Gary K. Michelson, C.L. Max Nikias, Yannis C. Yortsos, Michael Quick; USC Honorary Degree Recipient — Doctor of Humane Letters [USC] [2017-05-12]
Gary K. Michelson Awarded USC Honorary Degree – Doctor of Humane Letters
Friday, May 12th 2017
Gary K. Michelson is a distinguished orthopaedic spinal surgeon and inventor who has dedicated himself to improving the lives of others. Discontent with traditional surgical procedures, he spent decades developing implants, surgical processes and instruments that enable doctors to successfully cure a vastly greater proportion of spinal conditions.
His technological breakthroughs revolutionized the medical community’s approach to spinal surgery by making it safer, faster, more effective and less expensive. Michelson stands among the world’s most influential and prolific medical innovators with nearly 1,000 patents issued or pending worldwide. In recognition of his work, he earned the rare distinction of being inducted into both the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Inventors.
He also remains a passionate philanthropist, supporting far-reaching initiatives in areas such as medical research, bioscience, technology, animal welfare and education. Combining several of these interests, he and his wife, Alya, have partnered with USC to create the Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience — a research stronghold aimed at accelerating the development of scientific innovations that benefit society as a whole.
C.L. Max Nikias: Our Dean of Viterbi School of Engineering, Yannis Yortsos, will present our third candidate for an honorary degree.
Yannis C. Yortsos: Mr. President, upon the recommendation of the appropriate university committee, I present for the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Dr. Gary K. Michelson. Gary Michelson stands among the world’s most influential and prolific innovators. His technological breakthroughs as an inventor and as an orthopedic surgeon transformed the medical community’s approach to spinal surgery.
Dr. Michelson’s ingenuity has already led to nearly 1,000 patents, a number that eclipses Thomas Edison’s. In partnering with our university to build the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, he has proclaimed his extraordinary commitment to creating new knowledge and accelerating the pace of discovery while deepening the impact of his far-reaching philanthropy.
For his fearless technological accomplishments, his unparalleled surgical skills, and his profound contributions to the greater good, the University of Southern California is proud to honor Gary K. Michelson with a degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.
By the authority vested in me by the USC Board of Trustees, I hereby confer upon Gary K. Michelson the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. Congratulations, Gary.
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