Ralph F. Knopf, MD, Retires from MEND Division
ANN ARBOR, May 2009 — Ralph F. Knopf, M.D., retired from his position as Professor Emeritus, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, & Diabetes (MEND), after a 47-year career at the University of Michigan. Dr. Knopf was recognized at the MEND Fellows Graduation Dinner in May, where he was presented with a plaque for his distinguished service to the Division.
Since 1996, Dr. Knopf held the title of Emeritus Professor of Medicine (Active). He also was a consulting physician at the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor from 1992 until his retirement this year. Dr. Knopf also supervised MEND fellows in the outpatient clinic for the past nine years. Among his noted accomplishments are performing pioneering research on growth hormome secretion and collaborating with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the establishment of the High Risk Pregnancy Clinic.
Dr. Knopf began his career as a faculty member at the University of Michigan in 1962, after having completed his fellowship at what was then called the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Michigan Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Michigan in 1954 and, after serving an internship and residency at Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, WA, returned to UM for residencies in internal medicine and ophthalmology.
Over the years, Dr. Knopf was an integral part of the Division working alongside Drs. John C. Floyd, Stefan Fajans, and Sumer Pek to create the Division as it exists today. Dr. Knopf was a member or coordinator of numerous committees, including serving as Director of Professional Education and later as Chair of the Diabetic Education Council for the Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center. He authored or co-authored book chapters, abstracts, and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and produced several series of education materials for medical professionals.