(May 2017) William S.
Buchanan, MD, an ophthalmologist, Colorado native, will receive the
University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Distinguished Achievement Award for benefiting
the community, the practice of medicine, the provision of health care, and the
Alumni Association and / or the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Until last fall, Dr. Buchanan provided health care to the
Sterling community at the Sterling Eye Center for 50 years, treating multiple
generations of families. He is highly regarded for his decision to provide
health care to residents of an area where access to health care was limited.
Born in Wray, Colo., Dr. Buchanan interned at Cincinnati
General a year after graduating from the University of Colorado School of
Medicine 1959. He returned to his native Colorado – he was born in Wray – to
complete a residency in ophthalmology at what was then the University of
Colorado Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Buchanan then joined the United States Public Health
Service’s Indian Health Service at the Alaska Native Medical Center in
Anchorage, where he served for two years. After returning from Alaska, in 1965
Dr. Buchanan joined the faculty of the CU School of Medicine as an associate
professor of ophthalmology.
In 1987, Dr. Buchanan built a clinic across from the
Sterling Regional MedCenter that now houses Salud Family Clinic.
In addition to his reputation as a fine and dedicated eye
doctor, Dr. Buchanan was among the first class of Boettcher scholars. The
Boettcher scholarships, established 60 years ago, provide outstanding Colorado
students with full tuition at one of Colorado’s universities. The Boettcher mission is to “keep great minds