Check your local listings for “Through My Eyes: The Charlie Kelman Story,” coming to public television in January.

Considered “the grandfather of small incision surgery,” Charles Kelman, M.D., pioneered the technique of phacoemusification. He also “was an upstart who charmed his way into residency at the prestigious Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia; made his nightclub act required attendance at the end of week-long training sessions for his groundbreaking cataract procedure; and promoted his renegade work with a public relation campaign that landed him on The Tonight Show.”

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