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Oregon Health & Science University


John Moorhead was one of the most influential emergency medical physicians in Oregon State History. As a native to Canada, he grew up surrounded by medical professionals who inspired his own entry into the medical field. Through his experiences in medical school at Queens University, he was drawn to Emergency Medicine and the amazing teamwork he observed in that department. Moorhead’s contributions to the field are seemingly endless. He was a key figure in the creation of an Emergency Medical Residency Training Program and the Doernbecher Emergency department at OHSU. As an active advocate for Emergency Medicine throughout his career, he and his colleagues worked tirelessly to overcome the difficulties and barriers faced in getting Emergency Medicine to be recognized as a medical specialty. With a focus on training, research, and advocacy, this oral history explores Moorhead’s professional experiences and opinions on the future of Emergency Medicine and medical specialties.


Transcript of oral history interview with John C. Moorhead, conducted on September 8, 2016 by John Ma.


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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