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Longtime UCLA medical school dean Sherman Mellinkoff dies at 96

Longtime UCLA medical school dean Sherman Mellinkoff dies at 96
Dr. Sherman Mellinkoff, dean of the UCLA Medical Center School, in 1986. (Los Angeles Times)

Dr. Sherman Mellinkoff, who took the newly created UCLA School of Medicine and turned it into a powerhouse of medical research and academics, has died at age 96.

The university said in a statement that Mellinkoff died July 17 at his home near the Westwood campus.

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He took over the school in 1962, when it was a decade old and did not yet have its own buildings. He led it for 25 years — a marathon term for a medical school dean. Under his direction, it grew from a few dozen students to classes of 1,500 interns, residents and fellows.

He helped establish multiple organ transplant programs, a comprehensive cancer center and one of the first federally funded centers for research in positron emission tomography, or PET scans.

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