Gary K. Michelson; USC Michelson Center Groundbreaking Keynote [2014-10-23] {#3791CR} (Credit: Steve Cohn Photography)
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 Photography)

Gary Karlin Michelson, M.D.

Childhood

Gary Karlin Michelson was born in 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One of four children, he was raised primarily by his mother and grandmother.

His grandmother proved to be an influential force in his life from the very beginning. She suffered from a debilitating spinal deformity known as Syringomyelia, a condition that made it difficult for her to walk and inhibited her ability to sense extreme hot or cold temperatures. [c1]

As a child, Gary saw his grandmother’s hand catch on fire while cooking pasta over a hot stove. To his astonishment, he noticed the fire even before she did. Witnessing the woman’s deformity and disability proved to be a defining experience for Gary, as it inspired him to dedicate his life to helping others. [c2]

Education

At just 17 years old, Gary left his simple life behind and enrolled at Temple University. He often worked two jobs at a time to put himself through Temple and then through medical school at Hahnemann Medical College, presently known as Drexel University. [e1] [e2] [e3]

Compassion was the hallmark of his medical studies. When asked to participate in a “dog lab” during his third year at Hahnemann, he refused to take part in unnecessary operations on healthy dogs. According to the young med student, students were required to remove organs from living dogs every week, a procedure he adamantly refused to participate in.

Ultimately, his defiance jeopardized his standing at the medical school. As the threat of expulsion loomed large, he devised a surgery that enabled him to transplant a rib bone into the malformed leg of a young girl, sparing her from amputation. As a result of this groundbreaking innovation, the medical school decided not to expel him. [e4]

After completing his orthopedic surgery residency at the medical school, he enrolled in a spinal surgery fellowship at St. Luke’s Medical Center, carrying on the work that his grandmother’s condition had inspired in him since childhood. [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

When his fellowship was completed, Dr. Gary Karlin Michelson relocated to California to practice orthopedic surgery with an emphasis on spinal care. [e6] [e7]

The term “practice,” as Dr. Michelson has noted, commonly applies to surgeons because these professionals should be improving with time. Each patient is a new opportunity for growth, and each patient success story provides an invaluable sense of achievement. Dr. Michelson also emphasizes that it’s okay for doctors to reach out for help when struggling with a problem. [p1]

Since 1981, Dr. Michelson has been a Board Certified Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon. Since 1982, he has proudly served as a Diplomat of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. [p2] [p3]

Previously, he served as a Clinical Instructor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine. He also served as an attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Centinela Hospital in Inglewood, California, and practiced at neighboring Daniel Freeman Hospital, once Centinela’s sister hospital. [p4]

Dr. Michelson’s enormous success is a testament to his creative passion, his tireless hard work, and the limitless curiosity that defined his challenging youth.

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

GARY’S LIFE-CHANGING CURIOSITY

Thomas Edison famously quipped, “I have not failed; I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” [i1]

Young Gary had an insatiable fascination with how things work. As a child, he disassembled his parents’ record player in order to understand its inner-workings. Unfortunately, he was unable to put it back together, much to his parents’ frustration. Still, that inquisitive nature would prove to serve him well throughout life. Over time, Gary would learn how to reconstruct the items he dismantled even better than before.

Dr. Michelson believes that coloring outside the lines is important to promote outside-the-box thinking. In young Gary’s case, he was often surprised to learn how things actually worked. His expectations were subverted on a regular basis, and his firsthand explorations provided an evolving education that would ultimately form the foundation of his career as an orthopedic spinal surgeon. [p1] [i3]

INSPIRATION & INNOVATION IN MEDICAL PRACTICE

Dr. Gary K. Michelson has made it his life’s mission to help those afflicted with spinal conditions. As an esteemed diplomat of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Dr. Michelson uses his position and his knowledge of orthopedic spinal surgery to advance cutting-edge technologies and practices within his field. [p2] [p3]

Dr. Gary Michelson’s success is built on a simple philosophy. He believes in solving complex problems in a non-linear way. Creativity, according to Dr. Michelson, is all about combining things in unique ways that other people haven’t considered. That’s how Dr. Michelson is able to devise novel solutions to problems that once seemed insurmountable. [p1]

When Dr. Michelson began his career, spinal surgeons relied on just two surgeries: spinal decompression and spinal fusion.

Decompression surgery: This type of surgery is designed to relieve pressure on the spine or associated nerves while still preserving the strength and flexibility of the spine. There are two primary types of decompression surgery: laminectomy, which removes bone and/or tissue; and discectomy, which seeks to remove portions of a damaged disc. [i2]

Spinal fusion surgery: This type of surgery involves the grafting together of bones or vertebrae. The goal is to prevent excess vertebrae movement as a means of preventing additional damage to the spine. [i2]

Unfortunately, both of these surgeries have very limited success. They are also among the most invasive surgeries a person can undergo, often resulting in full body casts and several months in a hospital bed. For decades, this area of orthopedic science suffered from a complete lack of innovation because doctors and researchers feared the unknown. It was difficult to determine what might work safely, and physicians feared experimenting on new methods that might permanently harm the patient. [i2]

