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The Frederick C. Cordes Eye Society was formed to foster and encourage active participation by alumni in the teaching programs of the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of California, San Francisco. Please see our History, below.
Please contact your Cordes President, Ying Qian, MD, or Cordes liaison Leah Jarvis (All May See, Manager of Annual Fund and Analytics – firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.476.4016) with any questions.
One fee gets you full benefits of the Frederick C. Cordes Eye Society and admission for you and a guest to all Cordes events.
Thank you if you have already renewed your Cordes Dues for 2023-24! For those who have not yet paid their dues, this year’s active Cordes Membership Fee is $150. Please click the registration button below to pay your dues online.
Please note: there TWO options – Renew your membership dues and RSVP for all 2023-2024 calendar events for you and a guest OR RSVP for the AAO Reception only.
We are looking forward to celebrating with you, in person, in San Francisco!
Kindest personal regards,
President Vice President
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Upcoming Event: AAO 2023
We are excited to welcome AAO 2023 to San Francisco this November!
We plan to showcase the Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision at a Reception, Saturday, November 4, 2023 from 5:00-7:00 pm. We are also planning a tribute to Robert L. Stamper, MD on the occasion of his retirement from 7:00-7:30 pm in the Hoffman Auditorium that evening.
Date: Saturday, November 4, 2023
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM:
Faculty and Alumni Reception &
Tours of the Valley Center for Vision
1st Floor (South) Lobby
Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision
490 Illinois Street, San Francisco, CA 94158
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM:
Robert L. Stamper, MD, Tribute
William G. and Ruth R. Hoffman Auditorium – 1st Floor
Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision
490 Illinois Street, San Francisco, CA 9415
RSVP online* by October 20th
* Note – there are 2 options – you can either:
- Renew your membership dues and RSVP for all 2023-24 calendar events for you and a guest; OR
- RSVP for the AAO 2023 Reception Only.
Past Event: ARVO 2023 UCSF Faculty & Alumni Reception
Thank you for joining us for our Faculty & Alumni Reception during the ARVO 2023 Annual Meeting (April 23 – 27) in New Orleans, LA
Venue: Napoleon House
500 Chartres Street (In the French Quarter)New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Date: Sunday, April 23, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Past Event: 2022 Frederick C. Cordes Eye Society Scientific Meeting during the December Course
Program and Reception – December 9th, 2022 from 5 – 8pm
The 2022 UCSF Ophthalmology Update was held December 9-10 in San Francisco, CA. Click Here for a copy of the full agenda.The Cordes Program and reception for the December Course attendees were scheduled for Friday, December 9th from 5:00 – 8:00pm at UCSF Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision, 490 Illinois St., San Francisco, CA 94158. The evening’s program were as follows: 5:00-6:00pm – Reception and Social Hour (South Lobby) 6:00-6:45pm – Cordes Business Meeting (William G. and Ruth R. Hoffman Auditorium) 6:45-7:00pm – Presentation of Ophthalmic Device Historical Collection (USF) 7:00-7:30pm – Tour of Wayne & Gladys Valley Center for Vision 7:30 – 8:00pm – Reception and Social (South Lobby)
For those who have not yet paid their dues, this year’s active Cordes Membership Fee is $150 and helps to cover the costs of our in-person alumni events during the year. Dues can be paid through our online form.
Thank you for your support of our efforts.
Kindest personal regards,
Charles Lin, MD
Cordes Eye Society
Past Event: 2022 Alumni Reception during the AAO Meeting in Chicago – Saturday, October 1, 2022
A Cordes Alumni Reception was held during the AAO meeting in Chicago – thank you to all of you who were able to celebrate with us!
