SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — When you pick a doctor, you want one with experience. Dr. Ephraim Engleman has a century’s worth of experience living on this planet.

Engleman, a rheumatologist who just celebrated his 100th birthday, still sees patients three times a week at UCSF Medical Center.

Born in San Jose in 1911, Engleman was a violin prodigy and worked as a musician at San Jose’s Fox California Theatre. He did theatre, vaudeville, directed an orchestra and attended Stanford University, all before he went to medical school.

He saw military service as a Major during World War II, serving as Chief of the Army’s Rheumatic Fever Center. After the war, Engleman joined the clinical faculty at UCSF in 1947 and has continued there ever since.

In 1979, he became the founding Director of the Rosalind Russell Medical Research Center for Arthritis at UCSF. The Center was established by the U.S. Congress in posthumous recognition of the actress who suffered from the condition and who became America’s foremost spokesperson for arthritis.

Engleman has been married for 70 years to Jean Sinton Engleman of San Francisco. They have three children, six grandchildren and two great grandsons.

He told CBS 5 that he doesn’t plan on retiring any time soon.

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Comments (7)
  1. SASHA says:


  2. Lorenzo Caruso says:

    God has been merciful again!

  3. whimsy says:

    I dont want this guy to tell me not to buy any green bananas.

  4. Krishna Sampath says:

    What a cool guy!

    May we all be so lucky to find something we are passionate enough about to follow for our whole lives!

  5. Judith Burgess says:

    What an amazing man! The world needs more doctors like him! L’Chaim!

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