...Changing The World

Gary K. Michelson; USC Michelson Center Groundbreaking Keynote [2014-10-23] {#3791CR} (Credit: Steve Cohn)
Gary K. Michelson introduces his wife Alya Michelson during the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience groundbreaking keynote on October 23rd, 2014 at the University of Southern California. {#3791CR} (Credit: Steve Cohn)

Gary Karlin Michelson, M.D.

Childhood

Gary K. Michelson was born in Philadelphia on January 14, 1949. He and his three brothers were raised by his mother and grandmother, who suffered from Syringomyelia (a crippling spinal deformity). This disease caused his grandmother difficulty in walking and the inability to feel extremes of hot or cold, especially in her hands. [c1]

Young Gary recalls seeing his grandmother’s hand catch on fire while she was cooking macaroni on the stove one day and was astonished to have noticed it before she had. Witnessing the pain and disability which this spinal deformity caused his grandmother inspired the young Gary Michelson to devote his life and career towards helping her and others. [c2]

Education

At the age of seventeen, Dr. Michelson left behind his humble beginnings and set out on the arduous task of working one and sometimes two jobs to put himself through college at Temple University and medical school at Hahnemann Medical College (nowadays Drexel University). [e1] [e2] [e3]

During his third year in medical school, as part of a “dog lab”, the young Michelson refused to perform unnecessary operations to remove healthy organs from living dogs. “Every week (…) you had to go in and take out an organ, (…) I took one look and said, ‘I will not do this.’”. While under the threat of expulsion, the orthopedic student invented a surgery through which he was able to transplant a rib bone into a 10-year-old girl’s deformed leg, averting the need to amputate. “My medical school decided they weren’t going to throw me out after all”. [e4]

Shortly thereafter, Dr. Michelson completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Hahnemann Hospital, and subsequently completed a fellowship in spinal surgery at St. Luke’s Medical Center, in a joint program of Texas Medical Center and Baylor University. [e5] [e6] [e7]

Timeline — College Education
UNDERGRADUATE

Temple University. 1967 – 1971. [e1]

  • Bachelorate of Arts Degree. Majoring in Biology and Psychology.
  • Temple Open Scholarship. Dean’s List. Graduation with honors.
  • Special award in independent research.
  • Thesis on “The Morphological Alterations in Ovarian Structure in Superovulated Albino Mice.”

GRADUATE

Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital. 1971 – 1975. [e5]

  • Doctorate of Medicine degree.
  • Graduated with Highest Honors in Surgery and Surgical Achievement Award.

RESEARCH

Developed and established a Microsurgical Skills Laboratory, under the guidance of John B. Webber. M.D., nerve anastomosis, and the transfer of:

  1. salvage of otherwise non-viable parts,
  2. limb replantation,
  3. basis for the development of new surgical technique for the vascular transplantation of large viable bone grafts for repair of large osseous defects, and for the correction of exceptional pseudoarthroses, as secondary to neurofibromatosis.

POST-GRADUATE

Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital July 1975 – June 1979.
Four-year Orthopedic Residency with rotations on the following Subspecialty services:

  • Adult Reconstructive
  • Spine
  • Trauma
  • Hand
  • Pediatric
  • Rehabilitation

During this period, the Orthopedic Department ran a Sports Medicine Program including the care of a professional football team. Attended the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Amputee Clinic. Dr. Michelson also staffed the City Employee Industrial Compensation Clinic.

From 1975 through 1977, Dr. Michelson was the instructor in the Microvascular Surgical Laboratory and was involved in the Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory, studying the relationship of the shear strength of the bone cement interface as a factor of the setting temperature, and was a clinical instructor in Anatomy.

From January to July of 1978. Dr. Michelson studied with Howard Steel M.D. at Philadelphia Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children. Dr. Michelson initiated a research project on “The Use of Technetium Polyphosphate 99 Bone imaging in the Evaluation of Early Fusion Mass Integrity.”

