Perspectives on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

We believe that the emergence of new ideas from different perspectives catalyzes innovation and success. In support of our mission, we view diversity, defined as encompassing all aspects of human differences, as a fundamental pillar to fostering an inclusive working and learning environment, where all individuals feel respected, are treated fairly, provided work-life balance, and an opportunity to excel in their respective fields.

Use of Service Animals in Healthcare Settings

For centuries, dogs have assisted people with disabilities to perform routine daily activities.  Formalizing canine assistance began in 1916 when the German Shepherd Dog Society trained dogs to support German veterans blinded during World War I. Responding to requests from blind Americans, in 1929 US dog breeder and philanthropist Dorothy Harrison Eustis founded The Seeing Eye, the first US program to train guide dogs.  For decades, with their rigid, U-shaped harnesses, Seeing Eye dogs were America’s quintessential service animals.

Duke Eye Resident Accepted to ASRS Underrepresented in Retina Mentorship Program

Duke Eye Center is thrilled to announce that Duke PGY-3 resident, Richard Morgan, MD, PhD, has been accepted into the prestigious American Society of Retina Specialists’ (ASRS) Underrepresented in Retina Mentorship Program. This groundbreaking initiative is designed to cultivate diversity within the field by providing invaluable mentorship opportunities to residents from underrepresented backgrounds. Through this program, mentees like Dr.

Statement on Violence in Israel and Gaza

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Over the last several days we have been shocked, saddened, and somewhat paralyzed with a sense of helplessness as we have watched the violence unfold and escalate in Israel and Gaza. Many of us are experiencing a complex set of emotions including fear, anxiety, and anger. For the faculty, trainees, and staff who have loved ones or ties to the region, our thoughts are with you, we support you, and raise our voices for peace along your side.

Ask the OEDI: Hispanic, Latino, Latina, Latinx - Which is Best?

A variety of terms are used to describe people who come from, or have family roots coming from, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the United States, two terms are most frequently used, sometimes interchangeably: Hispanic, and some variation of Latino, Latina, or Latinx.

Annual DEI Lecture Featuring Tamara Fountain, MD

Duke Eye Center had the honor of hosting the Annual Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lecture on July 18, featuring guest speaker, Tamara Fountain, MD, 125th President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Fountain's lecture, "Headwinds and Headway - Striving for Best Outcomes in All Our Patients" can be viewed at the link below.

BOOST Program Scholars Visit Duke Eye Center

Duke Eye Center had the privilege of hosting scholars from the BOOST program earlier this month.  The scholars spent time with members of our faculty and staff to learn about ophthalmology, the eye and different career paths available in the field. 

Duke Eye Center Hosts BOOST Program

More than half of middle school students who express an interest in STEM will lose interest by their high school graduation. The Duke School of Medicine BOOST program is working to combat this by inspiring young students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue careers in STEM via fun hands-on learning experience and mentorship. When the opportunity arose for the Eye Center to participate in the BOOST program and share our passion for vision with local Durham students, we were thrilled.