Collection VC093 - Joseph H. Ogura Photographs and Certificates

Membership certificate, The American Council of Otolaryngology. Membership certificate, The American Council of Otolaryngology. Membership certificate, American Society of Contemporary Medicine and Surgery. Physician's Recognition Award in Continuing Medical Education. Membership certificate, Society for Cryosurgery. Modern Medicine Award for Distinguished Achievement, Modern Medicine Publications. Joseph H. Ogura wearing surgical scrubs and smoking a pipe. Member with Eminent Distinction certificate, The National Register of Prominent Americans and Int... Operating table with a headrest in position for a bronchoscopy. Operating table with a headrest in position for a tonsillectomy. View of surgeons performing a tonsillectomy. View of surgeons performing a tonsillectomy. Group portrait of the Washington University School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology staff. Group portrait of the Washington University School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology staff.

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VC093

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Joseph H. Ogura Photographs and Certificates

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(1915-1983)

Biographical history

Joseph Hirosuke Ogura was born in San Francisco in 1915. He studied at the University of California, receiving his BA (1937) and MD (1941). From 1940-1948, he did internships and residencies at hospitals in California and Ohio as well as the WU School of Medicine and McMillan, Barnes, and St. Louis City Hospitals. Ogura's first teaching post at the School of Medicine in 1948 was instructor of Otolaryngology. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1951 and associate professor in 1953. He became full professor in 1960 and Lindburg Professor in 1966. He served as head of the department of Otolaryngology and otolaryngologist-in-chief at Barnes and St. Louis Children's Hospital for sixteen years, 1966-1982. He remained as staff otolaryngologist at Barnes and Childrens until his death in 1983 at the age of 67. The School of Medicine created the Ogura Lectureship in honor of him in 1977.

A superb academic physician and surgeon, Ogura developed refinements in the voice sparing operation for cancer of the larynx. Prior to his innovative laryngeal surgery, patients underwent total removal of the larynx. With his approach, he preserved larygeal function for speech and swallowing.

Ogura was an indefatigable contributor to medical literature and teaching programs of head and neck surgery. He was the author of more than 300 articles and 20 books. Head and neck cancer, ablative surgery,and reconstructive surgery were his specialties. His research interests included nasopulmonary mechanics, laryngeal physiology, and the study and care of progressive malignant exophthalmus and he explored the possibility of transplantation of the larynx.

Ogura was a member of 30 professional societies including the elite international society, Collegium Oto-Rhino-Larynogological Amicitiate Sacurum whose U.S. membership was limited to 20 active otolarynogologists. He was one of three physicians in the history of the American Larynogological Association to receive all three of its awards: the Casselberry Award, the James Newcombe Award and the DeRoalds Gold medial. He was president of the American Society for Head and Neck Surgery, the American Larynogological Association, and the Society of Academic Chairman of Otolaryngology. He was selected in 1980 to the Royal Society of Medicine, and appointed to the National Cancer Advisory Board by President Nixon in 1972.

*From WU Record, 04-21-1983 and Arch Otolaryngology 106:662-663, Nov. 1980.

Scope and content

This collection consists of 18 photographs and certificates documenting the career of Joseph H. Ogura. Certificates include membership certificates and award certificates. Photographs include group portraits the Washington University School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology staff, views of surgeons performing a tonsillectomy, and a photograph of Ogura in surgical scrubs.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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