Coston Lectureship

Tullos O. Coston Lectureship

Tullos O. Coston, MD, moved to Oklahoma in 1936 from the faculty of the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins. He was described by his former Chairman Alan Woods as “one of the ablest technical ophthalmic surgeons in the country” and a man of “sterling honesty.”

In 1971, Dean A. McGee, president and CEO of Kerr-McGee Corporation, developed a retinal detachment. Dr. Coston, assisted by Thomas E. Acers, MD, successfully repaired it. In return, McGee helped assemble a team of Oklahoma community and business leaders to shepherd the development of an eye institute. Through these efforts, the Dean McGee Eye Institute was founded and opened its doors in 1975.

In honor of the enormous contributions of Dr. Coston to the founding of the Eye Institute, the Tullos O. Coston Lectureship was established in his honor.

The first Tullos O. Coston Lecture was given in 1980 and is held each year during the Annual Resident and Alumni Meeting. Distinguished ophthalmologists are invited to give the Coston Lecture and share their research, interest, and expertise. Recent lecturers include David W. Parke II, MD; Anne L. Coleman, MD, PhD; David F. Chang, MD; and Carol L. Shields, MD.

Coston Lecturers

  • 2019 – David W. Parke II, MD
  • 2018 – Anne L. Coleman, MD, PhD
  • 2017 – David F. Chang, MD
  • 2016 – Carol L. Shields, MD
  • 2015 – Andrew G. Lee, MD
  • 2014 – Peter A. Netland, MD, PhD
  • 2013 – Randall J. Olson, MD
  • 2012 – Stephen C. Plugfielder, MD
  • 2011 – Roger F. Steinert, MD
  • 2010 – George B. Bartley, MD
  • 2009 – Stephen S. Lane, MD
  • 2008 – Joel S. Schuman, MD
  • 2007 – David K. Dueker, MD
  • 2006 – Luther L. Fry, MD, FACS
  • 2005 – W. Stanley Muenzler, MD
  • 2004 – C. P. Wilkinson, MD
  • 2003 – M. Bruce Shields, MD
  • 2002 – J. Bronwyn Bateman, MD
  • 2001 – Thomas E. Acers, MD
  • 2000 – Jerry A. Shields, MD
  • 1999 – Douglas D. Koch, MD
  • 1998 – Gary W. Abrams, MD
  • 1997 – John D. Hunkeler, MD
  • 1996 – George O. Waring III, MD
  • 1995 – Darrell E. Wolfley, MD
  • 1994 – Richard H. Keates, MD
  • 1993 – Bruce E. Spivey, MD
  • 1992 – George L. Spaeth, MD
  • 1991 – Herbert E. Kaufman, MD
  • 1990 – David Paton, MD
  • 1989 – James H. Elliott, MD
  • 1988 – J. Lawton Smith, MD
  • 1987 – Arthur J. Jampolsky, MD
  • 1986 – Dan B. Jones, MD
  • 1985 – Stephen J. Ryan, MD
  • 1984 – Bradley R. Straatsma, MD
  • 1983 – A. Edward Maumenee, MD
  • 1982 – David Shoch, MD
  • 1981 – Irving H. Leopold, MD
  • 1980 – Charles E. Iliff, MD