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Sabin Honored with Ohio Historical Marker

Published July 2003

The UC Medical Center recently honored the accomplishments of Albert B. Sabin, MD, with the dedication of an Ohio Historical Marker in his honor. Dr. Sabin was a faculty member of the UC College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Research Foundation (CHRF) when he developed the live-virus polio vaccine in.

His tenure at the UC Medical Center lasted three decades. He was one of the early proponents of the idea that research and patient care are inseperable.

"This marker recognizing Dr. Sabin's accomplishments will serve as a daily reminder of our important mission," said Thomas F. Boat, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the UC College of Medicine, director of CHRF and interim provost for Health Affairs at the UC Medical Center.

The marker, sponsored by the Ohio Historical Society to celebrate the Ohio Bicentennial, was placed in front of the Vontz Center at the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Eden Avenue. The marker complements the permanent display of Dr. Sabin's work housed in the lobby of the Vontz Center.

"I can well imagine how rewarding it would be for Albert seeing all the extraordinary recognition for his achievements around this brilliantly transformed campus; the Medical Heritage Center, the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, the Albert Sabin, MD Education Center, the outstanding Polio Plus Sculpture and the Ohio Historical Marker," said Dr. Sabin's widow, Heloisa Sabin.

To date, there are 43 Ohio Historical Markers in Hamilton County alone. The Ohio Bicentennial Commission was formed in 1995 to promote and plan for Ohio's 200th birthday in 2003.

Guests of honor at the event included Heloisa Sabin; Jack Blosser of the Ohio Historical Society; Dr. Boat; Bruce Cook of the Rotary Club; and William J. Martin II, MD, dean of the UC College of Medicine and acting Senior Vice President of the UC Medical Center.

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