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Pathologist, research worker and teacher, Dr Pérez Tamayo has published over 100 scientific papers and 15 books, educated many of the Mexican pathologists now practicing and lectured on his subject at universities around the world. He has received numerous awards and honours in recognition of his work.
Ruy Pérez Tamayo graduated from the medical school of the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1950. He started to work in pathology at the Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chavez and was awarded a Kellogg Foundation international fellowship at the department of pathology, Washington University Medical School, St. Louis, Missouri.
Back in Mexico he established the pathology unit and became chairman of the department of pathology of the medical school of the National Autonomous University. He eventually left to become director of the department of experimental pathology at that University's Instituto de Investigaciones Biomedicas, which he gave up eight years later to take up his present post as chief of the department of pathology at the Instituto Nacional de la Nutrición Salvador Zubiran and professor of pathology at the medical school of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Dr. Pérez Tamayo has been a visiting professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School, Yale and Johns Hopkins, in 12 Latin American countries, at Cambridge, and in London, Geneva and Tokyo.
He has served on the editorial boards of 13 national and international pathology journals and with over 25 medical societies. His awards include the National Science Prize, the Miguel Otero Prize for Biomedical Research, the Luis Elizondo Prize for Biomedical Research, Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Yucatan and member of El Colegio Nacional.
Published in 1984