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Oregon Health & Science University

Table of Contents

Growing Up in Minneapolis; Japanese American Household; Getting Interested in Medicine; University of Minnesota; Japanese Americans in Medical School; Internship in Fresno; Residency Program at UOHSC; Army Service, 1975-1977; Going Into Private Practice; Japanese American Community in Portland; Family Life; Japanese Exchange Student; Trip to Japan; Practicing in Portland; Future of Medicine; Japanese American Experience; Interview with the New York Times; Military Experience; Asians in America; Eastern Medicine and Eastern Religion; Index


Alfred K. Ono, M.D., discusses his early life in Minneapolis in a bilingual household with Nisei parents and the Japanese American community in Minneapolis. He compares the communities in Minneapolis, Fresno, and Portland. Then he talks about his education and medical career, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. Finally he touches briefly on Chinese traditional medicine and Eastern philosophy, and how Eastern ideas might benefit Western medicine. Dr. Ono was born in Minneapolis in 1945 to Nisei parents. He was educated at the University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his obstetrics residency at the University of Oregon Medical School and University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, 1972-1975. Ono went into private practice in Portland and was still in private practice at the time of the interview. He was affiliated with Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital & Medical Center and served as Adjunct Professor in the OHSU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the 1980s and 1990s.


Transcript of oral history interview with Alfred K. Ono, M.D., conducted on September 12, 2000 by Tadaaki Hiruki, M.D.


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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