COS Quarterly Conference -- "Hybrid"
September 12, 2022

6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Gleacher Center - Downtown Chicago
with a Virtual Option

Quick LInks


Lama A. Al-Aswad, MD MPH

"Transformation for Eye Care Through Innovation"

Professor, Department of Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine; New York, NY



About this Month's Guest Lecturer

Dr. Al-Aswad treats people who have all types of glaucoma and cataracts with a variety of medical and surgical treatments.  She has special expertise in difficult surgical cases of combined glaucoma and cataracts.  In addition to providing clinical care, Dr. Al-Aswad has many research interests in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma.  She is committed to offering large-scale glaucoma screenings to populations in need in New York City.  She also is working to validate artificial intelligence systems as a tool to prevent blindness.

Dr. Al-Aswad is board-certified in ophthalmology (2005).  She earned her medical degree form Damascus University in 1993 and completed an ophthalmology residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 2001.  She then finished a glaucoma fellowship at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, in 2003.  Dr. Al-Aswad also earned an MPH degree from Columbia University, New York, in 2015.

She has been involved in clinical trials and has numerous publications to her credit.

Registration (Online) 


There is no registration fee for attendees who are COS members or are residents/fellows in training. Pre-registration is required, however. 
For this month's "hybrid" meeting, you will be asked on the registration form to indicate whether you will be attending in-person or virtually.  PLEASE NOTE . . .  If you need to change your registration type from in-person to virtual, or from virtual to in-person, you must make that request to the COS office no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 8.  Virtual attendees will receive a link unique to each registrant on Friday afternoon, September 9th.  Contact the COS office:  P - 847-680-1666; E - [email protected] 

Meeting Information

   Gleacher Conference Center
   450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., Chicago
   Discounted parking with validation in the 
   NBC Tower garage

   Monday, September 12, 2022

Tentative times:
6:00 p.m. - Reception
6:30 p.m. - Dinner
6:55 p.m. - Business meeting - David Yoo, MD, COS President
7:05 p.m. - Resident case presentations (Rush and University of Chicago)
7:40 p.m. - Guest Lecture - Dr. Lama Al-Aswad
8:40 p.m. - Adjourn (approximate time)


Advance registration is required although there is no fee. Please register no later than
Friday, September 9.
A Note about the "Hybrid" meeting format
As a pilot project, we are offering a "hybrid" format for this conference.  Thus, members will have a choice of attending in-person or virtually through a Zoom webinar.  Members are strongly encouraged to consider attending in-person since a significant aspect of COS is the social interaction among members.  However, if you wish to attend on-line, that option will be available. Each attendee is required to indicate their choice at the time of registration.  Changes will be received only up until 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 8.  Members attending online will be provided a Zoom link by email that is unique to that individual on Friday afternoon,  These deadlines are necessary since we must guarantee our catering order on Friday, and also so we have time to generate and distribute the Zoom links for the virtual meeting.  Thank you for your adherence and understanding.
COVID Policies
We are pleased to be able to return to an in-person meeting format for this conference.  As always, the health and safety of our attendees is a priority.  We will be following the public health guidelines of the Gleacher Center, the City of Chicago and Cook County.  Face masks are not required at this time; however, we certainly encourage the use of masks for those who wish to utilize this measure.  Appropriate social distancing is encouraged.  

Educational Items

Course Director: Meenakshi Chaku, MD

Target Audience: Practicing ophthalmologists, ophthalmology residents and fellows

Commercial Support
Any exhibiting companies participating will be acknowledged at the time of the meeting.

Contact the COS office at:  847-680-1666 or by email:  [email protected]

We are proud to announce that catering at the Gleacher Center is provided by Wolfgang Puck.  A buffet dinner with several choices of entrees will be available.
Last Updated on Thursday, August 18, 2022 09:15 AM