Venue: Sunda New Asian
110 West Illinois Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Additional Benefits of Cordes Membership
- Membership wall certificate
- Communications and mailings that keep us up to date with each other as well as with the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Ophthalmology
- Recognition in the roster of Active Cordes Members in an issue of Vision magazine, produced by That Man May See. Every issue of Visions seeks to highlight the accomplishments of our alumni. You are invited to send information to email@example.com to be included in an upcoming issue
- Cordes membership directory containing your colleagues’ updated information
As alumni, each of us can take special pride in the increasing luster of your own UCSF education when our residents succeed and become leaders nationwide. The number of HEED Fellowships awarded overwhelmingly come to our UCSF residents. Since 2009, 47 percent of all UCSF Ophthalmology graduates have received this honor. Our program garners more Heed Fellowship awardees than any other in the country, a significant testament to its caliber. Our alumni gifts make a huge difference in the $100,000 spent annually by All May See for the department to provide trainees with didactic materials, surgical training supplies, educational travel, and funding for their research programs.
The education and training of the next generation of clinicians and scientists is one of our highest priorities at UCSF Ophthalmology. Please make a tax-deductible gift to All May See to support resident education. Help us inspire the future of ophthalmology. Click here to learn more about supporting resident education through All May See
- Cordes Reunion Classes
- Call For Papers
- 2008 Cordes Scientific Meeting Program
- Cordes Society Reception, AAO, Atlanta- November 9, 2008
- Cordes Society Reception, AAO, San Francisco, Saturday, October 24, 2009
- 2009Cordes Society Member Letter v4
- 2009 Cordes PROGRAM Final
- Cordes Society 50th Anniversary Meeting Call for Papers
- 12th annual Residents’ Day & 51st annual Scientific Meeting, March 11-12, 2010
- Cordes Society Reception, AAO Chicago, Sunday, October, 17, 2010
- 14th annual Residents’ Day & 53rd annual Scientific Meeting, March 8-9, 2012
- Call for papers
- 2012 Cordes Invitation & Response web
- 2012 Scientific Meeting Program
- Annual cocktail reception held during the American Academy of Ophthalmology Conference in Chicago at the Chicago Yacht Club on Sunday, November 11, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- The 54th Annual Scientific Meeting and reception took place at the City Club of San Francisco on Friday, March 1, 2013
- Annual cocktail reception held during the American Academy of Ophthalmology Conference in New Orleans atLe Pavillon Hotel on November 17, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- The 55th Annual Scientific Meeting and reception took place at the City Club of San Francisco on Friday, April 11, 2014
- Annual cocktail reception held during the American Academy of Ophthalmology Conference in Chicago at the Chicago Yacht Club on Sunday, October 19, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- The 56th Annual Scientific Meeting and reception took place this year at the City Club of San Francisco on Friday, April 24, 2015
- Annual cocktail reception held during the American Academy of Ophthalmology Conference in Las Vegas at the Wynn on Sunday, November 15, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- 2015-2016 Cordes Business Luncheon – to be held this year on Saturday December 5th, 2015 from 12:30PM to 2:00PM at E&O Kitchen and Bar (314 Sutter Street), a short walk from the Grand Hyatt San Francisco (location of the UCSF December Course, 345 Stockton Street).
- 57th Annual Cordes Scientific Meeting – to be held immediately after the business luncheon on Saturday December 5th, 2015 from 2:15PM to 5:15PM at the Grand Hyatt Hotel San Francisco (345 Stockton Street) in conjunction with the UCSF December Course. CME credit will be offered.
In the winter of 1948, as the Medical School community (and America) was coming back to normal after the end of World War II, Dr. Michael J. Hogan sent out an inquiry to former residents about having a reunion of the U.C. Eye Residents. The handwritten rough draft of his letter survives (Fig. 1 and Fig. 2). Carbon copies of the final draft have been found and date the beginnings of Dr. Hogan’s ideas to February 16, 1948 (Fig. 3).
Having received many favorable responses to his initial proposal, Dr. Hogan (a.k.a. “Uncle Mike”) drafted a formal letter to all of the known residents of the U.C. Medical School program (rough draft handwritten notes are seen on Fig. 4 and Fig. 5 along with a list of residents). He worked from a partially handwritten list of the then known U.C. residents (Fig. 6 and Fig. 7).
