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
1992
Ronald Seely, MD
Tampa, FL
1993
Hollis W Clark, MD
Ft Lauderdale, FL
1994
Norval E Christy, MD
Duarte, CA
1995
David G Haney, MD
McAllen, TX
1996
Van Joffrion, MD
Boone, NC
1997
Margaret Brand, MD
Seattle, WA
1998
Jack C Cooper, MD
Dallas, TX
1999
J James Rowsey, MD
Tampa, FL
2000
Curtis D Benton, Jr, MD
Ft Lauderdale, FL
2001
Lowell Gess, MD
Alexandria, MN
2002
Glen Brindley, MD
Temple, TX
2002
Bill Rowlett, MD
Hopkinsville, KY
2003
Frank Winter, MD
La Jolla, CA
2004
J Donald M Gass, MD
Nashville, TN
2005
Roger DeHaven, MD
Tyler, TX
2006
John Costin, MD
Lorraine, OH
2007
Bill Jarrett
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
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

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