The Saslow Lecture is moving to a new date and time! We will be holding the Saslow Lecture as part of the Portland International Neuroscience Symposium, July 17-20, 2014 in Portland, Oregon.
Professor Saslow was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on December 5, 1906. He trained at the University of Rochester from 1926-1928 and at Harvard University from 1937-1940. He also earned a Ph.D. in physiology from New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1931. He was a professor of psychiatry at Washington University from 1953-1955 and clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School from 1955-1957.
Saslow was a research assistant at Harvard University in the early 40s at the time of the famous Coconut Grove nightclub fire, a disaster which killed and injured hundreds of people. He interviewed the survivors and described their reactions. This early work formed the basis of grief theory and later, our understanding of post traumatic stress.
Saslow, professor emeritus of psychiatry, joined OHSU’s Department of Psychiatry in 1957 as its first full-time chairman and retained that position until retiring in 1973. In California he worked for the Veteran’s Administration Hospital as chief of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, and at UCLA as professor of psychiatry for the Neuro-psychiatric Institute. Saslow returned to Oregon, and OHSU, in 1978 where he saw patients and taught resident physicians.
Professor Saslow was a vital and contributing member of the department’s faculty where he taught young doctors for over 40 years. His practical and rigorous approach to psychiatry and his gracious, thoughtful wisdom have been a huge influence in the field of psychiatry and especially in our own department.
Dr. Saslow passed away on September 17, 2006.