Retina Foundation of the Southwest

Who We Are

The Retina Foundation of the Southwest, located in Dallas, Texas, is a nonprofit eye research institute dedicated to preventing vision loss and restoring sight through innovative research and treatment. For 35 years the Retina Foundation has focused on developing treatments for age-related macular degeneration, pediatric eye conditions, and inherited eye diseases. The Foundation is comprised of five laboratories striving to improve the quality of life for people with eye diseases.

What sets the Retina Foundation apart is the service we provide to our patients and their families at no cost. Each year, there are more than 2,300 infants, children, adults and seniors who visit the Retina Foundation for advanced visual evaluations free of charge. Our evaluations are unique because many of these testing methods are only available at the Retina Foundation. Patients are referred by local ophthalmologists to help in the diagnosis and treatment of their vision loss. Our goal is to continue advancing sight saving treatments to make a lifetime of good vision a reality for everyone.

Our Mission

The mission of the Retina Foundation of the Southwest is to prevent vision loss and restore sight through innovative research and treatment.

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Eileen Birch, Ph.D.
Director, Crystal Charity Ball Pediatric Vision Laboratory


David Birch, Ph.D.
Scientific Director


Karl Csaky, M.D., Ph.D.
Managing & Medical Director


Dennis Hoffman, Ph.D.
Operations Manager


Yi-Zhong Wang, Ph.D.
Director, Macular Function Laboratory

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Lea Bennett, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Rose-Silverthorne Retinal Degenerations Laboratory

David Birch, Ph.D.

Scientific Director

Eileen Birch, Ph.D.

Director, Crystal Charity Ball Pediatric Vision Laboratory

Wanda Brownmiller

Office & Personnel Manager

Chandima Bulumulla, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular Ophthalmology Laboratory


  • David Callanan, MD, Chairman
  • Rajiv Anand, MD
  • William W. Bedford
  • Diane Boddy
  • James M. Buch
  • Eve Clark
  • Joseph M. Cox
  • Mary Lee Cox
  • Lori Dao, MD
  • Scott A. Davis
  • John T. Evans
  • Michael D. Hansen
  • Rebecca Hicks
  • Donald A. Key
  • Marc Klein
  • Frank J. Marek
  • Richard A. Massman
  • James H. Merritt, MD
  • Mickey Munir
  • Nancy Rogers
  • William B. Snyder, MD
  • Rand Spencer, MD
  • Tia S. Tomlin
  • Robert C. Wang, MD
  • Paul Wilson


  • Joanne Bowles
  • Faye C. Briggs
  • Kaye Burkhardt
  • Lou Grabowsky
  • Caroline Rose Hunt
  • Mr. and Mrs. W. Herbert Hunt
  • Ralph C. “Red Dog” Jones
  • Bobby B. Lyle
  • Andy McCarthy
  • Jake Murrah
  • T. Boone Pickens
  • Jean Broughton-Powell
  • Bridget Silverthorne Russell
  • Dr. and Mrs. David R. Stager, Sr.
  • Dr. David Weakley
  • Joy and John West
  • Jeffrey S. Yarckin

Retina Foundation Helps Avery

First Patient in Phase 1/2 Clinical Study of Gene Therapy is Treated for X-Linked RP


Learn about the annual events we hold to support our mission and thank our supporters.

2018 Visionary Luncheon

Retina Foundation Auxiliary Opening Luncheon

April 2018 Lecture

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Annual Reports

2016 Impact Report


2015 Annual Report


2014 Annual Report



The Retina Foundation of the Southwest takes our responsibility to our donors and stakeholders seriously. We are proud to provide our financials on our website for you to view. Our values of integrity and transparency are supreme for our agency …

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