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Subspecialties Professional Development, Business and Innovation, Cornea/Ocular Surface

Ophthalmology Chose Me

What was the starting point of your career?

I grew up surrounded by the family business, which is a small construction company that provides insurance restoration. I was starting to be indoctrinated into the business around the age of 12 – mostly at the dinner table! The intent for me was to attend college and then join the company. Turns out I was a pretty good student – at the University of Minnesota I was placed in the Honors Division and the Dean of the Medical School ended up as my advisor. To make a long story short, he was very charismatic and it took him about a year to talk me into going into medicine instead of joining the family business. So I’m a little atypical; I wasn’t one of those young people who always wanted to be a doctor – medicine chose me. It was fate or serendipity, depending on how you look at the world.

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About the Author

Richard Lindstrom

Founder and attending surgeon of Minnesota Eye Consultants, and Adjunct Professor Emeritus at the University Of Minnesota Department Of Ophthalmology, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
An ophthalmologist and entrepreneur extraordinaire, Lindstrom holds more than 30 patents, having developed a number of refractive solutions, intraocular lenses and surgical instruments. He serves on the Boards of Directors of several companies, is a past president of ASCRS and ISRS, and is also a member of the ASCRS Executive Committee as Member at Large. He has been at the forefront of ophthalmology’s evolutionary changes throughout his career, and is deservedly recognized as a world-leading researcher, teacher, inventor, and acclaimed physician and surgeon.

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