American Eye Study Club Foundation 


The AESC Foundation was established as a charitable organization by members of the American Eye Study Club to support the Club's educational and philanthropic activities.   Its affairs are managed by 11 trustees who are members of the American Eye Study Club with the assistance of a "corporate trustee" and an executive director.  The AESC Foundation is qualified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which means donations are deductible as a charitable contribution.  (Donors always should consult with their own tax adviser for specifics on deductions.)

In 2004, the Foundation established a lecture to be given each year at the annual meeting of the American Eye Study Club
.  At the 50th AESC annual meeting (in 2007), this lecture was named for Donna and Jerry Knauer to honor their longstanding support for the AESC and its ideals, as well as their significant backing for the Foundation.

Donate Now

Foundation Trustees & Managers

View a photo directory of the trustees.

  • President -- Ann Warn, MD; Oklahoma City, OK
  • Immediate Past-president -- George Ellis Jr., MD; New Orleans, LA
  • Treasurer -- Robert Gold, MD; Longwood, FL
  • Secretary -- Anthony Johnson, MD; Greenville, SC
  • Trustee -- William S. Clifford, MD; Garden City, KS
  • Trustee -- Tamara Fountain, MD; Deerfield, IL
  • Trustee -- Bradley Fouraker, MD; Tampa, FL
  • Trustee -- Edward K. Isbey, Jr., MD; Asheville, NC
  • Trustee -- Edward K. Isbey III, MD; Asheville, NC
  • Trustee -- Stephen Klapper, MD; Carmel, IN
  • Trustee -- Daniel Neely, MD; Indianapolis, IN
  • Trustee -- Linda Tsai, MD; St. Louis, MO 
  • Trustee -- Brian Welcome, MD; Greenville, SC
  • Executive Director -- Richard H. Paul; Vernon Hills, IL 
Contact the AESC Foundation:
Richard H. Paul, executive director
AESC Administrative Office
10 W. Phillip Rd., Suite 120
Vernon Hills, IL  60061-1730
Phone:  (847) 680-1666
Email:   [email protected]





Edward K. Isbey, Jr., MD


HOYA Society

A special project was established by the Foundation Trustees at the 2012 AESC annual meeting with the goal of establishing the Foundation's financial resources well into the future.  Dedicated in honor of Dr. Edward K. Isbey Jr., HOYA Society participants are offered the opportunity to make a 10-year pledge of support with the following membership levels:
  • HOYA Member -- pledge of $1,000 per year for ten years
  • Life Member -- pledge of $500 per year for ten years
  • Annual Member -- pledge of $250 per year for ten years

If you wish to make a pledge at this time, please use this FORM.


Foundation Projects

Although relatively young, the AESC Foundation already has been active to support the educational activities of the American Eye Study Club.  For example, the Foundation provides an annual grant to support the CME activities at the AESC annual meeting.  In addition, new members -- who are expected to give a lecture during their first two years in the organization -- may apply for a grant to help cover the costs for their presentation at the meeting.

  • CLICK HERE to view more information for the new member grant program and to apply online