In February of 1996, the eye bank moved with the Department of Ophthalmology to new facilities in the Pomerantz Family Pavilion.
Dr. Mathers left the department in October of 1998 to go to Casey Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Michael D. Wagoner joined the Eye Bank Team in July of 1999 and was named co-medical director with Dr. Sutphin in August of 1999. Dr. Wagoner left the University of Iowa in the Summer of 2002 to become Medical Director of the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and returned as the Associate Medical Director in 2007. In 2002, Dr. Sutphin became the Medical Director. Dr. Ayad Farjo was the Associate Medical Director from the summer of 2002 until his departure for Madison, Wisconsin in June of 2003. Dr. Kenneth Goins became the Associate Medical Director in August 2003.
Growth and Expansion of the eye bank necessitated its move in December, 2001, to 2346 Mormon Trek Blvd, Suite 1500 in Iowa City. Further expansion saw the opening of the first satellite office in Ames, Iowa in May of 2003.
In December of 2006 Dr. Kenneth Goins became Medical Director when Dr. Sutphin left to become the head of Ophthalmology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Dr. Sutphin remains an emeritus professor of ophthalmology at the University of Iowa. Dr. Michael D. Wagoner has returned to the Iowa Lions Eye Bank as Assistant Medical Director.
In April 2006, ILEB becomes the second eye bank to prepare DSAEK tissue and
purchases an Intralase Laser. That November ILEB trained Saving Sight to
prepare DSAEK tissue.
In 2004, Dr. Cindy Reed become Executive Director of the Iowa Lions Eye
Bank. She is responsible for providing leadership for all functions of
the eye bank, including strategic planning and fiscal oversight. Dr. Reed is
currently the Chair of Vision Share, a nonprofit consortium of 18 U.S.
eye banks, and a key member of the core physician/eye-banker team
collaborating to improve donation and transplantation through cornea
metabolic function research. She is most proud of the talented staff at
the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, and also proud of the Iowa Lions Donor Memorial
and Healing Garden, a tribute to the more than 28,000 eye, organ and
tissue donors in Iowa since 1955. Cindy and her husband Steve live in
Solon, have 5 adult children and are expecting their first grandchild in
the fall of 2015
In 2007, ILEB prepared its first LAK grafts.
In 2008, ILEB takes over space next door - expanding to 6500 sq ft. The
Iowa Lions Eye Bank (ILEB) celebrated their newly expanded and
remodeled space at 2346 Mormon Trek Boulevard in Iowa City with an Open
House on Friday, October 10th. Over 75 people attended
the tailgate theme cookout and toured the eye bank facility. Invited
guests included donor families and cornea recipients, friends and
supporters of donation, local funeral directors, Iowa Lions Club members
and officers, and U of I Healthcare faculty and staff. Cindy Reed,
Executive Director of the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, greeted visitors and ILEB
full-time staff was on hand to host tours of the 6500 square foot
facility. A special guest of the Open House was Ruth Fisher who served as the eye
bank’s first Executive Director from 1955 until 1983. In July of 1954,
Ruth underwent one of the first cornea transplants performed by Dr.
Alson Braley, then head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the
University of Iowa and founding Medical Director of the Iowa Lions Eye
Bank in 1955.
In August 2009, we processed our first DMEK tissue with microkeratome.