Svyatoslav Fyodorov

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Svyatoslav Nikolayevich Fyodorov
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Svyatoslav Fyodorov
BornAugust 8, 1927
DiedJune 2, 2000(2000-06-02) (aged 72)
EducationRostov Medical Institute
Known forCreating radial keratotomy, scleroplasty and intraocular lens replacement
Medical career
ProfessionSurgeon and politician
InstitutionsFyodorov Eye Microsurgery Complex
Sub-SpecialtiesOphthalmology, eye surgery,
AwardsLomonosov Gold Medal (1986)

Svyatoslav Nikolayevich Fyodorov (Russian: Святослав Николаевич Фёдоров; born August 8, 1927 – June 2, 2000) was a Russian ophthalmologist, politician, professor, full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. He is considered to be a pioneer of refractive surgery.

Life and career[edit]

Fyodorov was born in Proskurov, Ukrainian SSR (now Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine), to ethnic Russian parents. Fyodorov graduated from Rostov Medical Institute in Rostov on Don, then worked as a practicing ophthalmologist in a small town in Rostov Oblast.

Cataract surgery[edit]

In the 1960s he studied the pioneering work of the English ophthalmic surgeon Sir Harold Ridley, the inventor of the intraocular lens (IOL). Fyodorov began to use Ridley's intraocular lenses in his treatment of cataract. At first he used lenses manufactured by the Rayner company in England but he quickly moved to have his lenses manufactured inside the Soviet Union.[1]

Glaucoma surgery[edit]

Refractive surgery[edit]

In the 1970s he developed the surgical technique he is most famous for, the radial keratotomy, to change the shape of the cornea and cure myopia.[2] In 1986, Fyodorov designed the first posterior chamber phakic IOL in the "collar-button" or "mushroom" configuration and manufactured the pIOL from silicone. In 1980 he became the head of the Moscow Research Institute of Eye Microsurgery. In 1988 he founded the Fyodorov Eye Microsurgery Complex. In 1994 he endorsed and wrote the foreword to the American textbook (Radial and Astigmatic Keratotomy) by Dr. Spencer Thornton in which Thornton taught a surgical technique derived from but markedly different from the Fyorodov technique.[3]


In the 1980s through the early 1990s, Fyodorov called for repeal of the Soviet Union's one-party system while he still a member of the Communist Party.[4]

Fyodorov was a member of the Congress of People's Deputies in 1989-1991.

In 1991 he rejected an offer by Boris Yeltsin to become Russia's premier.[4]

Considered one of the Soviet Union's first highly successful practicing capitalists, he was a proponent for the denationalization of the economy.[4][5] On June 12, 1991, the day of Russia's inaugural presidential election, Fyodorov told state media that he believed that Russia's revival hinged on the "de-statization" of property. Fyodorov argued that, "If in the US the main means of production are concentrated in the hands of 13% of the population", then Russia should distribute ownership of those resources among 50-60% of its population through the creation of "people's enterprises" and joint-stock companies.[5] "We have the biggest scientific community in the world, where the intellectual component constitutes 90% of industrial costs. This factor plus our natural resources and territory give us a chance, in the course of one generation, to leave behind the US and, perhaps, Japan," he said.[5]

In 1992 he became the co-chairman of the Party of Economic Freedom, an early liberal party.[4]

Fyodorov was elected to the lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, in 1995, the chairman of his own small party.[4]

Considered to be on the center-left of the Russian political spectrum, Fyodorov was the founder and leader of the Party of Workers' Self-Government, which was one of the most influential social-democratic movements in Russia during the 1990s.[6][7]

In 1994 Fyodorov had described his political objective by stating, "I want peasants to own farms, workers to own factories, physicians to own clinics, and everyone to pay a 30% tax, and the rest is theirs."[7]

Presidential campaign[edit]

Fyodorov ran as the candidate of the Party of Workers' Self-Government in the 1996 Russian presidential election[7]

As a presidential candidate, Fyodorov advocated for the mass creation of joint stock companies to guarantee workers a share of profits and allow them to actively participate in management of their companies. He dubbed this concept "democratic capitalism" or "popular socialism".[7] Fyodorov advocated for economic freedom, simple and moderate taxation, stimulation of production, and a ban on exports of most raw materials.[7] Fyodorov promised that his policies would double the nation's GDP within five years.[8] Fyodorov proclaimed to draw inspiration in his politics from both Ross Perot and Deng Xiaoping.[7]

Up until early May, Fyodorov unsuccessfully attempted to negotiate the creation of a third force coalition, with negotiations largely centering on a coalition between him and fellow candidates Yavlinsky and Lebed.[9]


Returning from an academic conference in 2000, Fyodorov died in the crash of his clinic's four-seater helicopter on the outskirts of Moscow.

In 2013, a profile of Dr. Fyodorov was included in a book called Saving Sight: An eye surgeon's look at life behind the mask and the heroes who changed the way we see, by Andrew Lam, M.D.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Apple, David J (2006). Sir Harold Ridley and his fight for sight. SLACK incorporated. ISBN 1-55642-786-7.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Spencer P. Thornton,MD, Clinical Professor, Dept of Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN
  4. ^ a b c d e
  5. ^ a b c Yasmann, Victor (June 13, 1991). "FEDOROV: "REVIVED RUSSIA WILL SURPASS US AND JAPAN"". Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  6. ^ Solovei, Valery (1996). "Strategies of the Main Presidential Candidates" (PDF). Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Svyatoslav Fedorov". CCSU. 1996. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  8. ^ "Russian Election Watch, February 9, 1996". February 9, 1996. Archived from the original on 2000-01-29. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  9. ^ McFaul, Michael (1997). Russia's 1996 Presidential Election: The End of Polarized Politics. Stanford University in Stanford, California: Hoover Institution Press.
  10. ^ Lam, Andrew. Saving Sight: An eye surgeon's look at life behind the mask and the heroes who changed the way we see (978-1617203794) Bokeelia, FL; Irie Books, 2013.