Rand Paul Not a Certified Doctor, Board Says

Senate candidate says he quit eye doctor organization in protest
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 15, 2010 7:28 AM CDT
Rand Paul Not a Certified Doctor, Board Says
In a Wednesday, May 19, 2010 photo, Republican US Senate candidate Rand Paul is shown during an interview at his campaign headquarters in Bowling Green, Ky.   (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)

Rand Paul, who touts his career as a Kentucky eye doctor as part of his outsider credentials in his campaign for US Senate, isn't certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, his profession's leading group. The Louisville Courier-Journal broke the news Sunday, in what Paul calls "a personal assault on my ability to make a living." Paul told the AP yesterday that he left the group because he objected to its recertification policy, and formed his own rival certification board more than a decade ago.

That board, however, isn't recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Paul shrugs that off. "Do you think that they're going to recognize a competitor?" According to the ABO, less than 5% of US ophthamologists aren't registered with it. "You vilify me and make it sound, 'Oh, there's something wrong with him as a physician because he chose not to register," Paul said, adding that he was certified by the ABO until the late-'90s, but quit in protest because it exempts older ophthalmologists from recertification, which he likened it to members of Congress passing laws that don't apply to themselves. (Read more Rand Paul stories.)

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