Board Members

Founder

Jerre Freeman, MD

Dr. Jerre Minor Freeman, a lifelong Memphian, has been in private practice since 1968, specializing in cataract surgery, intraocular lens implant surgery, laser vision correction surgery and other surgical procedures. He holds over 20 patents for lens implants and surgical instruments and is the designer of the Punctum Plug, a surgical insert to help correct dry eyes.

Before receiving his Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Dr. Freeman received engineering training from Auburn University and served as a pilot with the U.S. Navy. He had two Fellowships, including the Heed Fellowship, at Harvard Medical School and trained in intraocular lens implantation in the Netherlands. A clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, Dr. Freeman has served on the boards of numerous medical and eye organizations and journals. He is a past president of the Memphis Medical Society and a past president of the American Board of Eye Surgery (ABES). Dr. Freeman is also Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

 

In 1978 Dr. Freeman founded the World Cataract Foundation and remains a driving force in the vision and growth of the WCF. Since 1970 he has been leading medical mission teams around the world to provide life-changing sight-restoring surgeries to the poor.

 

Dr. Freeman is internationally known as a speaker, author, inventor and surgeon.

Board of Directors

President, Gib Wilson

Lehman-Roberts Co.

 

Vice President, Richard Myers

Attorney, Glankler Brown

 
Treasurer, David Cuicchi, CPA

Cannon and Company, CPA’s

 

Secretary, Nikki McVean

Community Volunteer

Past President, Pat Beech

Owner/Broker, Arlena Enos. Realtor

 

Past President, Raleigh Crawford

McVean Trading & Investments, LLC

 

Noble Crigler

Low income Apartment Developer

 

James Christian Fleming, MD 

FACS Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Hamilton Eye Institute,
University of Tennessee

 

John Freeman, MD

Memphis Eye & Cataract Associates

 
Kimberly Freeman, MD

Community Volunteer

 

Past President, Richard Grant

Retired Navy Captain

Former Commanding Officer

Naval Air Station, Memphis

 
Robert Lineberry

Leadership Developer

Decision-Strategy

 

 

 

Sandra Morris

Public Relations Executive/Philanthropist

 
Dow McVean

McVean Trading & Investments, LLC

 
Richard Myers

Attorney, Apperson and Crump

 

Patricia A. Sherman, MSN, RN

President, Unity Hospice Care

 

Walker L. Wellford, III

Mass Mutual Financial Group

 
Nancy Wilson

St. Mary’s Episcopal School

 

Director Emeritus

 

Thomas C. Gettelfinger, MD.

Thomas C. Gettelfinger, MD.

Memphis Eye and Cataract Associates

 

K.C. Lam, CLU, ChFC, CFP

Financial Planning Group

 

John T. Van Dyck III, MD, FACS

Retired Ophthalmologist

Staff

Lori Hudson

Executive Director

 

 

Advisory Directors

Pan Awsumb

Past Executive Director, WCF

Living Waters for the World

Idelwild Presbyterian Church

 
Lawrence Madlock, MD

Past President, WCF

Memphis VA Medical Center
University of Tennessee

Medical Center

 

Williams C. Johns, DPh

Retired, Peoples Custom RX

 

Gerald Marshall

Past President, WCF

The Yiyang Company

 

 
 

International Advisory Board Members

Alfredo Amigo, MD

Tenerife, Spain

 
Gary Jerkins, MD

Ukraine

 
Mounir Kahlifa, MD

Tanta, Egypt

 
Meng Yogan, MD

Xi'an, China

 

 

 
Ariel Ramirez, MD

Acapulco, Mexico

 
Juan Carlos Carrera Sanchez, MD

Mexico City, Mexico

 
Shi Yu Ying, MD

Beijing, China

 

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