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Gary K. Michelson

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Gary K. Michelson (born January 14, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former U.S. inventor and orthopedic surgeon specifically of the spine.

Michelson studied at Temple University and Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, graduating in 1975. He is known for numerous innovations in spinal surgery and holds 250 US patents. In 2005, he sold his patents for $1.35 billion to Medtronic, with whom he was previously in litigation.[1] He put a significant portion of his proceeds into charitable foundations for medical research. Among other things, he donated $50 million to the Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience at the University of Southern California and established the Michelson Medical Research Foundation. He also donated to animal health in Los Angeles(Found Animals Foundation) and library projects(Twenty Million Minds Foundation).

In 2011, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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  1. New York Times, April 23, 2005