While at Shriner’s, Dr. Michelson became interested in one of Dr. Steel’s major surgical innovations – Massive Dorsal Rib Hump Resection for Correction of Scoliosis and Provision of Autogenous Graft Material for Spinal Fusion. The amount of the correction obtained at surgery and the quality of fusion mass with this technique appeared to be superior to that obtained by the standard posterior iliac donor graft.

[e5] [e8]


POST-RESIDENCY

St. Luke’s Medical Center in affiliation with Baylor University and Texas Medical Center.
Fellowship in Spinal Surgery. Under the guidance of Alexander Brodsky, M.D.

Highly specialized training was provided in the areas of Cervical and Lumbar Discopathy, Cervical and Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Reconstruction. and Juvenile and Adolescent Spinal Deformities, i.e.; scoliosis and kyphosis.

Major Clinical and Pathomorphological Research involved:

  • Cervical Pseudo-angina
  • Postural Intermittent Claudication of the Cauda Equina secondary to Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Additional exposure to the use of highly sophisticated spinal instrumentation symptoms for the correction of both spinal deformities, and for fracture dislocations, was provided by Paul Harrington’s group (inventor of the Harrington Rod System), at the Texas Institute for Rehabilitation: and with Drs. Ben Allen and Ronald Ferguson at the University of Texas (Galveston, TX) where there has been extensive experience with the use of segmental spinal instrumentation.

[e6] [e7]

Practice

After completing his fellowship in spinal surgery at St Luke’s Medical Center (in association with the Texas Medical Center and Baylor University), Dr. Michelson moved to California and started practicing orthopedic surgery, predominantly focused on spinal surgery. [e6] [e7]

Dr. Gary K. Michelson: When you’re a surgeon, they call it a practice because you’re getting better and better. You’re supposed to be a black belt in spinal surgery. Hopefully, you’re still learning something. Each time you help a patient, you should have a sense of achievement-a sense of having done something worthwhile. You say to yourself, “If I’m struggling with this problem, I better go ask somebody and not take an egotistical position like I’m the emperor who can’t admit I don’t know how to do this.” [p1]

Dr. Michelson is a Board Certified Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon (1981) and a Diplomat of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (1982). [p2] [p3]

His former practices include Clinical Instructor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine (Texas Medical Center) and attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Centinela Hospital, including practices at Centinela’s neighboring “sister” hospital, (known then as) the Daniel Freeman Hospital in Inglewood, CA. [p4]

Dr. Michelson credits his endless curiosity during his youth as the reason he became so successfully creative in his endeavors later in life.

Advanced/Continuing Medical Education

BOARD CERTIFICATION

Diplomate. American Board of Orthopedic Surgery – 1981. [p2]


ACADEMY MEMBERSHIP

Fellow. American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons – 1982. [p3]


PRACTICE
  • Clinical Instructor of Orthopedic Surgery 1979
  • Baylor College of Medicine. Texas Medical Center. Houston, Texas.
    [e6] [e7]

  • Attending Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Centinela Hospital and Daniel Freeman Hospital Inglewood, California.
    [p4]

Innovations

THE YOUNG INNOVATOR

Thomas Alva Edison: I have not failed. I’ve just found ten thousand ways that won’t work. [i1]

From taking apart his parent’s record player (and upsetting them when he was unsuccessful in reassembling it back to working order), to finding treasures for his experiments in other people’s discarded trash, young Gary reveled in learning through pulling things apart. This deconstruction method enabled Gary to rebuild better versions of the items which he had dismantled.

Dr. Gary K. Michelson: Coloring outside of the lines leads you to the slippery slope that eventually takes you to thinking outside the box… I had things that didn’t do what I expected them to do, so I learned from that. It’s an evolving education. You don’t say you failed, because you’re improving what you’re doing […] when there’s a certain joy to what you do, and when you have this certain energy… that was the real motivation: it made me happy. [p1]

Gary K. Michelson never stopped coloring outside the lines. The curiosity he embodied as a child served him well later in life as he became a renowned orthopedic spinal surgeon. [i3]

INSPIRATION & INNOVATION IN MEDICAL PRACTICE

As a distinguished board-certified orthopedic spinal surgeon and diplomat of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Dr. Gary K. Michelson has dedicated his existence to improving the lives of millions of people afflicted with spinal ailments.

