René Bine, Jr., MD
Born in San Francisco in 1915, Dr. Bine graduated from Stanford University in 1937. After receiving his MD from Stanford Medical School in 1941, he continued his medical training on the Stanford University service at San Francisco Hospital (now Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital). He was a second-year resident when his unit was activated in April 1942.
Dr. Bine returned to San Francisco after the war, and in 1947, established a private practice in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. Throughout his career, he was on staff at Mt. Zion Hospital where he trained countless residents in the art of medicine.
Dr. Bine was an expert in nutrition and its relation to heart disease, and he wrote numerous articles and pamphlets on cardiovascular topics. One, “A Guide To Sodium; Why You Should Eat Less” was distributed nationwide to more than 30,000 people through the American Heart Association. He was actively involved in the American Heart Association for 30 years, serving as San Francisco chapter president in 1962, California president from 1968-1970 and national vice president in 1978. The organization presented him with a number of awards, including the AHA Award of Merit, which they say “is reserved for those who have made significant contributions to the national Heart program and to cardiovascular medicine.”
In 1980 Dr. Bine was featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal that began, “In this city of conviviality, René Bine, Jr. has evidence of his winning bedside manner. He carries keys to four women’s apartments. Dr. Bine, however, is no roue. He is a respectable physician and the four women average 87 years of age. His possession of their keys shows that even in this age of proliferating medical technology, the house call isn’t extinct.”
Dr. Bine passed away in 1988.