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Paul A. Chandler, MD

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  • Recognition: 
    ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame


“Chandler had a special motto and he got it from Sir Francis Bacon . . . and it says essentially, one has a duty to try to improve one's profession and to give back to it. And that's what Chandler taught me . . . That's how he lived . . . He was my hero.”
Richard J. Simmons, MD

Paul A. Chandler was the beloved mentor of two generations of ophthalmologists interested in glaucoma.

A 1924 graduate of Harvard University, Chandler is best known as a noted researcher and author. His work included coauthorship of the text Glaucoma, which was the principal text on glaucoma for many years. Chandler lectured throughout the world and authored more than 70 articles, the majority on glaucoma. Highlights of Chandler’s accomplishments include his influence on the diagnosis and treatment of papillary block and malignant glaucoma.

Chandler is often remembered as a humble, honest man who was a gifted surgeon and enthusiastic teacher. He often met with glaucoma fellows to discuss ethics and personal values.

In 1986, Harvard Medical School established the Paul Austin Chandler Professorship of Ophthalmology endowed by a bequest from a former patient who Chandler had treated successfully for malignant glaucoma. Previously at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, a Paul A. Chandler Visiting Professorship was established. His students formed the Chandler-Grant Society to honor Chandler and W. Morton Grant and to perpetuate the principles of collaboration.

Chandler was a former president of the American Ophthalmological Society and the New England Ophthalmological Society, which held its 1982 meeting in his honor. He was also a former chairman of the board of the American Board of Ophthalmology.