The Cogan Ophthalmic History Society

32nd Annual Meeting

March 15-17, 2019        

Washington, DC


You are cordially invited to attend the 2019 annual meeting of the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society (COHS), which will be held in Washington, DC. The meeting will include about 30 presentations on all aspects of the history of ophthalmology and visual sciences. It will be held at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center, (GUHCC) which is adjacent to Georgetown University’s medical school and hospital. Hotel rooms will be available there at a reduced rate (see below). The Conference Center is readilyaccessible from BWI, Dulles, and Reagan International Airports. Reagan is the closest. 



David Harper, MD,will address the sociology of refractive errors at the keynote Snyder Lectu

At the Saturday evening dinner, Patrick Freeny, MD, will provide insight, including photos published in National Geographic magazine, into the Great Bear Rainforest, a little-known natural treasure. The dinner will be at the Cosmos Club, which was founded in 1878 and occupies the former home of geologist and explorer John Wesley Powell.



 …are pre-program events:  free tours on Friday, March 15:

 10:00 – 11:30 am     Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW   

Enter through the visitors’ entrance, which is the northwest cloister door (on the north side of the left tower as you face the Cathedral from Wisconsin – below a grotesque of Darth Vader, which you won’t see without binoculars). A sign stating “Entrance” is there.  Identify yourself as being with the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society, and you will be guided to an area in the nave where the group will gather. Of note, the Cathedral’s 112 gargoyles manifest a high prevalence of eye and ocular adnexal abnormalities.

12:45-2:15 pm Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, NE

A special tour of the reading room and the vault of the world’s largest collection for the study of Shakespeare and his time. If you are interested in any particular works by the Bard, please email Pam Sieving ( at least two weeks before the date, so that the staff can prepare. You will also have a chance to view the public exhibit that week: First Chefs: Fame and Foodways from Britain to the Americas. Enter at the west-most entrance (closest to 2nd Street, NE)

 3:00 – 4:30 pm     Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE

A unique tour, including music and performing arts aspects of the Library, which are not usually covered on tours

Enter through the former carriage entrance, which is beneath the steps facing 1stStreet, SE. The group will gather immediately inside the entrance. If late, phone the cell (703-402-8399)of the guide, Diane Dixson, and she will direct you to where the group is. 

Transportation to and from the tours will be on your own(via taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc).  Please let Wendy Gasch ( know what program(s), if any, you will attend.


PROGRAM (subject to slight modification)

The keynote Snyder Lecture will be given during the Saturday morning session by David Harper, MD, who will address the sociology of refractive errors. 


Friday, March 15

5:45 PM – 7:15 PM Reception, South Gallery, GUHCC

Dinner on your own. A list of on-campus and local off-campus dinner venue options will be sent to all registrants, and also will be in the welcome packet and at the reception.  


Saturday, March 16 

7:00 AM – noon        Breakfast buffet available in the Faculty Club Restaurant, GUHCC

8:00 – 8:10 AM         Welcome, Salon H, GUHCC

8:10 AM – 4:20 PM  Presentations


5:00 PM                        Shuttles to Cosmos Club begin 

 5:15 – 8:30 PM:       Cocktails followed by dinner (at 6:30 PM) with speaker Patrick Freeny, MD, Cosmos Club.

Dr. Freeny will provide insight, including photos published in National Geographic magazine, into the Great Bear Rainforest, a little-known natural treasure.

8:40 PM                        Shuttles to GUHCC begin


Sunday, March 17

7:00 AM – noon        Breakfast buffet available in the Faculty Club Restaurant, GUHCC

7:30 -- 8:00 AM        COHS Executive Committee meeting (Executive Committee members only)

8:00  – 8:40 AM        COHS Business meeting, Salon H, GUHCC (COHS members only)

8:45 AM  – 12:50 PM     Presentations, Salon H, GUHCC

12:50  – 1:00 PM      Wrap-up and Adjournment



Abstract submission has closed for the 2019 meeting.

Please note the following deadlines:

January 4, 2019:  abstract submission closes 

January 11, 2019:  notification of abstract acceptances 

February 4, 2019:  deadline for abstract modifications (no exceptions)



 All oral presentations will be strictly limited to 10 minutes or 15 minutes. (Please indicate your preference on the abstract submission form.) Five minutes of discussion will follow each presentation.

 The date and time of presentations will be assigned. If you are unable to present during one of the half-day sessions (Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning) because of a legitimate need (not just personal preference), explain your need to Wendy Gasch at, and the program committee will try to accommodate you. 

 Presenters are responsible for respecting the IP rights of any content of their presentations that is not their own.

 Presenters with AV questions ahead of the meeting should contact Cindy Garcia at


 All attendees must complete individual registration forms, and registration must be received by February 24, 2019. Full refunds are possible through February 14, 2019; no refunds after then.  

 The registration fee is $485 for full participation (including all scientific sessions, the opening reception Friday evening, breakfasts Saturday and Sunday mornings, Saturday lunch, and Saturday dinner with speaker).

 Registrants attending all scientific sessions, but NOT attending the Friday evening reception and the Saturday banquet can register for $375, which includes breakfasts and Saturday lunch. 

 The fee is $135 for those attending only the Friday night reception and/or the Saturday night dinner, and NO scientific sessions (except for one presented by a significant other). Breakfasts can be purchased separately at breakfast times. 

 Trainees may attend both the scientific sessions and evening events for $75, inclusive of all meals. There is no charge for trainees presenting a talk, and they will receive a $25 gift card, as well as reimbursement of up to $500 in travel/lodging expenses (receipts required). All trainees must complete a registration form



For up to date information about hotel rooms, please contact Pam Sieving at



All Cogan Ophthalmic History Society members, as well as non-member professional attendees who pay the full registration fee ($485), will receive a copy of the meeting Proceedings. The Proceedings are distributed after all annual COHS meetings and are archived at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Museum of Vision.

Speakers are expected to submit their material in a narrative text with pertinent illustrations for inclusion in the Proceedings. This material must be submitted promptly to Ron Fishman, editor of the Proceedings. It may be e-mailed to him at or -- even better -- given to him on a CD or a flash drive at the meeting. 

Because papers in the Proceedings are not formally published, they can be submitted to peer-reviewed journals. If that is done, the Society requests that the submission include the statement, “Presented at the 2019 Cogan Ophthalmic History Society meeting.” 


If you have questions regarding any of the above, contact Pam Sieving, meeting co-coordinator, at Please type “COHS Meeting Question” in the subject box, so that your e-mail won’t be deleted inadvertently as spam.

For additional information about the meeting or questions about membership in the Cogan Society, please contact Cogan Society President Danny H.- K.  Jokl at  



This page last updated March 5, 2019