Our Programs
  • 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.

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!!

The J Lawton Smith Award is given out each year at the annual COS meeting to an ophthalmologist who has shown a lifetime commmitment to serving the Lord through their personal practice of excellence in medicine, academic influence, and/or missionary dedication.  These outstanding ophthalmologists have demonstrated "practicing first class medicine in the spirit of love", a phrase loved by Dr. Smith.

Grants to cover meeting registration fees, hotel expenses, and meals at the annual meeting are available to medical students, residents, fellows, and missionaries. Others in need will be considered on an individual basis. Dr. Matthew Clary serves on the board and is the chair for the Housestaff Committee.  

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Matthew Clary, MD
Housestaff Committee

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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.