UNC School of Medicine receives $1 million gift from The North Carolina Eye Bank

Million dollar gift establishes a multidisciplinary surgical skills lab.

 UNC School of Medicine receives $1 million gift from The North Carolina Eye Bank
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Ribbon Cutting (left to right-UNC School of Medicine Dean William Roper, UNC Eye Chair Don Budenz, Neurosurgery Chair Matt Ewend, ENT Chair Rick Pillsbury, UNC Eye Faculty Craig Fowler, and NC Eye Bank Board Chairman Bailey Liipfert & Exec Dir Dean Vavra

The University of North Carolina School of Medicine received a $1 million gift from The North Carolina Eye Bank (NCEB) to establish a unique and innovative multidisciplinary surgical skills lab.

The gift to the Department of Ophthalmology will be shared among three neurosciences departments: OphthalmologyNeurosurgery, and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.  The newly created laboratory, the only of its kind in the region, provides state-of-the-art surgical training opportunities to medical students, residents, fellows and physicians across the state.

“Training future generations of eye surgeons to serve the people of North Carolina is one of our top priorities at UNC Eye,” said Donald L. Budenz, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology. “The new surgical training center will greatly enhance our educational mission by providing our residents with a state of the art facility where they can practice and learn from our world-class surgeons.”

The three departments celebrated the opening of the lab and $1 million gift from The North Carolina Eye Bank (NECB) with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, January 16th in the lab. For more information about the multidisciplinary surgical skills lab and ribbon cutting ceremony, click here.

Dean Vavra Presents Award to C. Fowler
Dean Vavra, Executive Director of NCEB, presents UNC Eye Faculty member Craig Fowler, MD with an award for 20 years of service to the NC Eye Bank
Residents in Surgical Skills Lab
Bradley King (left) and Robert van der Vaart (right), UNC Eye First Year Residents
Resident demonstration in lab
Resident demonstration in lab