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Oregon Health & Science University

Table of Contents

Early Life and Education; Naval Service in World War II; From the Humanities to a Medical Degree; Internship and Residency; Dr. Donald Pickering and ORPRC; Funding the Department of Pediatrics; Pediatric Clinics and Research; Kidney Transplant Program; Crippled Children’s Division; Doernbecher Memorial Hospital For Children; Extramural Activities; The Importance of Fellows; Curriculum Changes; Polyamine Research; Women and Minority Students; Growth of Technology; The Future of Medicine; Looking Back on a Successful Career; Index


Robert A. Campbell, M.D., talks about his military service in the Navy during World War II, his undergraduate and medical education afterward, his residency in pediatrics, and how he came to the University of Oregon Medical School in 1961. He gives a lengthy report of events during his early years under Dr. Donald Pickering, the director of the newly formed Oregon Regional Primate Research Center. He talks about his years in the Department of Pediatrics, the department's relations with Crippled Children's Division and Doernbecher Memorial Hospital for Children, his fundraising, his work in the kidney transplant program, and his own research on polyamines. Campbell also discusses the dehumanizing effect of technological advances in bedside care and what he sees in the future of medicine. Campbell was born in Toledo, Ohio on Dec. 21, 1941. Campbell received education at University of California, Berkeley and University of California - San Francisco (M.D., 1958); completed internship and residency training at University of California Medical Center; and came to University of Oregon Medical School in 1961 as Instructor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Biochemistry Fellow. Campbell was Director of UOMS Pediatric Renal-Metabolic Lab, 1963-1991. He retired as Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics in 1991.


Transcript of oral history interview with Robert A. Campbell, M.D., conducted on April 26, 1999 by Linda Weimer


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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