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

  • Enjoy this video taken from the drone of the group photo at the 60th Annual Meeting!

  • Annual Meeting 2019 -- The 62nd Annual Meeting of the AESC will take place at Fairmont Southampton hotel in Bermuda from Tuesday, July 30 - August 4, 2019.

Club News

  • We received the terrible news that Arti Hurria, MD, wife of AESC member Tom Lee, was killed in a car accident on November 7th in Los Angeles. CLICK HERE to view information about Arti's life and accomplishments. (11/10/2018)

  • AESC Member of 60 years, Bob Schimek, passed away earlier this month at his home in New Orleans.  Bob was a familiar face at Club meetings for many years, and we certainly are grateful for his friendship and wisdom!  CLICK HERE to read Bob's obituary. (11/17/2018)

  • Read archived member news items - HERE