Doan Hall is part of the complex that started with the University Hospital, opened in 1951, and has grown significantly, with seven additions built since then. The Board of Trustees renamed University Hospital as Doan Hall in 1983 in recognition of former College of Medicine Dean Charles A. Doan’s long commitment to the medical center.
Dr. Charles Austin Doan was born in 1896 in Nelsonville, Ohio. He attended Hiram College until his senior year when he joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps. After the war, he attended the University of Cincinnati to gain enough credits to enter Johns Hopkins University’s medical school, where he obtained his medical degree in 1923. During World War I he was a sergeant in the Army Medical Corps and later held the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Reserves.
Doan came to Ohio State in 1930 as a professor from the Rockefeller Institute of Medical Research. His specialties were hematology and tuberculosis. In 1936 he was appointed chairman of the Department of Medicine, physician-in-chief of Starling-Loving Hospital (now The Ohio State University Medical Center), and director of medical research. Doan was named Dean of the College of Medicine and Director of the University Hospital in December 1944, a position he held until 1961 when a University rule forced him to retire (administrators were required to retire at age 65). He did maintain his position as a Professor, and as Director of Medical Research. He delivered the winter Commencement address in 1961, at which time he also received Ohio State’s Distinguished Service Award for his many years of service. In June 1960 Dr. Doan received another Distinguished Service Award, this time from the American Medical Association; the award recognized the physician making the most outstanding contribution to medical science. Doan died on Feb.13, 1990, at the age of 93.
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