2nd Edition

The Real ABCs A Surgeon's Analysis and a Father's Legacy

By Robert Osher Copyright 2020

    In The Real ABCs: A Surgeon’s Analysis and a Father’s Legacy, Second Edition, pioneering cataract surgeon Dr. Robert Osher reflects on his 40-year career and candidly shares that the secret to his professional success and personal happiness lies in the pursuit of “the real ABCs”—achievement, balance, and contentment.

    Dr. Osher was an internationally renowned surgeon and father of five when he was diagnosed with a pineapple-sized kidney cancer at age 53. Suddenly confronted with his own mortality, he resolved to write his legacy for his family, friends, and colleagues. The result is The Real ABCs, originally published after Dr. Osher’s successful recovery and newly updated with his experiences and wisdom of the last decade—an inspirational story of one man’s achievements as well as a prescriptive guide for finding balance and contentment.

    In The Real ABCs, Dr. Osher tells the story behind some of his accomplishments in ophthalmology, including the founding of the Cincinnati Eye Institute, the Cataract Surgery: Telling It Like It Is meeting, the Video Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the introduction of groundbreaking techniques in cataract surgery. Dr. Osher demonstrates the importance of hard work and enthusiasm while admitting the inevitability of adversity and setbacks, acknowledging that his achievements wouldn’t be possible without the influence of his cherished teachers, mentors, friends, and family. Throughout the book, Osher also stresses the importance of seeking balance, whether it’s through nature, adventure, service, or adherence to one’s principles. 

    The Real ABCs: A Surgeon’s Analysis and a Father’s Legacy, Second Edition is a deeply personal story filled with universal life lessons. Ultimately, Dr. Osher shows that approaching one’s career and personal life with passion and perseverance can help anyone attain a feeling of contentment and success. 

    Dedication Introduction Prologue Chapter 1 Anatomy and Passion of Achievement Chapter 2 Getting Things Accomplished: A Case Study Chapter 3 Prepare to Succeed Chapter 4 Procrastination Chapter 5 Accepting the Challenge to Challenge the Accepted Chapter 6 Courage on the Cutting Edge Chapter 7 Time Management Chapter 8 Mistake Management Chapter 9 Fitness Chapter 10 Critical Balance: The Ratio of Hard Work to Hard Play Chapter 11 Lighten Up! Chapter 12 The Hands of a Surgeon Chapter 13 Competition Chapter 14 Teaching: The Privilege of Giving Back Chapter 15 What Goes Around…Comes Around Chapter 16 Developing Our Next Generation Chapter 17 Adventure! Chapter 18 Enjoying the Outdoors (God’s Playground) Chapter 19 Top Priority: Family! Chapter 20 Good Friends Chapter 21 Doing What’s Right (It’s Not Always Easy) Chapter 22 Dream. Try. Fail. Try Harder! Chapter 23 Dealing With Adversity Chapter 24 Resilience Chapter 25 Values and Meaning Chapter 26 Why I Love My Job! Chapter 27 Taking a Stand Chapter 28 Miracles Never Cease! Chapter 29 Philanthropy Chapter 30 Diversification: A Career and Recreational Strategy Chapter 31 Thoughts About Aging Chapter 32 A Second Chance Chapter 33 Final Thoughts Epilogue Acknowledgments


    Robert H. Osher, MD is Professor of Ophthalmology at the College of Medicine of the University of Cincinnati and Medical Director Emeritus of the Cincinnati Eye Institute.