Upcoming lectures

Lecture are presented in the OHSU Old Library Auditorium and are free and open to the public. For further inquiries or to request a disability accommodation, contact:
Meg Langford 503-494-5587

Previous Lectures


November 17th, 2015
Rosenbaum History of Neurology lecture
Christopher Goetz, M.D.
Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences and Department of Pharmacology
Director, Parkinson's Disease &Movement Disorder Program
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Jean-Martin Charcot and the Role of Art in His Neurological Career 
Streaming video of the lecture

Monday, October 12th, 2015
David M. Lubin, Ph.D.
Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art, Wake Forest University
Behind the Mask:  World War I, Plastic Surgery, and the Modern Beauty Revolution
Streaming video of the lecture

Friday, May 8th, 2015
Jessica Wapner
Freelance science writer and author
The Philadelphia Chromosome: From Bench to Bookshelf
Streaming video of the lecture

Friday, February 6, 2015
Michael J. Garland, D.Sc.Rel.,
Professor Emeritus, OHSU
Creating the Oregon Health Plan: An Ethics Mosaic
Streaming video of the lecture


Monday, November 17th, 2014
David S. Mulder, M.D., M.Sc., FRSC, FACS
McGill University
Canada's Contribution to 'March Madness': the James Naismith Story
Streaming video of the lecture

March 10, 2014
John A. Ryan Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., with commentary by Richard J. Mullins, M.D., OHSU
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle
Surgery 1881-1901 - Pistols, Presidents, and Pancreases: The Assassinations of Garfield and McKinley
Streaming video of the lecture


December 4, 2013
Nancy Bristow, Ph.D.
“I worked day and night trying to save them”: Health Care Professionals and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic
University of Puget Sound
Streaming video of the lecture

Friday, November 15, 2013
Donald L. Blanchard, M.D.
Emily Dickinson: Poet and Eye Patient
Streaming video of the lecture

Friday, October 18, 2013
Kimberly Jensen, Ph.D.
“Venereal Girls”, The Cedars Detention Home, and the Portland Free Dispensary: Gender, Public Health, and Civil Liberties in the First World War and its Aftermath
Western Oregon University
Streaming video of the lecture

Friday, April 12, 2013
John A. Benson, Jr., M.D.
OHSU Medical Milestones: 125 Years of Healing, Teaching, and Discovery
Streaming video of the lecture


Friday, November 30, 2012
Wendy Moore
Author and journalist
John Hunter, The Once and Future Surgeon:  Why the work of an eighteenth-century pioneer is still relevant today
Streaming video of the lecture

Friday, October 26, 2012
Shelley McKellar, Ph.D.
University of Western Ontario
“Surgical Transgressions? Michael DeBakey, Denton Cooley and the Controversial Artificial Heart Case of 1969”
Streaming video of the lecture

September 7, 2012
Brion Benninger, MD
Vice Chair and Professor of Anatomy, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Henry Gray: Clinician, Visionary and the Original Networker
Streaming video of the lecture

April 2, 2012
Mark Malangoni, MD, FACS
Associate Executive Director, American Board of Surgery
Professor of Surgery, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Evolution in the Management of Splenic Injury
Streaming video of the lecture

February 3, 2012
Thea Cooper
Author of Breakthrough:  Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle
Miracle on Bloor Street: The Unlikely Story of the Discovery of Insulin

Streaming video of the lecture


October 7, 2011
Dr. Simon Chaplin
Head, Wellcome Library
Doctors and the Death of History
Streaming video of the lecture

February 25, 2011
Richard Mullins, M.D.
Head, Trauma/Critical Care Section, OHSU Department of Surgery
Forward Surgery and Whole Blood Transfusion Saving Wounded Soldiers in World War II
Streaming video of the lecture


December 3, 2010
Dick Stueve, RT
National leader in cardiovascular image quality and x-ray dose issues
Charles T. Dotter, MD - Not so "Crazy Charlie"
Streaming video of the lecture

November 15, 2010
LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. M.D.
Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery, Howard University College of Medicine
Charles R. Drew, MD, FACS: Surgical Paragon
Streaming video of the lecture

October 1, 2010
Thomas Hager, M.S.
Prolific author, journalist, editor and publisher
Genius or Crackpot? The Medical Odyssey of Linus Pauling
Streaming Video of the lecture

May 17, 2010
Roger E. Alberty, M.D.
Director: National Surgery Quality Improvement Program, Providence/St. Vincent Medical Center
Blue Blood and Blue Babies: The Story of Helen Taussig
Streaming video of the lecture

Friday March 12, 2010
Philip A. Mackowiak, M.D., M.B.A.
Vice Chairman, Dept. of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Chief of the Medical Care Clinical Center, VA Maryland Health Care System
Pericles and the Plague of Athens
Streaming video of the lecture


September 25, 2009
Brian J. Morrison, M.D., FAAC
Cardiology Consultants, Pc.
Maladie Bleue: Major contributions in the History of Congenital Heart Disease
Streaming video of the lecture

May 4, 2009
Tom R. DeMeester, M.D.
Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Dept. of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
The History of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Streaming video of the lecture

Friday January 23, 2009

Kenneth R. Stevens, M.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Radiation Medicine, OHSU School of Medicine
Radiation Oncology in Oregon: Pioneers & Pioneering
Streaming video of the lecture


