Dr. Calvin Hirsch

professor of medicine


Dr. Calvin Hirsch is well-known across the U.C. Davis campus. However, he has affected countless lives via his profession, both educationally and physically.
Dr. Calvin Hirsch has devoted his life to assisting medical residents in caring for challenging patients on the inpatient medical service, as well as overseeing residents in the outpatient General Medicine Clinic and the Internal Medicine Geriatrics Clinic, both of which he supervised for 30 years.
Dr. Calvin Hirsch has educated generations of medical students in the hospital and via lectures. Dr. Hirsch's pupils have gone on to successful careers in academic geriatrics.


By the time he entered college, Dr. Calvin Hirsch knew he wanted to be a doctor. He began his undergraduate career at Yale University, where he graduated in 1976.

He then went on to the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. From 1980 to 1983, he took the following steps toward realizing his ambition, accepting an internship and residency in internal medicine at Mt. Zion Hospital and Medical Center in San Francisco.

Dr. Calvin Hirsch served in the National Health Service Corps in the Tenderloin of San Francisco, a neighbourhood in the center of downtown San Francisco, from 1983 to 1985. He was largely in charge of visiting low-income elderly, the majority of whom lived alone. He felt a tremendous sense of responsibility for ensuring these patients received the medical treatment they need, knowing that many of them did not have family members who could assist or drive them to medical visits.


In reality, this two-year span was life-changing. This encounter inspired him to forego a planned fellowship in infectious diseases in order to do a two-year Robert Wood Johnson fellowship at Stanford studying geriatric health care policy. This is where he eventually chose to specialize on geriatric medicine.