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Dr. Sarkin retires after 3 decades practicing emergency medicine

Dr. Bruce Sarkin recently retired from emergency medicine following a career that spanned more than three decades, primarily at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley.

It is estimated Sarkin performed about 100,000 patient evaluations during his career, a number close to the overall population of Nevada County.

Sarkin was raised in Southern California and attended high school in Van Nuys. He received his college education at the University of California, Los Angeles and Berkeley, and his medical school training at UC San Francisco.

He received additional medical training at the University of Southern California County Hospital, where the specialty of emergency medicine was born. He spent one year working in San Andreas, Calif., and then moved to Grass Valley, where he began working in the emergency department in 1976.

Throughout his career, Sarkin actively promoted the specialty of emergency medicine, ensuring the community would benefit from the latest advances in the field.

He also personally witnessed many changes in the local hospital, one of which was the elimination of the marathon 48-hour emergency room shift to a more humane 12-hour shift.

Physicians, nurses and friends recently honored Sarkin with a banquet at Alta Sierra Country Club, acknowledging his many contributions to emergency medicine in Nevada County.

“Dr. Bruce Sarkin was the consummate emergency doctor. He was calm, caring, exact and an expert in his field,” said SNMH Chief of Staff Dr. Joseph Britton.

“Bruce is the smartest person I have ever known,” long-time colleague Dr. Tom Zimmerman added.

Sarkin plans to split his time between Arizona and California.

Dr. Brian Evans is medical director of the emergency department at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

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