After 49 years of specializing in vaginal-breech births and delivering more than 20,000 babies in Glendale throughout his career as an obstetrician, Dr. Ronald Wu is ready for a new chapter in his life.
Wu, 75, retired and closed his private practice at Glendale Adventist Medical Center on June 30.
“It’s been 31 days now, and I’m still transitioning,” Wu said during a phone interview Monday. “I’m still here to see them pick up their medical records, and they understand it’s time for me to move on.”
Wu earned a reputation for successfully helping patients with difficult pregnancies and for his dedication to patients, sometimes canceling family vacations to help an expectant mother who might face a difficult delivery.
He became known for being one of the few healthcare providers in Los Angeles County who performed vaginal-breech deliveries.
Vaginal breech involves bringing the baby out buttocks or feet first instead of head first.
Born in China, Wu remembers learning his second-grade teacher died of a postpartum hemorrhage. Having fond memories of all of his educators, Wu said he was encouraged to pursue a career in the medical field after learning of the tragic incident.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Union College in Nebraska and his medical degree from Loma Linda University. He earned a fellowship at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, where he underwent postdoctoral training in…
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