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From the February ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2003 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Eli L. Borkon, MACP

Eli L. Borkon, MACP, a pioneer in nuclear medicine and longtime educator, died Oct. 25, 2002. He was 94 years old.

Born in 1908 in Chicago, Dr. Borkon earned a PhD in physiology in 1936 and a medical degree in 1937 from the University of Chicago. After an internship at Mercy-Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa in 1938, he completed an internal medicine fellowship in at Washington University's Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

Dr. Borkon served as an army physician in World War II. He returned to the United States in 1946 and opened a practice in Carbondale, Ill. In 1948, Dr. Borkon began a 12-year stint as an adjunct professor of physiology at Southern Illinois University. He joined the Carbondale Clinic in 1956.

After retiring from the Carbondale Clinic in 1970, Dr. Borkon helped create and develop the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He served as assistant dean and clinical professor there until retiring in 1976. In 1977, he created the department of nuclear medicine at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, serving as department head until 1983.

Dr. Borkon was Governor for the Illinois Downstate Chapter from 1980-1984. He became a College Master in 1990.

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