Interview with Peter O. Kohler, M.D. Public Deposited

Peter O. Kohler, M.D. is a principal figure in OHSU’s history. Having served as president from 1988 to 2006, Kohler’s accomplishments are innumerable. Conducted by Charles Morrissey in 1998, this interview marked Kohler’s tenth anniversary as president and underscores his far-reaching impact. His tenure resulted in significant growth for the institution and saw the expansion of funding, academic programs, and health services. Kohler highlights the important developments made during this first decade, such as the formation of OHSU as a public corporation, creating the Center for Ethics, and the establishment of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. This interview further traces Kohler’s personal and professional experiences, and focuses on a wide-range of topics including institutional development, community outreach, consensus building, and OHSU’s future.

Publication Date
  • 1998-04-21
Document type
  • OHSU Oral History Program


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