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Michael J. Patzakis Endowed Lectureship Orthopaedics to launch in autumn 2015

patzakis_march_2011-1.jpg“I’m grateful for my education and all that OSU has given me,” says Michael J. Patzakis, MD ’63, who chose to say “thank you” to the College of Medicine by establishing the Michael J. Patzakis MD Endowed Lectureship in Orthopaedics at Ohio State, expected to launch in autumn 2015.

Dr. Patzakis, says he values the importance of giving back to the “birthplace of his medical career.” He and his wife Susan, a fellow OSU graduate, live in Los Angeles, where he retired after 21 ½ years as Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.

His time at Ohio State led him to meet his wife, serve as president of the pre-medical honor society, Alpha Epsilon Delta, and launch a lifetime career in medicine. The Ohio native has led the largest orthopaedics department in the country, taught as visiting professor at 60 medical schools and hospitals, issued 65 research studies, authored 170 scientific papers, mentored more than 400 residents, and has received awards and honors from across the country and internationally for his impact on the profession.  Because of this success, Ohio State remains close to his heart. 

“If others have the same feelings, I urge them to find a way to ‘pay it forward’ to support not only the College, but future physicians.”