Recognizing the desperate need for improved spinal treatments, Dr. Gary Michelson decided he would need to take the leap for himself. The rest of the world didn’t believe in him, and so he made the conscious decision to press on and believe in himself despite widespread stagnation and hesitation within the medical community. [p1]

Starting in the 1980s, Dr. Michelson dedicated himself to devising and developing new innovations in spinal surgery. For the next 20 years, he worked tirelessly to develop implants, instruments, and procedures that would forever change the face of spinal care. Though his unique, creative approaches were often met with derision from others in the field, his inventions would ultimately enable spinal surgeons to cure spinal conditions that were once considered hopeless. [i3]

Dr. Gary K. Michelson still recalls those early days in his career when colleagues scoffed at him and even called him an idiot. The criticism didn’t get to him, though. The more his colleagues pushed back against his research, the more he knew he was on the right track. [p1]

Ultimately, his persistence paid off. His state-of-the-art instruments, devices, and surgical methods have gone on to revolutionize orthopedic surgical procedures. Because of his work, spinal surgeries are now much safer, more effective, and more affordable than ever before. They’re also far less invasive.

MICHELSON TECHNOLOGY

Dr. Gary Michelson’s technologies have proven so effective that the name Michelson Technology is now ubiquitous in the worldwide orthopedic community. The name encompasses all of the devices and procedures on which Dr. Michelson has built his legacy, innovations which allow for more effective spinal surgery with less pain, blood loss, recovery time, or disability.

Dr. Michelson’s guidelines have contributed to a reduced need for hospital time; some patients are even able to undergo surgery on an outpatient basis. Because of its high success rate and reduced recovery time, Michelson Technology has become the world’s leading means of treatment for common as well as debilitating spinal disorders. [i3]

Dr. Michelson currently holds over 340 U.S. patents, and he has nearly 1,000 issued or pending patent applications throughout the world. Not only is he the inventor of the world’s most widely used spinal surgery technologies, but he’s also the most prolific inventor in the history of medicine. [i4]

Philanthropy

Though Dr. Gary K. Michelson has retired from private practice, he remains committed to helping those in need. Today, Dr. Michelson is passionately invested in philanthropic causes related to medical research, technology, bioscience, and animal causes. [i3]

Michelson Medical Research Foundation: Changing The World (Logo Credit: Kristen Abercrombie)

MICHELSON MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION

As part of his philanthropic commitment, Dr. Gary Michelson founded the Michelson Medical Research Foundation [MMRF], an organization of which he is the sole benefactor. He established the foundation to help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges, using the same creativity and outside-the-box thinking that defined his orthopedic career. Because this type of research is often considered too unconventional for the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Michelson is investing his own time and funds to ensure that such innovations have a chance to succeed. His goal is to have the greatest impact on the most vulnerable populations across the world, ensuring that every human being has the opportunity to live a healthy life to the fullest. [ph1][ph2]

Dr. Michelson has spearheaded and participated in a number of initiatives. For example, he was the largest private underwriter of research and advocacy efforts for the SABIN Institute. He also made sizable contributions to the Michelson Fund for NTDs Global Awareness to help promote increased research and programming for NTD elimination and control.

By leading the Michelson Neglected Disease Vaccine Initiative, he helped promote vaccine research to protect against the parasitic worms that afflict the world’s poorest populations. This initiative brings together some of the world’s foremost private, public, and academic institutions to develop, test, and manufacture these life-saving vaccines. [ph4] [ph5]

Dr. Michelson and his wife, Alya, donated $50 million to USC in 2014 to establish the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience. This research center is designed to promote goal-oriented research with the hopes of establishing “real world breakthroughs in real time.” Officially open as of 2018, the center is now the largest academic building on the University Park Campus at USC and houses some of the most groundbreaking research in the world. [ph6] [ph7] [ph8] [ph9]

Dr. Michelson continues to work closely with the faculty and researchers at the university. With his leadership and funding, the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience is quickly becoming the world’s leading facility for decoding the complex inner-workings of the immune system. Ongoing research seeks to unravel the mysteries of all human diseases and promote new vaccines to prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, and even aging. [a17]

OTHER NON-PROFIT FOUNDATIONS

Dr. Gary Karlin Michelson has founded and continues to oversee a number of nonprofit organizations, including:

  • The 20 Million Minds Foundation [20MMF]: An organization dedicated to providing a vast library of digital textbooks to students and promoting educational policy changes.
  • The Found Animals Foundation [FAF]: An organization committed to reducing animal euthanasia by promoting affordable spay and neuter services, pet microchipping, and adoption.
  • The Michelson Prize & Grants: An organization that promotes research into non-surgical spay and neuter methods for pets.
  • Adopt & Shop: An online service for one-stop pet adoption and pet supply shopping.

