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Family Physicians Name Rochester Doctor 2014 Researcher of the Year

Thursday, April 17, 2014  
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Thomas Thacher, M.D., Rochester, MN, received the 2014 Researcher of the Year Award from the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP). 

The recipient of the Researcher of the Year Award must, through the course of his/her career, have contributed in a major, outstanding manner to the development of family medicine research in Minnesota and/or nationally.  Candidates are typically nominated by their colleagues.

Dr. Thacher is a Family Physician, a Professor, and Vice Chair for Research at the Mayo Clinic Department of Family Medicine in Rochester.  Before arriving at Mayo, Dr. Thacher worked as a medical missionary in Africa for nearly 20 years.  While there, he developed a research interest in nutritional rickets.  His contributions have furthered the understanding of the interaction of Vitamin D and calcium in children.

Dr. Thacher is widely published in articles related to Vitamin D and rickets with 65 peer-reviewed publications and five book chapters.  Those who nominated him say he has a keen interest in global health and continues to do work in this area.  He has mentored multiple medical students, residents and other consultants to promote their engagement in research and is continually looking for ways to involve others in research.

The award was presented to Dr. Thacher at the MAFP Spring Refresher on April 10, 2014.

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians is a professional association of approximately 3,000 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students organized to assist family physicians in providing quality medical care in Minnesota. The MAFP is the largest medical specialty organization in Minnesota and is a state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, one of the largest national medical organizations in the United States with more than 103,000 members.

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