Alan Slade Crandall, MD passed away on October 2, 2020. Dr. Crandall joined The Eye Institute of Utah in 1997 and he was beloved not only for his knowledge and skill in ophthalmology, but also for his kind and generous spirit. It was a pleasure to know him and an honor to work with him. He leaves us with a legacy of life-changing humanitarian work and valuable contributions to education that impacted people at EIU and across the world.
Dr. Crandall was a world-renowned cataract and glaucoma expert and a specialist in the medical and surgical management of cataracts and glaucoma. He lectured internationally at conferences and educational institutions and also published more than 100 papers for peer review and more than 10 medical books or chapters. Dr. Crandall’s expertise was recognized with many awards and honors throughout his career. He was also a past President of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the Utah Ophthalmology Society.
Dr. Crandall received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Utah, and completed a surgery internship at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, followed by an ophthalmology residency and glaucoma fellowship at the Scheie Eye Institute in Philadelphia.
Through the University of Utah’s Ghana Exchange Program and his role as Co-Director of the International Outreach Division at the John A. Moran Eye Center, Dr. Crandall spent more than a decade traveling to remote regions of the world to perform free, life-changing eye surgery to those in need and to help train local doctors on surgical techniques. He was passionate about humanitarian work and eradicating preventable blindness in developing countries as well as making a difference within his community. Internationally, he traveled to destinations such as Ghana, Nepal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Tonga, Nairobi/Rwanda, Guatemala and more. Locally, Dr. Crandall worked to perform charitable eye surgery through Operation Sight for patients in need of surgery right here in Salt Lake City, and he regularly traveled to the Navajo Nation in southern Utah to perform eye exams and surgery to those in need.
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