Why We're Unique

Becoming a physician at Loma Linda University Faculty Medical Group not only means joining a team of unparalleled experts in the fields of health and healing, but also becoming part of an organization known across the world for its medical firsts, technical advancements and notable distinctions.

In 1984, Loma Linda University Medical Center made international news when Dr. Leonard Bailey transplanted a baboon heart into an infant born with a severe heart defect. This first-of-its-kind effort led to the successful infant heart transplant program, with transplantation of human-to-human infant transplants. Today, the hospital is still recognized as the international leader in infant heart transplantation.

Six years later, in the fall of 1990, Loma Linda University Medical Center opened the world's first hospital based proton cancer treatment center. The James M. Slater Proton Treatment and Research Center at Loma Linda University Medical Center offers proton therapy treatments for prostate, lung, breast and other types of cancers. This center is the nation's first hospital-based proton treatment center. Since opening, over 14,500 patients have been treated. Through a multidisciplinary approach, teams of experts, including radiation oncologists, nurses, technicians and staff, treat patients with care to ensure they experience fewer side effects and better outcomes with the power and precision of proton therapy.

And in November 2005, American explorer and documentarian, Dan Buettner, in his cover story in National Geographic Magazine, declared Loma Linda, California, a ‘blue zone,' his term for the regions on Earth with the longest life expectancy, disability-free life expectancy or concentration of people over the age of 100. One of only five blue zones in the world, Loma Linda is home to a large population of Seventh-day Adventists, many of whom adhere to a strict vegetarian, alcohol- and caffeine-free lifestyle, which are likely contributors to their long life expectancy.