Retina Foundation of the Southwest

Who We Are

The Retina Foundation of the Southwest, established in 1975, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit vision research institute dedicated to preventing vision loss and restoring sight through innovative research and treatment. Our scientists are leading the way the world understands, prevents, and treats vision loss caused by age-related macular degeneration, pediatric eye conditions, and inherited eye diseases. We are participating in clinical research studies and providing more than 2,300 vision assessments each year for children and adults completely free of charge. Our evaluations are unique because many of our testing methods are only available at our facility in Dallas, Texas. 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.

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

EVENTS

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

2019 Visionary Luncheon

Retina Foundation Auxiliary Fall Luncheon

October 2018 Lecture

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Financials

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. The community commitment and support for the Retina Foundation remained strong …

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Lab Directors & Leadership

Staff

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Natalie Gilbert
CPA, Finance Director

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Jean Buys
Executive Director

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

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David Birch, Ph.D.
Scientific Director

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

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Dennis Hoffman, Ph.D.
Operations Manager

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

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MEET OUR

STAFF

Cindy Baillie

Project Manager, Molecular Ophthalmology 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

Board

  • David Callanan, MD, Chairman
  • Rajiv Anand, MD
  • William W. Bedford
  • Diane Boddy
  • 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 H. 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

Partners

  • 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

IMPACT REPORTS

2017-18 Impact Report

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2016 Impact Report

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2015 Annual Report

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