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JOHN BALDWIN

New Mexico & Magdalen 1971 (23 December 1948 - 3 April 2016)

JOHN BALDWIN

Following his time as a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford, he began medical school at Stanford University, and after completing both medical and surgical residencies at Massachusetts General Hospital, he returned to Stanford to complete his training in cardiothoracic surgery under the tutelage of Dr Norman Shumway. His career ultimately led him to Yale University, where he served as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and performed the first successful heart-lung transplant on the East Coast, then to Baylor College of Medicine, where he served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery. In accordance with his life-long dedication to academics, he became Dean of Dartmouth Medical School, President of the Immune Disease Institute at Harvard, and finally returned to his native Texas when he was appointed President of the Health Sciences Center at Texas Tech University. Over the course of his career, Dr Baldwin published hundreds of scientific papers, delivered national and international presentations, and was honored with professional recognition and awards. He was a passionate advocate for universal access to healthcare and human rights within the United States and abroad, and unwaveringly championed his convictions through national publications, governmental hearings, and friendly personal debate. In recognition of these efforts, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the U.S. Defense Health Board – a federal advisory committee responsible for overseeing military healthcare. Dr Baldwin passed away following a tragic swimming accident along the Pacific coastline in San Diego, California.