Joseph Silva – The Early History of Stryker, a Medical Device Company

Based out of East Providence, Rhode Island, Joseph Silva has enjoyed an extensive career in sales. Currently, Joseph Silva serves as an account manager with the medical device manufacturer Stryker and takes care of a large customer base located throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut.

For over 70 years, Stryker has been responsible for remarkable innovations in medical technology. Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the company was founded by Dr. Homer Stryker. Born around the turn of the 20th century, Dr. Stryker earned a medical degree from the University of Michigan and focused on orthopedic surgery. While receiving his degree, he invented a turning frame and walking heel so that patients could move with greater ease.

Initially, Dr. Homer Stryker cared for patients at his private office in Kalamazoo and considered his devices a supplement to his practice, but that changed with the outbreak of World War II. The wounded recovering from orthopedic surgery brought increased need for his inventions, which now included a surgical traction device and a cast cutter, and he turned his attention exclusively to the devices, concentrating on design and production. In 1946, he founded the Orthopedic Frame Company, which later adopted the name Stryker in 1964.


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