Experience and Leadership for a New Era of Vision Restoration


At KeraLink International, vision is everything — and this extends from the operating room to the boardroom. Our leadership team is made up of experts from a variety of walks of life, whose knowledge, experience, and perspective guide us toward a bright future. Collectively, they bring over a century of tissue banking expertise.

Executive Leadership


It takes passion and commitment to spearhead an international effort to end corneal blindness. The members of our executive leadership team embrace the responsibility that comes with their roles.


Douglas J. Furlong

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ed Cordell

Chief Financial Officer


Art Kurz

Vice President, Business Development

Connie Jones

Vice President, Quality, Regulatory, and Compliance

Kathleen C. Terlizzese, CFRE

Vice President, Development & Communications 

Thomas M. Buckley

Vice President, Operations

Mahmood Farazdaghi

President, International Federation of Eye Banks


Board of Directors


Physicians, biotechnology experts, and various business leaders make up KeraLink International's distinguished board of directors. Together, they help lay out our strategic vision, provide governance, and further our humanitarian mission.


Harry Carmitchel

Consultant, The Pacific Group
West Palm Beach, FL

C. Randal Mills, Ph.D.

California Institute of Regenerative Medicine
Oakland, CA

Tessie M. Smith

Abbott Medical Optics
Lake Forest, CA

Douglas J. Furlong

Vice Chairman
President and Chief Executive Officer
KeraLink International
Baltimore, MD

Karen Ort

Ft. Myers, FL

John J. Grande

Grande Financial Services
Oakhurst, NJ

C. Thomas Vangsness, Jr., M.D.

University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Los Angeles, CA

Pamela Hall

General Manager, Life Care Solutions
GE Healthcare
Baltimore, MD


Walter J. Stark, M.D.

Sarasota, FL

William Lyons

Portsmouth, NH

Samuel C. Yiu, Ph.D, M.D

The Johns Hopkins Hospital
The Wilmer Eye Institute
Baltimore, MD

Bryan M. Vossekuil

The Metis Group, Inc.
Fairfax, VA


Medical Directors


KeraLink International's medical directors are committed to providing the guidance and oversight necessary to uphold our commitment to excellence.


Esen K. Akpek, M.D.

National Medical Director – Baltimore, MD

Yassine J. Daoud, M.D.

Baltimore, MD

Ann M. Bajart, M.D.

Boston, MA

Neda Shamie, M.D.

Los Angeles, CA

Miguel G. Lugo, M.D.

Orlando, FL

Chirag R. Patel M.D.

San Leandro, CA

Gregory S. Ogawa, M.D.

Albuquerque, NM

Kenneth S. Himmel, M.D.

Albuquerque, NM

Michael J. Bauer, M.D.

National Medical Director – Infectious Diseases

Kenneth J. Maverick, M.D.

San Antonio