Homer Stryker

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Homer Hartman Stryker (November 4, 1894 – May 1980) was an American orthopedic surgeon and the founder of Stryker Corporation, a medical supply corporation.

Stryker grew up in Athens, Michigan, a small farming community in Southern Michigan, before earning a teaching certificate from Western Michigan University in 1916. He taught in local schools before serving as an infantryman in France during World War I. He returned to Michigan to study medicine, earning a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1925.

In 1935, Stryker began tinkering in his workshop with medical devices, developing a rubber heel for walking casts as well as an innovative hospital bed that reduced the incidence of bedsores in bed-ridden patients. In 1941 he founded a company to manufacture and sell his inventions. In 1943 he created what was, perhaps, his most important invention: an oscillating (vibrating) electric saw to cut and remove casts, which would not cut skin. His invention has been the tool of choice for cast removal ever since.[1][2] A later variant of Stryker's cast saw was the oscillating electric bone saw, which cuts bone but not soft tissue.[3] By 1959, Dr. Stryker had 12 patents on medical devices.

In 1970, he was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Western Michigan University Alumni Association.

Stryker Corporation has since grown into a global corporation, and went public on NASDAQ in 1977. Since 1997, Stryker has been traded on the NYSE.

His three grandchildren Pat Stryker, Jon Stryker and Ronda Stryker (the only one to sit on the board) are all billionaires.[4]

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  1. ^ Organizational Behavior: Science, the Real World, and You, by Debra L. Nelson, James Campbell Quick, p. 323. Copr. 2010, Cenpage Learning, Inc.
  2. ^ The Journal, Volume 9, Issue 1, A publication of the National Association of Orthopaedic Technologists
  3. ^ What Is an Electric Bone Saw?
  4. ^ The Forbes 400: Healers and Dealers