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  Dr. Ray Duffett Contribution To Sports Honoree At May 6 Curbstone HOF Event  
  March 8, 2018 Edition  
     The 51st Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are set for Sunday, May 6 at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center, 7440 South Ave, with 12 new members set for enshrinement.
      The lone contributor in this year’s class is Canfield native and area orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Raymond S. Duffett.
      Born on August 31, 1956, he is a 1965 graduate of Canfield High School where he was a three-sport athlete for the Cardinals.
      In football, he earned three letters, was a three-year starter and from his familiar position under center earned All-Mahoning Valley Conference First-team laurels as a senior, also earning Honorable Mention All-State honors according to the United Press International wire service.
      He also earned three letters in baseball, was a three-year starter and also earned another letter as a member of the school’s basketball squad.
      Upon graduation he earned a scholarship to Virginia Military Institute, quarterbacking the Keydets from 1975-78. He graduated No. 2 in his class, earning his undergraduate degree in biology.
      After his junior year he was accepted into the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine, earning his Medical degree in 1982.
      Ranked in the upper-third of his graduating class, he did his surgical internship (July 1, 1982 to June 30, 1983) at the University of Cleveland and his orthopaedic surgery residency (July 1, 1983 to June 30, 1987) at University Hospitals of Cleveland.
      From July 1, 1987 to June 30, 1988, he was a Sports Medicine Fellow with Orthopaedic Consultants of Cincinnati, Inc. (Christ Hospital, Bone and Joint Institute located in Cincinnati), assisting with the care of both Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals’ athletes.
      He is an adjunct faculty member at Youngstown State University where he has served as the school’s team physician since 1989.
      From 1988 to 2005, he was the team physician for Austintown Fitch High School and from 1983-86, served in the same capacity for Shaker Heights High School.
      A past member of the Board of Trustees of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, he was Medical School representative to the University of Cincinnati Athletic Council (1981-82), served as instructor for the National Orthopaedic Residents Program-Total Knee Replacements (1995) and in 1985, was named team physician for the OHSAA sectional and regional football playoff games, played at both Finney Stadium in Berea and at the Akron Rubber Bowl.
      A noted researcher with a reputation as ‘cutting edge’ when it comes to knee and ligament care, he remains in demand as a presenter at clinics as he continues to share his new ideas and research findings.
      Among the many awards he has received, he was named Ohio’s Outstanding Team Physician by the Ohio State Medical Association/Ohio High School Athletic Association in 2007.
      From 2007-09, he served as President of the Ohio Orthopaedic Society (a statewide position) and from 2009-15, was on the Board of Councilors for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, a national post.
      He and his wife, Michele, are the parents of three children; sons Andrew and Ross, and daughter Dane.
      Individual tickets are $60 each, a table of eight is $480 and each are available by calling Mariel Sallee at 330-519-6819, or by visiting the organization’s website at Former NFL and YSU placekicker Paul McFadden (barefoot) will serve as guest speaker.
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