LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 23, 2015) - Doheny Eye Institute, a top-ranked nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the conservation, improvement and restoration of human eyesight since 1947, is pleased to announced the election of Dr. Robert K. Maloney and Mr. Nelson C. Rising to the Doheny Eye Institute Board of Directors. Leaders in their respective fields, Dr. Maloney and Mr. Rising bring extensive track records of success and executive board membership experience in the education, medical and real estate industries.

"The leadership and expertise that Dr. Maloney and Mr. Rising bring from their respective fields is unique, and the experience from the many distinguished boards that each has served on is something that we place a tremendous amount of value on," said Ed Landry, chairman of the Doheny Eye Institute Board of Directors. "We could not be more pleased to welcome board members of such a high caliber. With these additions, our Board of Directors and vision for the future of Doheny Eye Institute is stronger than ever."

Robert K. Maloney, M.D., M.A., is a Los Angeles-based cataract and refractive surgeon. A former Rhodes Scholar and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Maloney has made countless contributions to the field of ophthalmology throughout his distinguished career. On the academic side, he has published more than 100 articles, abstracts and reports in professional journals establishing himself as a leading researcher and expert on new technologies for refractive and cataract surgery. He has trained more than 700 surgeons in the use of the Excimer laser, used for eye and vision correction procedures, and personally performed more than 55,000 vision correction surgeries.

"Dr. Maloney's breadth of experience and unique perspective on healthcare is a wonderful addition to our esteemed Board," said Tom Foscue, vice chairman of the Doheny Eye Institute Board of Directors. "With 17 years of community practice under his belt, perspective as a healthcare provider from his 10-plus years of experience on the Board of Trustees at Good Samaritan Hospital, 10 years of faculty experience at Jules Stein Eye Institute and an impressive track record in medical device development that will aid in our research work, Dr. Maloney brings a wealth of insight from every angle of the healthcare industry."

Dr. Maloney's numerous personal achievements include becoming the first surgeon in western North America to perform LASIK surgery as part of the original FDA clinical trials; receiving the Lans Distinguished Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery in recognition of his contributions to the field of refractive surgery; and both the Senior Honor Award and Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology for contributions to the Academy.

With more than 40 years of experience, Nelson C. Rising is a renowned authority in the Los Angeles real estate industry. He attended UCLA, where he received his B.A. in Economics and graduated with honors. He then attended UCLA Law School, earning his J.D.

"With an impressive history of civic service and philanthropy throughout Los Angeles, and longstanding ties within the local medical community including his connections to UCLA, Nelson Rising is a valuable addition to the Doheny Board of Directors," said Rob Smith, president of the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation. "His collaborative style and years of experience guiding highly regarded organizations, such as his time on the Board of Trustees at UCLA's Stein Eye Institute, will be great resources for this esteemed group as Doheny continues to reconceive the way eye care is delivered in Los Angeles."

Mr. Rising serves on an array of distinguished boards, including UCLA Stein Eye Institute's Board of Trustees, as well as the Board of Trustees and Executive Committees of the California Institute of Technology and the W.M. Keck Foundation. His extensive record of civic service also includes his role as Chairman Emeritus of the Real Estate Roundtable based in Washington D.C., Chairman of the Grand Avenue Committee in Los Angeles, and former Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

"We remain committed to expanding our capacity to serve the many communities here in Southern California and around the world," said Marissa Goldberg, executive director of the Doheny Eye Institute. "The additions of Dr. Maloney and Mr. Rising to the Board of Directors, along with the recent appointment of Dr. SriniVas Sadda as President and Chief Scientific Officer, ensures that our organization is in a great position to continue to expand the Doheny legacy of excellence." 

The Doheny Board of Directors plays a pivotal role in the organization's growth and objective for excellence. Their mandate led to the negotiation of a historic strategic alliance with UCLA, which builds on the organization's commitment to the conservation, improvement and restoration of human eyesight. Since the affiliation was enacted in December 2013, Doheny has strengthened its research and clinical collaboration with UCLA's Stein Eye Institute; upgraded its vision research center; and opened Doheny Eye Center UCLA patient clinics in Arcadia, Orange County and Pasadena, delivering on its goal of advancing vision research, education and patient care.

About Doheny Eye Institute
The Doheny Eye Institute, established in 1947, is a top 5-ranked nonprofit organization proudly affiliated with UCLA and dedicated to the conservation, improvement and restoration of human eyesight. Recognized as an outstanding center for vision research and education, the Doheny Eye Institute has emerged as a world leader in basic and clinical vision research. The institute's innovative research has led to new diagnostic and treatment procedures and is internationally regarded for changing people's lives by improving their sight.