Critical to the Dean McGee Eye Institute’s success and unique among major American eye institutes was the incorporation of the Institute as a separate charitable entity with its own governing Board of Directors and the adoption of an affiliation agreement with the University of Oklahoma. The committed and insightful stewardship of volunteer Board members has been critical to the Institute’s growth and development. In particular, the Board leadership of Stanton L. Young and James R. Tolbert III, longstanding Oklahoma City civic leaders, provided consistent strength and stability.
Ultimately, the remarkable achievements of the Dean McGee Eye Institute are the result of the outstanding quality of compassionate care provided by its physicians and staff, the disciplined and creative work of its scientists, and the hundreds of generous donors who have supported its mission. The Institute is proud of its remarkable legacy and the trust placed in it by patients and the citizens of Oklahoma. In keeping with the principles established by its founders, the Dean McGee Eye Institute pledges to continue its unwavering commitment to excellence in patient care, education, and vision research.