. Biedrzycki Patricia H. Campbell Ann D. Catlett Reynolds and Linda Clark Warren Cohn Mark and Elaine Ehalt Milton and Sarita Eisner ENT & Allergy Specialists of WPA, P.C. Richard and Anne Fogoros Judith A. Friedel Philip Gasiewicz Dinakar and Suman Golla Edward and Mary Lou Harrison Donald and Carol Kamerer John and Penny Kramer Mark and Catherine Loevner Richard and Martha Masson Richard and Janet McNeel Anne M. Miller Tamra Minnier Amy Minter John and Rosemarie Parse Jeffrey and Eileen Paul Kathleen Perod Jeffrey A. Pribanic Stephen Sakumoto Frederick J. Schirm David E. Scopa Charles and Patricia Slater Garrett and Ruth Stauffer Charles and Jacqueline Territo $100 - $499 John and Sally Adkins Quzi and Soraiya Ahmed Donna Albright Ronald and Nancy Angerman Anonymous Givers (7) George and Suzanne Ashman Barbara A. Atwell Elizabeth M. Austin Robert Behler Thomas Bennett Robin J. Bernstein Douglas M. Bevan Bloomfield-Lawrenceville Lions Club Ralph and Barbara Boden
Kevin and Mary Bohner Louise Boutwell Robert and Paula Bowersox David H. Bowman Raymond and Annette Boyer James and Kathleen Braham John and Mary Ann Brenkus Fitzhugh P. Brown Helen M. Bucci William J. Burik Frank Calandra Joseph and Carol Cambridge Denise Capurso Vincent and Geraldine Cerchiaro Bonnie H. Chambers Robert Chiu James W. Christy David N. Clark Steven and Nancy Cohen Shaun and Jeannie Connolly Peter Cooke Chris K. Costiloe Richard Cox Ada G. Davis James and Margaret Degnan Thomas and Valerie Domville Danforth and Nancy Fales Sophie J. Ferenac Norman and Melinda Fogel Kwo Fong Honey D. Forman Carl B. Frankel Edward B. Friedman James and Martha Funderburgh Paul and Molly Gabos Henry and Mary Gailliot Wayne and Catherine Gerhold James and Teresa Glascock Steffi Gold Morton and Racelle Goldstein Ralph E. Grabowsky Elizabeth Graf Marjorie C. Gross Jeffrey and Joanne Hall Henrietta Hays William H. Heimberger Barry E. Hirsch and Jean Harwick Gary and Beth Hopen Dean E. Hu Doug Hughes James O. Irwin Kenneth Isaacson G. Bruce Jenkins
James and Nancy Johns Glenn and Sara Johnson Bruce Johnston Joseph J. Karolkoski Donald L. Keefer Jerry and Joyce Kennedy Arthur J. Kerr Joseph and Mary Kestner Ronald and Sandra Kiersarsky Glenn P. Kimball Lois W. Kiselica Verne and Mary Koch Edward and Adriana Kocur Susan P. Koehler Stanley and Nancy Lehman Henrietta G. Lelis Paul and Pamela Lindermuth Cate Linn Frank and Carol Lipchick Frank and Ruth Lowe Mark and Debra Lumadue Cathy Martina Scott and Muffet McClintock Susan M. McGregor Laine Ronald H. McKeever Phyllis E. McKeon Thelma J. Meacci Carmelo and Elenz Mesa Lago Leslie J. Mlakar Teresa L. Moretti Charles and Courtney Muse Richard and Rhoda Neft Marci L. Nilsen Carl Nilsen Theresa L. Nimick-Whiteside Susan Oberg Michael and Linda Orsini John J. Paljug Mark and Jill Palmer Steven M. Parnes George A. Pavlic Andrew and Kathleen Petcash Nellie I. Phillips Carol Pociernicki-Stahl Scott and Susan Portnoy Mildred M. Posvar Heberto Poveda Allan and Judith Press Nancy Rakoci Maryanne Reed Mildred A. Rendulic Daniel and Lauren Resnick Patrick and Carol Riley
Gary W. Ritchey Betsy Rock Janice Rosenberg Farrell and Nancy Rubenstein Howard K. Saylor Richard and Denise Scholz-Smith Marc E. Schwartz Rose Scilla Robert J. Sechan Lester and Arlene Shapiro John and Clelia Sheppard Anita Shuttleworth Andrew and Mary Beth Sloan Karl R. Smyrnes-Williams James J. Snyder Benjamin Speiser and Valentina Vavasis Carl and Ellen Srodes Sidney Stark Alois M. Steinbugl Marshall R. Strait James and Kathleen Strickland Thomas B. Sturges Joan M. Surmik Shivalingappa and Sudha Swamynathan James and Marjorie Swartz Dawn Teague James and Alice Ternent Roseann Thomas Louann E. Tronsberg-Deihle Kenneth R. Troup Georgina A. Trunzo Frances J. Urban Gary D. Veshecco Dominick and Dolores Vesio John and Donna Viehman Paul and Tara Vittone Iris A. Walker David and Wilma Watson Martin and Eileen Winkler Susan L. Wolf John and Kathleen Wolfe William Wood Andrew and Ashley Wozniak Elizabeth A. Wynblatt Marlene Yokim Cathy R. Zamba Roger P. Zelt John W. Zimmerman
PHILANTHROPIC SUPPORT IN 2018
TOTAL GIFTS 7
LIFETIME GIVING SOCIETY FINDING A CURE LEVEL $1,000,00 - $4,999,999 Anonymous Givers (3) James and Alice Beckwith† Louis and Dorothy Fox Estate of Virginia Huban E. Ronald Salvitti DISCOVERY LEVEL $500,000 - $999,999 Bright Focus Foundation Jack Buncher Foundation Campbell Foundation Eden Hall Foundation Estate of Anne M. Guenther Horne Trust Steven and Marian Mosites The Pittsburgh Foundation PNC Foundation & Charitable Trusts Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc. Charles and Louella Snyder Western Pennsylvania Medical Eye Bank Foundation Bruce and Barbara Wiegand INNOVATION LEVEL $250,000 - $499,999 Margaret Ritchie Battle Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation Richard King Mellon Foundation
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.
