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Oregon Health & Science University


Dr. Pauly served on the faculty of University of Oregon Medical School's Department of Psychiatry from 1962-1974. In the early 1960s, through what he described as a "soul-searching" process, he joined a handful of psychiatrists who supported sex reassignment surgery for "transsexuals." In the 1960s-1970s, he collaborated with noted endocrinologist and sexologist Harry Benjamin, and published influential studies on human sexuality, particularly on transgender men and sex reassignment surgery. Dr. Pauly when on to become Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of Nevada's School of Medicine, and a supporter of the LGBT community. Here, Pauly discusses his education and upbringing; his early experience with transgender patients, which led to a meeting with Harry Benjamin, who became a mentor; the evolution of his approach to transgender patients; and his time at OHSU. He also provides an in-depth discussion of his important 1965 article, which was the first aggregation of case studies of male-to-female transgender patients.


Transcript of oral history interview with Ira B. Pauly, M.D., conducted on February 18, 2015 by Maija Anderson


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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