Originally born in Canada, Edward H. Newcombe, MD started his fifty-year medical career studying at the McGill University Faculty of Medicine and completing his residency at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. He completed a fellowship at the University of California VA Hospital, later going on to become an associate clinical professor of medicine there. He also served as coordinator of rehabilitation at Laguna Honda Hospital and an ER physician elsewhere.
He moved to Boise in 1981 and started his practice on Cole Road where he remained for the past 34 years. For as long as his colleagues can remember, Dr. Newcombe has been involved in serving patients in nursing homes, sometimes the only physician who would do so. During that time, he has served as medical director at various long-term care facilities including Life Care, Capital Care/Apex, and Marquis Nursing Home and always kept patient care at the center of decision making.
Along with Sue, his wife of 35 years who also nursed alongside him, Dr. Newcombe has been active in overseas medical missions outreaches. They have traveled to Kenya, Guatemala, and Peru multiple times, providing care to people deep in jungles or remote villages. “Some of these people are getting treated with health care concepts that are 200 years old, even though modern medicine is within reach,” reflects Newcombe.
He was active during his career at Camp Hodia, which serves children with diabetes. Dr. Newcombe retired from practice in August 2015, after being honored at the Idaho Medical Association’s conference for joining the 50-year Club, recognizing his five decades in active medical care.
Dr. Newcombe was recognized as the ACMS 2015 Physician of the Year.