[p2] [p3]

Dr. Gary K. Michelson: It’s simple: creativity is when you can combine things in ways that other people generally would not think to do it. When you can solve problems in a nonlinear way. When you can find novel solutions to problems. [p1]

When Dr. Gary K. Michelson started practicing spinal surgery, there were the only two operations that spine surgeons did and they were both largely unsuccessful. One was spinal decompression and the other was spinal fusion. Those surgeries either put people in body jackets or casts, put them in bed for six months, or put in some steel. The industry was stagnant in innovation because physicians feared the unknown. Surgeons were demotivated and avoided innovation because they didn’t know what would work safely. They didn’t want to harm or paralyze the patient. [i2]


[i2] 2005 Medtronic Sofamor Danek LUMBAR LAMINECTOMY AND DISCECTOMY

Dr. Gary K. Michelson: ……You have to decide inside yourself what’s right and wrong. You have to believe in yourself. Don’t expect the rest of the world to believe in you…[p1]

The aim of decompression surgery is to surgically relieve pressure on spinal cord or nerves without compromising spinal strength and flexibility in the process. Laminectomy is the decompression procedure for removing bone / tissue. Discectomy is the decompression procedure for removing sections of a damaged disc. [i2]

Spinal fusion surgery is the process of bone grafting two or more vertebrae together. The desired outcome of this surgery is reduction of excess movement (i.e. vertebrae movement) in order to prevent further damage or compression. [i2]

Discontent with the low success rates and unreliability of these spinal surgical procedures in the 1980s, Dr. Michelson spent the next 20 years developing implants, surgical procedures, and instruments that would enable spinal surgeons to successfully cure a vastly greater proportion of spinal conditions. Though his creative thinking and problem-solving approach was often met with scoff and criticism. [i3]

Dr. Gary K. Michelson: “… What are you? An idiot?” I’ve heard that in different ways and forms my entire inventing career. It gets to point that when people say that, you know you’ve really got it. [p1]

Dr. Michelson persevered and his technological breakthroughs, most of which are related to instruments, methods and devices advancing spinal and orthopedic surgical procedures, have made spinal surgery safer, faster, more effective and less expensive.

MICHELSON TECHNOLOGY

Now known as Michelson Technology, the devices and procedures invented by Dr. Gary K. Michelson have diminished blood loss, pain, disability, and recovery time associated with older approaches. The Michelson guidelines require minimal hospital time to the point where many of them can be done on an outpatient basis. The likelihood of success for these newer procedures has been consistently high, and the time for return to full activity has been substantially reduced. Throughout the world, these new techniques, far less invasive and far more effective, have become the most dominant means of treating both the common spinal disorders as well as the most debilitating ones. [i3]

Evidenced by the more than 340 United States patents he holds as an individual, and over 953 issued or pending applications he has throughout the world, Dr. Gary K. Michelson’s dedication in innovation make him the most prolific inventor in the history of medicine and the sole inventor of the most widely used innovations in spinal surgery. [i4]

Philanthropy

Despite his retirement from private practice, Dr. Gary K. Michelson hasn’t lost his passion for helping others and the energy focused on the “Michelson Devices” was ultimately poured into meaningful philanthropic investments in medical research, bioscience, technology, education and animal welfare. [i3]

MICHELSON MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION

As the founder and sole benefactor of the Michelson Medical Research Foundation [MMRF], Dr. Michelson is helping solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. With his foundation spending on cutting edge medical research considered too avant-garde to be funded by the National Institutes of Health, or other conventional sources, Dr. Michelson is having a positive impact on the lives of millions of the most vulnerable populations around the world so that they can live healthy and productive lives. [ph1] [ph2]

Previous initiatives include being the largest private underwriter of the SABIN Institute’s research and advocacy programs, his generous investments in the Michelson Fund for NTDs Global Awareness has helped raise awareness in mobilizing new resources to increase programming and research for NTD control / elimination efforts, and the Michelson Neglected Disease Vaccine Initiative, a powerhouse in supporting vaccine R&D against parasitic worms that afflict more than one billion of the world’s poorest, is an innovative model that relies on private, academic, and public institutions to collaborate for preclinical development, vaccine manufacturing and clinical testing. [ph4] [ph5]

