DMEI Announces New Executive Director of Development


Jim Durbin has been appointed as the Dean McGee Eye Institute’s (DMEI’s) new Executive Director of Development. In this position, he will provide oversight and direction to the fundraising, communications, and marketing efforts of the Institute and work to increase awareness of, and financial support for, DMEI.

“I am honored to join an organization with such a fantastic reputation for outreach, research, and education as the Dean McGee Eye Institute,” states Durbin. “The Institute cares for patients from across Oklahoma and from surrounding states, many of whom cannot afford to receive care anywhere else. In addition, DMEI’s reputation for research and education is known throughout the U.S., and indeed, around the world.”

DMEI President and CEO Gregory L. Skuta, MD, shared, “Jim Durbin is a highly experienced and skilled professional who will further enhance the success of the Eye Institute in the months and years ahead.”

Durbin earned his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. He worked with World Neighbors, Inc. for approximately 10 years, including more than four years as Senior Grants Associate. Durbin later served as Director of Institutional Advancement for Mount St. Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City, and then as Executive Director of the INTEGRIS Rural Health Foundation.

Since 2010, Durbin has worked as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center, addressing the state’s health care workforce needs. In this role, he also developed The Clinical Hub, a web-based software system for scheduling and managing health care student clinical rotations.

Mr. Durbin states, “I look forward to using the lessons I’ve learned from my previous experiences to help continue the great work DMEI has done over the past 40 years.”

About the Dean McGee Eye Institute
The Dean McGee Eye Institute is dedicated to serving all Oklahomans and the global community through excellence and leadership in patient care, education and vision research. It is one of the largest and most respected eye institutes in the United States and houses the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Its research and training programs are among the most highly regarded in the country. Twenty-two of the Institute’s ophthalmologists are listed in Best Doctors in America and/or Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors; its Director of Vision Research is a Past President of the International Society for Eye Research, Past Vice President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and a recipient of ARVO’s prestigious Proctor Medal; two members of the faculty are recent directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology; three serve or have recently served on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO); one was Vice Chair of the Residency Review Committee for Ophthalmology for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; another is President-Elect of the AAO; and one is a Past President of the AAO and the American Glaucoma Society. For more information, visit

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