Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Dr. Michael B. Mock, 71, pioneered treatments for heart disease at NIH and Mayo Clinic

Michael B. Mock, M.D., 71, of North Canton, Ohio, who died July 14, 2009, conducted pioneering research for new treatments for heart disease at the National Institutes of Health and the Mayo Clinic.

After graduating with honors from the University of Rochester Medical School in 1962, the Akron, Ohio, native served in Public Health Service in Bethesda, Md. He subsequently returned to Ohio and helped found the North Canton Medical Foundation in 1972.

The foundation, a non-profit physician group practice, was the vision of Dr. Ralph Warburton and his wife, Esther, who wanted to provide high quality, personalized health care and healthcare education to the community.

Dr. Mock is quoted on the Esther Lewis Warburton Foundation website as saying: I think that the educated patient is certainly going to do much better than one that doesn’t have a knowledge of his disease, a knowledge of what to expect, a knowledge of how he can help himself.

After spending eight years practicing medicine in North Canton, Dr. Mock became chief of the cardiac diseases branch of NIH’s Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. For five years, he studied all aspects of coronary artery disease treatments, including how such factors as age, gender and race affect a patient’s reaction to each approach.

Dr. Mock spent the last 18 years of his career guiding the next generation of heart disease pioneers in his role as a consultant in cardiovascular diseases and internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

He was a professor emeritus of Mayo Medical School.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Kathryn; daughter, Cheryl (Gregory) Owens of North Canton; son, Michael Brett (Kathleen) of Stow, Ohio; grandchildren, Megan, Ashley and Matthew Mock, and Zachary and Joshua Owens; sisters, Florence Goad of Pensboro, W.Va., Emily (Doug) Sheets of Simi Valley, Calif., and Carolyn Ferguson of Sidney, Australia; and brother, Leo (Helen) of Canal Fulton, Ohio.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009, at The Chapel, 135 Fir Hill, Akron. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service.

Arrangements: Spiker-Foster-Shriver Funeral Homes of Canton, Ohio.

This obituary was posted originally on ObitsOhio.com on July 17, 2009.

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