Thursday, August 21, 2014

Edward J. Keenan, Ph.D. (1948-2014)

We were immensely saddened this week to learn that Ed Keenan, Ph.D. passed away suddenly on August 14th. Dr. Keenan was an influential and admired leader at the School of Medicine. He was devoted to students and medical education, and was honored with no less than four Excellence in Teaching awards. In the 1990s, he led a curriculum transformation and introduced important changes to the admissions process. His research interests included endocrine pharmacology, and establising prognosis of breast cancer using genetic markers.

Dr. Keenan was the founder and president of The Foundation for Medical Excellence, a public non-profit that seeks to advance quality health care and physician wellness. Records of TFME are held in HC&A.

In HC&A, Dr. Keenan was well-known to us for his interest in the history of medicine. I was honored to work with Dr. Keenan on the Steering Committee of the History of Medicine in Oregon Project. He was a lively and active participant, serving as an interviewer for many  of  the project's oral histories. In 2013, the project was moved under the auspices of TFME.

All of us in HC&A share in the grief felt by Dr. Keenan's many students, colleagues, and friends.