COLLABORATION LEVEL $100,000 - $249,999 Abgenix Anonymous Givers (2) L. Spencer Boyd William Boyd† Samuel and Rose Cox Charitable Foundation Mark Cuban Milton and Sheila Fine Hearst Foundation Jonas and Janis Johnson Ladies Hospital Aid Society of Western PA Albert and Eileen Muse Eugene and Barbara Myers Joseph and Eve Novak† PA Lions Sight Conservation and Eye Research Foundation Joel and Carole Schuman Herbert and Barbara Shear Charles and Pearl Snyder Trust Nancy L. Snyderman Violet L. Soffer J. Barry Stout† and Lenore Stout
Anonymous Giver Albert and Barbara Biglan David and Katherine Bradley Charles and Jill Brodbeck Michael and Kim Evans The Fine Foundation Gary and Victoria Frenette Glaucoma Research Association of Boston Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. Ruth L. Kuschmierz Nancy McDonald Mary T. Mitskavich John and Cathy Pelusi Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation Charles and Jo Ann Queenan V.K. and Rani Raju Sumner M. Redstone Donald† & Sylvia Robinson Dorothy Sarni† Huberta S. Siciliano T. Philip† and Diann Stout Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust Tom Wandrisco
RESEARCH LEVEL $50,000 - $99,999 Allergan, Inc. Gary and Victoria Frenette American Cancer Society
EDUCATION LEVEL $25,000 - $49,999 Anonymous Giver (2) Yanna Avramidis Henry and Charlotte Beukema
MEMORIAL DONATIONS During the fiscal year 2018, the Eye & Ear Foundation received donations in memory of the following: Judy Adamson Bruce Americus Joyce M. Barr Vallabhdas Bhansali Michael R. Bucci William C. Calhoun Glenn Clark Ray Cooke Lee O. Costiloe Edith A. Diamond Mary Dickson Gerald Fahringer Seymour Farber Berrylin J. Ferguson Harold Forman Belva O. Friberg Natalie Friedberg Donna Grabowsky Jerome P. Hahn 8 Rose Harkins
Richard A. Jankowski Anna Kania Phyllis Kramer Corinne Kraus Robert N. Lane Gerald Leonard Armand A. Lombardo Murray F. McCaskie Ronald J. Merone Joseph F. Novak Anthony Orsini Louis Petraglia Alfred Portnoy Milan Puskaric James Rich Donald M. Robinson Arthur Spiegel G. A. Stewart Anthony C. Sunseri Marvin Tanzer Audrey G. Tosic
Albert and Barbara Biglan James and Sarah Bregenser Carl and Beth Campbell Jane P. Cookson David and Carol Eibling Berrylin J. Ferguson† FISA Foundation John B. Fisher Lawrence and Ina Gumberg Hillman Family Foundations 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 Jane V. Love Sheldon Marstine McAuley Ministries Medrobotics Corporation James and Marlee Myers John and Mary Nice The Frank E. Rath-Spang & Company Charitable Trust William H. Rea† Pamela Schanwald and James Keen Diana Shoemaker United States Steel Foundation Inc. Milton† and Nancy Washington Western Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Foundation
THE SCIENCE & SOLUTIONS SOCIETY 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. 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. Victor and Jody Burdell Milton and Sheila Fine Sylvia F. Fisher Louis and Dorothy Fox Mary Louise Gantz Barbara J. Giaquinto Van B. Hall
Thomas and Loretta Hanwell Clarence E. Klaus Paul E. Rafail, DDS Glenwood C. Scott Ralph E. Tarter, PhD Gayle 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.
GRATITUDE FOR OUR LOYAL DONORS We wanted to take this opportunity to recognize our most loyal donors. The Eye & Ear Foundation (EEF) has over 250 loyal donors that contribute every year, the longest being 19 consecutive years! We reached out to a few of these donors to ask, “What inspired you to support the Eye & Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh?”
