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Michael T. Ergin M.D.

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ERGIN, Michael T., MD Michael T. Ergin MD, physician, of West Hartford, passed away on Wednesday, (December 21, 2005) at Hartford Hospital. Born February 22, 1927 in Istanbul, Turkey, Dr. Ergin attended Trabzon College followed by medical school at the University of Istanbul, graduating cum laude in 1950. He served as a lieutenant in the Turkish Air Force from 1950 to 1952. Dr. Ergin came to the United States in December 1954 to attend internship and residency in surgery at J. J. McCook Memorial Hospital followed by surgical residency at Hartford Hospital. Following residency he joined the medical staff at Hartford Hospital, where he practiced General Surgery and Surgical Oncology until his retirement in December, 2001. Dr. Ergin served as an instructor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, becoming a full clinical professor of surgery in 1992. He was a member of numerous medical societies and organizations, including Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons in 1965, the New England Cancer Society in 1971 and the American Cancer Society in 1974. He served on the Board of Directors of the Hartford Chapter of the ACS from 1974 to 1982, and on the ACS Commission on Cancer from 1979 until his retirement. He chaired the Tumor Registry at Hartford Hospital from 1979 until 1987. Dr. Ergin received numerous awards related to his work in cancer management and research, including the St. George National Medal from the American Cancer Society. He was an active participant throughout his career in cancer- related research and focused his later research on immunotherapy, working with Dr. Bijay Mukherji at the University of Connecticut. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Florence Roman Ergin; his daughter Melia Niemann and her family, husband William and children Lucas, Will, Allyson and Amanda of Marshfield, MA; his son Tahsin Ergin, MD and his family, wife Colleen and children Casey, Bridget and Riley of Windham, NH; his son Tarik Ergin of North Hollywood, CA. He is also survived by his sister, Sahika Yurdesin along with two nieces and two nephews, of Istanbul, Turkey; his sister-in-law Zana Assenza and niece Jana Sullivan with husband Daniel and their children Jason and Jeffrey, all of Hingham, MA; his nephew Jeffrey with wife Lisa and children Elise, John and Dean, of Syracuse, NY. On December 21, 1988 his youngest son Turhan Ergin was killed in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Dr. Ergin joins his son in death on the 17th anniversary of that tragedy. Dr. Ergin will be sadly missed by his many close friends and colleagues. Relatives and friends are invited to call at Sheehan Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, TODAY, from 4-8 p.m. A private burial is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Syracuse University Remembrance Endowed Scholarship Fund in memory of Turhan M. Ergin, at Remembrance Scholars at Syracuse University, 304 Steele Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244-4100, to the Turhan Ergin Memorial Fund at Hartford Hospital, 80 Seymour Street, Hartford, CT 06102, or to the Turhan Michael Ergin Award Fund at The Kingswood-Oxford School, 170 Kingswood Road, West Hartford, CT 06119-1496.

Published in The Hartford Courant from Dec. 22 to Dec. 23, 2005
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