In early 2014, Dr. Michelson and his wife, Alya, personally gifted 50 million dollars to the University of Southern California to fund the creation of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, a research stronghold aimed at “research for humanity’s sake” so that work conducted at the venue will be “goal oriented” in order to produce “real world breakthroughs in real time.” With the groundbreaking taking place on October 26, 2014, it is scheduled for USC Michelson to open in the first quarter of 2018. [ph6] [ph7] [ph8] [ph9]

OTHER NON-PROFIT FOUNDATIONS

Through his other non-profit foundations, such as the 20 Million Minds Foundation [20MMF] (digital textbooks, educational policy changes), the Found Animals Foundation [FAF] (dedicated to preventing the annual euthanasia of millions of pets in the U.S.), the Michelson Prize & Grants (fueling research into a single-dose, nonsurgical sterilant for cats and dogs) and Adopt & Shop (a breakthrough one-stop pet adoption and shopping experience), Dr. Gary K. Michelson, to date, has donated more than 200 million dollars towards the advancement of these wonderful causes. [ph10] [ph11] [ph12] [ph13]

GIVING PLEDGE

On March 1st, 2016, Gary K. Michelson was announced as a signer of The Giving Pledge. Envisioned by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, The Giving Pledge is a worldwide campaign aimed at encouraging financially successful parties to contribute their wealth to philanthropic causes. In May 2016, Dr. Michelson delivered a passionate keynote about innovation jumpstarting the annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) symposium of Brentwood’s ARCHER School for Girls. [ph14] [ph15] [ph16] [ph17]

Awards, Honors & Engagements

Dr. Michelson is one of the very few individual ever inducted into both the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Inventors. [a1] [a2] [a3] [a4]

In 2015, Dr. Gary K. Michelson was awarded both the Albert B. Sabin Humanitarian Award 2015for his generous contributions toward Neglected Tropical Diseases vaccine research and awareness as well as the Distinguished Achievement Award from B’nai B’rith International for his commitment to philanthropy, humanitarian assistance and community leadership. [a6] [a7]

Alongside film legends Will Ferrell and Dame Helen Mirren, Dr. Gary K. Michelson was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Lettersby the University of Southern Californiaduring USC’s 134th Commencement Ceremonyon Friday, May 12th, 2017. [a8] [a9] [a10]

Awards, Honors & Engagements
    AWARDS IN MEDICINE

    Dr. Gary K. Michelson has been awarded special recognition within the medical community.

    • Surgical Achievement Award – Hahnemann Hospital and Medical College
      “Microvascular Transfer of Large Complex Osseous Flaps for the Treatment of Exceptional Bony Defects.” Philadelphia. Pennsylvania. 1979. [e5]
    • Certificate of Fellowship Training in Spinal Surgery. Houston. Texas, 1979. [e6]
    • Recognition of Continuing Service Award – Volunteer Physician and Director Physician Services for Scoliosis Screening, Palos Verdes School System. 1983 -1986.
    • Special Service Award – Volunteer Physician International Olympic Committee. Orthopedic Surgeon/Spans Medicine Specialist. 1984 Olympics.
    • L.A.C.M.A. Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Physician Service to the Community. 1985.
    • Letter of Appreciation as FDA (Federal Drug Administration) & IDE (Investigational Device Exemption) Clinical Investigator. “Gore-Tex Cruciate Ligament Prosthesis,” for clinical research with artificial knee ligaments. Gore Medical Division. October 1986.
    • Letter of Appreciation as FDA (Federal Drug Administration) & IDE (Investigational Device Exemption’) Clinical Investigator. “Gore-Tex Cruciate Ligament Prosthesis,” for clinical research with artificial knee ligaments. Gore Medical Division. October 1986.

    INDUCTIONS & OTHER AWARDS

    Dr. Michelson is recognized by private businesses and national institutions alike for his humanitarian contributions and personal innovations.

