The American Eye Study Club

The American Eye Study Club was established in 1956 by a group of ophthalmologists who would become distinguished figures in the profession. Founders included Thomas Hedges, Thomas Kearns, Howard Naquin, Edward Norton and Albert Ruedemann, Jr. The AESC was created to serve as a forum for young leaders from diverse academic, geographic and practice backgrounds to openly exchange ideas and discuss new developments in a scientific and social setting that included both members and their families.

Active membership is limited to 10 years so the Club will remain fresh and vibrant. Members graduate to "Emeritus" status in their 10th year and continue to contribute to the Club's sense of tradition through involvement in the annual meetings and other activities of the organization.

The Club's bylaws limit the number of Active members to 60 who, along with more than 125 Emeritus members, serve in leadership roles at the state, regional, national and international levels. Many members have served as president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and/or as directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology. More than 30 have served as chairs of university departments of ophthalmology. Without question, our founders would be proud of the history and course followed by this organization and its members.

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Highlights & Things of Note

  • Annual Meeting 2016 -- The 59th annual meeting of the AESC will take place at Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida.  The dates areTues., August 2 through Sun., August 7, 2016.
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Outstanding Humanitarian Award -- CLICK HERE for information about eligibility, the nomination process and a link to the Academy's nomination form.

Club News

  • We have just learned that Walter Petersen, MD, passed away on April 4th in Seattle at the age of 87.  Walt was a Club member for more than 50 years.  He last attended the AESC annual meeting in 2009 at the Broadmoor.  Read more.  Posted 7/8/2016
  • It is with deep sadness that we relay news of the passing of Abbot G. Spaulding, MD, at his home in Cincinnati on June 4th.  He was 82 years old.  Dr. Spaulding was elected to membership in 1971 and last attended the 50th Annual Meeting of the Club.  Burial is on June 10, 2016.  Read more.  Posted 6/7/2016