Georgia Eye Bank has a long tradition of service to the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA). Established in 1961, EBAA champions the restoration of sight through core services to its members which advance donation, transplantation and research in their communities and throughout the world. As one of the most active member organizations in the association’s history, Georgia Eye Bank shares and celebrates EBAA’s core values (Quality, Collaboration, Innovation, Advocacy and Service)

The Leonard Heise Award is EBAA’s highest honor for non-medical eye bankers in recognition of their outstanding devotion to the Eye Bank Association of America’s development and for exemplifying the precepts of Leonard Heise, a major contributor to the fight against blindness and one of the EBAA’s founders. Three distinguished individuals affiliated with Georgia Eye Bank have received this award.

2011 Bruce H. Varnum*
*EBAA Board Chair 2008-2010
1998 Emile J. Farge, PhD
1985 Y.T. Abernathy

The R. Townley Paton Award is EBAA’s highest honor for corneal physicians. This award is presented annually to an ophthalmologist in recognition of his/her outstanding contribution to eye banking and EBAA. Three physicians affiliated with Georgia Eye Bank have received this award.

2018 W. Barry Lee, MD
2007 Henry Edelhauser, PhD
2005 R. Doyle Stulting, MD, PhD

Throughout our history, many current and past employees and medical directors of Georgia Eye Bank have served, and continue to serve, on EBAA committees and in key leadership roles for the association.

From establishing the first eye banking medical standards to shaping EBAA’s governance and accreditation policies, Georgia Eye Bank has been proud to help advance eye banking not only here in the United States, but around the world.