Ralph Deterling papers, 1959-1990

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3.60 cubic ft.

Ralph A. Deterling, Jr., M.D. (1917-1992) was both professor of surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine and Surgeon-In-Chief at New England Medical Center Hospital (NEMCH) from 1959 to 1975. He received his medical education at Stanford University and the University of Minnesota, where he acquired an MD in 1942 from the former and a Doctorate in Surgery in 1947 from the latter. In addition to his positions at Tufts and the NEMCH, he was also affiliated with several medical institutions around Boston, including Boston City Hospital, where he was Director of First Surgical Service. He was highly engaged in research relating to cardiac surgery, and involved in several surgical societies, including the International Cardiovascular Society, on which he served as president in 1971. As much of an administrator as he was a doctor and teacher, he was a member of several committees, where he played a vital role in making the New England Medical Center the primary teaching hospitals for the Tufts University School of Medicine. He died in Lincoln, Massachusetts, in 1992.

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