Upcoming events

To learn more about the annual Herbert Rosenbaum Memorial History of Neurology Lecture, see Rosenbaum's Legacy: A History of Neurology.

To  request a disability accommodation for an upcoming event, please contact us.

Past events

Recordings of past lectures, 2014 to present, are available via our Echo360 streaming video platform.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024, 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Maria Cunningham, M.L.I.S.
Curator's Talk: Early Medicine Manufacturers in America
Streaming video of the event

October 19, 2023, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Manon Auffret, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
The Nineteenth Century Media Coverage of the Case of Phineas Gage: Myths and Facts
(recording to become available sometime in 2024)

Thursday,  October 27, 2022, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Dr. Alexis Simpkins
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
A Historical Review of African Americans in Neurology: Focus on Women in Vascular Neurology
Streaming video of the lecture

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
History of Surgery lecture
Dr. Leo Daab, Assistant Professor
OHSU School of Medicine
The Evolution of Modern Vascular Surgery
Streaming video of the lecture

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum History of Neurology Lecture
Elizabeth Coon, M.D.
Mayo Clinic
Pioneering Women in Medicine and Neurology
Streaming video of the event

Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Steve Duckworth, M.L.I.S.
Curator's Talk: Exploring a Century of Trans Health Care at OHSU
Streaming video of the event
Transcript and slides

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Research Week 2021 lecture
Kassel Galaty, M.D., M.Phil.
From the Wards to the Archives
Streaming video of the event

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Library author event
Loren Pankratz, Ph.D.
Mysteries and Secrets Revealed: From Oracles at Delphi to Spiritualism in America
Streaming video of the event

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Merlin Chowkwanyun, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Columbia University
Medical Student and Resident Activism in the 1960s and 1970s
Streaming video of the event

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Audrey Tran, MD/MCR '22
Creating Visual Study Aids workshop
Streaming video of the event

Thursday, November 12, 2020, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum History of Neurology Lecture
Dr. Christopher Boes
Mayo Clinic
The Dr. Mary Broadfoot Walker Effect
Streaming video of the talk

Friday, June 5, 2020, 12:00 p.m.
Virtual Curator's Talk: "Exploring the Lucy Davis Phillips Collection: Surveys of Women Graduates of Oregon Medical Schools"
Pam Pierce, Digital Scholarship and Repository Librarian, OHSU
Streaming video of the talk

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
Virtual Curator's Talk: "Selling Health Professions to Women: Illustrations, Photographs and Text"
Pam Pierce, Digital Scholarship and Repository Librarian, OHSU
Streaming video of the talk

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Opening Reception, "Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness"
A Traveling Exhibition Developed by the National Library of Medicine
Listen to an OHSU Week podcast story on the exhibit

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum History of Neurology Lecture
Dr. Lynda Yang
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Augusta Klumpke: Remembrance of a Pioneer
Streaming video of the lecture

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: “A Selected History of Retinal Illustrations, 1851–1900 and Beyond
BICC building, 3rd floor – Library entrance

Please join the OHSU Library and Casey Eye Institute in celebrating the opening of “A Selected History of Retinal Illustrations, 1851–1900 and Beyond,” curated by Clinical Assistant Professor, Donald L. Blanchard, M.D. This exhibit traces the evolution of retinal imaging in ophthalmology from the 1800s to the present, weaving together art, science, and technology.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 12:00pm
Dr. Christi Hancock, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Portland
Unspeakable: Sex, madness, and the malarial treatment of syphilis in Middle America, 1925-1939
Streaming video of the lecture

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 6:00pm
Film Screening: No Más Bebés
RLSB 3A003A & B

Join OHSU Library and the Center for Women's Health to watch a powerful documentary about citizen advocacy and reproductive healthcare reform. The EMMY® nominated film No Más Bebés tells the story of Mexican immigrant mothers who sued doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County General Hospital during the 1970s.

