Joined University Eye Specialists: 1999
Dr. Kenneth W. Olander retired from University Eye Specialists in 2015 but continues to see patients on a part-time basis in clinical trials. Dr. Olander earned both medical and doctorate degrees, leading to his participation in more than 100 research projects in pharmaceutical, surgery and laser studies.
While every facet of medical school was fascinating to him, Dr. Olander gravitated towards eye care because it offered the chance to take care of patients of all ages in both an office setting and the operating room. Since Dr. Olander’s sub-specialty was glaucoma, he handled complex cases and formed lasting relationships with patients over the continuum of care.
Dr. Olander joined University Eye Specialists in 1999 after training in New Orleans, Louisiana, which was too hot, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which was too cold. The Knoxville area offered the ideal blend of a professional practice setting and temperate climate. Dr. Olander, who is originally from Connecticut, and his family were drawn to the East Tennessee area because of its natural beauty, accessible airport for travel, university setting, entertainment and cultural options and Southern hospitality.
Dr. Olander and his wife, Dori Olander, live on a 218-acre farm in Blount County with forest and mountain views. They are members of the Vineyard Church. Dr. Olander is active in the community with service with the Lions Club and InterFaith Health Clinic, both of which help the needy with eye care.
Describing himself as a “farmhand,” Dr. Olander cares for horses, goats, dogs and cats and enjoys horseback riding and fishing.
The Olanders have five grown children, Kim, Amie, Kelly, Jason and Jenny, and 11 grandchildren. They also have a beloved Doberman pinscher named Ziva.