In the lab next to mine worked a young surgeon named Fred Maul who would later founded Intuitive Surgery. Also present was Hap Paul, a veterinarian with a vision to create an orthopedic robot which he called Robodoc. These were heady times when Ralph Clayman had just performed the first human laparoscopic nephrectomy. Our first child was born in Sacramento but I simply could not sustain our lifestyle in California and I had the opportunity to return to Albany, NY with my new family and a progressive private practice that encouraged my academic activities.
During my academic years at the university, I had the great pleasure of developing many lifelong personal contacts with individuals who have had a profound effect upon me. One such individual was Sakti Das. He was a mentor, a friend, a political ally who helped me become only the third urologist to gain membership in the American Osler Society. My love for historical and humanistic medicine has found a natural place amongst the Oslerians.