Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Gary Michelson of Los Angeles

Written by Laura Dyrda | August 18, 2010 | Print  |
In addition to his leadership as a spine surgeon for more than 25 years, Gary Michelson, MD, has proven his status as an integral member of the spine community by inventing comprehensive spinal surgical systems which have become the foundation of several modern treatment options for spinal disorders.

In addition to practicing at G K Michelson in Los Angeles, Dr. Michelson has authored over 110 research papers and publications as well as holds more than 900 issued or pending patents worldwide. Dr. Michelson's innovations were inspired by his grandmother, who suffered from neurogenic spinal degeneration. He was dissatisfied with the available treatment so he created updated spinal surgery systems and implants.

In 2005, Dr. Michelson assigned Medtronic ownership of many of his surgery systems and devices for a price in excess of $1 billion. With this capitol, Dr. Michelson has engaged in several types of philanthropy work. He has acquired land in Panama and Costa Rica where he planted 3.5 million trees. Additionally, he funds two charitable organizations: one focusing on genetic research and the other on preventing animal overpopulation.

"One should not anticipate that passive philanthropy — writing checks — will be as effective as active philanthropy. Active philanthropy, in which one personally or through his or her organization, takes responsibility for effecting the desired change, is hard work," said Dr. Michelson on his Found Animals website.

Dr. Michelson earned his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia and completed fellowship training in a joint program between Baylor University and the University of Texas.

Read more coverage on orthopedic and spine industry leaders:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Mark Flood of Celling Treatment Centers

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Thomas Einhorn of the Boston University School of Medicine

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