J Lawton Smith Award

The J Lawton Smith Award is given out each year at the COS Annual Meeting to an ophthalmologist who has shown a lifetime commmitment to serving the Lord through their personal practice of excellence in medicine, academic influence, and/or missionary dedication.  These outstanding ophthalmologists have demonstrated “practicing first class medicine in the spirit of love”, a phrase loved by Dr. Smith.

Below is a list of the award recipients and links to stories and notes about them from their colleagues.

Year
Name
City, State
With the Lord / Tributes
1992
Ronald Seely, MD
Tampa, FL
1993
Hollis W Clark, MD
Ft Lauderdale, FL
April 15, 2022
1994
Norval E Christy, MD
Duarte, CA
April 14, 2013
1995
David G Haney, MD
McAllen, TX
November 21, 2010
1996
Van Joffrion, MD
Boone, NC
1997
Margaret Brand, MD
Seattle, WA
November 17, 2014
1998
Jack C Cooper, MD
Dallas, TX
June 26, 2019
1999
J James Rowsey, MD
Tampa, FL
2000
Curtis D Benton, Jr, MD
Ft Lauderdale, FL
July 17, 2014
2001
Lowell Gess, MD
Alexandria, MN
June 21, 2022
2002
Glen Brindley, MD
Temple, TX
August 1, 2018
2002
Bill Rowlett, MD
Hopkinsville, KY
2003
Frank Winter, MD
La Jolla, CA
January 7, 2004
2004
J Donald M Gass, MD
Nashville, TN
February 26, 2005
2005
Roger DeHaven, MD
Tyler, TX
October 17, 2019
2006
John Costin, MD
Lorraine, OH
2007
Bill Jarrett, MD
Atlanta, GA
2008
Juan Batlle, MD
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2009
William Conrad, MD
Warner Robins, GA
2010
James P Gills, MD
Tarpon Springs, FL
2011
Robert Serros, MD
Orlando, FL
2012
Paul Palmberg, MD
Miami, FL
2013
Brad Farris, MD
Oklahoma City, OK
2014
Enoch Tsai, MD
Aiken, SC
December 29, 2022
2015
Bert Bowden, MD
Huntsville, AL
2016
George Chin, MD
Seattle, WA
2017
Kyle Smith, MD
Temple, TX
2018
Dan Gold, MD
Palestine, TX
2019
Glenn Strauss, MD
Tyler, TX
2020
Jono Pons, MD
Siteki, Eswatini
2021
Robert Rice, MD
San Antonio, TX
2022
Jacob Prabhakar, MD
Jalandhar, India
2023
Mike Siatkowski, MD
Oklahoma City, OK

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