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James W. Ferraro, MD, DDS

James W. Ferraro, MD, DDS

1939 - November 18th, 2021

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Name James W. Ferraro, MD, DDS
Date of Birth 1939
Date of Death November 18th, 2021
Home Town Akron, OH, US 
Other City Columbus, OH, US 

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Tj Ryan published a tribute .

Well written, Susan. Really nice.

I was at a football party once where the Browns scored in the 4th quarter and your dad jumped up so enthusiastically that he smashed his knuckles against the ceiling, and then he quickly realized that jumping up was a bad idea because he makes his living with his hands. It was a very comical sequence of events in large part because the Browns were his favorite team (even then they could find so many ways to make a game a photo finish) and with all that enthusiasm we were all so thankful that he did not break his hands!

During my junior year at Bishop Watterson I had a glass rod break off in my hands while performing an experiment in Chemistry lab. Your dad performed microsurgery to track down all of the tiny shards of glass, remove them, and reattach a nerve and sew up my hand. Today, you'd have to know where to look to see the scar - it was so well done.

It's truly hard to believe the joy on your dad's face when each of you came home from the hospital. No one was happier than your dad for each of those days, except possibly your mom. As you already know, he loved each one of you beyond measure and was as proud of you as any father could be.

Peace to you all,

TJ, Terise and Family

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Bonnie Froom Pinkerton published a comment .

Jim was a best friend to our family through many years. Words do not express how sad this is to hear of his passing. Jim was always just a phone call away when we ever needed medical attention. Rudy and Jim called each other constantly to share jokes and stories. They were very close through the years. Jim's laughter was his signature. We had such great times together through the years. So many fun times full of laughter. There are so many stories to tell which always brings a smile to my face. Jim was an extremely talented surgeon who was always there to help when needed. Seems just like yesterday. Where have the years gone? Love to Susan, Michael, Andrew and Donna Sue.

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Specialty Valuation Group published a tribute .

Mike,
Please accept our warmest condolences, we are deeply sorry for your loss.
Everyone at Specialty Valuation Group

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Susan Ferraro Nahhas published a tribute .

James William Ferraro II, MD, DDS

1939-2021



Dr. James “Jim” Ferraro (also known as “Doc”), age 82, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 18th, 2021. He was a beloved father, grandfather, friend, and physician who will be missed by many.



Visitation: Monday, November 22nd, 4-7 PM at Egan-Ryan Funeral Home, 4661 Kenny Rd. Columbus 43220

Funeral mass: Tuesday, November 23rd, 10:30 AM at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1899 McCoy Rd. Columbus, OH 43220



Preceded in death by his parents James W. Ferraro, Sr. and Carolyn Ferraro, sister Carol Ann Schoonover, sons Jimmy, Jeffrey, and Tommy Ferraro, and daughter Beth Ferraro.

Survived by daughter Susan (Ramzi) Nahhas, sons Michael and Andrew (Amber) Ferraro, granddaughter Audrey Ferraro, grandson Owen Ferraro, and mother of his children, Donna Sue Ferraro.



Son of James Ferraro, Sr. and Carolyn Ferraro, Jim was born and raised in Akron, Ohio along with his younger sister Carol Ann. (Akron is also the birthplace of Swensons, his favorite place for cheeseburgers as a child and as an adult.) In Akron, Jim attended Saint Sebastian School and Saint Vincent High School, after which he headed thirty miles north to Western Reserve University to complete a biological sciences bachelor’s degree. When he wasn’t studying at the library, Jim ran track and cross country and spent time with his Beta Theta Pi fraternity brothers.



Jim remained at Western Reserve to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. However, he didn’t end up practicing dentistry like his father because he then decided to pursue a medical degree from the Ohio State University, also earning membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Once he entered residency, Jim still had eight years of training to complete: five years in general surgery and three years in plastic surgery. Eventually, he would go on to teach many residents over the course of his career.



Jim was a board-certified plastic surgeon in Columbus at the private practice Ohio Plastic Surgeons, Inc. as well as at local hospitals Riverside, Mount Carmel, Saint Ann’s, Ohio State, and Columbus Children’s Hospital. Maxillofacial surgery was a specialty of his and Jim belonged to the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS), serving as ASMS president in 1994. Volunteering for ASMS, Jim shared his expertise for many years at their Basic Maxillofacial Principles and Techniques course, co-sponsored by the Maxillofacial Surgeons Foundation and offered at different sites throughout the country. Jim also volunteered at a clinic in southern Ohio where he took care of underprivileged patients with jaw, palate, and other maxillofacial malformations. He served as editor and co-author of the book Fundamentals of Maxillofacial Surgery, published in 1999. Jim was loved by his patients and the people he worked with. He retired in 2004 after a long, distinguished career in medicine.



Jim’s children were top priority and he spent a lot of time with them. There are too many fond memories to list, but a few highlights include cheering for his kids at their games and matches, cheering on Ohio State at the Horseshoe, cheering on Cleveland’s professional sports teams (and, more often than not, sulking when they lost), white water rafting on the New River, watching (and rewatching) tons of movies, doing yard work, hitting balls at the Lakes Country Club, slurping down Frosties at Wendy’s, travelling across the country and abroad, and getting away from it all at the family cabin in Hocking Hills.



Though football may have been Jim’s favorite sport to watch, golf was his favorite sport to play. Jim and his golf buddies travelled far and wide to play golf together, including courses in Taos, New Mexico and St. Andrews, Scotland. He enjoyed sports movies and, even more so, war movies, with an extra special place in his heart for musicals (South Pacific was his favorite) and romantic films. As a music lover, Jim had tons of CDs and never got tired of listening to the Sound of Music soundtrack. (His collection of CDs was preceded by cassettes and eight-tracks, yet he was clueless when it came to MP3s or anything else involving technology.) It was a good thing Jim was so affable and lovable since otherwise he wouldn’t have been able to get away with almost never being punctual. Among Jim's endearing quirks was his habit of adding Splenda to almost everything he ate.



In the final chapter of his life, Jim resided at the Grand of Dublin, where he was beloved by many people who lived and worked there. He continued to spend a lot of time with his children and was over the moon when his two grandchildren came along. Thanks in part to OhioHealth Hospice’s guidance, his two grandchildren were able to be by his side (along with the rest of Jim's family) on the day Ohio State’s football team beat Purdue, which was also the last day he was able to speak. Though Jim’s death is very sad, this is also an opportunity to celebrate his life, a life that made an impact on countless people.

In lieu of flowers and cards, donations can be made to the Monsignor Kenneth Grimes Scholarship Fund at Bishop Watterson High School, 99 E. Cooke Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43214 or on their website www.bishopwatterson.com

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Mrs. Edward Mahle published a comment .

Beautifully, beautifully written by a very loving daughter. Our family (all, including extended family) got to know Dr. Ferraro and Ohio Plastic Surgeons through my husband’s sister, Liz, who was a nurse at the practice. In 1974, my husband was burned in an electrical explosion and miraculously, Dr. Ferraro took care of his burns. My husband spent a month in OSU’s burn unit and today you cannot see his scars, thanks to Dr. Ferraro. Then over the years, he took care of all of us at one time or another. We love and enjoyed Dr. Ferraro very, very much. Such a kind, loving, hard working soul and a brilliant mind. We celebrate our beloved Dr. Ferraro and are so glad he touched our lives.

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