Rand Paul, board-certified Ophthalmologist. But which board?

By Caitlin Taylor

Jun 15, 2010 10:55pm

ABC News’ Cait Taylor reports:

Republican Senate candidate for Kentucky, and Tea Party darling, Rand Paul ris an ophthalmologist.  But is he a "board certified" opthamologist?

The American Board of Ophthalmology says no, Paul is not registered with that organization.

But Paul says his board certification comes instead from The National Board of Ophthalmology, the Courier Journal reported this week that Paul said his certification comes from the National Board of Ophthalmology – not the larger American Board, or ABO.

The NBO filed as a non-profit corporation in 1999 with the State of Kentucky, listing Rand Paul as both the president and director.  The NBO’s own articles of incorporation do not explain its certification procedure.

The American Board on the other hand has certified 16,000 practicing ophthalmologists and says its mission is to provide assurance to patients that a physician has completed an evaluation which assesses the knowledge, experience and skills required to deliver high standards of care. 

The American Board of would not confirm when or if Paul had applied for certification with its organization.  ABC News has tried to contact Rand Paul but has not received a comment, but Paul did release a statement to conservative blogger Dave Weigel at the Washington Post.

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