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Oregon Health & Science University


Grover C. Bagby, M.D., begins by discussing his family background and childhood in New Jersey and Los Angeles, California. He goes on to talk about his education, earning a degree in zoology at Pomona College and a medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, followed by how he met his wife, his time spent in the Navy running a medical ward, and his decision to move to Portland. Bagby describes becoming involved in hematology and leukemia research at the University of Oregon Medical School (now OHSU) and joining the faculty at the Portland VA Medical Center. He expands on his experiences as a faculty member at OHSU, conducting research and treating acute leukemia, myelodysplasia and bone marrow failure syndromes as well as teaching hematology courses. Bagby also describes the beginnings of a cancer center at OHSU (now the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute) and his role as founding director. He concludes the interview discussing the relationship of different departments at the university, his relationship with the interviewer, Dr. Joseph Bloom, and his vision for the future of the cancer institute and of OHSU.


Transcript of oral history interview with Grover C. Bagby, M.D., conducted on August 28, 2014 by Joseph D. Bloom, M.D.


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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