Dr. Calvin Hirsch
Physician; emeritus professor of medicine
Dr. Calvin Hirsch is well-known across the University of California, Davis, and surrounding communities. However, he has had a significant impact on many people's lives, both educationally and physically, during his career. For more than three decades, Dr. Calvin Hirsch has dedicated his life to assisting medical residents in providing care for complex patients on the inpatient medical service, as well as supervising residents in the outpatient general medicine clinic and the Internal Medicine Geriatrics Clinic, both of which he directed for more than a decade. Dr. Calvin Hirsch has taught generations of medical students in the inpatient environment as well as through lectures and seminars. Some of Dr. Hirsch's trainees have gone on to significant professions in academic geriatrics after completing their training with him. By the time he entered college, Dr. Calvin Hirsch was certain that he wanted to pursue a career in medicine. He began his college career as a student at Yale University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1976. Following that, he went on to study medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. In order to turn his ambition become a reality, he accepted an internship and residency in internal medicine at Mt. Zion Hospital and Medical Center in San Francisco, which he completed between 1980 and 1983. While working in the National Health Duty Corps in the Tenderloin of San Francisco, a community in the heart of downtown San Francisco, Dr. Calvin Hirsch completed two years of service between 1983 and 1985. He was mostly in charge of seeing low-income elderly who, for the most part, were living alone in their homes. He felt a tremendous sense of responsibility for ensuring that these patients received the medical treatment they need, knowing that many of them did not have family members who could assist them or transport them to medical visits on their behalf. As a matter of fact, this two-year span turned out to be life-changing. This experience prompted him to forego a scheduled fellowship in infectious diseases and instead pursue a two-year Robert Wood Johnson fellowship at Stanford University, where he studied geriatric health care policy and policy reform among the elderly. Ultimately, it was at this point that he chose to specialize on geriatric medicine. Following the completion of this duty, Mr. Calvin Hirsch accepted a position as a medical director in long-term care at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center in California, where he remained for two years. Dr. Calvin Hirsch has opted to take a job in the Division of General Medicine at the University of California, Davis Health System. Initially hired as an assistant, he worked his way through the ranks to become a full professor during the course of his 31-year academic career at the University of California, Davis. During his time at U.C. Davis, Dr. Hirsch also served as the director of the U.C. Davis Geriatrics Clinic, which was successfully operated until its closing in 2021. Following its closure, the clinic underwent a transformation as part of the Healthy Aging Initiative. The U.C. Davis Geriatrics Fellowship was run by Calvin Hirsch from 1990 until the early 2000s throughout the course of his tenure at the University of California, Davis. Mr. Hirsch spent the most of his professional life at the University of California, Davis. He established himself in Davis, California, as a result of his efforts in that city. Many triumphs and accomplishments have been enjoyed by Dr. Calvin Hirsch during the course of his long and distinguished career. Notably, Dr. Hirsch was named one of the top doctors in Sacramento for the years 2018 through 2021 by Sacramento Magazine. Despite the fact that Dr. Calvin Hirsch will formally retire in July 2021, he has been reassigned to continue clinical supervision and teaching at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Hirsch is presently the primary investigator for the Cardiovascular Health Study at the University of California, Davis. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health is providing funding for this investigation. Hirsch is undecided if he will entirely retire when the project concludes, or whether he will be involved in any other initiatives that come along in the future. Dr. Hirsch, on the other hand, continues to give back to the community and to be active at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Hirsch is passionate about his work, but it is not the only thing that matters in his life. In addition to his wife, Hirsch is the fortunate father of two wonderful kids, Dona and Emily. Her husband and Hirsch's two grandchildren are presently living with her in Bali, Indonesia. Dona holds a Masters in Public Health and works as a public health educator. At now, Emily is employed as a speech-language pathologist in Southern California. Calvin Hirsch, M.D., has dedicated his life to serving people and assisting them in making the most of their lives. He has also spent his time to raising kids who are kind and helpful in their own right. U.C. Davis has played a significant part in his professional development, which is still happening at the time of writing.
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