Syed Hashmi, MD, coordinates daily operations of the tissue preparation program for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank. He is responsible for managing the internal/ external training, education, and monitoring of the Endothelial Keratoplasty (EK), Laser Assist Keratoplasty (LAK) and Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) tissue preparation programs. Syed also functions as the primary tissue operator, whereby meeting all tissue requirements; final properties and logistics with end user surgeons, including pre/post cut evaluations and reporting results. Syed provides direction and supervises the tissue preparation team and assists with problem solving logistics involving tissue receipt and distribution with other eye banks. He also collects, analyzes data, and prepares recommendations for quality assurance and research for EK/LAK/DMEK projects. Syed lives in Iowa City, Iowa with his wife Shalina and their two year old son, Saifan.