His final draft was typewritten on August 17, 1948 (no word processors!) and we do not have an original, but, some carbon copies of his original invitations still survive, one of which is reproduced here (Fig. 8).
Of course, we all must remember that U.C.S.F. medical center was not a “campus” of the University of California at that time, it was governed by a Provost, and considered a division of U.C. Berkeley. The Berkeley campus conferred any undergraduate degrees at that time.
That original meeting of the University of California Eye Residents Association was held as scheduled, on September 11, 1948, and was considered a great success. In succeeding years, the process for holding the meeting and the resident responsibilities for organizing the meeting became more refined. For example, in 1953, when second year resident Vernon Lightfoot, M.D. was the resident in charge of getting the meeting together, his letter was a simple, mimeographed, form letter that allowed for easy responding by potential attendees such as Dr. Harrington (Fig. 9). By the time Dr. Mullen was responding for the meeting, it had boiled down to returning a simple postcard for reserving your attendance (Fig. 10 and Fig. 11).
Over the years after Dr. Hogan started the meetings in 1948, Dr. Cordes’ role in this meeting for the residents became of more importance, not only because of his faithful attendance, but also because he would later consistently arrange for the banquets to be held at the Bohemian Club in San Francisco, among other things. When Dr. Cordes retired as Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, in 1959, members felt that the University of California Residents Association should be renamed in his honor because he had trained or was chairman during the training of all of the known graduates of the program at that time. He was, also, the first chairman of the “Department” of Ophthalmology. Previously, Ophthalmology had been known as a “Division” in the Department of Surgery of the School of Medicine. Since 1959, therefore, this organization has been known as the Frederick C. Cordes Eye Society. (also see Historical References).
In 1999, we celebrated the 40th reunion of the Frederick C. Cordes Eye Society (see Scrapbook Images). The actual 50th anniversary of the University of California Eye Residents Association occurred in 1998.
Therefore, historically, the 2008 meeting will actually be the 60th reunion of the University of California Residents Association. In 2009, the annual meeting was the 50th reunion of the Frederick C. Cordes Eye Society.
A current Roster is available electronically (MS Word format) upon receipt of an email request from a verifiable member of the society. Send your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Some additional rosters available online are the following:
- Roster of William Hoyt Awards
- Roster of Hogan Lecturers (1987 onwards)
- Roster of Past and Present Officers
- Ophthalmology Resident List (1932 onwards)
- Roster of Hearst Lecturers
- Roster of Asbury Awards
- Roster of Williams Lecturers
- Roster of Hogan Garcia Awards
- Roster of Crowell Beard Awards
- Roster of Kimura Awards
- Roster of Garcia/Asbury Awards
- Roster of Kramer Lectures
Click here to see images from the 1999, 40th reunion of the Frederick C. Cordes Eye Society.
Click here to see images from the 2008, 49th Annual Banquet.
Click here to see images from the 2009, 50th reunion of the Frederick C. Cordes Eye Society, provided by Greer Geiger, M.D.
Click here to see images (part two) from the 2009, 50th reunion of the Frederick C. Cordes Eye Society provided by Greer Geiger, M.D.
Professional photographs are available:
Genevieve Shiffrar photographed many of the events associated with the Cordes Society Anniversary meeting. She has put online a nice selection of photos for your enjoyment. There’s an easy-to-use shopping cart to order prints. Just go to
http://shiffrar.instaproofs.com/enterEvent.php?id=116706 or to
http://shiffrar.instaproofs.com/ and click on the link “Cordes Society Anniversary.” If you have any questions, please email Genevieve directly at email@example.com
Dr. Cordes’ Carter Collection Essay (click here) – A series of typewritten essays, written by historical campus figures, is contained in the Carter Collection of the Rare Books Room of the Main Library. This essay was written by Dr. Cordes as he contemplated his retirement from a 40 year relationship with the Parnassus campus. It recalls his memories from the earliest years of the Medical School of the University of California. It is written in his own style and, if read in its entirety, gives you a feeling that you might know him personally. It is reproduced here in its original formatting. R. Dudley Stone.