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1983 Speaker - Dr. Manuel Tzagourni

Dean of the College of Medicine, Ohio State University

Dr. Manuel Tzagournis has been devoted to The Ohio State University for the bulk of his life. He began his undergraduate career at the institution in 1952, receiving his B.S. in Biological Sciences in 1956. He continued his education at OSU, receiving both his master’s and medical degrees, and serving his residency, chief residency, and fellowship at the university hospital. He left the institution only once: to complete a year-long medical internship at Philadelphia General Hospital.

After finishing his education, Dr. Tzagournis immediately began to give back to his alma mater. In 1966, he accepted an instructor position in the university’s Department of Medicine, initiating a career within the institution that has included such positions as:

  • Professor of the Department of Medicine (beginning in 1974)
  • Dean of the College of Medicine (beginning in 1981)
  • Senior Vice President of Health Services and Sciences (beginning in 1982)

His current titles include vice president emeritus for health sciences, dean emeritus of the College of Medicine, and professor emeritus of internal medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism.

As a medical student, Dr. Tzagournis specialized in endocrinology and his research interests include:

  • diabetes
  • hypertension
  • coronary artery disease
  • peripheral vascular disease

He has written for several journals, including the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Metabolism. As a researcher, he was named principle investigator for a National Institutes of Health medical research grant between the years of 1982 and 1996.

Dr. Tzagournis has received many awards and recognitions for his contributions to the medical community and the university as a whole, including:

  • The establishment of the Manuel Tzagournis Medical Research Endowment Trust
  • The naming of the Tzagournis Medical Research Facility by OSU
  • Recognition by the Ohio Senate, Ohio House of Representatives, and U.S. House of Representatives for service in health care and education
  • Reception of the Distinguished Physician Award by the Hellenic Medical Society of New York
  • Service recognition by the Women’s Board of The Central Ohio Diabetes Association
  • Presentation of the Health Care Leadership Award from the Hospital Association of Central Ohio
  • Ohio State’s Distinguished Service Award (2005)
  • Earl N. Metz Distinguished Physician Award at the OSU Medical Center (2007)

Dr. Tzagournis has also been active in several professional affiliations, such as:

  • the American College of Managed Care
  • the American Diabetes Association
  • the American Red Cross
  • the Columbus Medical Association
  • the Ohio State Diabetes Association

Though Dr. Tzagournis retired in 2002, he continues to see patients and remains active in Ohio State’s alumni affairs.

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