Oral Histories

Interview of Sherman M. Mellinkoff

Dean of the UCLA School of Medicine.
Teaching, Research, Patient Care
Interviews not in a series, part one
Science, Medicine, and Technology
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Faculty
Biographical Note:
Dean of the UCLA School of Medicine.
Galm, Bernard and Novak, Steven J.
Mellinkoff, Sherman M.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Childhood and education in Beverly Hills; decision to enter medicine; influence of Lowell Frost; undergraduate education at Stanford University; attends Stanford University School of Medicine; marriage to June O'Connell; internship and residency at Stanford-Lane Hospital, San Francisco; Arthur L. Bloomfield, Thomas Addis, and Lindol R. French; studying pharmacology and pathology; the discovery of Digitalis purpurea; enlists in United States Army Medical Corps; medical students and military service during World War II; stationed in Pusan, Korea; medical care shortcomings in the army; research publications during army service; residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital; A. McGehee Harvey and William P. Longmire Jr.; choosing clinical gastroenterology as a subspecialty; studying gastroenterology at University of Pennsylvania; chief resident and instructor at Hopkins; heading the outpatient clinic at Hopkins; recruited by John S. Lawrence to join the UCLA School of Medicine; Stafford L. Warren; national boards; the UCLA Department of Medicine's physical facilities in 1953; starting a laboratory; the Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance; affiliations with Los Angeles County hospitals and Veterans Administration hospitals; upgrading the affiliates; opening of UCLA Hospital and Clinics; the University of California, San Francisco; Baldwin G. Lamson; Franklin D. Murphy; Jules Stein; developing the Jules Stein Eye Institute; the Jerry Lewis Neuromuscular Research Center; the University of California, Riverside/ UCLA Biomedical Sciences Program; Donald J. Cram and other UCLA Nobel Prize winners; the Louis B. Factor Health Sciences Building; relationship with Vice-Chancellor William P. Gerberding; appointment as dean of the UCLA School of Medicine; establishing review procedures for departmental chairs; recruiting new department heads; evolution of UCLA medical school committees, departments, and curriculum; building program; contributors Ambrose and Gladys Bowyer, Louis B. and Doris Factor, Kenneth A. Jonsson, Jerry Lewis, Gordon L. and Virginia MacDonald, and Hazel Eckhart Wilson; Charles E. Young; the Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital; A. Frederick Rasmussen Jr.; John Field II; changing criteria for faculty appointments and student admissions; the 1965 Watts rebellion; John A. McCone; creation of Martin Luther King Jr. General Hospital and Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School; Dr. Abraham White, the Atomic Energy Project, and security clearances; the University of California loyalty oath; serves on the California Governor's Commission on the Los Angeles Riots (McCone Commission); commission findings and report; recruiting minorities and women as students and faculty; charges of racism at UCLA Hospital; complaints about the low number of African American medical students at UCLA; the Interns and Residents Association; conditions at county hospitals; budgets and funding; the Venice Family Clinic; faculty income plan; the 1970s budget crisis; UCLA medical researchers Horace W. Magoun, Elizabeth F. Neufeld, Emil L. Smith, Paul I. Terasaki, and William N. Valentine; Clarence Reed and the Reed Neurological Research Center; the Doris Factor and Louis B. Factor Health Sciences Building; medical technology; medical ethics; experimental treatments; animal research and animal rights activism; genetic engineering; the UCLA School of Nursing; Lulu Wolf Hassenplug; Rheba de Tornyay; the founding of the UCLA School of Public Health; recruiting Norman Cousins to the School of Medicine; Lester Breslow; student unrest of the 1960s; the selection of Robert C. Collins as chair of the Department of Neurology; sabbatical tour of teaching hospitals and clerkships; current writing projects; Mellinkoff's successor, Kenneth I. Shine.