Alan S. Crandall, M.D.

Dr. Alan Crandall graduated from the University of Utah, receiving his medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He completed his internship in surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center as well as his residency and fellowship in ophthalmology at the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania. He joined the University of Utah Ophthalmology Department in 1981. Dr. Crandall is the John A. Moran Presidential Professor and Senior Vice-Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Val A. and Edith D. Green Presidential Endowed Chair, Director of Glaucoma and Cataract at the Moran Eye Center, University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition, he is Co-Director of the Moran Eye Center Outreach Division.

Dr. Alan Crandall is a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners as well as a member of the American Board of Ophthalmology. In addition he is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, American Glaucoma Society, the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, as well as the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club. He is a past president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Crandall has chaired more than 150 major national and international symposia. He has co-authored two text books and authored more than 200 peer reviewed articles. In addition he has trained 33 Glaucoma Fellows and more than 100 residents. Among numerous recognitions awarded to him are: The HealthCare Heroes Award, Teacher of the Year Award, Vocational Excellence for Humanitarian Service and The Dr. Clark Lowe Rich Distinguished Surgeon and Mentor Award as well as The Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award from American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and American Glaucoma Society (AGS). Dr. Crandall loves teaching; he has been dedicated to teaching the intricacies of ophthalmic surgery throughout his career.

As Co-Director of the Moran Outreach Division, Dr. Crandall is passionate about and deeply committed to eliminating the overwhelming burden of curable blindness in the most underserved, neglected and impoverished regions of the world. Dr. Crandall started his humanitarian work in Ghana in 1996 and has since traveled to more than 25 countries, including Russia, India, the Federated States of Micronesia, rural Guatemala and Haiti teaching cataract and glaucoma surgery to the most promising ophthalmologist in those countries. After nearly twenty years, Dr. Crandall is finally witnessing the fruits of his labor as many countries and regions that he has dedicated his life’s work to are starting to develop and maintain sustainable eye care delivery systems that will forever change patients’ lives.