About Us

AECOS is a truly progressive organization that fosters communication and cooperation between leading anterior segment surgeons, ophthalmic industry executives, select venture capitalists, and technology entrepreneurs. Originally established in 2011 as a congress of American thought leaders, the Society expanded in 2012 to become The American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery®. In 2013, the Society formalized its expansion by creating an American Executive Committee and a European Executive Committee – each chartered to drive the mission and vision of AECOS. Today, this prestigious Society remains dedicated to advancing vision care and improving patients’ quality of life through Innovation, Education and Advocacy.

As a non-profit 501(c)(6) ophthalmic Society, AECOS in its first year initiated sponsorship of an important FDA investigational study focused on corneal cross-linking. AECOS also participated with industry and CMS in the development of guidance on Laser Refractive Cataract Surgery. These guidelines that were published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in November 2012. As a Society, AECOS is an advocate for quality patient care, and serves as an active member of the FDA/CDRH Network of Experts.

AECOS is a member of the American Refractive Surgery Council, an organization that harnesses the country’s leading clinical and technology expertise and develops educational and informative programs and content for consumers considering their vision correction options.

AECOS Management Team

Trudy Larkins
Executive Director
Heather Heenan
Director, Membership and Meeting Services

AECOS American Executive Committee

Robert Maloney, MD
William Wiley, MD
Laurent Attias
Andy Corley
David Cox
Steven J Dell, MD
John Doane, MD
Kendall Donaldson, MD
Eric D Donnenfeld, MD
Tom Frinzi
Adam Krafczek
William Link, PhD
Stephen G Slade, MD
Kerry Solomon, MD
William Trattler, MD
John Vukich, MD
George Waring, IV, MD
Eric Weinberg
Elizabeth Yeu, MD

AECOS European Executive Committee

Erik Mertens, MD
Pavel Stodulka, MD
Jorge L Alio, MD
Hans Blickensdoerfer
Luc Bonnefoy
Lucio Buratto, MD
Francesco Carones, MD
Arthur Cummings, MD
Sheraz Daya, MD
Burkhard Dick, MD
Stephan Eigenmann
Raphael Ervinckx
John Kanellopoulos, MD
Samuel Levinger, MD
Aylin Kilic, MD
Dirk Muehlhoff
John Marshall, PhD
Tobias Neuhann, MD
Dan Reinstein, MD
Stefanie Schmickler, MD
Rolf Schwind
Joe Sullivan