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Importance of Family, Education Fuel Scholarship Creation 


With their busy lives that center on medicine and four active, athletic teens, it’s a wonder Bill and Trish Gianakopoulos can find the time or the money to think of others.

However, Patricia (Trish) Connor, MD ’87, and William (Bill) Gianakopoulos, MD, Urology residency ’92, say it’s exactly that – their love of medicine and family – that caused them to establish The Gianakopoulos Family Fund in Medicine. The fund will create a need-based scholarship for an Ohio State medical student interested in primary care medicine.

“Bill gets the credit. He’s been the driving force behind this,” Trish says, quite generously and sincerely. “I believe he feels very fortunate for the good life he enjoys.” Bill traces that “good life” back to medicine and family. His father James Gianakopoulos, MD, a Springfield, Ohio, family physician, sparked Bill’s interest in medicine and instilled in him the values of education and helping others.

Bill, who earned his MD degree at Wright State University, finished his Ohio State residency training in Urology in 1992. Bill’s brother, George, earned undergraduate and medical degrees at Ohio State and then completed residency training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, also at Ohio State.

“The education and training we received at Ohio State was excellent. We were well prepared for the medical world,” says Trish, who has practiced Pediatrics in the Columbus area for more than 20 years.

She recalled that when she earned her Ohio State MD degree medical school costs and the debt she accrued through loans seemed “more manageable.”

In a very practical sense Bill and Trish created this scholarship fund to help a deserving student meet the rising cost of medical education. They also hope that fund will help others reflect on the lessons that can be learned from James Gianakopoulos, MD, about the importance of medicine, family, education and helping others.


Posted on 16-Dec-11 by Geier, Eric
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