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Oregon Health & Science University

Table of Contents

Biographical Information; Medical Education; Pediatric Training; Private Practice; St. Christopher’s Hospital For Children; Coming to Oregon; UOMS Department of Pediatrics; Outpatient Clinic; Town-Gown Relations; Crippled Children’s Division; Doernbecher Memorial Hospital For Children; Growth of Research; Changes in Technology; Women and Minorities in Pediatrics; American Academy of Pediatrics; Work in Jamaica; Returning to Oregon; Doernbecher Journal; Doernbecher Foundation; Thoughts on Career; Index


Richard W. Olmsted, M.D., talks about his early life, education, and varied career in pediatrics, in private practice, at University of Oregon Medical School, at the American Academy of Pediatrics where he helped develop pediatric board examinations, and elsewhere. Dr. Olmsted was born in Darien, Connecticut on June 27, 1920. He was educated at Dartmouth University and Harvard Medical School (M.D., 1944). Completed residencies in pediatrics, pediatric cardiology, and child psychiatry. Served as Head of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Oregon Medical School, 1962-1974; Associate Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics, 1974-1978; and Head of the Pediatric Department at the Children's Hospital in Denver. He returned to Oregon Health Sciences University in 1988 and was Editor of the Doernbecher Journal, 1995- .


Transcript of oral history interview with Richard W. Olmsted, M.D., conducted on May 27, 1999 by Heather Rosenwinkel


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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