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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.

Glen Brindley has been a part of the COS since it's beginning and has been a board member for many years and huge supporter of the society.  With his recent passing on August 1, 2018, the board has recommended that the mentor program be named after him since he mentored so many ophthalmologists over his long career both in professional and spiritual ways.  Dr. Brindley mentored many so many doctors to become excellent ophthalmologists but also equally to become better husbands, wives or followers of Christ.  

The Bible declares that mentor-ship simply cannot be ignored and there are many stories about the importance of sharing what you know with someone else. Jesus Himself did this throughout His ministry with His disciples. (see link)  Within our field, it is very important that we demonstrate the younger generation the qualities of servant leadership, transparency, humbleness and faithfulness.  

As we reflect on the legacy that Glen has left the COS, we recognize that ultimately Glen was an incredible example of what a mentor should be.  If you are interested in possibly becoming a "COS Glen Mentor" or in finding a mentor through this program, please fill out the form below.

My brother in Christ and mentor in my faith and in Ophthalmology (in that order) departed this life on August 1st. He fought the good fight. He finished the race. He kept the faith. As he always reminded me, God is good but "It's hard down here." No more, as the temporary trials he endured while on this Earth are already pale nothingness in comparison to the fullness of God's glory that he now sees. He no longer sees through a mirror dimly, but face to face. We mourn his passing, but praise the Lord for the work He accomplished through Glen Brindley's life. I can't articulate how much of a blessing it is to have been under his teaching in he and Nell's marriage study, in Sunday school, in clinic, in the operating room, and in his office whenever I needed Godly counsel. His ministry deeply impacted my walk with the Lord and strengthened my faith and my marriage throughout the trials of residency. I'll always remember how he counseled and cared for patients. I'll always remember how he rested in God's sovereignty in the midst of difficult surgeries. I'll always remember how well he loved his wife and his family. I'll always remember his zeal for sharing his faith. But I'll mostly remember how he constantly pointed me to our Savior in all situations. And that's exactly how Dr. Brindley would have wanted it. Praise be to God for his well lived life. 

Dr Brindley was one of my heroes. He is the reason I went into glaucoma. He is one of the most intelligent yet humble and joyful men I have ever known. He was passionate about his faith, his family, and preventing people from going blind. He used to tell me all the time “glaucoma is a rescue mission and I am blessed to be one of the rescuers.”  His love for patients caused him to continue seeing patients in clinic until only a couple weeks before he died. He would work 4 days and get chemo one day a week until his body finally told him he couldn’t do it any more. I frequently called him about glaucoma cases and already the day after he died I wished I could call him on a case. I will greatly miss his clinical wisdom. 

Perhaps the biggest way he impacted me was he taught a marriage Sunday school class at church. I learned a lot from him on how to love my wife better and he modeled it in his marriage with Nell daily. He was a spiritual and clinical giant and had a perfect balance between work and family while being the chairman of a department.  He was my friend and I will miss him dearly. 
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.

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.