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Oregon Health & Science University

Table of Contents

Early Life and Education; Reed College, 1942-1944; Student Life at UOMS; Neurology at UOMS and in Oregon; Internship at Good Samaritan; Stepping in For Dr. Dow; Residency at Washington University in St. Louis; Private Practice with Dow and Raaf; Solo Private Practice; Town-Gown Relations; Medical Education at UOMS; Faculty and Private Practice; Neurosurgery at UOMS; Dr. Dow; Neurology at UOMS; Two Neurology Residencies; Neurological Sciences Institute; From Solo Private Practice to Full-Time Faculty; Neurology Residency at UOMS; Returning to Private Practice; Semi-Retirement; Medical Education and the Practice of Medicine; From Volunteers to Paid Faculty; Opposition to Dean Baird; Index


In the interview Conrad Carter, M.D., talks about his education during the 1940s at Reed College and the University of Oregon Medical School and his interest in neurology. He goes into great detail about his memories of Drs. Robert S. Dow and John E. Raaf, who he entered into private practice with after he completed his residency. He talks about the development of the neurology and neurosurgery departments at UOMS, his decision to join the faculty, and the development of the Neurological Sciences Institute. He describes the gradual change from volunteer to paid faculty on campus. Carter was born in Seattle in 1924. He was educated at Reed College and the University of Oregon Medical School (M.D., 1948) and completed an internship at Good Samaritan Hospital; a one year psychiatry residency at University of Colorado; and a two year neurology residency at Washington University in St. Louis. He started out in private practice with Dr. Robert S. Dow and Dr. John E. Raaf before establishing a solo private practice in Portland. Carter joined the University of Oregon Medical School in 1956 as Clinical Instructor in Neurology and became a full Professor in 1970. He returned to private practice in Eugene in 1979, then moved to the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Roseburg. Carter retired from the VA in 1988 and rejoined the Oregon Health Sciences University as Clinical Professor in Neurology.


Transcript of oral history interview with Conrad Carter, conducted on July 20, 1998 by Joan Ash


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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