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Dr. Andreas K. Lauer Named Board Vice Chair

The American Board of Ophthalmology announced today that Andreas K. Lauer, M.D., has been elected vice chair of the Board of Directors for a one-year term effective January 1, 2022.

Since becoming an ABO Director in 2016, Dr. Lauer has focused on improving the Continuing Certification program by spearheading the transition to the Quarterly Questions® assessment program and leading the expansion of the Improvement in Medical Practice menu.

An internationally renowned ocular gene therapy surgeon and researcher, Dr. Lauer completed his undergraduate work at the University of Rochester followed by medical school and internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He completed ophthalmology residency and vitreoretinal fellowship training at Oregon Health & Science University-Casey Eye Institute. Today, he chairs the department of ophthalmology at OHSU, having previously led the residency and retina fellowship programs as well as the vitreoretinal division of the organization.

Dr. Lauer is chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Review Committee for Ophthalmology and a member of the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology Board of Trustees.

“Dr. Lauer is one of those persons whose accomplishments suggest that he somehow has more than 24 hours in a day,” noted ABO Chief Executive Officer George B. Bartley, M.D. “Despite his multiple major responsibilities, he has made significant contributions to the American Board of Ophthalmology, most notably his commitment to making Continuing Certification more relevant and less burdensome to busy practitioners.”

He became certified by the ABO in 2000 and participates in the Continuing Certification program.

About the American Board of Ophthalmology

The American Board of Ophthalmology is an independent, not-for-profit organization that sets and upholds rigorous certification standards for eye physicians and surgeons in the United States. Since 1916, more than 32,000 ophthalmologists have continued the professional tradition of demonstrating their knowledge and skills through ABO certification—the nation’s first and oldest medical specialty credential. By designing programs that promote excellence in practice and engagement in career-long learning, the ABO strives to continuously improve the quality of patient care. The ABO is one of 24 certifying boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Patients can search for a certified ophthalmologist online at


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