School of Medicine Emeritus Faculty

Earning an emeritus rank

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Emeritus is an honorary title for a retired faculty member, recognizing distinguished past service to the institution. It is conferred in writing by the provost upon the recommendation of the department chair and dean or free-standing research center or institute director. It may be given to a retired faculty member of any rank.

The award of emeritus status is a discretionary decision made by the provost. To be eligible for consideration, a faculty member must have provided distinguished service to the unit and OHSU. Faculty members must be retired from OHSU as defined by the Public Employment Retirement System (PERS) or University Pension Plan (UPP).

More information can be found in the Emeritus Policy 03-15-070

Professional enrichment opportunities

OHSU welcomes Emeritus faculty to continue to be active members of the OHSU community. In addition to those opportunities to get involved encouraged of all current and past faculty, the list below highlights additional avenues to support OHSU or benefit from available learning opportunities.

You are very welcome to attend theses defense presentations. Many are listed on the Grad Student Organization (GSO) Calendar, or you can contact a specific department to get their own schedule.

Each spring, typically during Research Week, the OHSU SOM Alumni Association hosts a Career Networking Night to allow grad students and postdoctoral fellows to converse informally with professionals about career paths. The emphasis is usually on options in addition to academic research labs, with faculty and alumni representatives from various academic settings, big and small industry, a wide range of alternative careers, big data, intellectual property, and project/lab management taking part. Contact the OHSU School of Medicine Alumni Association for more information or to volunteer.

"What happens to all that stuff you have in your head when you retire," wondered Daniel Labby, MD in 1989, the year of the Oregon Center for Ethics founding. From this musing emerged one of the Center's longest-standing programs, the twice-annual Dr. Daniel Labby Senior Clinicians' Seminar. In the belief that retiring clinicians are a valuable, often untapped resource, he designed and moderated the seminars as a forum to capture wisdom and guidance in several key areas: patient care, teaching and research.

Drawing participants from across the disciplines — physicians, nurses, social workers, researchers and many others who might not otherwise talk and learn together — the seminars have created a dynamic cross-fertilization of ideas for a wide array of health care professionals. The rich content of discussion has also informed new ethics education and health care policy here and across the country. In recent years, David Clarke, MD has guided the series, bringing his own masterful moderation to each discussion. 

Contact for more information.

Since 1981, the Marquam Hill Lecture Series has brought together leading members of the OHSU faculty with the public for free lectures which feature innovative and cutting edge biomedical research and clinical advances that will form the basis of tomorrow's cures and treatments. The Marquam Hill Lecture Series is one of the most popular and long-standing lecture series about science by scientists in Oregon. The series honors the memory of Mrs. Elizabeth Gray, co-founder of the Marquam Hill Steering Committee, a group of community leaders who advocate for the public missions of OHSU throughout the state.

To be added to the mailing list for this activity contact  You can also watch recordings of previous seasons' lectures.

This needs no explanation — remember all the questions you had? Now you have knowledge and experience to share.

Contact Andrea Cedfeldt, M.D.Associate Dean for Faculty Development.

The Gender Equity in Academic Health and Medicine was established in 1993 to address issues of concern to women faculty. In 2013 they hosted their first annual half-day annual conference. Each conference has a theme, and each also recognizes women who have excelled in mentoring, discovery, clinical work, or resilience. In addition to speakers, the conference features guided discussions on topics ranging from diversity in research to gender bias in letters of recommendation to Title IX and sexual harassment. GEAHM invites you to email us for more details.