Tuesday, January 08, 2008

New photographs: Zan Schleuning

A small donation of photographs came in on Friday, these of faculty and activities of the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the Department of Otolaryngology & Head & Neck Surgery.

A former chair of the latter, Alexander J. Schleuning II, M.D., is shown here with a young patient. Schleuning received his medical degree from the University of Oregon Medical School in 1960 and then completed his internship and residency here as well. In 1980, he was appointed chair of the Dept. of Otolaryngology after serving one year as acting chair.

A handwritten list of areas of research interest on the OHSU Experts List form in Schleuning's Biographical File includes hearing loss; cochlear implants; implantable hearing devices; hearing rehabilitation research; surgery for middle ear tumors; reconstructive surgery for hearing; and management (surgical and medical) for dizziness. He was internationally known for his work on tinnitus, Meniere's disease, and the side effects of drugs on hearing. He was also very interested in serving the underserved, and volunteered for more than 30 years at an ear clinic on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon.

In 2000, Schleuning officially retired as department chair but remained active on campus with committee assignments and clinical duties. He died in 2005, after a long battle with myelodysplastic disease. He had continued his teaching duties and maintained his practice until days before his death. As an obituary in The Oregonian noted, Schleuning was known as "Zan" to his friends. In fact, a manuscript note on the back of this photograph identifies him as "Alexander 'Zan' Schleuning," a testament to the fact that most everyone who knew him thought of him as a friend.

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