What kind of Dr is Rand Paul, and where did he go to medical school?

Bruno Cooke January 12, 2022
What kind of Dr is Rand Paul, and where did he go to medical school?
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US senator Randal “Rand” Paul and Dr Anthony Fauci sparred during a senate health hearing yesterday, prompting those who witnessed the debate to think about senator Paul’s medical background. What kind of doctor is Rand Paul, and where did he go to medical school?

What kind of Dr is Rand Paul?

Dr Rand Paul’s medical history is in ophthalmology, a branch of medicine and surgery that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the eye. Rand Paul received his state-issued medical licence in 1993. As of 2015, his certification, per The Week, “comes from a board he incorporated and heads”.

Ophthalmology covers vision services (as in glasses and contact lenses) as well as treatment and prevention of medical disorders of the eye – including surgery.

In the US, ophthalmologists must complete four years of college, four years of medical school, and four to five years of additional specialised training.

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Rand Paul started practising as an ophthalmologist in 1993 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He turned 30 in the same year. 

He set up the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic two years later and told the National Review in 2013 he has performed more than 100 pro bono surgeries.

Where did Rand Paul go to medical school?

Born Randal Howard Paul on 7 January 1963 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Rand Paul is the middle child of five. 

He grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas, and went to Brazoswood High School, where he was on the swimming team and played defensive back on the football team.

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Rand Paul attended Baylor University from 1981 to 1984, during which time he completed his pre-med requirements. However, he left Baylor without completing his Bachelor’s degree.

Instead, he transferred to his father’s alma mater, the Duke University School of Medicine. At the time, Duke University’s graduate school didn’t require an undergraduate degree for entry.

Paul earned his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1988 and completed his residency five years later.

When did Rand Paul test positive for covid-19?

Paul announced on 22 March 2020 that he had tested positive for covid-19. He was the first member of the US senate to test positive. 

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He announced his recovery two weeks later, on 7 April. Shortly afterwards, he started volunteering at a hospital in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he’d received his first job as a practising ophthalmologist.

Rand Paul’s medical speciality is cataract and glaucoma surgeries, laser eye surgery, and corneal transplants. 

He co-founded the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic in 1995. The clinic helps provide eye surgery and exams for those who can’t afford to pay for them.

For more on what Dr Fauci and senator Paul had to say to each other during yesterday’s hearing, read CBS News‘ write-up of the debate.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.