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Connecticut doctor brings experience to new medical school

MERIDEN, Conn. — After 43 years of practicing and administrating at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Harold Kaplan has retired.

The 74-year old gastroenterologist won’t be lounging around the house. He’s taking on a part-time role at Quinnipiac University’s new medical school, the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine.

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Kaplan retired as MidState’s vice president of medical affairs in February. Within weeks, he was busy at the university while also attending the many celebrations held by MidState to congratulate him on his successful career.

‘‘It’s pretty exciting,’’ Kaplan said of his joining the medical school. He has been involved in admissions and will be an assistant professor. ‘‘I’ll start teaching in the fall.’’

Sitting in his living room on a recent afternoon, Kaplan talked about his career in the medical profession and his future at the school.

Kaplan grew up in New York City. Where the new Yankees stadium stands is where Kaplan’s old playground used to be. While the doctor grew up rooting for the Yanks, he disliked owner George Steinbrenner and became a New York Mets fan in later years.

Kaplan always knew he wanted to be a doctor. After getting advice from a cousin, Kaplan decided on Tufts University. ‘‘I left the Bronx for Tufts and I never went back,’’ Kaplan said.

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