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Oregon Health & Science University

Table of Contents

Early Years and First Trip to Japan; Tetsunosuke Inahara and Kashiya; Moving to the Country; Hillsboro High School; World War II; Heading Off to College; University of Oregon Medical School; Training and Private Practice; Vascular Surgery; Northwest Versus Northeast; Children; Japanese Americans, Part I; WWII and Internment; Asian Americans at UOMS; Japantown, Portland; Strawberry Farming; Retirement; Japanese Americans, Part II; Index


Toshio Inahara, M.D., talks about his early years in Portland, Oregon, Tacoma, Washington, and Hillside, Oregon, and how his family was forced to relocate to Ontario, Oregon during World War II. He talks about his education and about the early years of vascular surgery and its slow acceptance as a medical specialty. He also discusses at length about Japan, Japanese Americans, and the internment camp at Mindoka, Idaho, where he and his wife were held during World War II. He contrasts Japanese American life with Chinese American culture and discusses his interests in Japanese art and culture. Dr. Inahara was the first trained vascular surgeon in Portland. He was born in Seattle, Washington. Inahara was educated at the University of Wisconsin and University of Oregon Medical School (M.D., 1950) and completed an internship and residency at St. Vincent Hospital, 1950-1955. He held a fellowship in peripheral vascular surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, 1955-1956. Returning to Portland in 1957, he established a private practice and joined the faculty at UOMS as a clinical instructor in surgery. He established the first blood vessel bank for transplants. Inahara was also co-developer of two carotid shunts. He started the Pacific Northwest Vascular Society. The doctor retired from private practice and OHSU in 1994.


Transcript of oral history interview with Toshio Inahara, M.D., conducted on July 16, 2000 by Tadaaki Hiruki, M.D.


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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