Board of Directors
V. K. Raju, MD, FRCS, FACS
Founder and President
On many levels, V.K. Raju, M.D’s life is one of vision. The West Virginia-based ophthalmologist envisioned the Eye Foundation of America in 1979 after volunteering his time to conduct eye camps and provide free eye care for years in his native India. He created the Foundation to extend the work’s scope and to partner with other organizations who shared the same goals, maximizing its capabilities many times over. (Read more about the Foundation’s development on the History page.)
Raju also helped found the Goutami Eye Institute in 2006, a fully-equipped eye hospital in Rajahmundry, India, with a wing dedicated to children’s eye problems. The Institute, also a teaching hospital, has trained 200 opththalmologists, served 400,000 patients, and performed 50,000 surgeries in the short time it has been in operation. (Read more about the Institute on our Hospitals page.
A native of Rajahmundry, India, Raju was educated in India, Great Britain, and the US. He has a large private practice in Morgantown, West Virginia. He also is an adjunct clinical professor of ophthalmology at West Virginia University’s School of Medicine. He spends his time teaching and performing surgery and medical services on a volunteer basis for the Eye Foundation of America.
Leela Raju, M.D. - Secretary
New York, NY
DR. LEELA RAJU is proud to join her father in his goal to eradicate avoidable blindness. She is an associate professor of ophthalmology at NYU Langone Eye Center in NY,NY and acts as the secretary and education coordinator for EFA. She travels to Goutami Eye Institute in Andhra Pradesh regularly to teach and see patients and is helping develop the EFA collaboration in Ghana.
In addition to her non-profit work, Dr. Leela Raju is a board certified ophthalmologist. She graduated from Marshall University, WV in 2003. She completed a residency program at Johns Hopkins University in 2004 and another residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2008. She completed her cornea fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in 2009.
SAMUEL SPENCER STONE is in private law practice in Morgantown, West Virginia where he has a general practice concentrating in financial and estate planning an arbitration and mediation. Mr. Stone received his B.S. and J.D. degrees from West Virginia University. Mr. Stone received his Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Planner degrees from The American College.
He is a member of the West Virginia State Bar Association, Monongalia County Bar Association, West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, National Academy of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association and Federal Mediation And Conciliation Service. He has been an Adjunct Professor at West Virginia University teaching the graduate school course Industrial And Labor Relations 540 - Arbitration Theory and Practice.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Mylan Park Foundation, Inc. and The Wheeling Symphony Society. He assisted Dr. Raju in organizing the Eye Foundation of America, Inc. and has been a member of the Board from inception. He is married to Jerilyn Van Beneden Stone, who is a Physical Therapist and they have three children, Morgan, Josh and Lara.
New York, NY