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  • Welcome to the COS!

    The COS is an interdenominational society of eye surgeons and physicians who confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  We welcome any eye surgeon who professes faith to join our society.  While our membership is primarily within the United States, we have a growing international membership.

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Dr. Glen O. Brindley on August 1. Glen was a resident at Duke Eye Center in the late 1970s. He did a fellowship in oculoplastics and then returned to his home town of Temple, Texas, where he joined the faculty of the Scott White Clinic, which was co-founded by his grandfather. In the ‘80s, he came back to Duke for a glaucoma fellowship with me and then practiced both subspecialties at Scott White, although glaucoma soon became his primary interest and the bulk of his practice. He joined the American Glaucoma Society and was a loyal and active member. In the ‘90s, he was appointed chairman of his department, which flourished under his leadership. Glen was one of the finest Christian gentlemen I ever knew. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Nell, father to his daughters, Amy and Anne, and grandfather to all his beautiful grandchildren. His untimely passing is a profound loss to our profession and to all of us who were privileged to call him a friend.

The COS has a long history of supporting residents, medical students and fellows to attend our annual meeting.  In order to be considered for a grant to our annual meeting, we request that you join the society as a member and then fill out our grant application which will become available online around January of each year.  In addition, we are interested in you spreading the word in your program and sharing with others about the COS.

In addition, missionary ophthalmologists who are on faith based support and working outside of their home country are special members to our society.  We also grant a free membership for the time during this period of service.  Please let us know of the special needs you encounter for equipment, professional assistance, family needs and more at info@cosw.org   

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  • In Training
    Member
  • This membership is for residents, medical students or fellows in training.
  • Benefits include:
    • COS lapel pin
    • Annual meeting grants
    • Access to mentor network
  • Free membership

  • Missionary
    Member
  • Missionary members are ophthalmologists who are support based and practicing outside their home country.
  • Benefits include:
    • COS lapel pin
    • Annual meeting grants
    • Missionary support services
  • Free membership

jlawtonsmith"Welcome Doctor to Neuro-ophthalmology Tape #72"  Thus starts nearly all of the tapes that may have helped make Dr. J. Lawton Smith so famous.  Interestingly enough, it appears that Dr. Smith was so far ahead of his time, that he had invited the Podcast well before the internet was even invented!!

Membership in the Christian Ophthalmology Society may be granted after meeting the following three requirements:

1. Profession of Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord

2. Being an ophthalmologist or ophthalmologist-in-training

3. A desire to support the goals of the society

An annual dues of $100 is instituted as of 2010 for graduate physician members.  Residents and Fellows may have free membership.  You may pay this via mail or within this website.

COS membership confers placement in and access to the electronic COS directory. If you meet the above stipulations, and desire to become a member of the COS, you may apply for entry to the electronic directory. After appropriate verification by the COS Board, directory access and membership will be granted.

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This category contains the previous receipients of the J Lawton Smith award.

The J Lawton Smith Award is given each year to one ophthalmologist. This ophthalmologist is chosen for "practicing first class medicine in the spirit of love." This phrase was one used by one of the founders of the COS, Dr. J Lawton Smith, as he encouraged every ophthalmologist to practice in this manner.