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Utah’s John A. Moran Eye Center Ranks Among Nation’s Top 10 Best

U.S. News & World Report now ranks the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah among the nation’s Top 10 eye centers.

The Moran Eye Center took the No. 10 spot in the magazine’s 2022-2023 Best Hospitals for Ophthalmology report. U.S. News & World Report bases its rankings on voting results asking ophthalmologists across the nation where they would send their patients with the most complex eye conditions.

Moran Eye Center CEO and Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Distinguished Professor and Chair Randall J Olson, MD, said the ranking is a recognition of just how far Utah has come.

"When I started practicing 40 years ago, Utahns had very few eye care options, and I was, in fact, the sole ophthalmologist at the University of Utah," he said. "My goal was to create a premier eye care center in Utah. This ranking confirms patients can find eye care in the Mountain West that rivals that of the coasts, including some of the best-known names in health care. I am thankful for our highly skilled team and this recognition from their peers."

U.S. News & World Report says its Best Hospitals listings aim to help patients make crucially important health care decisions. For ophthalmology, the magazine only publishes rankings for institutions that receive at least five percent of votes over a three-year period.

While U.S. News & World Report rated University of Utah Hospital No. 1 in Utah and the Salt Lake City metro area for the ninth consecutive year, Moran’s ranking marks the first time any University of Utah Health clinical facility has placed in the Top 10.

"Dr. Olson is a visionary leader and built a remarkable program," said Michael L. Good, MD, CEO of University of Utah Health, Dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine, and Senior Vice President of Health Sciences. "This national recognition from peers affirms the Moran Eye Center at University of Utah Health provide some of the best eye care in the entire country, right here in Utah."

On the 2022-2023 Best Hospitals list, the Moran Eye Center finds itself ranked among some of the country’s most established and prestigious eye centers:

  1. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute‑University of Miami Hospital and Clinics
  2. Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
  3. Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  4. Mass Eye and Ear, Massachusetts General Hospital
  5. Stein and Doheny Eye Institutes, UCLA Medical Center
  6. Duke University Hospital
  7. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  8. University of Michigan Health Kellogg Eye Center
  9. UCSF Health-UCSF Medical Center
  10. John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics
  11. Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic
  12. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai

About Moran's Nationally Ranked Eye Care

As part of University of Utah Health, the Moran Eye Center serves as the largest ophthalmology clinical care and research center in the Mountain West, with more than 60 faculty members and 10 satellite clinics. Moran is a major referral center for complex cases, with over 150,000 patient visits and about 9,000 surgeries annually.

Moran supports 16 research labs and centers, where internationally awarded faculty are developing the treatments of tomorrow. Faculty train 12 residents, four interns, and up to 13 fellows each year in one of the nation's most selective and unique academic programs.

More than 500 employees work to achieve the Moran Eye Center's vision that no person with a blinding condition, eye disease, or visual impairment should be without hope, understanding, and treatment. Moran's Global Outreach Division carries out this vision on a local and global scale by providing services to underserved Utahns at no cost and by training doctors in developing countries to expand access to care.