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1:00-3:00pm
Saturday Sketch at OHSU Library
BICC Building, 3rd floor

Join us for an afternoon of drawing inspired by unique materials from the history of the health sciences and the views from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Library.  Get up close and create something personal from engaging with rare artifacts and books from the Library’s historical collections, presented for your artistic inspiration. Artists from the St. James Lutheran Church Art Group will be on-hand to offer advice on technique.

Friday, January 11, 2019, 12:00pm
History of Medicine Society lecture
Dr. David Nardone
Emeritus Professor, OHSU and Portland Veteran's Hospital
The Doctor's White Coat
Streaming video of the lecture

Monday, November 5, 2018, 5:00pm
Rosenbaum History of Neurology Lecture
Dr. Michael Aminoff
University of California San Francisco
Sir Charles Bell: Science, Style, and a Controversial Legacy
Streaming video of the lecture

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 12:00pm
History of Surgery lecture
Dr. Rich Mullins, Emeritus Professor
OHSU School of Medicine
46th General Hospital: University of Oregon Medical School's Contributions to Victory in World War II
Streaming video of the lecture

Friday, April 20, 2018, 12:00pm
History of Medicine Society lecture
Daniel M. Albert, M.D., M.S.
Casey Eye Institute
Chevalier John Taylor: The Man Who Blinded Bach and Handel
Streaming video of the lecture

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018, 6:00pm
Film Screening: "At Home and Over There:  American Women Physicians in World War I"
Documentary produced by American Medical Women's Association

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 5:00pm
Herbert Rosenbaum History of Neurology Lecture
Dr. Jock Murray, M.D.
Dalhousie University
From Leeches to the Human Genome: The History of Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Over the Centuries
Sponsored by the Department of Neurology

February 27, 2017 5:00pm
History of Surgery lecture
Dana K. Andersen, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Scientific Program Manager, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease
National Institutes of Health
Pancreatic Surgery: Conquest of an Uncooperative Organ
Streaming video of the lecture

January 26, 2017, 12:00pm
Catherine McNeur, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environmental History and Public History, Portland State University 
Controversies over Public Health, Local Food, and Urban Animals in 1850s Manhattan
Streaming video of the lecture

November 18, 2016, 12:00pm
Herbert Rosenbaum History of Neurology Lecture
Dr. Michael Aminoff
Director of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic, University of California San Francisco
Brown-Séquard: The Man, His Syndrome, and Sensory Physiology
Sponsored by the Department of Neurology
Streaming video of the lecture

November 11, 2016, 12:00pm
Michael Helquist
Historian and author of Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions
To Engage or Avoid: Matters of Sex for Oregon Physicians, 1900-1925
Streaming video of the lecture

May 24th, 2016, 5:00pm
Bob H. Reinhardt, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Willamette Heritage Center
Variola Vanquished? The Complex History and Legacy of Smallpox Eradication
Streaming video of the lecture

February 1 - 5: #ColorOurCollections 2016

Join OHSU Historical Collections & Archives and special collections from around the world in a coloring celebration of our historical images!

Download a PDF of our coloring book

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

Monday, October 12th, 2015
History of Surgery lecture
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

Friday, November 15, 2013
Donald L. Blanchard, M.D.
Emily Dickinson: Poet and Eye Patient

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 24, 2008
Michael J. Aminoff, M.D.
Brown-Sequard: The Man and his Work

May 5, 2008
John Cameron, M.D.
William Stewart Halsted

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

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

November 30, 2007
Brion Benninger, M.D.
Cranial nerves: chronological history and current controversies


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


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

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

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


October 6, 2006
John M. Barry, M.D.
The Development of Kidney Transplantation at OHSU

May 12, 2006
Michael Helquist
KAJ Mackenzie, Marie Equi, and the Oregon Doctor Train: Portland's response to the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

March 6, 2006
Joseph B. VanderVeer, Jr, M.D. FACS
Lister and Osler: Two Great Men of Surgery and Medicine

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

October 17, 2005
David Peck, D.O.
The Lewis and Clark expedition: wilderness medicine in early America

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

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.