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Lions Eye Institute Celebrates CEO’s 25 Years of Dedication and Business Growth

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Lions Eye Institute Celebrates CEO’s 25 Years of Dedication and Business Growth

Jason Woody Recognized for Job Creation and Ocular Advancements throughout Florida


TAMPA, Fla. (November 24, 2015) – The Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research president and CEO, Jason Woody, recently celebrated 25 years with the Tampa-based eye bank and research center. Woody’s contributions since joining LEITR in 1990 reach nearly all facets of the organization from employee growth to adapting an innovative business model.


“Early on, I was passionate about adapting LEITR’s business model. Through team and industry collaboration, we successfully filled an industry need,” said Jason Woody, president and CEO of LEITR. “I know what it is like to have a family member suffer with a visual impairment and I am committed to have LEITR help as many people as it possibly can.”


During his tenure as president and CEO, the staff has grown from 10 to more than 70 employees and now has five offices serving 61 out of the 67 counties in Florida. Woody’s vision for furthering ocular research led to the creation of its 50,000 square foot Ybor City research facility. With his leadership, the impact of the lives touched has increased from 100 to more than 3,000 corneal transplants per year.


Locally, the Tampa City Council recently recognized Woody with a commendation signed by all council members that highlighted his 25 years of dedicated service and “the positive impact he has made as a leader in our community.”


On the national stage, Woody has been a long-standing supporter for increasing donor designation in the United States and is actively involved with Donate Life America. “Donate Life America has been fortunate to have Mr. Woody as a leader and advocate for many years. We are particularly grateful for his willingness increase his commitment to our cause as by serving as the organization’s incoming board chairperson,” said G. David Fleming, President & CEO, Donate Life America.


In addition to elevating the corneal transplant process for LEITR, Woody has also propelled LEITR’s research and foundation departments. By hiring their first scientific director, they have furthered research in transplant criteria and age-related macular degeneration. Woody also recently committed to endow a half a million dollars that will allow qualified recipients throughout the state of Florida to receive corneal eye transplants.


About the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research (LEITR)

The Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, Inc., (LEITR) is a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to the recovery, evaluation and distribution of eye tissue for transplantation, research and education. LEITR’s Eye Bank, located in Tampa, Fla., is one of the only combined eye banks and ocular research center in the world. Since its inception, it has brought the “Gift of Sight” to more than 65,000 men, women and children worldwide. For more information, visit


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