32nd Annual Meeting





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   

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. You will also have a chance to view the public exhibit that week: First Chefs: Fame and Foodways from Britain to the Americas.

 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



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.

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


 All attendees must complete individual registration forms, and registration must be received by February 24, 2019.

 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 amazon.com gift card, as well as reimbursement of up to $500 in travel/lodging expenses (receipts required). All trainees must complete a registration form. 



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 rsfishman@earthlink.net 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.” 



Abstracts are posted under the “Annual Meetings Abstracts” tab on the COHS Web site