Most people may not consider their family doctor to be a cancer prevention researcher. But Dr. Mack Ruffin IV balances one-on-one patient care with scientific sleuthing. When he’s not attending to patients and instructing medical residents at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Ruffin is pursuing mysteries about how people’s daily habits and decisions can lead to deadly consequences.
Recently, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine – the Curtis G. Hames Research Award. It honors those whose careers over the years exemplify dedication to research in family medicine. Ruffin, professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, came to Penn State College of Medicine last year from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He has 27 years of experience as a physician-scientist.
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