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David B. Hinshaw, M.D., 1923-2019

David B. Hinshaw, Sr., MD, the former dean of Loma Linda University School of Medicine, died Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was 95. After graduating with an MD degree from the College of Medical Evangelists (CME) in 1947, Hinshaw served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1948 to 1950 and completed a four-year surgical residency at the Veterans Administration hospital in Portland, Oregon, in 1954.

Dr. Hinshaw returned to CME in 1954 as an instructor of surgery on the Los Angeles campus. He was appointed assistant professor of surgery in 1957, professor in 1961 and chair of the department that same year. In 1962, he was named dean of the School of Medicine, a position he accepted on condition that he be allowed to continue as chair of surgery. In 1975, Hinshaw became chief of surgery at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Administration Hospital (now Medical Center) from 1977 to 1982. From October 1982 to January 1984, he served as dean of the Oral Roberts University School of Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1986, he returned to California to become both vice president for medical affairs at Loma Linda University and president of the Medical Center and Adventist Health Systems/Loma Linda.

He then served as president of Loma Linda University Medical Center from 1988 to 1994, during which time he oversaw completion of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital as well as the James M. Slater, MD, Proton Treatment and Research Center, and Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center.

At the height of his career, Hinshaw belonged to 14 professional societies. He served as president of the Southern California chapter of the American College of Surgeons in 1968 and 1969 and was a Governor of the American College of Surgeons from 1980 to 1982. He authored or coauthored 100 published scientific articles and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

He is survived by three children, all physicians, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.