October 24, 2012
PDT Staff Writer
Portsmouth Physician George Pettit, MD, whose office is located at 1729 27th Street, Building G, has been offered an appointment as Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology on the auxiliary track, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health.
Mark B. Landon, MD, Professor and Interim Chair at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine told Pettit - “it is expected you will actively participate in the College of Medicine’s mission of teaching, administrative services or research.”
Pettit said he was not surprised by the letter from Landon.
“I was expecting it,” Pettit said. “I’ve been on the faculty at Ohio State for approximately 30 years. I started out as an instructor, moved to an assistant professor, then associate professor. This is the final step, becoming a professor.”
Pettit said his work as a professor does not require that he travel to Columbus.
“The students I teach come here to Portsmouth,” Pettit said. “I teach the students from O.U. (Ohio University), from Ohio State, and from Pikeville (KY). Those students come here too. I’m a professor at O.U. and Pikeville, but I’ve been an associate professor at Ohio State, and I just got this final promotion here.”
Landon said the department is required to do an annual review of each auxiliary appointment at which time documentation of Pettit’s contribution will be requested.
“They evaluated my international work in order to get promoted,” Pettit said.
Pettit is known in the community for his medical missions to the Philippines, Africa, Pakistan and India, where he and other doctors provide professional medical care for people who would not normally receive it.
“I’m very happy,” Pettit said. “I’m very honored to be selected as a professor in the College of Medicine. It’s a very good feeling to be recognized by those in the university community as being a valuable member of the teaching staff.”
Pettit said he is also excited that the Ohio State Marching Band will be in town Nov. 7 at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts on the campus of Shawnee State University. Pettit’s son, David, is the assistant drum major for the band, while Scioto County residents Collin Poage, a junior trombone player, and Eric Hill, a senior trumpet player, will also be performing with the band.
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