We are proud and grateful for our Board members who have been supporters of our organization since the beginning.
John M. Corboy, M.D., ABES – President Emeritus
Dr. Corboy, founder of the Hawaiian Eye Foundation, led the first expedition to Tonga in 1984, and developed the Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting and the Training Program in VietNam.
Corboy has practiced ophthalmology for over 40 years, and was founder and Surgeon/Director of the Hawaiian Eye Center, Hawai’i’s largest eye care provider, until his retirement.
Corboy is former Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine, and author of The Retinoscopy Book (Slack, Inc.), and 60 @ 60: Things that can happen to your body and what you can do about them (Simpler Life Press), a portion of the sale of which supports HEF (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For the past decade, Corboy has donated his services full-time to volunteer programs of the Foundation, as well as Junior Achievement, BODIES…the Exhibition, and various substance abuse programs. He was awarded the Lions’ Melvin Jones Fellowship, and numerous humanitarian and volunteer awards.
Jeffrey J. Rutgard, M.D. – President, Missions Director
La Jolla, CA
Dr. Rutgard attended the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He was academically honored as a James Scholar Independent Study Student and graduated in three years with High Honors and Departmental Distinction for his research in Biology, Physiology, Nutrition, and Physical Fitness. Rutgard earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois, Chicago, where he was again academically honored as a James Scholar Independent Study Student.
Rutgard received the University of Illinois’ Medical Research Award for his research in immunology, cancer, and ophthalmology. Rutgard’s research was highly acclaimed and published in prestigious medical journals and a chapter in a book. Rutgard attended the University of Illinois Graduate School for three years while he attended medical school and earned a Masters Degree in Surgery. He began his ophthalmology training at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute where he studied ophthalmology basic science, pathology, and had his first clinical experience. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the highly acclaimed University of Iowa. Rutgard teaches small incision cataract surgery in the United States and internationally.
Rutgard presently devotes his practice to the international humanitarian sector in on-going volunteer medical and surgical clinics for the Hawaiian Eye Foundation in collaboration with SEE International, Medical Ministry International, ORBIS, and other international foundations.
Alan R. Faulkner, M.D. – Director
Dr. Alan Faulkner grew up in Hawaii from the age of eight, graduating from Punahou High School in Honolulu. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and graduated from Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1986. While in medical school he was elected to the National Medical School Honors Society Alpha Omega Alpha. He remained at Tulane, completing an internship in Internal Medicine, residency training in Ophthalmology, and a Fellowship in Oculoplastics, Ocular Oncology, and Orbital Disease.
His training complete, Dr. Faulkner joined the full-time faculty at Tulane as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology before going on to practice general ophthalmology and refractive surgery. In June 2000, Dr. Alan Faulkner joined his father’s practice in Honolulu at Faulkner Eye Institute, and in July 2001 founded Aloha Laser Vision, LLC.
Jane T. Shuman, COT – Secretary
Jane T. Shuman, MSM, COT, COE, OCS, CMSS, President and Founder of Eyetechs, Inc., is a nationally recognized authority on clinical flow, scheduling and technician education. She worked in a high volume ophthalmology practice for over fifteen years and founded Eyetechs Inc. in 1999.
During her work as an Ophthalmic Technician and Clinical Manager, Jane has seen firsthand the many important issues confronting today’s busy ophthalmology practices. Based on her past experiences, she has learned how the proper schedule and competent technicians positively impact patient flow by decreasing wait times and increasing volume and practice revenue.
Jane has taught countless seminars on the integral aspects of today’s busy ophthalmic practice, including the annual conferences of both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators. Jane is the current Director of the Nursing and Allied Health Program of the Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting and was recently named Co-Editor in Chief of Ophthalmic Professional. Previously, she served as the Director of the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Ophthalmic Technician Training Program, helping to earn the 2002 and 2008 AAO State Affairs Star Award for Programs for Ophthalmic Administrators and Technicians. She was also a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators.
Jane has published numerous articles that can be found in many publications such as Review of Ophthalmology, Administrative Eyecare, Ophthalmology Management and Eyeworld. JCAHPO approved online courses can be found on the BSM Connection for Ophthalmology website.
Christopher Tortora, M.D. – Vice President, Treasurer
Chris Tortora, MD, is the Medical Director and primary surgeon at the Hawaiian Eye Center. Dr. Tortora is an expert in “no stitch,” or “small incision” phacoemulsification cataract surgery. He has performed well over 10,000 cataract procedures and has been asked to lecture internationally about his surgical techniques. Surgeons from the United States and abroad have also traveled to our surgery center to observe Dr. Tortora’s surgical techniques.
Dr. Tortora attended Columbia University and went on to receive his medical degree and ophthalmology residency training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He subsequently completed subspecialty fellowship training in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma at Harvard University’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Dr. Tortora purchased the Hawaiian Eye Center from Dr. John Corboy in 2000. He was chosen as one of Honolulu Magazine’s 2015 “Top Doctors in Hawaii” and the center continues to be named as one of this year’s “Best Places to Work” by Hawaii Business Magazine.
Candace S. Simerson, COE, CMPE, FASOA – Director, Advisory Board Chair
Candy is owner of iCandy Consulting, LLC and serves as an icon in ophthalmology administration. As the former President and COO of Minnesota Eye Consultants for 18 years, Candy grew a reputation for her expertise in organizational restructuring, physician recruitment, operational efficiencies, technology optimization or revenue cycle management.
Candy is a Certified Ophthalmic Executive (COE), and a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE.) She attended Wharton School of Business and Yale School of Management. She is a past-President of ASOA. While serving as an ASOA Board member, she helped to develop a certification program that evolved into the Certification of Ophthalmic Executives (COE) credential. Candy was the first Chair for the National Board for Certification of Ophthalmic Executives (NBCOE). In 2011 Candy was awarded the ASOA Pinnacle Award for Volunteerism in addition to becoming an ASOA fellow the same year.
Candy currently serves as Director of the Administrator program at the annual Hawaiian Eye Meeting and Practice Management Section of the OSN New York Meeting. She is a frequent lecturer at ophthalmic meetings and has published numerous articles regarding practice management trends. She also serves on the Ophthalmic World Leaders (OWL) Board.