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In Memory of Ellsworth E. Wareham, MD 

October 3, 1914 - December 15, 2018

A World War II Navy Veteran and alumnus of the School of Medicine class of 1942, Wareham was the first to perform open-heart surgery in Loma Linda. His leadership and expertise helped the School of Medicine flourish in Loma Linda after the decision was made to unite the Los Angeles clinical campus with Loma Linda.

In 1963, he and Joan Coggin, MD, who passed away on November 30, founded the Overseas Heart Surgery Team. For more than 50 years the team would perform open-heart surgery in countries including Chile, Greece, India, Kenya, Malaysia, North Korea, Pakistan, the People's Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. Their work was recognized internationally by numerous heads of state and Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon.

Wareham continued to practice part time cardiac surgery until the age of 94. Recognized as a prime example of what researchers call a "super ager," he was featured by countless media outlets including the Today Show, CNN, The Atlantic and Fox News, for the healthy lifestyle to which he attributed his long life.

 
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