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From the May ACP Internist, copyright © 2014 by the American College of Physicians

Richard Dale Ruppert, MD, MACP

Richard Dale Ruppert, MD, MACP, former president of the American Society of Internal Medicine (ASIM), died on Oct. 22, 2012, at the age of 81.

Dr. Ruppert received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University (OSU), and graduated from the OSU College of Medicine in 1961. He completed his internal medicine internship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, followed by a residency in gastroenterology at OSU.

At OSU, he served as a professor of gastroenterology, assistant dean, and medical director for patient services. He was also selected as the school’s Man of the Year in 1970. He then served as the vice chancellor for health affairs at the Ohio Board of Regents, before becoming the president of The Medical College of Ohio at Toledo in 1977, a position he held for 17 years.

Dr. Ruppert served as President of ASIM from 1993-1994 and became a Master of the College in 2007.

A full obituary is online.


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