Eye Bank Association of America President, Kevin Corcoran, visits ILEB


The Iowa Lions Eye Bank welcomed Kevin Corcoran, President of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), on September 20. Kevin became the President and CEO of EBAA in 2011. Prior to the EBAA, he served as president of K Patrick Consulting in Chantilly, Virginia, as well as heading two national associations, the Executive Vice President of the American Chiropractic Association and the National Association of Health Underwriters.

Kevin obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Georgetown University and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), the American Society of Association Executives’ prestigious designation for professionals who demonstrate exceptional knowledge in association management.

Kevin’s visit included a tour of the eye bank facility, a presentation of ILEB’s research program, and an open conversation about the future of eye banking.

During the research presentation, Greg Schmidt, ILEB Director of Business Development and Research, and Ben Aldrich, ILEB Research Scientist, shared information about their findings of the influence of diabetes on corneal endothelium cells, the best ways to store corneas prior to transplant, and the toxicity of certain drugs to cornea endothelium cells. They also laid out their future plans for research at ILEB. They plan to dive deeper into the molecular mechanisms of diabetes, study Fuchs’ Dystrophy and corneal endothelial cell loss, and continue to screen toxic compounds.

Kevin was very impressed by the scope of the research being done at ILEB. He said that he knew we were doing research, but he didn’t know that we were doing so much. He shared that the research being done at ILEB is “directly applicable to all eye banks” and said, “This cutting edge research betters the whole profession and ensures better outcomes for patients.”

Eye-banking is an ever-evolving industry, and Kevin is happy to see that ILEB is as forward-thinking as himself and the EBAA board. His focus over the next five years is to think less about how things have been done in the past and to be more strategic about how we can advance the profession.

Ben Aldrich discusses ILEB's research efforts with Kevin Corcoran.

Ben Aldrich shows Kevin Corcoran ILEB's research lab.

Cindy Reed and Greg Schmidt speaking with Kevin Corcoran.

Cindy Reed and Greg Schmidt speaking with Kevin Corcoran.

Adam Stockman showing Kevin Corcoran around ILEB's lab.

Adam Stockman showing Kevin Corcoran around ILEB's lab.