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Charles D. Kelman, M.D.

(continued) Neurosurgeons have adapted the Kelman phacoemulsification machine for use in dissection of tumors from the delicate brain and spinal cord tissue in children. In this way, the device has saved hundreds of young lives. Phacoemulsification was the stimulus for small incision surgery.

Charles Kelman worked on several recent projects, including artificial blood vessels, artificial corneas and a magnetic cataract extraction procedure which will retain the patient's normal ability to focus on near and distant objects. Other applications of the magnetic technique could be used to remove plaque from arteries and growths from the digestive tract, prostate, bladder and other areas without invasive surgery.

Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at New York Medical College, Dr. Kelman held the position of Attending Surgeon at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. He was a Consultant Surgeon at many hospitals throughout the world.

Dr. Kelman was a past President of The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He has written hundreds of articles, papers and scientific books as well as a lay book on cataracts (Crown Publishing) and an autobiography (Crown Publishing) entitled Through My Eyes.

Known as Charlie to his friends, he found time to learn to pilot his own helicopter and avidly followed his hobbies of golf, music and performing. He has entertained on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, The Barbara Walters Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The David Letterman Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show and numerous others. Charlie has appeared in concert as a musician with Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie and has performed in concert at Carnegie Hall, Las Vegas, Atlantic City with The Spinners, Glen Campbell, James Darren, Regis Philbin and others. Columbia records released an instrumental recording, "Moonlight Serenade", in which all the reed parts were played by Dr. Kelman.

He continued to teach his surgical techniques to doctors around the world, while devoting his spare time to writing lyrics and music for several musicals, "The Marrano" and most passionately, "The Right Pair of Shoes".

Beloved family man, husband to Ann, father to David (deceased), Lesley, Jennifer, Evan, Jason and Seth. Father-in-law to David Koeppel and Grandfather to Noah, Adam and Claire. Admired and loved by sister Ruth Dorfman and husband Bob.
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