    Noteworthy Awards Include
    • [2016] The Los Angeles 500 – The Most Influential People in Los Angeles: Dr. Gary Michelson [August 2016; The Los Angeles Business Journal]. [a11]
    • [2010 – present] Gary K. Michelson; Board Member of the Educational Foundation of the Intellectual Property Owners Association. [a12]
    • [2011] Gary K. Michelson; Spinal Surgical Devices: US Patent No. 6,770,074 [2011-05-04; National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction]. [a1]
    National Academy of Inventors
    • [2014] Gary K. Michelson; National Academy of Inventors Fellow Induction [2014-03-07; National Academy of Inventors]. [a2]
    SABIN Humanitarian Award
    • [2015] Gary K. Michelson; Albert B. Sabin Humanitarian Award Recipient [2015-03-25; SABIN Vaccine Institute]. [a6]
    • [2015] Gary K. Michelson; SABIN Humanitarian Award 2015 [MMRF] [2015-03-25]. [a6]
    B’nai B’rith Award
    • [2015] B’nai B’rith International Distinguished Achievement Award [2016-03-31; The Jewish Journal via B’nai B’rith International]. [a7]

    AMERICA INVENTS ACT

    In conjunction with many others and on behalf of independent inventors, Dr. Michelson worked to help shape and ultimately to have passed the America Invents Act of 2011. In recognition of his efforts Dr. Michelson was invited by Barack Obama, United States President, to the America Invents Act Signing Ceremony [2011-09-16; White House Rose Garden] [a13] [a14]


    ENGAGEMENTS

    Dr. Gary Michelson continues to accept invitations to speak at engagements. Recent events include:

    • [2016] Keynote Speaker for the ‘Archer Student STEM Symposium’ [2016-05-21; Archer School for Girls Rose Room, Brentwood, CA] [ph17]
    • [2015] B’nai B’rith International Distinguished Achievement Award [2016-03-31; The Jewish Journal via B’nai B’rith International][a7]
    • [2014] Gary K. Michelson; USC Michelson Center Groundbreaking Keynote [MMRF] [2014-10-23] [ph9]
    • [2014] Participant at ‘Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy:
      Global Solutions in Education’ [2014-06-17; Forbes, New York Public Library, NYC] [a15]
    • [2011] Invited by Barack Obama, United States President, to the America Invents Act Signing Ceremony [2011-09-16; White House Rose Garden] [a13] [a14]
    • [2011] Keynote Speaker for the 60th California State Science Fair competition; Los Angeles (CA) on May 2-3, 2011.

Competition Toward Innovation

Dr. Michelson is a fierce believer in competition toward innovation. He’s not only considered one of the 500 most influential people in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal, but a longtime promoter and supporter of entrepreneurial competitions at various business schools throughout the country. [ci1] [ci2]

While the significant impact to the field of science and technology through his work as an orthopedic spinal surgeon and inventor is exemplary, Dr. Michelson’s greatest legacy might be his leadership in the advancement of science through philanthropy. His uncanny ability to identify a problem, deduce a solution, and most importantly, work collaboratively to bring that solution to fruition, is what continues to make ‘real world’ of difference.

Authors: Pierre André Lowenstein, Lisa Luther for the Michelson Medical Research Foundation.
Originally published on April 4th, 2018. Last Updated on July 17th, 2018.

USC Provost Michael Quick, USC President C.L. Max Nikias, Alya Michelson, Gary K. Michelson, USC Dornsife Dean Amber D. Miller, USC Viterbi Dean Yannis C. Yortsos cut the inauguration ribbon of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience on Wednesday, November 1st 2017 (Credit: Steve Cohn)USC Provost Michael Quick, USC President C.L. Max Nikias, Alya Michelson, Gary K. Michelson, USC Dornsife Dean Amber D. Miller, USC Viterbi Dean Yannis C. Yortsos cut the inauguration ribbon of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience on Wednesday, November 1st 2017. (Credit: Steve Cohn)

