I was born and raised in Granite City, IL. My grandparents immigrated to the United States from Hungary between 1900 and 1920. My father John, after losing his job of 37 years as a foreman at General Steel Ind., took a job as a custodian. By mowing lawns, working during high school at Graham’s Book Store and during the summers between college and medical school at Granite City Steel, I paid my own way through college and graduated in three and one-half years from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana with High Honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. I paid my own way through medical school and graduated from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine with Honors and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. I completed my Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and returned to the St. Louis area to complete my Cardiology training at Barnes Hospital. In 1983, Dr. Eve E. Slater and I co-authored Aortic Dissection, published by McGraw-Hill. I was in practice from 1982 until my retirement in 2005 with Missouri Cardiovascular Specialist in Columbia, Missouri.
I have received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and the Silver Beaver Award. I am a past-President of the Alumni Association of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and Division of the Biological Sciences, and served 6 years on the University of Chicago Alumni Board of Governors. My family has endowed the Doroghazi Outstanding Clinical Teaching Award at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, and the Doroghazi Eagle Scout Award in the Great Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America.
I write regular Editorials on Investing and Personal Finance for The American Journal of Cardiology, and I am on the Editorial Board of The American Journal of Medicine.