The Eye & Ear Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1985 with the goal of fostering support for the Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh through the generous support of individuals and organizations within the community of Pittsburgh.
We proudly represent the research and education efforts of these Departments, and are continually amazed by the cutting-edge advancements our researchers consistently develop. Recently, for example, we helped bring in funds to create a brand new glaucoma stem cell lab, fueled by a groundbreaking discovery made by our own researchers, which will pave the way towards creating new solutions to cure diseases and disorders of the eye like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and potentially even some forms of blindness.
Our Otolaryngology Department has also made incredible strides of their own, pioneering research in head and neck cancer tumors never before understood, as well as leading the way in surgical procedures like the skull base procedure (a minimally invasive procedure that removes tumors in the back of the throat), and leading the field in robotic surgery, an avenue of technological advancement unmatched by any other institution in the country.
In supporting these world-class Departments of research and education, we hold ourselves to the same high standards. Fiscal Year 2015 was a banner year for the Foundation, and we plan to keep moving forward, to keep expanding our network of support, and to help the Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology truly stand peerless in the distinction of research and education, and ultimately, the highest level of care provided to our patients.