Today, you can watch our third video in The Bee’s new Fresno Famous video project. Reporter Barbara Anderson and former Bee photographer Mark Crosse profile Fresno’s Singing Doctor.
Dr. John Ambrose came to Fresno a decade ago from New York City to head the cardiology program at the University of California at San Francisco-Fresno Medical Education Program.
A nationally and internationally known cardiologist, Dr. Ambrose is known for another skill in Fresno: singing.
Music has been a part of the doctor’s life since childhood and singing has been a long-time hobby and passion for he and wife, Avis. If Fresno has not had an opera company, Dr. Ambrose says he isn’t sure he would have taken the job here.
The couple have had singing parts in the Fresno Grand Opera chorus.
It isn’t unusual for Dr. Ambrose to hum a song in the hallways at Community Regional Medical Center and occasionally sing to a patient. And he’s even sang for Fresno baseball fans.
Watch this video, and catch the previous two: shoe-shiner/valet Karl Johnson and Fresno’s comic book guy/Wayne Barber at www.fresnofamous.com.
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Wayne Barber, longtime comic book fan and owner of Wonder Land Comics on the edge of the Tower District, is profiled in The Bee's Fresno Famous video series.
Karl Johnson is a self-made man. A brother of former Boston Celtics basketball player Dennis Johnson, he spent his early years getting into trouble, then wound up in prison on drug charges. He’d hit a low, but was intent on changing.