I’m looking forward to our upcoming annual VHG meeting, relegated to Zoom last year due to COVID, preceded this year by a side trip to Sedona with our friends and colleagues, the Draisins and Ettings.
In the course of touring, we passed by a mansion which the guide off-handedly mentioned was owned by a doctor who had something to do with laser eye surgery. Our curiosity amply piqued, we Goggled to find that the mansion’s owner is Dr. Ioan Cosmescu. Here is a shot of the property’s entrance as you motor up Chapel Road:
If you look online, and you’ll find breathtaking views of the mansion as seen from above.
I doubt Dr. Cosmescu is familiar with Salus, yet alone its gazebo. I could not locate any information online as to what his doctorate is in. What we do know is that Dr. Cosmescu and his wife Elena emigrated from Soviet-dominated Romania to the Phoenix, Arizona area in 1983. Online information about him states that he’s been at the forefront of advances in surgical practice, and holds numerous patents. But I couldn’t find an independent source that attributes the introduction of the laser involved in the LASIK procedure linked to Dr. Comescu. [The origin story of the laser is a fascinating one, and revolves around Thanksgiving turkey (see here).]
Having benefitted from LASIK 29 years ago, I’m indebted to Dr. Cosmescu if he did play a role in its development. And even if he didn’t, it makes for a great story in the hills of Sedona.