Alan S. Crandall, MD, arguably known most for his humanitarian efforts spanning a career of nearly 40 years, died October 2 following a sudden illness. Dr. Crandall practiced at the John A. Moran Eye Center at University of Utah Health for 39 years. Most recently, he served as presidential professor, John E. and Marva M. Warnock presidential endowed chair, senior vice chair, director of glaucoma and cataract, and was the founder and senior medical director of the Moran Global Outreach Division. He is also a past president of the ASCRS.
Born June 13, 1947, Dr. Crandall graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1973. In his career, he focused on glaucoma, cataract, and complex anterior segment surgery and was involved in clinical research studies and the training of hundreds of surgeons worldwide. Through his work as founder of the Moran Global Outreach Division, a program that provides access to eye care in developing countries and to those in the local community who cannot afford eye care, Dr. Crandall performed countless free surgeries to restore sight to patients in Utah on the Navajo Nation, and in more than 20 countries including Ghana, Nepal, and South Sudan. Notably, Dr. Crandall is the only physician to receive four internationally recognized awards (the American Glaucoma Society Humanitarian Award, the AAO Humanitarian Award, the ASCRS Humanitarian Award, and the ASCRS Foundation Chang Humanitarian Award) for his humanitarian efforts in ophthalmology.
In his lifetime, Dr. Crandall also received the Rotary International Health Care Heroes Award for Excellence in Health Care—Community Outreach and the Vocational Excellence Award for Humanitarian Service. Previously, he was named by Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today as one of 50 international opinion leaders and by The Ophthalmologist as one of the 100 most influential individuals in the ophthalmic industry.
“Dr. Crandall was a friend to everyone who knew him and universally respected and adored,” Randall J. Olson, MD, said in a statement released by the University of Utah. “The Moran Eye Center is recognized as a center of excellence in large part because of Dr. Crandall and his devotion to our mission of providing hope, treatment, and understanding for all. His memory will always shine as a beacon of inspiration and his legacy will always endure.”