Dean McGee Eye Institute
608 Stanton L Young Boulevard
Oklahoma City OK 73104-9939
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Dean McGee Eye Institute
Mission Statement 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.
Contact Information
Contact Name Jim Durbin
Contact email
Address 608 Stanton L Young Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73104 9939
Phone (405) 271-7803
Fax 405-271-7877
County Oklahoma
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The Dean McGee Eye Institute Foundation (DMEIF)
The Foundation was established in 1992 and is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Foundation supports research, education and patient care activities at the Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI). It is funded by contributions from friends, grateful patients, faculty, staff, corporations and foundations who give generously each year. These gifts help DMEI to carry out its mission to serve our community through excellence and leadership in eye care, education and vision research.
For more information on supporting the DMEI mission, please contact us at or call us at 405.271.7803.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $50,455,849.00
Projected Expenses $51,859,139.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1972
IRS Ruling Year 1973
State Registration Expiration Apr 2020
Mission 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.
A small group of prominent Oklahoma City citizens, led by ophthalmologist Richard A. Clay, MD, founded the Oklahoma Eye Foundation in 1965 with the specific goal of establishing an eye institute. Their vision was to create a center of excellence to train ophthalmologists and conduct vision research in order to provide superior eye care for all Oklahomans.
In 1971, Dean A. McGee, president of the Kerr-McGee Corporation, developed a retinal detachment. This was successfully repaired by Drs. Tullos O. Coston and Thomas E. Acers. Inspired by this experience, Mr. McGee joined the effort to establish an eye institute. His stature within the community, leadership, and personal generosity provided the catalyst for the creation the Eye Institute that bears his name. 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.
Dr. Acers was named as the first full-time chair of the University of Oklahoma Department of Ophthalmology in 1972. Under his leadership, the current site of the Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI) was chosen, and construction of the original building began. On December 4, 1975, DMEI was dedicated with Dr. Acers as its president. During Dr. Acers’ tenure from 1972 to 1991, DMEI and the Department experienced tremendous growth while establishing a new standard of clinical care and retaining a primary focus on education in ophthalmology.
In 1992, Dr. David W. Parke II succeeded Dr. Acers as DMEI’s second president and as chair of the Department. As a result of Dr. Parke’s leadership, the Institute established one of the nation’s premier vision research programs and embarked on a major construction and renovation project to double the size of its facilities. This project continued under the leadership of Dr. Gregory L. Skuta, who was appointed as the third president and as chair of the Department in 2009. Dr. Skuta oversaw the fulfillment of the capital campaign and the completion of the new building, which was dedicated on September 30, 2011. In 2018, an additional 20 examination rooms were added.
DMEI 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, DMEI pledges to continue its commitment to excellence in patient care, education, and vision research.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
The Dean McGee Eye Institute serves patients from all 77 counties in Oklahoma and from surrounding states.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Medical Research/Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments Research
Tertiary Organizational Category Education/Graduate & Professional Schools

The Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI) provides the highest quality patient care in all of the major subspecialty areas of ophthalmology through approximately 200,000 total patient visits per year and 8,400 surgical cases annually in its state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center and approximately 2,000 more in other surgical settings. DMEI cares for patients from all 77 Oklahoma counties and the surrounding region. As the only non-profit eye institute in the region, DMEI provides exceptional care to all patients regardless of ability to pay with the help of our Patient Financial Assistance Program funded with charitable contributions from the public.


In 2019, 21 of the Institute’s 32 ophthalmologists (and all of those recruited before 2014) were listed among the Best Doctors in America and/or Castle Connelly Top Doctors.  Many hold or have held major leadership positions in national and state organizations.
Population Served People/Families of People with Health Conditions Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent

DMEI in affiliation with the OU College of Medicine houses one of the nation’s leading Departments of Ophthalmology with respect to funding from the National Institutes of Health/National Eye Institute and Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc. The Department’s 10 grant-funded basic science principal investigators conduct independent vision research projects that seek cures for vision-related diseases and disorders, including age-related macular degeneration and other retinal degenerations; diabetic eye disease; bacterial, fungal, and viral infections of the eye; glaucoma; inflammatory eye disease; and corneal disorders.

Our scientists are among the most honored in the field and have held key leadership roles in research organizations such as the International Society for Eye Research and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. In addition, at any given time, DMEI is involved in dozens of clinical trials that are testing and refining the latest in ophthalmic treatments.

Population Served People/Families of People with Health Conditions

Educating the next generation of ophthalmologists is a core part of DMEI’s mission. In a survey released by Ophthalmology Times in 2019, the residency program at DMEI in affiliation with the University of Oklahoma (OU) College of Medicine was ranked 12th in the nation (sixth among programs affiliated with a public university) and attracts top medical students from across the country. Dr. R. Michael Siatkowski, DMEI’s residency program director and an esteemed educator, served as the national president of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology’s Program Directors Council in 2018-2019.


