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Arshag D. Mooradian, M.D.: Internal Medicine Fund supports UF's educational programs

By Lorrie DeFrank
December 2010

Arshag D. Mooradian, M.D., professor and chair of the department of medicine, is so impressed by the academic efforts of the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville that in 2007 he created the Internal Medicine General Fund with a $10,000, 5-year pledge to enrich the teaching environment and help recruit and retain the highest quality faculty.

After 15 years as a professor of internal medicine at St. Louis University, in 2006 Mooradian accepted the offer to be chair of the department of medicine because of UFCOM – Jacksonville's national reputation for launching innovations in research and education. "I've been gratified to see the internal medicine residency program grow in excellence over the past 4-to-5 years, to one of the top programs in the region," he said

He encourages his faculty as well as area philanthropists to contribute to the fund to ensure that resources are available to support the exceptional programs and faculty enrichment. Giving back is part of the physicians' philosophy to heal and comfort, he said, "and we need to motivate the community to be part of what we are doing here."

At UF, patient care is primary, Mooradian said. Its extensive research is frequently funded by external grants. "But there's not much financial support for education and training," he said. "I challenge faculty and employees to contribute and lead by example. Senior professors need to be role models for younger faculty."

Donations also help promote the college of medicine's work through such activities as residents' scholarly presentations and peer interactions at national meetings. The department produces a newsletter to keep physicians in a five-county area informed of services and health care advances. "The UF College of Medicine is the center for referrals for high-end interventions. Our physicians have national reputations in all specialties," Mooradian said. "And it's impressive how many people train and stay here and be part of the community."

In addition to his monetary support, administrative duties and clinical services, Mooradian does his part to educate physicians and promote the UFCOM. Globally recognized as a specialist in diabetes, the endocrinologist predicted that the disease will affect half of the adult U.S. population in 20 years unless people profoundly change their lifestyles, particularly concerning obesity. Through a visiting professorship, he has traveled annually to China to share his knowledge of internal medicine and endocrinology. Mooradian has also lectured, taught or consulted in more than 500 cities worldwide and has published nearly 400 articles on his specialties in scientific publications.

Mooradian received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut in New York, where he was presented the Penrose Award, which is given to a single graduate for the highest scholarly and community contributions. He completed his residency in internal medicine at American University Hospital and fellowship in endocrinology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

He enjoys family time, symphony, theater and playing the guitar, a hobby that dates to his stint as a bassist in a rock band in college. Lecturing, teaching residents and growing his department also rank high on his fun list.

"Health care is changing at a fast pace, with more focus on patient safety, quality, outcomes and research," he said. "Our faculty is patient-centered. Training and research evolve around patient care."

Information about the Internal Medicine General Fund and other giving opportunities at the UF College of Medicine are available through the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.

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