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Renowned endocrinologist, Ernest Mazzaferri, Sr., MD, MACP, died on May 14 at age 76. Dr. Mazzaferri was a pioneering expert in thyroid cancer and a distinguished educator. He served as chairman of Internal Medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine for 15 years, during which time the Department experienced unprecedented growth, and was recognized by the University with its Distinguished Service Award in 2009.
In 1962, Dr. Mazzaferri earned his MD from Ohio State, where he spent most of his career. He was division director of endocrinology from 1974 to 1978 before joining the University of Nevada-Reno as Chairman of Internal Medicine. During his tenure in Nevada, he was acting Dean from 1979–81. He returned to Ohio State in 1984 as chairman of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Mazzaferri enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1964, serving as Captain from 1964–1966, Lieutenant Colonel from 1970–1972, and then as Colonel in 1991 when serving at Madigan Army Medical Center in Seattle during Operation Desert Storm. He completed his military service in 1991, when he received the Meritorious Service Medal.
Dr. Mazzaferri received numerous honors and awards, …