Rand Paul, who touts his career as a Kentucky eye doctor as part of his outsider credentials in his campaign for U.S. Senate, isn’t certified by his profession’s leading group.
He tried this week to bat away questions about it by calling it an attack on his livelihood, saying the scrutiny stems from his challenge of a powerful medical group over a certification policy he thought was unfair.
The libertarian-leaning Republican helped create a rival certification group more than a decade ago. He said the group has since recertified several hundred ophthalmologists, despite not being recognized the American Board of Medical Specialties — the governing group for two dozen medical specialty boards.
Questions about Paul’s certification as an eye surgeon first arose in a story published Sunday in The
Paul, who is continuing to practice in Bowling Green during the campaign, chafed at questions about his certification.
“It’s a personal assault on my ability to make a living,” Paul told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.