Dr. Michelson has invested over $200 million to these worthwhile causes. [ph10] [ph11] [ph12] [ph13]

GIVING PLEDGE

In 2016, Dr. Michelson added his name to The Giving Pledge. Originally devised by billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, The Giving Pledge seeks to encourage wealthy individuals to contribute their fortunes to meaningful causes. Dr. Michelson signed the pledge at the annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) symposium at the ARCHER School for Girls and delivered a heartfelt keynote speech about the importance of innovation. [ph14] [ph15] [ph16] [ph17]

Awards, Honors & Engagements

Dr. Gary Karlin Michelson is one of just a handful of people to be inducted into both the National Academy of Inventors and the National Inventors Hall of Fame. [a1] [a2] [a3] [a4]

In 2015, Dr. Michelson received the Albert B. Sabin Humanitarian Award for his sizable donations supporting awareness and vaccine research for tropical diseases. That same year, B’nai B’rith International bestowed him with the Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of his tireless humanitarian and philanthropic commitments. [a6] [a7]

In 2017, the University of Southern California awarded Dr. Gary Karlin Michelson an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, which he received alongside Hollywood icons Dame Helen Mirren and Will Ferrell. The honor was presented to him at USC’s 134th Commencement Ceremony. [a8] [a9] [a10]

Dr. Gary K. Michelson — Visionary of the Year [2018-19 Q4. CSQ C-Suite Quarterly Magazine]In December 2018, Dr. Michelson was featured in CSQ, C-Suite Quarterly magazine, both on the magazine’s cover and in a six-page article. The article highlighted Dr. Michelson’s philanthropy, his history as a spinal surgeon, and his efforts to fund advances in the fields of medicine, science, technology, education, and animal welfare. [a16] [a17]

In addition to featuring Dr. Michelson in their magazine, CSQ honored him with their CSQ Visionary of the Year Award for philanthropy. [a18]

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
      • [2018] CSQ Visionary of the Year Award in Philanthropy: Dr. Gary K. Michelson [December 2018; C-Suite Quarterly Magazine]. [a16]
      • [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 believes passionately in competition as a means of inspiring innovation. The Los Angeles Business Journal has recognized him as one of the city’s 500 most influential people, and he remains a leading supporter and promoter of entrepreneurial competitions at business universities nationwide. [ci1] [ci2]

Though he has made a monumental impact in the fields of science, technology, and orthopedic surgery, Dr. Michelson’s true legacy is his philanthropy. As a passionate leader in the advancement of science innovation, he has helped to inspire world-changing innovations that go far beyond spinal surgery.

Dr. Gary Karlin Michelson is unique in his remarkable ability to recognize a problem, identify a solution, and work alongside top minds to make the solution a reality. His efforts continue to make a monumental difference in the world.

Ian Gust AO, Dr. Ansuman Satpathy, Dr. Laura Kate Mackay, Dr. Gary K. Michelson, Wayne Koff, PhD, Steve A. Kay, PhD, Dr. Patricia Therese Illing, Michelson Prizes 2018; The Future of Vaccine Development Conference. {#0011} [2018-06-27. Marv Steindler / Steve Cohn Photography]Ian Gust, AO (Human Vaccines Project), Dr. Ansuman Satpathy, Dr. Laura Kate Mackay (2018 Michelson Prize winners of the Human Immunology and Vaccine Research Prize), Dr. Gary K. Michelson (Michelson Medical Research Foundation), Wayne Koff, PhD (Human Vaccines Project), Steve A. Kay, PhD (USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience) and Dr. Patricia Therese Illing (2018 Michelson Prize winner of the Human Immunology and Vaccine Research Prize) pose outside the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience ahead of the 1st Annual Conference on the ‘Future of Vaccine Development’. [2018-06-27] {#0011} (Credit: Marv Steindler / Steve Cohn Photography)

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 Photography)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 Photography)

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 Photography)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 Photography)

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 Photography)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 Photography)

Michael Quick, 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 Photography)Michael Quick, 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 Photography)

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] [Vimeo]
  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. Transparency Talk: Gary K. Michelson joins The Giving Pledge [2016-03-15. Daniel Matz. Glasspockets.org]
  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. MMRF]
  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. President Obama Signs America Invents Act [2011-09-16. Richard Maulsby. Inventors Eye via 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. MMRF]
  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. 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. IPOEF: Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation [Official]
  13. President Obama Signs America Invents Act [2011-09-16. Richard Maulsby. Inventors Eye via 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]
  16. CSQ Visionary of the Year: Dr. Gary K. Michelson — Inventive billionaire and renowned spinal surgon Dr. Gary K. Michelson is devoting his resources and intellect to fund advances for animals, education, medicine, science, and technology that would otherwise be missed. [CSQ Q4 2018/19. C-Suite Quarterly Magazine Los Angeles | New York: Philanthropy, Art, & Culture.]
  17. Dr. Gary K. Michelson: The Benevolent Catalyst [December 2018. Allison Dean. CSQ C-Suite Quarterly Magazine]
  18. The CSQ Visionaries Awards in Philanthropy, Art, & Culture: February 5, 2019, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., New York City [2019-02-05. CSQ / C-Suite Quarterly Magazine]

Competition Toward Innovation

  1. 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/MMRF]
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