AECOS Membership

AECOS is a unique society in which Physicians and Industry may equally benefit from the educational content and peer-to-peer interaction of AECOS meetings and activities. AECOS Members* may attend all AECOS Meetings free of charge with only a nominal meeting administration fee assessed to defray the cost of food, beverage and related administrative reporting requirements.

Membership Benefits


Membership in the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery (AECOS) includes many distinguished benefits as well as responsibilities:

  • Participation in a prestigious society dedicated to advancing vision care and improving patients’ quality of life through innovation, education and advocacy
  • Experience a unique collaboration between leading anterior segment surgeons, ophthalmic industry executives, select venture capitalists and technology entrepreneurs
  • Membership in an organization that provides a unique, interactive forum in which to present ideas and opportunities for collaboration on technology development, advocacy and clinical studies
  • Engage in political advocacy to effect change for the benefit of patients as well as health care providers
  • Eligible to participate in AECOS sponsored clinical studies
  • Eligible to participate with AECOS in the FDA/CDRH Network of Experts
  • Access to a members only, password protected website where ideas on technology, technique and unique surgical cases may be openly discussed in a secure environment
  • Opportunity to post educational videos to share among the AECOS membership
  • Opportunities to participate in a variety of charitable initiatives open to AECOS Members
  • The opportunity to accelerate innovation in technology and technique as part of a small, highly effective group of visionaries

Membership Criteria


All proposed new members shall be recommended by two current voting and/or participating members and shall be approved by the Membership Committee with final approval by the Board of Directors. The Membership Committees, established by the Board of Directors in both Europe and the United States, shall attest to the completeness of the application and to the fulfillment of membership requirements. All participating members shall pay dues and fees as established by the Board of Directors. The Board, in its discretion, may waive any of the qualifications for membership. A voting and/or participating member may also be removed from membership by the Board of Directors should any of the following occur:

  • Failure to timely remit dues or pay any other fees established by the Board;
  • Failure to maintain good standing in the medical profession (Physician members);
  • No longer actively involved in the ophthalmic field (Industry members);
  • A felony conviction.

Any member who allows annual membership dues to lapse for more than 2 years shall be removed from membership with a requirement to re-apply as a condition of reinstatement.

AECOS American Membership Committee:
William Trattler, MD
-Miami, Florida
George O. Waring, IV, MD
-Charleston, South Carolina

AECOS European Membership Committee:
Burkhard Dick, MD
-Bochum, Germany
John Kanellopoulos, MD
-Athens, Greece

AECOS Membership Criteria – Physicians
All proposed AECOS Physician Members shall be recommended by two current voting and/or participating members, and must be licensed to practice medicine in at least one of the United States, Canada, Latin/South America, Europe or the Middle East. In addition, each proposed new Physician Member must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Published 2 peer reviewed papers in the last 5 years
  • Published 4 non-peer reviewed papers in the last 5 years
  • Published 2 textbook chapters in the last 5 years
  • Presented 4 lectures at major national meetings in the last 5 years
  • Have participated in 2 major clinical trials in the last 5 years

AECOS Membership Criteria – Industry
All proposed AECOS Industry Members shall be recommended by two current voting and/or participating members and must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Contributed significantly to the field of ophthalmology or visual sciences as determined by the Board
  • Actively engaged in bringing innovation to the field of ophthalmology and visual sciences as determined by the Board
  • Currently an Officer or Executive Level Manager of a company actively engaged in bringing innovation to the field of ophthalmology and visual sciences as determined by the Board

The AECOS Industry Membership consists of non-physician industry representatives who are employed by either a commercial or non-commercial entity in the ophthalmic sector.

AECOS Non-Commercial Industry Members

  • Provide research, business consulting or investment related services to the ophthalmic sector
  • Are not actively engaged in the sale of ophthalmic products
  • May attend AECOS Meetings free of charge (except for the nominal meeting administration fee)

AECOS Commercial Industry Members

  • Are employed by a commercial entity actively engaged in the sale of ophthalmic products
  • Are required to support AECOS meetings and educational programs by securing sponsorships from their respective employers. Such companies are frequently known to have exhibited commercially available ophthalmic products, drugs, devices or equipment at major congresses
  • AECOS Commercial Industry Members may attend AECOS Meetings for which their respective company has not agreed to sponsor, however a registration fee of $5000 will be required

Questions related to Industry Member meeting attendance and the determination of registration fees shall be presented to and ultimately decided by the AECOS Executive Director.

Membership Dues


Physicians
$1,000 annually/$1,800 bi-annually
Industry Members
$1,000 annually/$1,800 for 2 years

*AECOS Industry Members employed by a commercial entity actively engaged in the sale of ophthalmic products are required to support AECOS meetings and educational programs by securing sponsorships from their respective employers. In the absence of sponsorship, AECOS Commercial Industry Members will be assessed a registration fee of $5,000 to attend an AECOS Meeting.