Gary K. Michelson Bio | C.L. Max Nikias, Gary K. Michelson; USC 134th Commencement Ceremony, Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters [2017-05-12] {#7656} (Credit: Steve Cohn)USC President C.L. Max Nikias confers Gary K. Michelson’s honorary degree of Doctor in Humane Letters. [USC’s 134th Commencement Ceremony – Friday, May 12th 2017] {#7656} (Credit: Steve Cohn)

Gary K. Michelson Bio | Gary K. Michelson, Peter J. Hotez, Daniel S. Mariaschin, Gary P. Saltzman; B'nai B'rith Distinguished Achievement Award Gala [2017-03-02. Houston, Texas] {#7872} (Credit: John Wilson Photography)Gary K. Michelson, Peter J. Hotez, Daniel S. Mariaschin, Gary P. Saltzman attend the B’nai B’rith Distinguished Achievement Award Gala honoring Dr. Peter J. Hotez on March 2nd, 2017 in Houston, Texas. {#7872} (Credit: John Wilson Photography)

Gary K. Michelson Bio | Gary K. Michelson, Raymond C. Stevens; Bridge@USC Lab Warming [2015-02-11] {#012} (Credit: Emily Cavalcanti)Gary K. Michelson and Raymond C. Stevens, along with USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay inaugurated the Bridge Institute at the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience on February 11th, 2015. {#012} (Credit: Emily Cavalcanti)

Steve A. Kay, C.L. Max Nikias, Alya Michelson, Gary K. Michelson, David A. Cohen, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Yannis C. Yortsos; USC Michelson Groundbreaking [2014-10-23] {#4135} (Credit: Steve Cohn)Steve A. Kay, C.L. Max Nikias, Alya Michelson, Gary K. Michelson, David A. Cohen, Mark Ridley-Thomas and Yannis C. Yortsos sign the V of Victory after shoveling the construction sand of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience following the USC Michelson Center Keynote on October 23rd, 2014. {#4135} (Credit: Steve Cohn)

Scott E. Fraser, Gary K. Michelson, Steve A. Kay, C.L. Max Nikias, Yannis C. Yortsos; USC Michelson Announcement [2014-01-13] (Credit: Steve Cohn)
Scott E. Fraser, Gary K. Michelson, Steve A. Kay, C.L. Max Nikias and Yannis C. Yortsos pose for a photograph following the announcement of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience on January 13th, 2014. (Credit: Steve Cohn)

Gary K. Michelson, Antonio Villaraigosa; Humane Society 2008 Genesis Awards [2008-03-29. Mark Savage, Getty Images]Gary K. Michelson, former mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa attend the 2008 Humane Society Genesis Awards at the Beverly Hilton on March 29th, 2008. (Credit: Mark Savage)

Gary K. Michelson; PVA Honor for Health Care Research [2006-09-12. Paralyzed Veterans of America]Gary K. Michelson receives the PVA “Honor for Health Care Research” from Paralyzed Veterans of America in Washington D.C. on September 12th, 2006. (Credit: Paralyzed Veterans of America)


Biography References

Childhood

  1. Syringomyelia [2017-06-08. Wikipedia]
  2. Gary K. Michelson; National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction [NIHF] [2011-05-04]

Education

  1. Temple University [Official]
  2. Drexel-Hahnemann University Hospital [Wikipedia]
  3. Drexel University [Official]
  4. Dr. Gary K. Michelson: Inventor and life-saver [2016-03-31; Naomi Pfefferman, The Jewish Journal]
  5. Hahnemann University Hospital
  6. Texas Medical Center [Official]
  7. Baylor University [Official]
  8. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia

Practice

  1. Inventors at Work, The Minds and Motivation Behind Modern Inventions [2012][Author: Brett Stern © 2012 Apress Publishing]
  2. American Board of Spine Surgery: ABSS
  3. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  4. Centinela Hospital Medical Center | Los Angeles

Innovations

  1. Thomas Alva Edison American. Inventor 1847-1931 [1997. Gerald Beals, Thomasedison.com]
  2. 2005 Medtronic Sofamor Danek LUMBAR LAMINECTOMY AND DISCECTOMY
  3. Michelson Technology at Work [Medtronic]
  4. List of Patents [Gary Michelson Patents]