Chuck and Jill Brodbeck
B. Gordon and Kennedy Nelson
Chuck Brodbeck currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Eye & Ear Foundation Board of Directors. The Brodeck’s deserve special recognition not only as our longest giving donors, 19 years, but also for the number of years of unwavering service to the Eye & Ear Foundation.
Gordon Nelson has been a Director of the Eye & Ear Foundation Board since the 1990’s, including terms as Chair of the Investment Committee and Chairman of the Board. He is a legacy Director, having served with his father-inlaw, James Beckwith who, in turn, was preceded by his aunt, Elizabeth Beckwith Dickey. Together, the family has been involved with the Eye and Ear Hospital, Institute and Foundation for more than 50 years.
As a long-time member of the Foundation’s Board, Chuck is aware of the challenges faced by the scientists and the physician scientists when raising research dollars and of the potentially ground-breaking research which they are doing. Chuck state that, “he and his wife, Jill, are constantly reminded of the fact that they and their family, friends and business associates invariably suffer from a variety of eye and ENT issues, making that research even more important. Supporting EEF and the research which it funds, as a result, is an easy decision for Jill and Chuck.”
Diane Barati Diane Barati has contributed to the Eye & Ear Foundation every year for the past 11 years. Her parents were patients of Dr. Joseph Novak and Diane became his patient at the age of three, due to severe eye issues. Diane said, “the majority of my past gifts will always be in memory of Dr. Novak, as he was so important to me and my family. His care and guidance were crucial to me. I direct my current and future gifts to support macular degeneration research.” Both of Diane’s parents suffer from Macular Degeneration and she would like to help further the noticeable progress being made at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dolores Vesio Dolores Vesio started contributing to the Eye & Ear Foundation in 2007, when she began receiving care from Dr. Jonas Johnson, Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology. Dolores states, “Dr. Johnson was great in the way he cared for me as a patient and as a person. He was incredible and did an amazing job.” Dolores plans to continue supporting the Eye & Ear Foundation due to the successful surgical outcome and the extraordinary care she received.
Gordon and his wife, Kennedy, have been continuous contributors to the Foundation having been intimately involved with its transition from a small supporting endowment created by The Eye and Ear Institute’s sale to the UPMC to an expanding and vibrant fund generator broadening the capabilities of two of the University’s top departments of medicine. According to Mr. Nelson, “the ENT Department at Pitt has long been among the top research and clinical centers in the world and we are amplifying that position. Having attracted arguably society’s leading Ophthalmologist to our Eye Department and seen the immediate consequence of Dr. Sahel’s ‘vision’, the university, the city and medicine are forever changed. Our gifts of money play an essential role in keeping groundbreaking science at the forefront of medical discovery.”
Albert and Barbara Biglan “As a former faculty member and an alumnus, Barb and I feel a strong commitment to support the Eye & Ear Foundation because of what it does for care and research in the Department of Ophthalmology, explained Dr. Biglan.” Ultimately, the Eye & Ear Foundation fosters and supports translational research and innovative therapies not only in ophthalmology, which addresses eye problems common in our population, but also in otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat, and balance disorders), and head and neck surgery.
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2018 AREAS OF RESEARCH
Your contributions are making a difference! Illustrated below are a few examples of how Eye & Ear Foundation (EEF) funding is used to advance research in fiscal year 2018.
RETINAL REGENERATION Support in the Charles & Louella Snyder Laboratory is furthering research to determine why humans lack the ability to regenerate retinal and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) tissue and to identify strategies that can ignite this regenerative ability to restore tissues lost to disease and injury.
AUDIOLOGY The Audiology Department purchased equipment to record the human neural response to sound along the auditory pathway. A study is currently underway to measure individual responses to speech sounds at the mid-brain using a Frequency Following Response measurement.
GLAUCOMA The Glaucoma Laboratory purchased 16 new perfusion dishes, a transducer and recorder with a microfluidics pump, and a dedicated incubator. These items will help to analyze the eye pressure data and to generate new ex vivo glaucoma models to understand the causes of outflow resistance.
TINNITUS EEF is supporting a new study designed to establish a classification system to understand the inherent variety of individuals suffering from tinnitus and to identify what differentiates patients and their individual cases of tinnitus. Understanding this classification of patient sub-groups will ultimately lead to a personalized medicine approach in this type of hearing care.
GUERILLA EYE SERVICE With support from the Eye & Ear Foundation, the Department of Ophthalmology will implement a Guerilla Eye Service Reconnaissance Patient Coordinator project to provide a point of care screening for high-risk patients, improve patient follow-up visits, and research the barriers to care for the underserved patients.
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Support for a fellowship in Voice Disorder Research will assist in patient data collection for the Voice Centerâ€™s Conversation Training Therapy project, which will help bring patients into the conversation earlier in therapy, ultimately reducing the number of sessions the patients must attend.