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It’s Our Duty to ‘Do’ Diversity

There should be no place for discrimination. My family has experienced it – both maternal and paternal grandparents had to flee Armenia during the Ottoman Empire expansion when Christians were being ethnically cleansed; it’s why I grew up in Lebanon before moving to the US at the age of 12.

I’ve experienced it too – one of the most memorable examples was when I bought the practice that became Matossian Eye Associates. After completing my training program, I joined a practice for a year, and learned how things should and, importantly, how things shouldn’t be done. I wanted to start my own practice and do things in a very different way. I found two brothers, practicing EENT – eye, ear, nose and throat – and bought the ophthalmology section from them. They were horrified that a woman was buying their ophthalmology practice – and so shocked that they refused to honor my signature, when we were finalizing the contract in front of our respective attorneys, because I was a woman! My husband (who has nothing to do with medicine, let alone ophthalmology) had to countersign. This was New Jersey – in 1987.

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Cynthia Matossian

Cynthia Matossian is founder and Medical Director of Matossian Eye Associates, Mercer County, New Jersey, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA. She specializes in cataract and refractive surgery, as well as focusing on dry eye and providing the latest diagnostic and treatment options to optimize the ocular surface. A graduate of the Hershey Medical Center of Penn State University, Matossian completed her Residency in Ophthalmology at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC. She founded Matossian Eye Associates in 1987. Matossian is recognized as one of America's top Ophthalmologists by the Consumer Research Bureau, and has been named as a Surgeon of Excellence by American Medical Optics for being on the cutting edge of cataract technology.

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