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About the Foundation

The Macular Degeneration Foundation (MDF) was founded in 1991 by Edmund J. Alexandrovich as a 501c3 tax-exempt charitable medical research and educational foundation. It funds promising scientific studies designed to find a cure for macular degeneration, inhibit its progression, and restore the vision of afflicted ones.


Liz Trauernicht - President
Julie Utiger - Vice President

P.O. Box 531313 Henderson, Nevada 89053
Tel: 888-633-3937 (USA)     Tel: 702-450-2908 (Intl)     Fax: 702-450-3396     
Email: liz@eyesight.org

Liz Trauernicht is President & Director of Communications for the Macular Degeneration Foundation. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Ms. Trauernicht interviews key professionals such as researchers, study trial coordinators, and CEO's of pharmaceutical companies.  She attends medical seminars at Harvard University as well as ARVO, AAO and Envision conferences. She keeps subscribers abreast of news-breaking information by publishing the foundation’s newsletter, THE MAGNIFIER. She answers questions and offers support for the macular degeneration patients that call on the toll-free lines. 

Julie Zavala is Vice President and Assistant Director of Operations for the Foundation. She has 15 years experience working in the medical field that include positions as a certified ophthalmic assistant, satellite office manager and a private surgical assistant for a prominent ophthalmologist / retinal specialist.

Dr. David Seftel - Director & Executive Vice President
Dr. Ron Gallemore - Board of Scientific Advisors

David Seftel, M.D., MBA is Executive Vice President and Director of Research Development for the Foundation, Dr. Seftel, a Board Certified and part-time practicing Internist, trained at Harvard's Beth Israel Hospital and Loyola University of Chicago. He holds a Masters in Business Administration with graduate honors from Harvard University. He currently serves as medical management consultant to hospitals and health systems worldwide and as faculty advisor to the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School.

Ron Gallemore M.D., Ph.D. - Board of Scientific Advisors
Dr. Gallemore is an internationally recognized clinician, scientist and surgeon. Completing his medical degree and doctorate in Neuroscience at the University of California, S.F. and residency at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA, he was offered a prestigious retina fellowship at Duke University. Dr. Gallemore is a member of the nationally recognized Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group in Southern California maintaining five offices in Los Angeles with major emphasis in research.


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