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At age 91, Joseph C. Woo, Jr., MD, shows no sign of slowing down.
From the day he was born in the Burnett Sanitarium (precursor to Community Medical Center), Dr. Woo and healthcare in Fresno have been inextricably linked.  At age 23, Dr. Woo obtained his medical degree from George Washington University and returned to Fresno to begin a lifelong practice in internal medicine and cardiology.
“As a physician, from day one, I have lived by the philosophy of giving,” Dr. Woo said recently. “Patients are the main reason I give. It’s a philosophy I’ve shared over 60 years of service. There are always opportunities to give and share.”
Many years ago, Woo was honored with a gift of $150,000 in his name by the late William Stein, MD, a mentor and friend. The gift was for research in cardiology. Overwhelmed by the gift, Woo wanted to continue the tradition.
He and his family contributed to a number of important healthcare causes.  Woo recently provided UCSF Fresno with an $80,000 donation to fund cardiology research that will directly benefit generations of Central California patients. To be able to support something so great as UCSF Fresno is a way to impact the future of healthcare in Central California, said Woo.


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