Dean McGee Eye Institute

2021 Grant Recipient

The Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI) has received a grant of $260,000 from the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma to endow DMEI’s Distinguished Lecture Series. This series brings nationally and internationally prominent ophthalmologists to Oklahoma City for two days to make formal presentations to clinicians and researchers at DMEI. 

Students, physicians, and faculty from across campus are invited to attend the lectures, and physicians from around the state and across the country are able to join remotely. The visiting lecturer also spends additional time with DMEI’s residents and fellows in the University of Oklahoma Department of Ophthalmology.

Michael Siatkowski, MD, MBA, chief executive officer of DMEI and Edward L. Gaylord professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology states, “We are extraordinarily grateful to the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma for this very generous donation. Proceeds from this endowment will enable DMEI to continue to offer the best in educational experiences for our residents and faculty for decades to come, while also providing an opportunity for others to learn from some of the leading experts in the field of ophthalmology.”


“The Masons are making this gift to support the continuing education process at this prestigious institution,” said Robert Davis, Grand Master. “We appreciate the contributions DMEI makes to the quality of life for all Oklahomans.”


The first distinguished lecture at DMEI sponsored by the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma is planned for August of 2021 depending on the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and public health guidelines in place at that time.