Invitation and Call

The 31st Annual Meeting of the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society

March 23-25, 2018


The President and Executive Committee members, and our meeting hosts, Lynn Harman and Curtis Margo, extend a cordial invitation to you to attend the 2018 meeting of the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society in Tampa, Florida.   The meeting will be held at the Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Learning (CAMLS), which is just down the street from the Le Méridien Tampa Hotel (601 North Florida Avenue), our primary hotel and reception site. 


The registration fee for all full participants at the meeting is $375.  This includes all members including emeriti, spouses/partners/friends of attendees who wish to attend the general sessions, and other physicians or scientists who will attend the meeting.  Registrants not attending the Friday evening reception and the Saturday banquet may register for $275.  Non-member, non-physician attendees for whom this is their first Cogan meeting also pay $275.  The fee for spouses/partners/friends of attendees who wish to attend only the Friday night social hour and the Saturday night dinner, without attending the scientific sessions, is $120.  Trainees may request a registration waiver during the registration process.   The online registration form is at  There is also a printable form at

Credit cards can be used for registration fees; if you do not wish to use a credit card for payment, please download the printable registration form from the website and mail with a check (made out to Cogan Ophthalmic History Society) to Christopher Leffler, our treasurer, at 5917 Barnstable Court, Glen Allen, VA 23059.  To transfer funds directly from a bank account, please contact Chris  (    Registration must be completed by March 9, 2018; refunds of registration fees will be possible until March 9, 2018; after that time, no refunds can be made.

Please note that dues (for all non-emeritus members) must be current at the time of the meeting; dues for 2018 may be paid online at .


The Le Méridien Tampa Hotel, 601 North Florida Avenue, is the meeting hotel.  A block of rooms is reserved with the group rate of $209 per night, for one or two persons; including applicable state and local taxes, the total is $237.08/night.  After February 23, 2018, reservations will be subject to availability at the hotel’s standard rates.  Please make your reservations as soon as possible at:


The meeting schedule will be as follows: 

Friday, March 23rd

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Reception, first floor, Le Méridien Hotel


Saturday, March 24th

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM Breakfast

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Presentations

6:00 PM: Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

7:00 PM:  Banquet

           The Saturday night banquet will be at the Tampa Museum of History, which is housed in a 60,000 square foot building located in the Channel Side District of the city.  The buffet dinner will be catered by the Colombia Restaurant.  Learn how railroad tycoons, pirates, and Spanish conquistadors shaped the future of Tampa Bay, while dining on Cuban cuisine.


Sunday, March 25th

7:00 AM -  7:45 AM Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Business meeting

8:45 AM - 12:00 PM Presentations

12:00 PM   Adjournment



To expedite the review of abstracts by the Executive Committee, facilitate the organization of the schedule to inform members when they will be presenting and allow them to arrange their travel plans, and allow careful printing of the meeting program, all titles and at least a partial abstract must be submitted on the following schedule:

November 22, 2017:  Abstract submission opens ; there is a printable/mailable abstract submission form at

January 22, 2018:  First round of abstract submissions closes. Submissions received by this date will be given priority in scheduling.  NOTE:  abstracts received after January 22 may be accepted for poster presentation if all meeting presentation slots are full. 

January 25, 2018:  First round of abstract acceptances closes. 

March 1, 2018:  Final date for submission of abstracts.

March 9, 2018: All titles and abstracts must be submitted in their final form and the program will be finalized and printed; this will be the final deadline.

Abstracts may either be structured or narrative, per attendee’s choice.  The word limit for abstracts is 300; longer abstracts will be terminated at 300 words in the program.  As in past meetings, presenters will be allowed 15 minutes for their oral presentation with 5 minutes for discussion following each paper.  The presenter may choose a 10 minute presentation at the time of abstract submission if this is sufficient.


Please contact Curtis Margo, our local host, at for any questions or further information.  We look forward to seeing you in Tampa next March!


This page last updated November 22, 2017