September 2018


Insightful news from the ASCRS Foundation
Nominations open for 2nd annual ASCRS Foundation Chang Humanitarian Award

by Natalie Zundel ASCRS Foundation Development Director

David and Victoria Chang endowed $50,000 award to honor outstanding volunteers

For more than 15 years, the ASCRS Foundation has fostered programs to alleviate the worldwide backlog of cataract blindness. These efforts extend not only internationally but in the United States as well. The Foundation’s work is only possible because of the many individuals and partner organizations who volunteer their time, expertise, and financial support to treat cataract blindness around the world.
Endowed by a generous gift from David and Victoria Chang, the ASCRS Foundation Chang Humanitarian Award was established to honor and recognize outstanding humanitarian work with a focus on cataract blindness and disability. The award will be made annually to celebrate and call attention to the charitable accomplishments of an individual working in the United States or abroad.
“David and Victoria’s generosity and leadership is deeply appreciated because it allows us to highlight and perpetuate the noble volunteer efforts of our colleagues within ophthalmology who are trying to alleviate treatable global blindness,” said Stephen Lane, MD, co-chair of the ASCRS Foundation.
The process for selecting the 2019 honoree opened on July 15, and nominations will be accepted through September 15, 2018. The Foundation needs members’ assistance to find worthy candidates who demonstrate a commitment to service and volunteerism. Members and others in the ophthalmic industry are called upon to nominate ophthalmologists who are doing exceptional humanitarian work to alleviate needless global blindness.
“We want to celebrate our many colleagues for their extraordinary efforts in the domain of cataract blindness and disability,” Dr. Chang said.
The award is made annually at the ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting, and a $50,000 prize will be granted in the recipient’s honor to a charitable ophthalmology organization of his or her choice. The inaugural award was presented to Alan Crandall, MD, at the 2018 ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting, highlighting and benefiting his work through the Moran Eye Center’s Global Outreach Program.
“As the world’s population ages, the backlog of cataract blindness in developing countries will continue to climb,” Dr. Chang said. “There are proven, cost-effective solutions that need to be scaled and many dedicated individuals and organizations that merit our collective support.”
To find out more about the ASCRS Foundation Chang Humanitarian Award and to submit a nomination, visit

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Nominations open for 2nd annual ASCRS Foundation Chang Humanitarian Award Nominations open for 2nd annual ASCRS Foundation Chang Humanitarian Award
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