Monday, February 23, 2015

OHSU Oral History Program update: Dr. Ira Pauly interviewed in Phoenix

Last week I made a whirlwind trip to Phoenix with Morgen Young, the consultant who manages our oral history program. We enjoyed the 80-degree sunshine and then interviewed Ira Pauly, M.D. in his home outside the city. The interview was captured by videographer Suree Towfighnia.

I talked with Dr. Pauly for over two hours about his education and upbringing; his early experience with transgender patients, which led to a meeting with Harry Benjamin, who became a mentor; the evolution of his approach to transgender patients; and his time at OHSU. We had an in-depth discussion of his important 1965 article, which was the first aggregation of case studies of male-to-female transgender patients: Dr. Pauly spoke about his initial interest in the subject matter, his difficulty getting the piece published, and the eventual publication and groundswell of support from colleagues. While Dr. Pauly retired from practice in the 1990s, he is still well ahead of his time in understanding LGBT health care issues.

The interview will result in a transcript and video available from OHSU Library - More updates soon!

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