Dr. Roberto Pineda & Dr. Ellen Koo to Join KeraLink International Board of Directors
Baltimore, MD; November 27, 2017 – KeraLink International is pleased to announce that Roberto Pineda II, M.D. of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Ellen Koo, M.D., of the University of Miami's Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, were inducted onto the Board of Directors on November 16, 2017.
“These respected ophthalmic surgeons represent exceptional additions to KeraLink’s talented board,” said Harry Carmitchel, KeraLink’s Board Chairman. “They will help guide and position KeraLink as it enters a new and vibrant era in corneal transplantation.”
Dr. Roberto Pineda II currently serves as Director of the Keratorefractive Surgery Service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is an ophthalmologist with subspecialty training in corneal disorders, external disease, refractive surgery, and ocular trauma. As the Director of Refractive Surgery on the Cornea Service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, his specialty areas include laser vision correction, corneal surgery, and cataract surgery. Dr. Pineda earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School and was selected for the HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program at National Institutes of Health where he conducted research at the National Eye Institute. He completed an ophthalmology residency at the Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology and served as Chief Resident and Director of the Eye Trauma Service for an additional year, followed by a Clinical Cornea Fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1997 Harvard Ophthalmology Teacher of the Year Award, the 2000 Partners in Excellence Award from the United Arab Emirates Project Team, the 2001 Massachusetts Eye and Ear Medical Staff Recognition Award, and a 2014 American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Senior Achievement Award. In 2014 he was named Distinguished Scholar in Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
“Being asked to be a member of the KeraLink Board of Directors is a real honor and privilege. KeraLink has been a leader in eye banking for decades, and working toward solutions for global corneal blindness through this unique organization will be an exciting and rewarding opportunity,” said Dr. Pineda.
Dr. Ellen Koo is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, which was named the nation’s best in Ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report for the 14th year. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Eastern Virginia Medical School. She completed an Ophthalmology Residency at Brown University, where she served as Chief Resident, followed by fellowship training in Cornea/External Diseases, Anterior Segment Surgery and Refractive Surgery at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Koo is active in Residents’ and Clinical Fellows’ education and surgical training. Her clinical and research interests include cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, Fuchs’ Corneal Dystrophy and Keratoconus. Dr. Koo is fluent in several languages, including English, Korean and Mandarin Chinese, and has authored several publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
“It is truly an honor and pleasure for me to be able to serve KeraLink International as a member of the Board,” said Dr. Koo. “KeraLink has a very special place in my heart as a corneal surgeon. It is my life’s mission to reverse global corneal blindness through medicine, education and mission efforts. Joining KeraLink provides me with the opportunity to give the gift of sight in a truly global manner.”
“These remarkable surgeons specialize in corneal diseases and are dedicated to the expansion of affordable and quality eye care internationally. KeraLink shares their passion and is committed to bringing sight to the blind worldwide,” said Douglas Furlong, KeraLink’s President & CEO.
About KeraLink International:
KeraLink International is a non-profit, non-governmental network of eye banks and related programs committed to reversing corneal blindness wherever it exists. The organization accomplishes this by investing in world-class facilities, medical education, collaboration with other members of the transplant community, creative development campaigns and cutting-edge research, as well as by providing charitable tissue both domestically and internationally to patients in need. KeraLink International is proud that its cooperative relationships with multiple Organ Procurement Organizations and other eye banks allow it to extend its reach. With seven processing centers strategically located throughout the United States, KeraLink International is positioned to process and deliver high quality tissue to surgeons and their patients. In addition, KeraLink’s international arm, the International Federation of Eye Banks (IFEB), provides support, oversight and innovative programming assistance to 29 IFEB members around the world.
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