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ASCRS Foundation 2021 March Newsletter

The ASCRS Foundation is looking forward to many celebrations this Spring! We are honored to announce Geoff Tabin, MD and Sanduk Ruit, MD as the 2021 Chang-Crandall Humanitarian Award Co-Winners, and we are excited to announce our 2021 Young Eye Surgeon International Service Grantees and Resident Excellence Awardees in the coming weeks. Next month, we will recognize the volunteers who help make our mission possible during National Volunteer Week. We hope you will join us in celebrating these incredible leaders!


The ASCRS Foundation is proud to announce Geoff Tabin, MD and Sanduk Ruit, MD as the 2021 Chang-Crandall Humanitarian co-awardees. Endowed by a generous gift from David and Victoria Chang, and presented each year at the ASCRS Annual Meeting, the ASCRS Foundation Chang-Crandall Humanitarian Award was established to honor and recognize outstanding humanitarian work with a focus on cataract blindness and disability. In 2020, the ASCRS Foundation renamed its highest honor the Chang-Crandall Humanitarian Award in posthumous recognition of Alan S. Crandall, MD's exemplary life and commitment to charitable service.

Drs. Tabin and Ruit embody the spirit of the award through their 25-year dedication to humanitarian work in some of the most impoverished areas of the Himalayas and Sub-Saharan Africa. “It gives us great joy to receive this incredible honor which is associated with two of our heroes, David Chang and the late Alan Crandall; legends of global medicine and among the most dedicated and kindest ophthalmologists we know. We stand on the shoulders of so many giants who’ve taught and inspired us and are excited to continue working with the ASCRS Foundation and its members to overcome the travesty of needless blindness in our world.” – Geoff Tabin, MD and Sanduk Ruit, MD

Read the announcement here.


Each year the ASCRS Foundation’s domestic charitable cataract surgery program, Operation Sight recognizes its volunteers and supporters during National Volunteer Week for the immeasurable impact they make in the lives of Operation Sight patients year-round. We invite you to join the digital celebration to be held April 18-24, 2021. This year will include special recognition of Operation Sight EYEcons. Follow the ASCRS Foundation on social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter) to join us!

Do you know a colleague whose Operation Sight contributions deserve to be recognized as an EYEcon?
Share your "EYEcon's" contributions here by April 9, 2021 and Operation Sight will spotlight them on the ASCRS Foundation's social media channels during National Volunteer Week. And remember an "EYEcon" of Operation Sight can be any member of the practice who contributes to the care of Operation Sight patients.

To learn more about Operation Sight or National Volunteer Week, reach out to Jaya Minhas, Program Manager at


Operation Sight volunteer Regina Sun, MD of Berkeley Eye Center is a champion when it comes to making cataract care accessible in her local community of Pearland, TX. Committed to making a difference in the lives of patients in need, Dr. Sun has restored sight to countless Operation Sight patients, addressing the growing need in the Houston area.

We had the opportunity to connect with Dr. Sun recently, where we discussed her contributions and support of Operation Sight.

Through your volunteerism, you make cataract care accessible to patients, who do not have the means to receive the care they need. Has Operation Sight provided a vehicle that enables you to give back on a regular basis?

Dr. Sun: “I went into ophthalmology hoping to serve in missions throughout my career. With small kids and the pandemic, it is difficult to participate in international mission trips at this time. It has been so wonderful, however, to have the opportunity to use my skills locally to help those in need. These patients are so grateful to have cataract surgery and are willing to drive a long way to get their surgery done. I did not realize there were so many patients who need help in my local area and I'm thankful that I can help these patients without having to do any travel.”

Read the rest of the inspiring interview here.


The ASCRS Foundation is grateful to the donors whose generosity makes our mission possible. We are pleased to launch our new donor portal available to all donors who have made an online contribution through the Foundation website in 2021. This portal allows donors to view their 2021 online donation history, download receipts, manage recurring gifts and manage personal fundraisers. The portal will display online gifts given through the Foundation website in 2021 only at this time.

2021 Online Donors: Access the Portal by Clicking Here

Interested in changing lives this year? We hope you will join our incredible community of supporters with a gift to the Foundation in 2021. Click here to donate today.

For questions or more information, please contact Molly Gascoigne at


Did you know the ASCRS Foundation offers a variety of ways to give to help those in need? This month we are featuring Amazon Smile! When you shop with Amazon and select the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation as your charity, Amazon will provide 0.5% of all eligible purchases as a donation! Click here to get started! You can also visit to select us as your charity of choice!

The pandemic has had a far-reaching effect on needy patients. More than any time in the past, they need our help to regain their sight. Our ability to deliver humanitarian eyecare both here in the U.S., and overseas depends on the generosity of those individuals, companies and volunteers who continue to support our mission. We are grateful for all you do to help us change lives.


The ASCRS Foundation


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