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Promoting Safety, Equality, and Opportunity in Ophthalmology

A Statement by the American Board of Ophthalmology

For centuries, systemic and institutional racism in the United States has harmed and killed countless individuals, with a sadly disproportionate and more devastating extent in the black community. All physicians implicitly subscribe to the maxim primum non nocere: first, do no harm. Standing against racism is necessary but not sufficient; physicians must lead by example by standing for safety, equality, opportunity, and freedom for all persons. To more effectively serve the public and the ophthalmologists who care for patients and their families at this pivotal moment in our nation’s history, the American Board of Ophthalmology pledges to listen to and learn from our African American diplomates and remains steadfast in its commitment to educate all of its stakeholders on this critical matter.

Steps We're Taking

  • The ABO is honored to partner with the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology to support the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program.
  • Our Quarterly Questions® program, central to maintaining certification in ophthalmology, will feature articles on unconscious bias, the toxicity of racism, and improving the health of minorities.
  • The ABO will continue to enhance the diversity of its examiners, volunteers, and directors.

Signed by the 2020 Board of Directors:
George B. Bartley, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Lanning B. Kline, MD
David C. Herman, MD, MSMM
Vice Chair
Ann Acers-Warn, MD, MBA Chris V. Albanis, MD Jane A. Bailey, MD
K. David Epley, MD Steven J. Gedde, MD Bennie H. Jeng, MD, MS
Don O. Kikkawa, MD, MBA Andreas K. Lauer, MD Sarah M. Nehls, MD
Debra J. Shetlar, MD Julia L. Stevens, MD Keith A. Warren, MD
Martha M. Wright, MD Lorrayne Ward, MBA, MPP
Public Director