2023 Sommer Memorial Lectures

Conference description

The Sommer Memorial Lectures are made possible by a perpetual trust established by the late Dr. Ernst A. Sommer with United States National Bank of Oregon. The lectures are open, without charge, to all members of the medical profession and to students attending accredited medical schools. The Sommer Lectures have brought to Portland more than 250 distinguished speakers from the United States and other countries since 1941 when the programs were inaugurated.

Conference date

May 11-12, 2023

Conference location

Multnomah Athletic Club, Portland Oregon

Online pre-registration is closed. On-site registration opens at 7:30 a.m.

Those planning to register for the event on-site must first register to enter the building by stopping at the MAC reception desk. 

Registration for this event is free.

Thursday, May 11

8:30    Sommer Memorial Lectures Welcome - David W. Cook, MD, FACS, Sommer Committee Chair
8:45    From Cardiologist to Covidologist: Merging Virology, Science, and Medicine - Dr. Gottlieb
9:35    Is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis a "Mini" Version of Rheumatoid Arthritis? - Dr. Huggins
10:25    BREAK    
10:45    Robot Assisted Surgery - Dr. Lefor
11:35    Questions and Answers    
12:05    LUNCHEON    
1:30    The Privilege of Being a Physician Withstands the Test of Time - Dr. Huggins
2:20    Life and Medicine in Japan: perspectives of an outsider - Dr. Lefor
3:10    BREAK    
3:30    Equity in Heart Failure: A Call for Action for Disruptive Technology to Break the Cycle of Financially-Inaccessible Therapies - Dr. Gottlieb
4:20    Questions and Answers    
4:50    ADJOURN    

Friday, May 12

8:00    BREAKFAST    
8:30    TROJAN-C and the 3 Rs of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:  How Hepatitis C Saves Lives - Dr. Gottlieb
9:20    The History of Human Experimentation - Dr. Lefor
10:10    BREAK    
10:30    Cytokine Storm Syndromes - Dr. Huggins
11:20    Questions and Answers    
11:45    ADJOURN    

The OHSU Scientific Session has been cancelled due to space limitations at the MAC.

Continuing Medical Education


Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

American Medical Association

OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 9 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Jennifer Huggins headshot

Jennifer L. Huggins, MD

Robert Gottlieb headshot

Robert L. Gottlieb MD, PhD, FACC, FAST, FIDSA

Alan Kawarai Lefor headshot

Alan Kawarai Lefor, MD, MPH, PhD, DrEng, FACS


E-mail: cme@ohsu.edu

If you have a disability and require assistance to participate in the conference, please contact the Division of Continuing Professional Development as soon as possible, but no later than 20 business days prior to the conference.