Sara Piasecki

Author's Entries

  • Adalbert G. Bettman (1883 - 1964)

    Adalbert G. Bettman was one of the first physicians in the West to specialize in reconstructive plastic surgery. His pioneering techniques won him national fame, and his efforts to improve medical education and practice left a lasting legacy in Portland. Bettman was born to Goodman and Bertha Bettman in Eugene …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Christine Karen Cassel (1945 - )

    One hundred and fourteen years into its history, the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine named Christine Cassel its first woman dean. A national leader in geriatrics and medical ethics, Cassel literally wrote the book on academic geriatrics in the United States. As a student in the …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • DeNorval Unthank (1899-1977)

    In 1929, Portland was a city deeply divided. Its small population of African Americans lived uneasily among their white neighbors. Only three years had passed since Oregonians had voted to amend their constitution to allow Blacks to permanently settle in Oregon, and there was little employment open to African Americans. …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Edwin E. Osgood (1899-1969)

    A caring clinician, careful researcher, and inspirational teacher, Edwin E. Osgood made lasting contributions to hematology and experimental medicine. A native of Fall River, Massachusetts, Osgood first came to the University of Oregon Medical School (UOMS) in 1918, joining both the student body and the staff as an assistant in …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Howard P. Lewis (1902-1985)

    Internationally recognized internist Howard Phelps Lewis made major contributions to American medical education and practice through his excellent diagnostic skills, his strict adherence to the highest standards in medical education, and his dedication to the advancement of the profession through his work with the American College of Physicians, the American …

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  • Joanna M. Cain (1950 - )

    Joanna M. Cain is an internationally known physician, teacher, and researcher in women’s health and gynecologic oncology. Cain joined the faculty of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in 2001 as professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She worked to bring both top-notch researchers and …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Joseph Henry Wythe (1822-1901)

    Joseph Henry Wythe, M.D., served as president of Willamette University from 1865 to 1868. He presided over the organization of the university’s medical department and was on the first faculty to provide medical education in the Pacific Northwest. Born on March 19, 1822, in Manchester, England, Wythe came to America …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Kenneth A. J. Mackenzie (1859-1920)

    Kenneth A.J. Mackenzie made lasting contributions to the development of medical education in the Pacific Northwest through his tireless efforts to establish a first-class academic medical center in Portland. In his eight years as dean of the University of Oregon Medical School (UOMS), Mackenzie laid the groundwork for a preeminent …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Olof Larsell (1886-1964)

    During the formative years of neuroanatomy in the first half of the twentieth century, Olof Larsell was instrumental in developing a coherent nomenclature for the cerebellum that would be adopted worldwide. His research laid the groundwork for modern advances in cerebellar anatomy and established Portland as a center of anatomical …

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  • Portland Free Dispensary

    The Portland Free Dispensary, an early effort to provide health services to the underserved in Portland, was a model of collaboration between the city’s charitable organizations and its medical community. In 1904, Valentine Prichard, supervisor of the Portland Public School kindergartens, issued a report on what she found to be …

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