Philanthropy

  1. National Institutes of Health
  2. What We Do [Michelson Medical Research Foundation]
  3. Who We Are | SABIN Vaccine Institute [MMRF]
  4. Michelson Fund for NTDs Global Awareness>
  5. Michelson Neglected Disease Vaccine Initiative [Sabin]
  6. Gary K. Michelson; USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience Announcement [MMRF] [2014-01-13; USC] [YouTube]
  7. USC Michelson Center: Research for Humanity’s Sake [2014-10-23; Christopher Edward Jones, MMRF]
  8. USC Michelson Center Groundbreaking Ceremony [2014-11-01. MMRF Staff, MMRF]
  9. USC Michelson Center Groundbreaking Keynote Video [2014-12-03. MMRF Staff, MMRF]
  10. 20 Million Minds Foundation [20MMF]
  11. Found Animals Foundation [FAF]
  12. Michelson Prize & Grants [MP&G]
  13. Adopt & Shop [A&S]
  14. 17,18,19]
  15. Eyes on the Giving Pledge: Gary K. Michelson [2016-03-01. Glasspockets.org]
  16. Airbnb’s Three Billionaire Cofounders And 14 Others Join Gates-Buffett Giving Pledge [2016-06-01. Kerry A. Dolan, Forbes]
  17. Keynote Speaker for the ‘Archer Student STEM Symposium’ [2016-05-21. Archer School for Girls Rose Room, Brentwood, CA]

Awards, Honors & Engagements

  1. Gary K. Michelson; Spinal Surgical Devices US Patent No. 6,770,074. [MMRF]
  2. Gary K Michelson; National Academy of Inventors – Fellow Induction [2014-03-07]
  3. Gary K. Michelson: Spinal Surgical Devices. US Patent No. 6,770,074. [National Inventors Hall of Fame]
  4. Gary K Michelson; National Academy of Inventors – Fellow Induction [2014-03-07] [MMRF]
  5. Gary K. Michelson; President Obama Signs America Invents Act [2011-09-16; Richard Maulsby, Inventors Eye] [MMRF]
  6. Gary K. Michelson; SABIN Humanitarian Award Video [2015-11-19. Christopher Edward Jones, MMRF]
  7. Jewish Journal: Dr. Gary K. Michelson – Inventor and life-saver [2016-03-31. B’nai B’rith International]
  8. Gary K. Michelson; Honorary Degree — Doctor of Humane Letters | University of Southern California [2017-05-11]
  9. Who We Are | University of Southern California [MMRF]
  10. Gary K. Michelson; USC Honorary Degree of Humane Letters [Video] [2017-05-12. Michelson Medical Research Foundation]
  11. Gary K. Michelson; The Los Angeles 500: Dr. Gary Michelson – Chairman: Twenty Million Minds Foundation, Found Animals Foundation, Michelson Medical Research Foundation [August 2016. Los Angeles Business Journal]
  12. IPO Education Foundation
  13. Gary K. Michelson; President Obama Signs America Invents Act [2011-09-16; Richard Maulsby, Inventors Eye] [MMRF]
  14. Barack Obama [Wikipedia]
  15. Participant at ‘Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy: Global Solutions in Education’ [2014-06-17; Forbes, New York Public Library, NYC]

Competition Toward Innovation

  1. Gary K. Michelson; The Los Angeles 500: Dr. Gary Michelson – Chairman: Twenty Million Minds Foundation, Found Animals Foundation, Michelson Medical Research Foundation [August 2016. Los Angeles Business Journal]
  2. Michelson Entrepreneurship Award [Wharton]

Gary K. Michelson, C.L. Max Nikias, Alya Michelson, Niki Nikias; USC 134th Commencement Ceremony, Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters [2017-05-12] {#4628} (Credit: Steve Cohn)
USC President C.L. Max Nikias, Niki Nikias, Alya Michelson and Gary K. Michelson smile at the camera during USC’s 134th commencement reception on Friday, May 12th 2017. Gary K. Michelson was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Southern California during the earlier ceremony. {#4628} (Credit: Steve Cohn)

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