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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.



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FAM promo HofmansThe Christian Ophthalmology Society announces the launch of the “Foster A Missionary” Program in August 2021.

Each year a missionary ophthalmologist is chosen by the COS board to be sponsored for one entire year by the society.

Society members will support the efforts of the “fostered” missionary throughout the year by various means, one of which can be highlighting the missionary in their office and sharing with their patients also about what support can be given to help this missionary and their efforts.

The sponsored missionary for 2021 was announced at the 45th annual meeting in Alexandria, VA on Friday, August 6th. The sponsored missionary for 2021-2022 is Dr. Wendy Hofman who is serving at Bongolo Hospital in Gabon, Africa.



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Dr. Wendy Hofman with her husband Eric and three children:
Eli, Hannah and Esther.
The 2021 Sponsored Missionary is

Dr. Wendy Hofman, MD 


If you are interested in HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT DR. HOFMAN'S MISSION, please click the link below to be taken to their mission organization's website!  When making an online gift with a debit/credit card, PLESE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Go to https://secure.cmalliance.org/give/,
  • under Gift Type, click on “a worker you love”,
  • then type in “Hofman, Eric and Wendy”, click in the box next to their name,
  • click the “Support” button, and then click Select.
  • Then scroll back up to Gift Type and put in the amount you want to give.
  • Complete the requested info so they are able to send you a receipt.

 Thank you for supporting the Hofmans!

If you run into any difficulties in the process, please contact us at info@cosw.org.


Purpose of Mentorship:

Mentors can walk alongside you to provide wisdom and encourage you in your spiritual and professional growth.  Our desire is to help you find someone who can assist you in your vocational and spiritual development.

Glen Brindley's Example:

Glen Brindley was an active member and supporter of the COS since its foundation. With his passing in 2018, we remember his professional and spiritual impact on so many ophthalmologists that he mentored throughout his career.

The Bible gives many examples of mentoring relationships, illustrating the importance of sharing what you know with someone else. Jesus Himself demonstrated this throughout His ministry with His disciples. Within our profession, it is important that we demonstrate the qualities of servant leadership, transparency, humbleness and faithfulness to each other and the younger generation. Dr. Brindley encouraged ophthalmologists to not only excel professionally, but he equally encouraged them to become better spouses and followers of Christ. Glen was an incredible example of what it means to be a mentor.

How the Program Works:  After completing a questionnaire, one of the mentorship directors will follow up with a phone call at your convenience. Getting to know more about you will help us make a good mentor-mentee match. Then, through prayerful consideration, we will pair you with another ophthalmologist.

We encourage you to meet monthly by phone or video call for about an hour. Monthly material to discuss will be provided through the program; however, you are free to walk through a Bible-based study together or pick another agreed upon topic.

Based on whether you are interested in being a Mentor or a Mentee click on one of the buttons that will take you to the appropriate questionnaire....

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What is a Regional Refresh?

The COS realizes that not everyone is able to make it to the Annual Meeting every year, and we don’t want ophthalmologists, residents, and fellows to miss out on connecting with other like-minded doctors – especially those who might be living in the same area.

The Regional Refresh events are like a scaled-down COS Annual Meeting or a COS small group ministry with some great discussion topics, speakers, and engagement with other doctors from the area. We are bringing what is experienced at the Annual Meeting to the regional level. These events are also a great opportunity to introduce ophthalmologists to the ministry of COS -- the annual meeting, discipleship and mentor opportunities, missions connections, etc.

It is always encouraging to meet doctors who are living out their faith while practicing ophthalmology, and by coming to a Regional Refresh we hope you will be challenged and inspired just as those physicians who come to an Annual Meeting.

Look for a Regional Refresh coming to your area. If you don’t know of one, consider hosting one...we would love to partner with you! You can contact us at info@cosw.org.

- COS Board and Staff

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Are you looking for a mentor?  If you're a young medical student, resident or fellow and looking for a mentor, please get in touch with us.  And, mentors, we need you too!

Mentors (and mentees) are needed in life -- someone who is a little further down the road than we are or has skills we would like to develop in our life, or someone who has the values or character we would like to emulate.  Likewise, we all have something to offer.  God has taught us much in our journey.    

If you have a mentor or mentee, here is an assignment you can do together.  We think you will get a lot out of it... 

Watch the first 27 minutes of this COUNTERFEIT GODS – VIDEO Sermon by TIM KELLER -- "Idols of the Heart" -- by clicking on the book cover.  Then take a few minutes to answer a few questions....use the discussion questions the next time you and your mentor or mentee connect.

What thing, if you lost it - could almost mean that you would lose the will to live -- What thing if you lost it, meant all significance and value would be drained out of your life --- Whatever that thing is, the Bible calls it an idol. The Israelites battled idols over and over and over -- the story of the Jewish people is largely one of following God then abandoning God as they chased after idols. Do we presume to think that our lives are any different?  Is it any accident that the Old Testament repeatedly shows us the reality of idols in our hearts?

An idol is anything more fundamental to you or to your life than God -- to your sense of self, for your sense of self value. Idols are things you’re looking to to get fulfillment and meaning and a sense of life purpose from: power, comfort, financial security, your kids - your wife, career, achievement, maybe a political cause and on and on.

An idol will always break your heart. No created thing can bear the 'freight' of your deepest hopes or the weight or your deepest longings. Idols will always break your heart.”

If you’re a phenomenal athlete, or you’re an incredibly successful businessman, or you’re a world class cataract surgeon -- if this very important, very fundamental piece of your identity was gone, how would you go on?

We may say to ourselves that if we were the best this or that, if we had the most toys, if we finally broke through, if we were finally rich, or extremely successful or highly esteemed and loved, we would be happy—we would be fulfilled…we may say this to ourselves but it’s a lie.

Pastor Keller says “Anything you worship, outside of God, will eat you alive"…If you worship money and things - if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough -- you will never be satisfied…this pursuit of things will never fulfill you because you can never have enough.

After you watch the first 25 minutes of Tim’s video, here are a few questions for discussion with you and your mentor.

What are some of the most prominent idols you see in our culture?

What are the idols you struggle with as it pertains to your career as an ophthalmologist?

How do you recognize the symptoms of idolatry in your life? You might do this by asking yourself, “What or where do I spend my money and time -- or to go much deeper…What is my worst nightmare -- What thing if I lost it, what thing if it were absent from my life, would almost take away my very desire to live?”

For some of us, career, kids, spouse, money and success are a large part of our sense of identity - our sense of acceptability, or our sense of worth - it’s not just money or prestige - in a very real sense it’s like a sense of salvation. Isn’t this an idol?

We say that God is most important to us, but honestly what is FUNCTIONALLY most important to us? For some, our parent’s approval, or spouse's approval, or societal approval is functionally more important to us than our relationship with the Lord.


The Glen Brindley Mentoring Program is run by the Christian Ophthalmology Society (cosw.org).


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.