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, 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. The ABO also contributes to the Rabb-Venable Excellence in Ophthalmology Research 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 marginalized communities and the underprivileged.
  • The ABO will continue to enhance the diversity of its examiners, volunteers, and directors.