The history of ATTRI is surrounded
by innovative designs of medical devices

Associate Professor Dr George Vicatos, has been involved in designing and developing orthopaedic devices since 1992. But his innovative design passion has roots from long before.

George Vicatos was born in Athens, Greece, in 1955 to a mother who was a medical doctor and to a father who was an officer in the Greek Royal Navy. He grew up in an environment where his mother’s laboratory and practice were at home, and he devoted many hours browsing his mother’s anatomy books and enjoyed her explanations and diagrams of the processes in the human body. As the years passed by, George not only became knowledgeable about the body structures, but also developed a passion for designing engineering devices and eventually studied mechanical engineering.

Later in his engineering career, his life-long interest in medicine, led him to study Anatomy and Physiology. He then used his engineering knowledge and design capability to focus his attention on the reconstruction of the skeleton.

Early Studies

1974

Enrolled in Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

1976

Converted his studies to Electrical/Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

1977

Obtained a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

1978

Enrolled for and graduated with a BSc in Marine Engineering from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

1979

Graduated with an MSc with distinction in Aeronautics from the University of London/Imperial College and was also awarded the Diploma of Imperial College (DIC)

1979 – 1985

Worked in industry as a Marine Engineer in London and in Athens and completed his National Service in Athens in the Greek Navy.

1985

Employed as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town.

1988

Employed as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town

1995

Graduated with a PhD in Thermodynamics from the University of Cape Town

1997

He studied Anatomy and Physiology at the Medical School of the University of Cape Town.

He had already started designing medical devices in 1992, such as an instrument to aid the reattachment of the greater trochanter in a novel way (a surgical technique developed by Professor Learmonth, Head of Orthopaaedics at the Groote Schuur Hospital, in Cape Town). This was the start of his involvement in medical devices and implants. After that he designed and produced several isolated medical instruments, and in 2000/2001 he proceeded to participate fully in the development of orthopaedic devices.

From 2000 and onwards

2000

Patent for an implant assisting with the fixation and centralisation of cementless stems in the metaphysis.