In 1978 our symposium topic was Cataracts, and one of our speakers was Dr. Nicholas Douvas, creator of the Roto-Extractor, a tool he created for complex cataract extractions. The following clip was excerpted from “Port Huron’s Pioneers of Medicine”, a documentary produced by St. Clair County’s Regional Education Service Agency. It covers Dr. Douvas’ early life and career, and his creation of the tool that innovated cataract extractions.
Dr. Douvas was honored many times over for his contribution to cataract surgery, including the Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Culler Memorial Lecturer of Ohio State University, and the Wolfe Memorial Lecturer at the University of Iowa. An advocate for filming surgical techniques for educational purposes, Dr. Douvas was also awarded the Barraquer Memorial Award for his contributions to ophthalmic education through cinematography.
Dr. Nicholas Douvas passed away on December 26th, 2011 in Key Largo, Florida. He was 90 years old.