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Dr. Calvin Hirsch

Dr. Calvin Hirsch is well-known across UC Davis. For 30 years, Dr. Calvin Hirsch managed the Internal Medicine Geriatrics Clinic and supervised medical residents in the outpatient General Medicine Clinic. Dr. Calvin Hirsch has educated generations of medical students inpatient and via lectures. Some of Dr. Hirsch’s trainees have distinguished academic geriatric careers.
Dr. Calvin Hirsch knew he wanted to be a doctor before college. He began his college career at Yale University, graduating in 1976.

Then he went to UConn School of Medicine. From 1980 to 1983, he completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Mt. Zion Hospital and Medical Center in San Francisco. Dr. Calvin Hirsch served with the National Health Service Corps in the Tenderloin of San Francisco from 1983 to 1985. He was in charge of seeing low-income elderly who were mostly alone. He felt a lot of responsibility for these patients because he knew many didn’t have relatives to support or drive them to visits.

He was in charge of seeing low-income elderly who were mostly alone. He felt a lot of responsibility for these patients because he knew many didn’t have relatives to support or drive them to visits.  This two-year span changed my life. A two-year Robert Wood Johnson fellowship at Stanford, investigating geriatric health care policy, inspired him to forego an infectious diseases fellowship. This is why he chose geriatric medicine.

After finishing this position, Mr. Calvin Hirsch worked for two years as a medical director in long-term care at the Palo Alto VA. Dr. Calvin Hirsch accepted a position with U.C. Davis Health’s Division of General Medicine. During his 31-year academic career at U.C. Davis, he progressed from assistant to full professor.
Dr. Hirsch also successfully led the U.C. Davis Geriatrics Clinic until its closing in 2021. After the clinic closed, the Healthy Aging Initiative renovated it.
Calvin Hirsch directed the U.C. Davis Geriatrics Fellowship from 1990 through the early 2000s. Mr. Hirsch spent much of his career at U.C. Davis.