NAEVR Commends NEI Director Paul Sieving As He Announces His Departure

June 27, 2019
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
[email protected]


(Washington, D.C.) Today, NAEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky issued a statement upon the announcement by National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD that National Eye Institute (NEI) Director Paul Sieving, MD, PhD would leave his position in late July after 18 years of service:

"Since the NAEVR and AEVR Alliances serve as the privately funded Friends of the NEI, on behalf of the Boards I commend Paul Sieving, MD, PhD for his 18 years of service as NEI's Director. Leading our nation's primary Institute for research to prevent blindness and restore vision, he managed the NEI during a period of unprecedented opportunity and advancement in both vision research breakthroughs and in commercialized treatments and therapies for blinding eye diseases. As an exemplary scientist and visionary, he initiated key programs aimed at restoring vision, including the Audacious Goals Initiative in Regenerative Medicine.

NAEVR wishes Dr. Sieving much continued success in his new initiative in the private sector, which will undoubtedly lead to advancements that will ultimately benefit all Americans."”

Dr. Sieving will be moving to the University of California at Davis to create a new Center for Ocular Regenerative Therapy. Prior to his arrival at the NEI in 2001, he was on the faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School, as the Paul R. Lichter Professor of Ophthalmic Genetics. He was the founding director of the Center for Retinal and Macular Degeneration in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

NEI Deputy Director Santa Tumminia, PhD, will serve as the acting director of NEI.

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