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Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research Foundation, Inc.

Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research (LEITR) is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to the recovery, evaluation and distribution of eye tissue for transplant, research and education. LEITR leading the worldwide fight against blinding eye disease through its unique model: uniting one of the world’s largest Eye Banks, its cutting-edge Ocular Research Center, and its Foundation to create the leading institution for ocular science. Serving 61 of 67 counties in Florida, LEITR has been a world leader in corneal procurement for transplant and research.  Since its inception in 1973, the nonprofit has brought the “Gift of Sight” to over 130,000 men, women, and children around the world. Managing the activities of five offices within Florida, the staff obtains consent for donation and coordinates the logistics of tissue recovery, preservation and distribution. Consent rates for donation from the communication center greatly exceed the national average. LEITR was founded by a group of Lions in the Tampa Bay area and continues to be guided by a voluntary board of directors comprised of Lions, prominent ophthalmic specialists, surgeons and community leaders.

Jason Woody

Jason K. Woody serves as the President and CEO of the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research. He and his dedicated team have helped bring the “gift of sight” to over 130,000 men, women and children around the world. His true commitment to help those blind or visually has been demonstrated by his over 25 year tenure with the Lions Eye Institute. Woody serves on multiple boards and committees such as the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, University of Tampa Board of Fellows, and the Executive Committee of the Eye Bank Association of America and Donate Life America as the Vice-Chair. Woody also serves on the Organ and Tissue Education Panel for Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to represent the interests of the public with regard to increasing the number of organ and tissue donors within the state.

Jason Woody