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March: National Eye Donor Month

Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) member eye banks in the US provided 84,297 corneas  for transplant in 2017 and another 28,000 for use internationally.  And, since 1961, more than 1,8000,000 men, women and children worldwide have had their sight restored through corneal transplantation.  Still, there are 10 million cornea-blind individuals worldwide. 

At KU Eye, your cornea specialists, Drs. Kenneth Goins (pictured at the right) and John Sutphin (pictured on the left), are honored to be partners in restoring vision with our Kansas City eye bank, Saving Sight.  The impact locally is great: 2,480 cornea donors changed 2,957 lives, which means 8 lives changed each day thanks to tissue from Saving Sight from July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018. 

Dr. Ken GoinsDr. John Sutphin

          Give the gift of sight by registering to be a donor by clicking here.

                          Learn more about eye banking and cornea

                                    donation at the EBBA site here.

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The Ophthalmology Program’s strategy is threefold 

  • first, build a credible, academically-centered clinical practice encompassing all aspects of ophthalmology;
  • second, develop the research program around the concept of a Center for Ophthalmic Engineering with emphasis on optics, refractive surgery, intraocular approaches and biomechanics of the eye (Many conditions of the eye including glaucoma, retinal and neurophthalmic diseases as well as tissue engineering and genetic determinants of ocular physiology and pathology can be explored using engineering principles.
  • and third, develop a competency-based residency program as opposed to the traditional process-based to better meet the needs of the Ophthalmology Trainees and the Kansas general public.

We are working toward a stand-alone department with clinical, surgical, teaching, and research facilities located in close proximity to maximize team-oriented research. John E. Sutphin, Jr., MD, Chairman since 2007, leads this strategic effort.

To accomplish these goals, the Ophthalmology Advisory Board has established the following, which are adopted by all KU Eye Physicians, Residents and Staff:


KU Eye will be acknowledged as the most highly regarded center for eye care in the Heart of America and be recognized as among the top tier of the most respected centers in the nation. 

Mission Statement

It is the mission of KU Eye to establish and maintain a world-class eye care center that provides exceptional patient care, delivers the most advanced graduate and postgraduate medical education and conducts innovative basic and clinical research. 


KU Eye physicians and staff will:

Provide patients the highest quality eye care within a compassionate atmosphere.

Engage in outreach through education and collaboration to promote excellence in eye care throughout our wider community.

Work closely in consultation and support of the physicians and staff of the University of Kansas Hospital and Medical Center, University of Kansas Physicians and our community.

Perform cutting-edge, basic, clinical and applied research in ophthalmology and vision science.

Inspire students, residents and fellows to adopt the core values and support the mission of KU Eye.

The Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Kansas is located at 7400 State Line Road in Prairie Village, Kansas and at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Suite 1011 Miller Building, Kansas City, Kansas. Learn more...

Last modified: Mar 07, 2019
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