Excellent Didactic Training & Surgical Experience

For more than a quarter-century, the ophthalmology program at University of Utah Health's School of Medicine has offered excellent didactic training and extensive surgical experience. Each year, faculty from the Moran Eye Center provide ophthalmology training to approximately 50-60 medical students from the University of Utah, medical schools from all over the country and visiting residents annually. We provide education as well to four interns, 12 residents, up to 13 fellows, and many international observers. As the only medical school in the Mountain West, University of Utah Health plays an important role in training the region’s next generation of physicians and ophthalmologists.

In the Top 10 Ophthalmology Education Programs Nationally

More than 650 applications are received each year for the center’s highly coveted residency and fellowship positions. We are consistently ranked as one of the top ophthalmology education programs in the country. Moran ranked No. 10 in the nation for Best Residency Program in the 2021 Ophthalmology Times survey of chairpersons and residency program directors at eye centers across the country. Doximity in 2021 ranked Moran at No. 6 in the nation and No. 2 in the West for residency education. Our faculty covers all subspecialty areas of ophthalmology. Our clinician educators have very active practices and residents have access to all patients in our system.

The Moran Eye Center residency program is fully accredited by the ACGME. With the opening of a 210,000-square-foot John A. Moran Eye Center in 2006, our residents are learning hands-on in a state-of-the-art facility that is truly one of the great eye centers in the world.


We operate our educational programs in conjunction with the 425-bed University of Utah Hospital and the 121-bed Salt Lake Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Additional training is conducted at Primary Children’s Hospital. All fellowships have been designed to mesh perfectly with our residency in a way that enhances the entire experience.

Vision and Mission Statement


The John A. Moran Eye Center is committed to the goal that no person with a blinding condition, eye disease, or visual impairment should be without hope, understanding, and treatment.


The John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah believes that every person regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, ability, socioeconomic status, veteran status, size, national origin, primary language, and religion deserves and has the right to compassionate, inclusive care.

We dedicate ourselves to serving patients and the greater public health community in an anti-racist and anti-discriminatory environment by creating a broad-based organization focused on clinical care, caregiver education, and basic and translational research.

Through a multidisciplinary approach, we encourage learning from our patients, and with that knowledge, we strive to create effective educational and research programs to develop new, widely available treatments for diseases shared by patients and the global health community.

Learn more about Moran's ophthalmology scholarship and fellowship opportunities for underrepresented minorities in medicine. 

Grand Rounds Video Archive

Grand Rounds at the Moran Eye Center/Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Utah have been a tradition for more than three decades. At Moran CORE, we are pleased to make available our weekly one-hour Moran Eye Center Grand Rounds lectures for ophthalmologists and all healthcare professionals worldwide.