Dr. Johnson JungApril 6, 1949 - July 27, 2016
Dr. Johnson Jung, as someone who always liked to make a grand entrance, made the biggest entrance into life by being born at sea near San Francisco on April 6, 1949, to his parents Jung Kwock Sing and Chiu Siu Wah.
Dr. Jung attended Franklin Elementary and graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1967. He was awarded membership to Phi Beta Kappa after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1971 with a degree in Psychology and an emphasis in Literature. He continued his education at Saint Louis University's School of Medicine where he also completed his Internal Medicine residency, serving as Chief Resident at Saint Louis City Hospital in 1978.
In 1979, Dr. Jung returned to Bakersfield to begin his private practice career by joining Clinicians Medical Group. Throughout his career, Dr. Jung served on the Board of Directors at San Joaquin Community Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Bakersfield Regional Rehab Hospital. In addition, he was also the Medical Director of Clinica Sierra Vista for many years. In 1998, Dr. Jung formed Centennial Medical Group with his associates Dr. Nelson Madrilejo and Dr. Larry Yokoyama which continues to this day. Dr. Jung served as President of Centennial Medical Group and its subsidiaries since their inception. Under his extraordinary leadership, many healthcare management entities thrived because of his innovative development of business practices such as the use of telemedicine and electronic medical records before they became standard practice. Dr. Jung's community service involved undertaking many local charitable causes both through his businesses and his personal life. He was a proud member of the Bakersfield East Rotary Club and the Valley Fever Advisory Board.
Along with such, Dr. Jung was an avid reader with a library that would rival many. He took a special interest in the subjects of religion, history, and current affairs. Dr. Jung also enjoyed attending Berkeley football games, experimenting in photography, and socializing at "The Club" (Bamboo Chopsticks) when he was not spending time in his library.