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Ophthalmology Research Foundation (ORF)

The Ophthalmology Research Foundation (ORF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of blindness. The ORF was established and continues to exist to receive and maintain funds that are used exclusively to support activities of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute/Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. For more than 40 years, the ORF has supported research by Bascom Palmer’s vision scientists as well as funded the purchase of equipment, property and services used for patient care, physician training and education.

Giving to the ORF

It’s easy to make a difference in the fight to eradicate blinding diseases. The Ophthalmology Research Foundation supports the cutting-edge studies at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute that are translated into advanced eye care, such as new drugs, new patient therapies, and innovative surgical procedures. Remember, your gift to the Ophthalmology Research Foundation is tax deductible!

Gifts of Cash
One of the easiest ways to contribute to the Ophthalmology Research Foundation’s mission is to make a cash gift.

3 Ways to give:

  1. Mail – Print and complete our donation form and mail to (credit/debit card, check or cash):
    Development Department
    Ophthalmology Research Foundation
    P.O. Box 016880
    Miami, FL 33101-688
  2. Fax – Print and complete our donation form and fax it to 305-326-6199 (credit/debit card).
  3. Phone – please call us at 305-326-6190 and we will take all the necessary information to process your contribution (credit/debit card).

Pledged Gifts
We recognize the significance of pledged gifts which provide support through time. Pledged gifts have helped build research labs, staffed clinics, funded scientific discoveries, and supported the education of tomorrow’s leading physicians and scientists.

As donations to the Ophthalmology Foundation accumulate, recognition levels advance. Donors have the opportunity to make a pledge and payment over a designated time frame or simply make an outright gift. For more information about pledged gifts, please contact the Development office at 305-326-6190.

Estates and Planned Giving, Securities, Bequests Planned giving is one of the most powerful philanthropic tools available to the Ophthalmology Research Foundation’s benefactors. To learn how to include the Ophthalmology Foundation in your will, or how to make a special gift that provides you with annual payments, tax savings and other benefits, please contact the Development office at 305-326-6190.

Naming Gift Opportunities You may make a gift in honor of someone or to associate a donor’s name with a major project, facility or via a number of available funding opportunities. For more information about naming opportunities, please contact the Development office at 305-326-6190.

Officers of the ORF

Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology
Kathleen and Stanley J. Glaser Chair in Ophthalmology
Director, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology

Richard K. Parrish, II, M.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology
Edward W.D. Norton Chair in Ophthalmology
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology 1996-1999
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Executive Director
John G. Clarkson, M.D.
Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology 1991-1996
Dean Emeritus, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Steven J. Gedde, M.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology
John G. Clarkson Chair in Ophthalmology
Vice Chair of Education, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Carol L. Karp, M.D. 
Professor of Ophthalmology
Richard K. Forster Chair in Ophthalmology
Dr. Ronald and Alicia Lepke Endowed Professor in Corneal and External Diseases

David T. Tse, M.D. 
Professor of Ophthalmology
Dr. Nasser Ibrahim Al-Rashid Chair in Ophthalmology

The Ophthalmology Research Foundation, in support of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, is a not-for-profit, 501c3 corporation and as such, all gifts, contributions, and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.