November 21, 2008
Joseph B. McCormick, M.D.
Regional Dean and James Steele Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center
Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers: Yesterday and Tomorrow
Streaming video of the lecture

October 24, 2008
Michael J. Aminoff, M.D.
Brown-Sequard: The Man and his Work
Streaming video of the lecture

May 5, 2008
John Cameron, M.D.
William Stewart Halsted
Streaming video of the lecture

February 1, 2008
Tom Hager
The Gorgon's Blood: a Greek Myth, a German Doctor, and the Rise of MRSA
Streaming video of the lecture

January 18, 2008
Madison Macht, M.D.
Large and noble lines: the life of Howard P. Lewis, M.D.
Streaming video of the lecture


November 30, 2007
Brion Benninger, M.D.
Cranial nerves: chronological history and current controversies
Streaming video of the lecture

October 12, 2007
J. Bruce Beckwith, M.D.
Impressions of Monstrosity: Perceptions of Malformation Through the Ages
Streaming video of the lecture

May 18, 2007
Michael Bliss, PhD
An American Epic: Harvey Cushing and the Founding of Neurosurgery
Streaming video of the lecture

April 20, 2007
Kimberly Jensen, PhD
Esther Clayson Pohl Lovejoy, M.D., University of Oregon Medical School Class of 1894: Oregon's Doctor to the World
Streaming video of the lecture

January 8, 2007
J. Patrick O'Leary, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Surgery's Entry in to its Modern Era: Depicted by the Art of the Times
Streaming video of the lecture



October 6, 2006
John M. Barry, M.D.
The Development of Kidney Transplantation at OHSU
Streaming video of the lecture
May 12, 2006
Michael Helquist
KAJ Mackenzie, Marie Equi, and the Oregon Doctor Train: Portland's response to the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
Streaming video of the lecture
March 6, 2006
Joseph B. VanderVeer, Jr, M.D. FACS
Lister and Osler: Two Great Men of Surgery and Medicine
Streaming video of the lecture
January 20, 2006
Tom Debley, Director of Heritage Resources, Kaiser Permanente
'Think the Unthinkable, Dream the Impossible:' The Evolution of Prepaid Group Medical Practice in the Pacific Northwest
Streaming video of the lecture



October 17, 2005
David Peck, D.O.
The Lewis and Clark expedition: wilderness medicine in early America
Streaming video of lecture (OHSU only)
April 29, 2005
Robert Hart, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chief, Spine Section, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine.
Failed back syndrome in the life and career of JFK: The politics of low back pain
Streaming video of lecture



November 30, 2004
Erik K. Fromme, M.D., Assistant Professor of medicine and senior scholar at OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care
The Frankenstein Syndrome: Monsters and Modern Medicine
November 4, 2004
Susan E. Lederer, Ph.D.,Yale University School of Medicine, Section of the History of Medicine.
Mary Shelley, Medical Science, and the Monster
October 25, 2004
George F. Sheldon, M.D., Professor of Surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Professionalism: New and Old Concepts
April 5, 2004
Carlos Camargo M. D.
Art and Anatomy in the Italian Renaissance
February 13, 2004
Richard Mullins M.D., Professor of Surgery and Chief, Trauma/Critical Care Section, Oregon Health & Science University
A Tradition of National Service in Times of Crises



December 15, 2003
Julie M. Fenster
The Baffling Pace of Medical Discovery: Six Days in Six Lives that Accelerated History
October 24, 2003
Michael Bliss, Ph.D.
From Osler to Insulin: The Coming of the Age of Miracles
April 28, 2003
Peter E. Dans, M.D.
Hollywood's View of Doctors: From the 1930s to the 1990s.



September 23, 2002
Claude H. Organ, Jr., M.D.
Charles Drew: An American Surgeon with Roman Virtues
October 21, 2002
William Hersh, M.D.
From Index Medicus to the World Wide Web: The Origins of Modern Clinical Information Tools
May 6, 2002
Donald D. Trunkey, M.D.
Wounds of the Lion
March 11, 2002
Paul Kirk, M.D.
Operative Obstetrics: From Caesar to the Vacuum
January 28, 2002
Elizabeth Veenker
The Evolution of Medical Knowledge: Trials and Tribulations



November 26, 2001
Susan E. Lederer, Ph.D.
Orphans and Doctors: Human Experimentation Before the Second World War.
October 15, 2001
Alan M. Kraut, Ph.D.
Ethnic Pluralism and Public Health: An Historical Perspective
May 14, 2001
Victor Sidel, M.D.
The 20th Century Role of Health Professionals in the Prevention of War
April 16, 2001
Ira M. Rutkow, M.D. Ph.D.
An Illustrated Tour of 19th Century American Surgery
March 14, 2001
Misty Payne
Charles Dotter: The Father of Interventional Radiology
February 26, 2001
Carlos A. Camargo, M.D.
The Medical Consequences of 1492



April 17, 2000
J. Henry Clarke, D.M.D.
The Story of Anesthesia: From Laudanum to Lidocaine and Beyond
March 3, 2000
Annette Matthews and Albert Starr, M.D.
Development of the Starr-Edwards Heart Valve



November 5, 1999
Donald D. Trunkey, M.D.