COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (Ohio ACOFP) recently presented its annual Family Physician of the Year award to Daniel J. Marazon, DO, of Athens, during the 104th Osteopathic Annual Meeting & Scientific Seminar at the Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter and Northern Kentucky Convention Center. Ohio ACOFP President John M. Jonesco, DO, of Oberlin, presented the award.
During his presentation, Jonesco highlighted Marazon's leadership within osteopathic medicine and within the family practice field. He noted that Marazon is not only an outstanding physician, but also a superb medical educator and a top-flight administrator.
Marazon received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo and his medical training at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri, where he graduated in 1971. He took postdoctoral training at the US Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, and continued to serve in the US Navy until his discharge from active duty in 1978. Later that same year, he went to Athens as one of the pioneer faculty members at the newly-established Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM).
At OU-COM he has served with distinction and honor in a number of capacities, including interim dean, medical director of the college's clinics, chief of external health affairs, and family practice residency director. In addition, he has gone with OU-COM students and faculty to Kenya each winter for several years to improve healthcare in an isolated rural area of that country.
Jonesco said during Marazon's year as interim dean he inspired the OU-COM community to work toward the common goal of educating primary care physicians for underserved areas. "Those who know him best say that he is always looking out for those less fortunate than himself," Jonesco said. "He is a very compassionate and caring person -- the epitome of what it means to be an osteopathic physician. And, with all of his many talents and accomplishments, he is truly humble."
There are two complete schools of medicine in the United States. Osteopathic colleges award the DO degree, while allopathic colleges award the MD degree. Both DOs and MDs are fully licensed to practice medicine and surgery and both obtain licenses under the same procedure as administered by the Ohio State Medical Board. Osteopathic physicians utilize all scientifically accepted methods of diagnosis and treatment, including drugs and surgery, and have additional training in recognizing the relationship of body structure to body function.
In Ohio, 14 percent of all physicians are DOs. Of family physicians in the state, 34 percent are DOs.