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    Celebrating Black History Month in the ophthalmic community


    Roman-Barnes Society

    The Roman-Barnes Society, founded in 1967, was named after Charles V. Roman, MD, and William Harry Barnes, MD. It’s purpose was to recognize African Americans’ contributions to the field of ophthalmology and provide an opportunity for lectures that address addressing eye health for at-risk populations, particularly those of African

    American descent.

    Dr. Roman was the first African American trained in ophthalmology and Dr. Barnes was the first African American board certified otolaryngologist.

    Axel C. Hensen, MD, the first African American to be professor of ophthalmology at Meharry Medical College, Tenn., gave the first keynote address of The Roman-Barnes Society.

    The Roman Barnes Society continues to meet every year in conjunction with the AAO.

    Patricia Bath, MD

    Jolie Higazi
    Jolie is the Content Specialist for Ophthalmology Times. She can be reached at [email protected]

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