Dr. Olson Receives Prestigious Governor’s Medal
If you haven’t heard the good news, Moran CEO, Dr. Randall J Olson is being honored once again. This time by the State of Utah. Dr. Olson will receive one of seven Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology from Utah Governor Gary Herbert tonight at 7 p.m. in a ceremony at the Children’s Museum at The Gateway. Dr. Olson is out of town giving scientific and clinical lectures and the award will be accepted by Moran Director of Research, Dr. Robert Marc.
The state has chosen these medals as a symbol of recognition to individuals who have provided distinguished service to Utah in the fields of science and technology.
During the past 30 years, Dr. Olson has served as the Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Utah, which now incorporates the John A. Moran Eye Center. What was once a one room Division in the School of Medicine has evolved into our beautiful new 210,000-square-foot John A. Moran Eye Center. We have more than 480 employees, including 40 ophthalmologists and optometrists and 50 PhD scientists, all working toward optimal patient outcomes.
This past year we cared for more than 120,000 patients in 12 locations, and performed more than 6,000 operations. Our specialists saw patients from 45 countries and almost every state in the U.S. We carried out charitable missions to 20 countries on six continents in 2009.
All of this began as a farsighted vision in the mind of Dr. Olson who partnered with John A. Moran to make it come true. Dr. Olson has always been committed to the Moran goal that no person with a blinding condition, eye disease or visual impairment should be without hope, understanding and treatment.
The Governor’s Medal award program was initiated in 1987 to recognize those who made career achievements and/or provided distinguished service that has benefited the State of Utah in the areas of Science and Technology. There’s no “and/or” about Dr. Olson - he has made remarkable career achievements AND provided distinguished service that has benefited the State of Utah in the areas of Science and Technology.
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Kudos to Dr. Olson!