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Oregon Health & Science University

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Growing Up in Pratt, Kansas; Medical School at University of Kansas; Interning with Ravdin and Rhoads; Returning to Kansas For Residency; Service with the U.S. Navy; Pediatric Surgery Training with Koop; Coming to Oregon; Pediatric Surgery in the 1960s; Surgeon General Koop; Pediatric Surgery Service; Building the New Doernbecher; Medical Education; Surgical Training; OHSU As a Trauma Center; Pediatric Trauma Care in Oregon; Changes in Surgery; Chairman Trunkey; OHSU Practice Plan; Future of OHSU; Advances in Pediatric Surgery; Reflections on a Career; Future of Medicine; Index


John R. Campbell, M.D., discusses his career as a pediatric surgeon - the first pediatric surgeon in Oregon when he arrived in 1967. He describes the changes he has seen in pediatric surgery, health care, and medical education from the 1960s to the present. He talks about his experiences at Doernbecher Memorial Hospital for Children, changes that took place when the separate schools consolidated into University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, and the development and construction of the new Doernbecher Children's Hospital during the late 1990s. Dr. Campbell was born in Pratt, Kansas on January 26, 1932. Educated at University of Kansas School of Medicine (M.D., 1958); completed rotating internship at University of Pennsylvania Hospital, 1958-1959; surgical residencies at University of Kansas Medical Center, 1959-1963 and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 1965-1967; and a Cancer Control Senior Clinical Traineeship under C. Everett Koop, 1965-1967. Joined University of Oregon Medical School in 1967 as Chief of Pediatric Surgery. Served as Acting Chair, OHSU Dept. of Surgery, 1984-1986 and as Vice Chair, 1986-1995. First Surgeon-in-Chief of the new Doernbecher Children's Hospital, 1998-1999. Retired as Professor Emeritus in 2000.


Transcript of oral history interview with John R. Campbell, M.D., on June 21, 2005 by Richard Mullins, M.D., and Matthew Simek


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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