Thursday, July 21, 2011

Dr Onders

Photo of Dr. Raymond P. Onders

Mention Dr. Raymond Onders, and you’ll likely get a quizzical flash of recognition, “Isn’t he the guy who operated on Superman?”

Yeah, Onders is that guy, the University Hospitals doctor who implanted a diaphragm pacing device in paralyzed actor Christopher Reeve in February 2003.

News of the operation captured the attention of broadcast and print media around the globe. Reeve and his wife, Dana, were vocal advocates for spinal cord research and became the unofficial faces of the pacing device — and Onders’ work with it.

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