About the ABO
Founded in 1916, the American Board of Ophthalmology is an independent, nonprofit organization responsible for certifying ophthalmologists (eye physicians and surgeons) in the United States. The ABO was the first American Board established to certify medical specialists and is one of 24 specialty Boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties and the American Medical Association.
News & Announcements
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.
- The Oral Examination will be delivered online in 2020.
- For updates and information related to COVID-19, please visit our information center.
- Visit the Diplomate Digest blog for news and events relevant to the ABO's 21,000 diplomates. Posts cover topics of professional achievement, practice excellence, and the certification program of the future.