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Academic Health Center Oral History Project

Paul-G-Quie-MD 2.jpeg Paul Quie completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Hospital. He has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics since 1958. From 1979 until 1984, Dr. Quie was Chief of Staff at the University Hospitals and Clinics, and in 1985 he was the first director of the University's Biomedical Ethics Center.

Interview Abstract
Paul Quie beings by discussing his background, including his childhood, why he went into medicine, his education, and being drafted into the Navy. He discusses his experiences as a student at Yale Medical School, as an intern at the Minneapolis General Hospital, as a pediatrician in the Navy, and doing research at the Rockefeller Institute in New York in the early 1960s. He describes medical developments in the 1950s; the environment in the UMN Medical School in the 1950s; the American Legion professorship; his research; collaboration between Pediatrics, Medicine, and Surgery in the 1960s; the UMN Pediatrics Department; the College of Medical Sciences deans; the faculty practice issue and Robert Howard; leadership at the UMN health sciences; the strict full-time model in Pediatrics in the 1960s; the relationship between the UMN and private practitioners in Minneapolis and St. Paul; the effort to establish a second medical school in the Twin Cities; and the establishment of the Department of Family Practice at UMN. He also discusses medical specialization in the US; the establishment of the Children's Hospital; the medical school curriculum revisions in the 1960s; the reorganization of the health sciences in the 1960s; the Korea Project; the Program in Human Sexuality; the pediatric infectious diseases program at Red Lake at the Indian Reservation; the transsexuality program in the late 1960s and early 1970s; the appointment of Konald Prem as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Genecology in 1976; retrenchments in the early 1980s; the NIH; the early history of HIV/AIDS; the Center of Bioethics; and the Rural Physician Associate Program. He talks about Lewis Thomas; Irvine McQuarrie; John Anderson; Harold Diehl; Robert Howard; Neal Gault; Lyle French; John Westerman; Richard Chilgren; his brother, Al Quie; and Jack Verby.

Biographical Sketch
Paul Quie was born in Dennison, MN on February 3, 1925. He received his BA from St. Olaf College in 1949 and his MD from Yale Medical School in 1953. He did his internship at Minneapolis General Hospital (1953-54) and his residency in Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota University Hospitals (1954). From 1955-57, he served as a medical officer in the US Navy. In 1957, he returned to the UMN as a research fellow and as Chief Resident in Pediatrics. He served on the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics from 1958, and was Chief of Staff at the University Hospitals from 1979 to 1984. From 1962-64, he was a guest investigator at the Rockefeller Institute in the laboratory of James G. Hirsch. He became the first director of the UMN Biomedical Ethics Center in 1985. He is currently Regents Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics.

Interview Transcript