Our Commitment to Promoting Safety, Equality, and Opportunity in 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. For more information, please click here.

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