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Oregon Health & Science University

Table of Contents

Growing Up in Iowa; Early Education; Medical School; Interning in Cleveland; Service on a Naval Icebreaker; Joining the Iowa Faculty; Moving to California; Returning to Iowa; Coming to Oregon; Anesthesia Education; Town-Gown Relations; Women in Anesthesiology; Missionary Work; Index


Wendell C. Stevens, M.D., talks about his childhood in Iowa, education and career in anesthesiology, and affiliations with the University of Iowa, University of California-San Francisco, and Oregon Health Sciences University. He also reminisces about his years on the American Board of Anesthesiology and his missionary work in Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America, where he trained anesthesiologists. Dr. Stevens was born in Mason City, Iowa on June 28, 1931. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine (M.D., 1956); interned at Cleveland City Hospital; and was resident in surgery and anesthesia at the University of Iowa. He joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1963. He later moved to the University of California-San Francisco in 1967. Stevens returned to the University of Iowa in 1978 as chair of the department. In 1982, he joined OHSU as Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology. He was also Director (1975-1988) and President (1987-1988) of the American Board of Anesthesiology. Stevens retired from OHSU in 1996 and passed away on March 25, 2003.


Transcript of oral history interview with Wendell C. Stevens, M.D., conducted on August 14, 2002 by Linda Weimer, Roger Klein, M.D., and Angela Kendrick, M.D.


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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