Resident surgical education at DMEI has consistently ranked above the 90th percentile nationally. Since 2000, the first-time pass rates on the American Board of Ophthalmology’s written and oral examinations are 100% and 97.5% respectively, with an average score on the written examination near the 80th percentile. In addition, DMEI hosts a number of fellows each year who receive advanced training in an ophthalmology subspecialty.
Population Served US& International
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Gregory L. Skuta, MD
Start Date Apr 2009

Gregory L. Skuta, MD has served as the president and chief executive officer of the Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI) since 2009 and is also the Edward L. Gaylord Professor and Chair and Regents' Professor of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine's Department of Ophthalmology in Oklahoma City. He presided over the completion of the 78,000-square-foot expansion of DMEI and has raised $39 million during his tenure.


A native of Illinois, he received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois College of Medicine respectively. He completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he was chief resident, and a glaucoma fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. Dr. Skuta also served on the faculty at the University of Michigan's W. K. Kellogg Eye Center from 1987 to 1992, when he joined DMEI.


He served as president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in 2014. Dr. Skuta is currently the chair of the AAO Foundation's Advisory Board and the AAO representative to the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research. He also serves on the Board of Directors, Underwriting Committee, and Risk Management Committee for the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company.


Dr. Skuta is a past president of the American Glaucoma Society (2005-2006), a past director (2001-2008) of the American Board of Ophthalmology, and a past member (2004-2007) of the Board of Governors of the World Glaucoma Association. He is a past president of the American Eye Study Club and a past director-at-large for the Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Skuta has contributed to more than 115 publications, book chapters, and educational products and has delivered lectures and presentations at more than 250 meetings throughout the United States and in South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and South Africa.
Senior Staff
Michelle C. Callegan, PhDDirector of Vision Research
Jim DurbinExecutive Director of Development
James ElledgeDirector of Surgical Services
Ashley EllisClinical Trials Manager
Garyl G. Geist, MAccExecutive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Nick HensonDirector of Clinical Operations
Kimberly A. HowardVice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Kayla KnoxHuman Resources Director
Danette S. MondalekExecutive Director, Revenue Cycle
Anil D. Patel, MD, FACSMedical Director of Clinical Operations
R. Michael Siatkowski, MDVice Chair for Academic Affairs
Mark A. WyckoffChief Information Officer
Number of Full-time Staff 308
Number of Part-time Staff 22
Number of Contract Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 15
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Name David E. Rainbolt
Company Affiliation BancFirst
Term Dec 2013 to June 2021
Board of Directors
List Current as of Dec 27, 2019
Board of Directors List
Governor Bill AnoatubbyThe Chickasaw NationVoting
John R. Bozalis MDRetiredVoting
Michael A. CawleyRetiredVoting
Tricia L. EverestCommunity VolunteerVoting
Garyl G. Geist MAccDean McGee Eye InstituteVoting
Michael E. JosephMcAfee & TaftVoting
Ronald M. Kingsley MDDean McGee Eye InstituteNonVoting
Linda LambertLasso CorporationVoting
Shelly LambertzContinental ResourcesVoting
J. Larry NicholsDevon EnergyVoting
David E. RainboltBancFirstVoting
G. Jeffrey RecordsMidFirst BankVoting
Michael S. SamisSamis InvestmentsVoting
Jason R. SandersUniversity of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterVoting
R. Michael Siatkowski MDDean McGee Eye InstituteVoting
Gregory L. Skuta MDDean McGee Eye InstituteVoting
James R. Tolbert IIIFull Circle BookstoreVoting
G. Rainey Williams Jr.Marco CapitalVoting
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2019-June 30, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $50,455,849
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $51,859,139
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Revenue$51,778,923$40,564,178$37,681,416
Total Expenses$52,590,713$40,787,524$39,980,582
Revenue Less Expenses($811,790)($223,346)($2,299,166)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$26,190$21,107$20,304
Unrealized Gain/Loss($795,184)$417,921$85,420
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$40,906,356$31,048,365$29,398,201
Administration Expense$11,684,357$9,739,159$10,582,381
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.980.990.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%76%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$51,483,755$52,369,351$54,105,101
Current Assets$991,818$1,305,457$936,712
Long-Term Liabilities$3,920,198$4,380,612$5,342,503
Current Liabilities$7,203,671$6,817,063$7,367,576
Total Net Assets$40,359,886$41,171,676$41,395,022
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.140.190.13
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets8%8%10%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $49,453,192Earned Revenue $37,981,905Earned Revenue $33,465,558
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Public Support $3,642,299Indirect Public Support $2,534,365Other $2,169,204
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $26,190Realized & Unrealized Gains/(Losses) $417,921Indirect Public Support $1,940,930
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? Yes
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Note 1:  In fiscal year 2019, 2018, & 2017 had the following fundraising expenses allocation to McGee Eye Institute Endowment Fund per Schedule O in the amounts of  ($570,425) ($391,120), and ($368,588), respectively.   These amounts are included in the "Other" revenue section.
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
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Address 608 Stanton L Young Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73104 9939
Primary Phone 405 271-7803
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CEO/Executive Director Gregory L. Skuta, MD
Board Chair David E. Rainbolt
Board Chair Company Affiliation BancFirst