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Million dollar gift establishes a multidisciplinary surgical skills lab.

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: Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery, 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.

Dean Vavra Presents Award to C. Fowler
Residents in Surgical Skills Lab
Resident demonstration in lab