“i’ve been looking forward to
receiving my white coat ever since
i was accepted at the College of
Medicine,” says ryan eaton, Med 1, who
completed his undergraduate degree
at ohio state.
although he recalls donning scrubs
one halloween as a small child, it
wasn’t until later that the first inkling
of following in his family’s footsteps
at the ohio state university College
of Medicine began to take shape.
as a biomedical engineering major,
ryan volunteered in Brazil and later
in peru with MeDlife, a student
organization at ohio state that provides
medical, educational and community
development assistance overseas.
“it was during those experiences
that i realized what a strong impact
good public health programs have
on populations – and the difference
access to medical care can make in
individual lives,” says ryan, noting that
he would have chosen the College
– for the opportunities it provides to
serve underserved populations, both
in Columbus and globally – even if his
parents had studied elsewhere.
ryan will be the fourth-generation
physician in his family and the third
generation to be educated and trained
at the College. his parents, Mary
alton and Gregory eaton, members
of the Class of 1986 and sponsors
of their son’s white coat, spent 11
years on faculty here before joining
ohiohealth’s cardiology practice in
Mansfield, ohio. there, Dr. eaton is
an interventional cardiologist and Dr.
alton is a noninvasive cardiologist. his
grandmother, antoinette eaton, MD,
has practiced at nationwide Children’s
hospital for 50 years and was the first
woman president of the american
academy of pediatrics.
“we’re so proud to see ryan receive
his white coat – the first step on a long
journey,” says Dr. eaton, adding they
are proud of their daughters as well:
Marie is studying at ohio state’s fisher
College of Business and tara is an
english major, also at ohio state.
Dr. alton notes, “we’ve always
encouraged our children to choose a
career where they can leave a person
or place better off than before. we are
delighted that ryan is at our alma mater
where the standards are very high, and
where we were taught the importance
of lifelong learning. we know that ryan
will have the same great experience
at ohio state that will serve him well
throughout his career,” she adds.
legacy student is part of legacy family
Ryan G. Eaton, Med 1, is joined at the White Coat Ceremony by his parents, Mary E. Alton, MD ’86, and
Gregory Eaton, MD ’86, and his grandmother, Antoinette Eaton, MD (Res Grad).
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