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While being as safe as possible, we are looking forward to getting our ophthalmology family back together again.

Dr. Johan Semby, MD, has expressed one of the core reasons why we hope / want / need you to make it to Alexandria, VA, August 4-8th...

JohanSemby"The COS feels like my real ophthalmology family. Without COS and those in the organization, I would probably have left ophthalmology as a resident as I felt the pressure from a socialist environment that told me again and again there is no place for faith within healthcare. But thanks to the wonderful people that are presenting at this year's annual meeting in the 'Circle of Excellence' lecture series, not only did hope return, but an assurance that it was not only possible to combine faith and ophthalmology, but that it is the very best we can do for our fellow man." - Johan Semby, MD


The "Circle of Excellene" Dr. Semby mentioned is just one of the many fantastics aspects of this year's Annual Meeting. Take a look at all that is being offered:


"Circle of Excellence"
Reunion of Five Past COS Presidents

The five past COS Presidents will address subjects that are at the heart of the Society – Being a Christ-honoring ophthalmologist.  Their topics will touch on our Christian mission, our character, our practice, and our interactions with the people God has placed before us – our patients. 

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This is a symposium you will not get anywhere else and you will not want to miss! 

  • Brad Farris: "Restoration of Spiritual Sight to the Blind" - a look back at the purpose and intent of the COS by the founding fathers and how to avoid "mission drift" in a culture of change.
  • Mike Siatkowski: "The CREW and Character Development" - how to promote societal impact, resilience and wellness in practice through perseverance and character development.
  • Sterling Cannon: "The Spiritual Balance: Considering Human Behavior and our Faith in Elective Surgery" - a look at the psychological and spiritual aspects of elective surgery to help lower postoperative frustrations.
  • Steve Demick: "The intersection of Faith and the Business of Ophthalmology" - understanding business principles to enhance eye care from a biblical world view.
  • Stan Pletcher: "Who do YOU want to be when you grow up?" - a discussion about characteristics of a role model in ophthalmology and how that translates to an integration of faith, excellent patient care and surgical skills.


Freedom, Faith and Family

The Women's Seminar at this year's Annual Meeting is extraordinary!  

"Freedom, Faith and Family:
Portraits of the Heart of the American Story"

Aimee Riegert PhotoAimee Riegert of the C. S. Lewis Institute's "Keeping the Faith" ministry will be our host. Together, through local field trips and compelling, interactive workshops, we will see that the foundational biblical truths that have launched, challenged and sustained our country are the same precepts that empower our homes today, enabling us to thrive, serve and shine with the light of Christ, even in a post-Christian culture. We will explore local sites and stories of national, historical significance, following some of the diverse paths that, by definition, make up “the American experience;” we will renew our commitment to disciple our children through our own vital walk with God and we will take a fresh look at our homes in light of that sacred, joy-filled mission.



Keynote Speaker: Timothy Goeglein

"Why Faith and the Public Square Have Never
Been More Timely and Relevant Than Now”

Timothy Goeglein
Vice-President, Focus on the Family

Goeglein photoTimothy Goeglein is the Vice President for External and Government Relations at Focus on the Family in Washington. He served in high-level government posts for the past two decades. He worked as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, where he was the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison from 2001 to 2008. He was the President’s principal outreach contact for conservatives, think tanks, veteran’s groups, faith-based groups, and some of America’s leading cultural organizations.  Also, he has served as a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation.  His latest book is "American Restoration: How Faith, Family, and Personal Sacrifice Can Heal Our Nation."  We believe Tim's talk will be an incredibly important lecture given the past year of division and challenge in our country.


Tremendous Speakers and Topics

John Kempen
John Kempen, MD

What are we to do about
World Blindness? 

Andrew Lee
Andrew Lee, MD

Neuro-Ophthalmology of
Space Flight

Ben Roberts
Ben Roberts, MD

Anterior Vitrectomy
for Eye Missions

Steve Anderson
Steve Anderson, MD

MSICS Pearls

Nathan Henson
Nathan Henson, MD

Refractive Surgery in
the High
Andean Mountains

Alyson Hall

Alyson Hall, MD

Glaucoma Management
in the Developing World

Michael Lai

Michael Lai, MD

Management of Diabetic
Retinopathy: Past, Present,
and Future

Colonel Won Kim

Won Kim, MD

Modifications of MIGS
for Glaucoma Treatment



Don't miss out on the chance to visit the museums and history of D.C., enjoy the beautiful waterfront of Old Town Alexandria, and participate in a first class scientific meeting. Make plans to join us at the 45th COS Annual Meeting, August 4-8th!

We will be staying at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town.  There are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby and we are a stone’s throw away from one of the best mass transit systems in the country. You can ride the Metro to all the sites of Washington DC and it’s only a ten-minute ride from the airport to the hotel.

If you are an ophthalmologist in training or a missionary, there are grants available.

If you know of someone who might be interested, please invite them!

register now

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.” -- Psalm 91:2

Virtual Attendance is Now an Option!  Buy Ticket Here

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