Dr. Karren inspires patients’ trust by his calmness, resolute kindness, professionalism, thoroughness and laser-focussed precision to total quality eye care. Patients continuously remark how relieved and safe they feel knowing that they are in the exceedingly competent care of Dr. Karren.
Born and raised in northern Utah, Dr. Karren graduated from Utah State University Magna Cum Laude and valedictorian of the College of Humanities. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin, formerly Marquette Medical College in Milwaukee, where he graduated with honors and was elected a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society.
During his first year of medical school he was awarded an Armed Forces Scholarship and completed a transitional internship and ophthalmology residency at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, California, graduating with honors. He served as Chief of Ophthalmology at the 121st Evacuation Hospital in South Korea and as Staff Ophthalmologist and first year resident instructor at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.
In between his studies and service to his country, Dr. Karren served two years in Spain on a religious mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has traveled to Tonga & Guatemala on medical missions performing cataract and other surgeries for the medically underserved. He is involved in community outreach programs offering free screenings for diabetic eye disease.
As well as offering comprehensive eye care, cataract and glaucoma treatment, Dr. Karren has a special interest in refractive surgery including LASIK. He is Board Certified, has written papers on eye trauma and surgical techniques, and lectured on diabetic eye disease at national meetings and local community health groups.
Dr. Karren is a dedicated member of his church and engages in a variety of its outreach programs. As with Dr. Haines and Dr. Azpiroz, Dr. Karren also goes on cataract removal missions to developing nations organized through the Cascade Medical Team.