Demetre M. Nicoloff:
Transcript of Interview Excerpt
Demetre Nicoloff, interviewed by Kirk Jeffrey on November 27, 2000 at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“I’m from Ohio originally. It’s a small town west of Cleveland called Lorraine, Ohio. My father came from overseas when he was twelve or fourteen, and he felt that he wanted his son to be in a profession rather than just being in business. My father owned a grocery store in that area. So I was sort of directed in that direction by my parents, but I always wanted to be a physician. I think that was always my goal in high school.
So I went to Ohio State University, which is in Columbus, Ohio, for my pre-med. They had a program there where they combined pre-med and med all in one thing, so that you would not graduate and get your B.A. until you finished your first year of medical school. So that’s the program I got into. I started in January of ‘51, and I got my M.D. in June or July of 1957, so I did that in about six years.
I always liked surgery. When I got into medical school, you get assigned to doing anatomical dissections and things, and I always made sure I was the one that was assigned that job of doing the dissection. When we got into our written clinical phase, I really enjoyed the surgical clerkships or the assignments that we had.”