Dr. Ken Fujise shares secrets to longevity, plus latest advances in stem cell research. Early to bed, early to rise — everyone knows that old adage. Not many of us take it to heart. Japanese-born Fujise does. He spent his childhood in Yamagata with his grandfather, who was in the Japanese Navy. “He always taught me that to be healthy, you have to get up early and go to bed early,” recalls Fujise. “He said it’s best way to be productive. I did not forget that lesson.” Fujise, who came to Galveston five years ago and is director of the division of cardiology at UTMB, is well known by his colleagues as a man who lives an extremely disciplined, yet amazingly healthy and energetic life. His patients benefit most from his philosophy of life and medicine.