History of Global Surgical Corporation

In 1994, Global Surgical Corporation acquired the Urban Microscope and the SMR medical equipment divisions of Storz Instrument Company. Both these organizations had a long and distinguished history of serving the Otolaryngology market. Global built on these strengths and traditions and, additionally, became the first company to focus on the newly emerging dental microscopy market.


Since its formation, Global Surgical has strongly promoted the use of surgical microscopes in dentistry, appreciating the added precision, vision, and ergonomic benefits to the practitioners. The dental microscope initially gained acceptance in the specialty of Endodontics, and subsequently in General Dentistry and other specialties such as Periodontics and Prosthodontics. Global has worked closely with many dental schools to provide microscopes to enable graduate and post-graduate dental students to learn the benefits of microscopy in their program.

Today, Global Surgical is the leader in dental microscopy worldwide and the only U.S. manufacturer of surgical microscopes.

Medical / ENT

Urban microscopes established strong relationships with many leading otolaryngologists and maintained a tradition of quickly responding to the optical needs of the surgeon. The Global Surgical/Urban Team has been working with ENT physicians for over 50 years to develop state-of-the-art surgical microscopes and microscope documentation systems.

SMR has over 80 years of history in supplying custom-made cabinets, chairs and stools to the ENT market. Global Surgical continues its long history in the ENT market with the SMR cabinet being the industry standard for the ENT office. SMR’s range of powered and manual chairs meets all of the requirements of today’s ENT specialist

The combination of Global microscopes and SMR products gives Global a unique advantage in the design, production and installation of temporal bone and multi-disciplinary teaching labs. Global Surgical is the only company with this combination of capabilities. Our labs have been installed in many distinguished medical teaching facilities such as the Mayo Clinic, University Hospital (Cleveland), Emory Hospital (Atlanta) Cleveland Clinic, the National Naval Medical Center, and Brooke Army Medical Center - the largest Department of Defense inpatient medical facility and the only Level I Army Trauma Center in the US.