Today is World Vasectomy Day and Frisco has a snippet of a role in the global scenario.
Dr. Doug Stein, with homes in Frisco (Bear’s Den Condos) and Tampa, Fla., is the world’s foremost vasectomist, leading fellow doctors in performing the birth control procedure for 1,000 men in 25 countries.
Stein is performing the procedure before an audience at the Royal Institution of Australia to launch the inaugural World Vasectomy Day with the world’s first live-streamed vasectomy-athon via Skype and other social media.
For the uninitiated, a vasectomy is minor surgery to cut a man’s vasa deferentia, which is then tied in a way to prevent sperm from entering into the seminal stream. It is possible later to reverse the result.
With 31,000 vasectomies under his belt, the world’s most prolific vasectomist is the featured star in filmmaker Jonathan Stack’s documentary, “The Vasectomist,” premiering at the Adelaide Film Festival.
Simultaneously, there will be a gathering of diverse thought leaders, including population expert Paul Ehrlich (“The Population Bomb”), who will weigh in on the social, political, cultural and ethical issues raised by the event and Stein’s mission to save the planet — one vasectomy at a time.
“What greater gift to future generations than to limit their numbers?” Stein implores us to ponder.
The 60-year-old physician has operated on men in the U.S., Haiti, the Philippines, Kenya and now Australia.
“Doug immediately reminded me of Don Quixote, one of my most beloved literary figures. His enthusiasm for lowering carbon footprint, one vasectomy at a time, was his ‘impossible dream’ and over time became mine as well,” says Stack, an Emmy-winning producer. “He has certainly done his fair share for the environment.”
Following a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, Stein graduated from New York’s Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1978 and has been practicing medicine since 1983.
On a personal note, what attracted Stein to downtown Frisco, where he’s had property since 2007?
“Main Street, Lake Dillon, proximity to ski resorts and wilderness — the whole package,” he says.
The Summit’s offerings mirror Stein’s active lifestyle of hiking and climbing mountains.
He’s topped out Quandary, Democrat, Elbert, Massive, Longs, Grays, Buffalo, Victoria, Baldy, Bierstadt and Washington’s Mount Rainier at 14,409 feet.
A planned trek up Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with wife Maryann and other family members didn’t go as planned.
“I never got to climb Kilimanjaro because of a motor vehicle accident, but Maryann made it to the top,” Stein says.
Maryann is a blueberry farmer with 80 acres and was encouraged to continue; she got to the top of 19,341-foot mountain.
A motorcyclist was killed in the mishap, and daughter Alison, 26, sustained a broken wrist and lacerations, while her dad suffered broken ribs. No climbing for them was the news.
Both bounced back in good time.
In addition to Maryann and Alison, Stein is often accompanied by son Curtis, 31, and his cousin Steve and sons Stefan and William.
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