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Dr. Jane A. Bailey Elected Board Chair

The American Board of Ophthalmology is pleased to announce the election of Jane A. Bailey, M.D., as chair of the Board for a one-year term effective January 1, 2022.

A Director of the ABO since 2015, Dr. Bailey applies her ophthalmic expertise to the development of professional standards designed to protect the well-being of eye care patients. Dr. Bailey is the fifth woman to hold the position of Chair in the Board’s 106-year history.

“Dr. Bailey brings exceptional insight to the ABO,” said Chief Executive Officer George B. Bartley, M.D. “Her professional pedigree is remarkable, including experience in the military, in private practice, and in academics. She is intellectual curious, always learning, and continually coming up with creative questions and solutions.”

Dr. Bailey is a former U.S. Air Force officer in private practice in Burnsville, MN. She completed medical school at the University of Minnesota and residency at the University of Iowa. After nearly 20 years in full-time practice in Nebraska, she returned to the University of Iowa to complete a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology. During her tenure with the Board, Dr. Bailey has played a key role in examination and program development, created quality measures in collaboration with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and both founded and chaired the Board’s Career-Long Competence and Professionalism Committee.

Dr. Bailey achieved certification by the ABO in 1998 and participates in Continuing Certification.

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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