Theodore McCann Davis
1889 - 1973
Theodore M. Davis, MD was born on December 13, 1889 in Greenville, North Carolina. He entered an electrical engineering career and worked for the Southern Railway System in that capacity from 1905 to 1909. Following an accident, he entered medical school at the University of Maryland in 1910 and graduated in 1914.
From 1915 to 1918, Dr. Davis worked with a well-known surgeon in Greenville. He then entered private practice and focused his efforts on urology-related medicine. Dr. Davis saw Stern's resectoscope and, after much difficulty obtaining a used model, he began to modify the instrument. His improvements to the apparatus include: a stronger loop with a larger diameter, a strengthened shaft, better insulation and with his electrical engineering background, he created what he called a "double throw switch," the precursor to today's foot switch for our transurethral resection work.