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Denair physician honored for his international work

Denair physician honored for his international work

Ira Bailie is shown at the right removing a large tumor from a patient at the Scheer Memorial Hospital in Nepal where he served for several years at the Seventh-day Adventist mission medical center.

POSTED March 26, 2010 11:01 p.m.
Giving up the California sunshine to help establish a community hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay is just one of the reasons why Dr. Ira Bailie was recently honored by his colleagues.
A 1952 graduate of the School of Medicine of Loma Linda University, Bailie was given the “Global Mission Award” by the Association of International Medical Services, a unit of the School of Medicine Alumni.
“This is an unexpected honor they gave me for advancing healthcare principles,” Bailie said.
Paraguay was just one of the countries he went to with the goal to advance healthcare in the world. Bailie also moved to the country of Nepal to help assist the people there with healthcare.  
Bailie and his family started their foreign adventures in 1953, when they spent 19 years in the South American country to help put together a new community hospital. During that time, three of his four children were born.
His return to America came when Bailie and his wife felt it was necessary for their children to receive an education in America, he said. He returned to the United States and settled down in Turlock to practice surgery. He retired in 1997.
Shortly after announcing his retirement 13 years ago, Bailie took on another international mission with the Seventh-day Adventist Medical and Educational Center in Katmandu, Nepal. He stayed in Nepal until 2000.  
When Bailie was in Nepal, he lived about 70 miles from Mt. Everest on the border of Tibet. He said he received some interesting cases when he was there, including a family mauled by a tiger.
Currently, his two sons are medical doctors and his two daughters are nurses, Bailie said. One of his sons is a surgeon at Emanuel Medical Center, where father and son occasionally work together.
Bailie is still working as a surgeon, but spends his time as an independent practitioner assisting other surgeons at Emanuel Medical Center. He also teaches residents at the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency.
One of the most memorable cases of Bailie’s career, according to the surgeon, was delivering the 1985 Miss America Sharlene Wells. He even has an autographed photo of her. Another one of his most memorable cases is when he delivered Siamese twins through Caesarian section.  
He currently keeps busy in amateur radio, electronics, travel, assisting at the University of California Davis and at the Family Practice Program in Modesto.    To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.

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