Joseph Alban, MD, heals bones and grows beans

By Jennie McKee

Surgeon draws from winemaking, Ilizarov method to cultivate gourmet Kona coffee

When he’s not treating patients in Los Alamitos, Calif., Joseph Alban, MD, does something so remarkable that it was featured on the History Channel’s Modern Marvels. For two weeks each month, Dr. Alban, better known by some as “Kona Joe,” heads to Hawaii’s Big Island, where he grows Kona coffee beans on a 32-acre plantation using his ground-breaking, patented method.

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