Located in downtown Syracuse, the Central New York Eye and Tissue Bank (CNYETB) began in 1955 as the Eye Bank of Central New York, providing ocular tissue donation and recovery services throughout Central New York. In 2001, the Eye Bank became a division of Buffalo-based Unyts, one of the leading organ, eye and tissue procurement organizations in the country.

In 2005, the Eye Bank became licensed to provide eye and tissue (musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, skin) donation and recovery services for transplant and research and updated its name to the Central New York Eye and Tissue Bank.

In addition to our organization’s comprehensive donation and recovery services, CNYETB is committed to increasing awareness of transplantation and the need for donation, and how vital it is to saving, reclaiming and improving lives.  



Mark Kenville 
CNYETB Director


Mark Simon

Ephraim Singh Atwal, MD
Medical Director, Eye and Tissue Services

Michael Geiss III, MD
Co-Medical Director, Eye and Tissue Services



CNYETB Credentials

Licensed by the NY State Dept. of Health, FDA-Registered

Accredited by the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB)


CNYETB Contracts

Eye and Tissue Recovery: Chenango Memorial Hospital, Cortland Regional Medical Center, Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office, Oswego Hospital, Syracuse Veteran’s Administration Hospital, UHS Binghamton General Hospital and UHS Wilson Medical Center

Eye Recovery:  Upstate University Hospital, Upstate University Hospital –Community Campus, Crouse Hospital, Community Memorial Hospital, Carthage Area Hospital, Clifton-Fine Hospital, and Massena Memorial Hospital

Birth Tissue Donation:  Cortland Regional Medical Center, Oswego Health Maternity Center and UHS Wilson Medical Center


CNYETB Community Support

Hospital Foundation

Hospice of Central New York

Francis House

Syracuse University Athletics

Syracuse Crunch Hockey

Syracuse Sky Chiefs Baseball

CNY Jazz Central

Professional and Public Education programs


CNYETB Affiliations

Donor Family Network

CNY Transplant Awareness Group

Hospital Donation Councils

CNY Lions Clubs

Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce



Central New York Eye and Tissue Bank

517 East Washington Street

Syracuse, New York  13202


315-470-6060 fax