• An Alliance of Leaders in Cataract & Refractive Surgery

    New York Intraocular Lens Implant Society

  • New York Intraocular Lens Implant Society

    An Alliance of Leaders in Cataract & Refractive Surgery

  • About NYIOLIS

    The 4th Oldest, Still Running, IntraOcular Lens Society in the World

    History

     

    The intraocular lens (IOL) implant was a technological breakthrough developed by Harold Ridley of England in 1950. Ahead of his time, he faced intense resistance from the academic community -- as did many pioneering cataract surgeons over the next three decades. Shunned from medical meetings, implant surgeons formed IOL societies to advance the science.

     

    The first society, co-founded by Ridley himself, was the Intra-Ocular Implant Club in 1966. The second IOL society was founded in the US in 1974: the American Intra-Ocular Implant Society, A year later, the European Implant Lens Council was formed as an amalgamation of the European national IOL societies. During that era, New York City was (and still is) a hotbed of cataract surgery innovation, home to the founder of phacoemulsifcation, Charles Kelman, and in 1978 the NYIOLIS was formed. It is believed to be the 4th oldest, still running IOL society in the world.

    Timeline

    1. 1966 - Intra-Ocular Implant Club  
      Now the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club (IIIC)
      283 current international members
       
    2. 1974 - American Intra-Ocular Implant Society 
      Now the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).  
      9000 current international members.
       
    3. 1975 - European Implant Lens Council  
      Now the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS).
      5000 current international members.
       
    4. 1978 - New York IOL Implant Society (NYIOLIS) 
      42 current US members.

    Today

    Today, ASCRS and ESCRS are the world's largest international organizations for cataract and refractive surgeons with open memberships. The IIIC and the NYIOLIS have retained their prestigious, invite-only exclusivity into the present day. The NYIOLIS membership is comprised of pioneers in the field of ophthalmology, including 5 past presidents of ASCRS.

  • New York IOL Implant Society Officers

    2021-2023 Term

    Cynthia Matossian, MD

    President

    Dr. Matossian practices
    in
    NJ & PA

    Christopher T. Coad, MD

    Vice President

    Dr. Coad practices
    in
    New York City

    Leonard M. Bley, MD

    Treasurer

    Dr. Bley practices

    in

    New York City

    Herbert Gould, MD

    Founding Secretary

    One of the original founders of the society in 1978, Dr. Gould has maintained meticulous meeting minutes for decades.

  • Our Membership

    By Election

    John Aljian, MD

    Lisa B. Arbisser, MD

    Associate Member

    Leonard M. Bley, MD

    Treasurer

    Ashley Brissette, MD

     Douglas Buxton, MD

    Past President 2005-2007

    Christopher T. Coad, MD

    Vice President

    Nancy H. Coles, MD

    Past President 2007-2009

    Arthur M. Cotliar, MD

    Mary Davidian, MD

    Robert Ditkoff, MD

    Past President 2013-2015 

    Jack Dodick, MD

    Founding Member

    Eric Donnenfeld, MD

    Paul H. Ernest, MD

    Robert Friedman, MD

    B. David Gorman, MD

    Sadeer Hannush, MD
     

    Robert Kellan, MD

    Associate Member

    Stephen D. Klyce, PhD

    Paul Koch, MD

    Associate Member

    Howie Kornstein, MD

    Past President 2017-2019

    Jerome H. Levy, MD

    Founding Member

    Jay Lippman, MD

    Past President 2011-2013

    Maurice Luntz, MD

    Emeritus

    Eli Marcovici, MD

    Emeritus

    Cynthia Matossian, MD

    President

    Marguerite McDonald, MD

    Marc Michelson, MD

    Anita Nevyas-Wallace, MD

    Jeffrey Nightingale, MD

    Anthony Pisacano, MD

    Founding Member

    Mark F. Pyfer, MD

    Past President 2019-2021

    Nathan M. Radcliffe, MD

    Tal Raviv, MD

    Past President 2015-2017

    Robert Ritch, MD

    Richard Rosen, MD, FACS, FASRS, FARVO

    Kenneth Rosenthal, MD

    Past President 2009-2011

    Steven G. Safran, MD

    Liviu B. Saimovici, MD

    Associate Member

    Scott M. Spector, MD

    Larry Sperber, MD

    Christopher E. Starr, MD

    Steven Stetson, MD

  • Meeting Schedule

    2021-2022

    September 9, 2021

    Bar Boulud

    Sponsors:
    Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
    and
    Ivantis

    November 4, 2021

    The Modern

    Sponsors:
    Science Based Health (SBH)
    and
    Rengener-Eyes

    January 6, 2022

    Le Pavillon

     

    BVI Exclusive Sponsor

     

    March 3, 2022

    Location: TBD

    Sponsors:
    Avellino

    and

    iTrace

    May 5, 2022

    Location: TBD

    New World Medical

    and

    Staar

    June 16, 2022

    NYIOLIS SOCIAL

  • Sponsors

    2021-2022

    Johnson & Johnson

    Ivantis

    Science Based Health

    Regener-Eyes

     

    BVI

    Avellino

    iTrace

    New World Medical

    Staar

  • Meeting Schedule

    2022-2023

    September 8, 2022

    Location: TBD

    Sponsors:

    Brevium

    and

    Visus
     

    November 3, 2022

    Location: TBD

    Exclusive Sponsor:
    Bausch + Lomb
     

    January 6, 2023

    Location: TBD

    March 9, 2023

    Location: TBD

    May 4, 2023

    Location: TBD

    June 15, 2023

    NYIOLIS SOCIAL

  • Sponsors

    2022-2023

    Brevium

     

    Visus

    Bausch + Lomb

     

  • Past Meetings

    #1 - Fall 2018

    New York Yacht club

    September 7th

    #2 - Fall 2018

    Plaza Athenee

    November 1st

    #3 - Winter 2019

    21 Club

    January 3rd

    #4 - Winter 2019

    Vaucluse

    March 7th

    #5 - Spring 2019

    Plaza athenee

    May 9th

  • September 5, 2019

    park avenue autumn

    Sponsor: Omeros Corp

    November 7, 2019

    vaucluse

    Sponsors: Sight Sciences, Marsden Advisors

    January 9, 2020

    daniel

    Sponsors: Sun Pharma, EyePoint Pharmaceuticals

    March 5, 2020

    21 club

    Sponsors: Glaukos, Zeiss, Scope Dry Eye

    May 7, 2020

    remote video conference

    Sponsors: Eyevance, Quidel

    September 10, 2020

    remote video conference

    Sponsor: Stroma Medical

    November 5, 2020

    remote video conference

    Sponsors: Dompe´, Science Based Health

    January 7, 2021

    remote video conference

    Sponsor: Upneeq

    March 4, 2021

    remote video conference

    Sponsor: Oculus USA

    May 6, 2021

    daniel

    Sponsors: Sight Sciences, RxSight