American Ophthalmological Society

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The American Ophthalmological Society (AOS) is a medical society of ophthalmologists and the second oldest specialty medical society in the United States, after the New York Ophthalmological Society (founded on March 7, 1864).[1][2] It was founded on June 7, 1864 by 18 physicians, including Henry Noyes, D. B. St. John Roosa, and Edward Delafield (its first president and also one of the founders of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary).[3][4] The society is now based in San Francisco, California.

American Ophthalmological Society
Abbreviation AOS
Formation 7th June,1864
Founder Edward Delafield
Type NGO
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
Services Patient Care, Education & Research

Admission to membership in the society is via nomination from current members and the submission of a scholarly thesis, which when approved is published in the society's annual peer-reviewed journal, Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society.[5]

A collection of the society's papers are held at the National Library of Medicine. [6]


  1. ^ Am J Ophthalmol 1989;108:97-98
  2. ^ *Rothstein, William G. (1992). American Physicians in the Nineteenth Century: From Sects to Science, p. 213. The Johns Hopkins University Press
  3. ^ Stevens, Rosemary (1998). American Medicine and the Public Interest, p. 103. University of California Press, 1998
  4. ^ Newell, F. W. (1989). "The American Ophthalmological Society: the first 125 years". Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society, Vol. 87, pp. 47–56. Retrieved via PubMed 17 May 2013.
  5. ^ The American Ophthalmological Society. Membership Information. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  6. ^ "American Ophthalmological Society Records 1925-c.1940". National Library of Medicine. 

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