Oral Histories

Interview of Willard E. Goodwin

Surgeon and head of the UCLA Division of Urology.
Urologic Innovator
Interviews not in a series, part one
UCLA and University of California History
Science, Medicine, and Technology
UCLA Faculty
Biographical Note:
Surgeon and head of the UCLA Division of Urology.
Casey, William
Goodwin, Willard E.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Childhood and education in La Cañada and Pasadena; role model of uncle, Dr. Elmer Belt; attends University of California, Berkeley; teachers at Berkeley; summer jobs in biochemical laboratories; influential college friends: Walter A. Haas Jr., William A. Hewitt, Stanley Johnson, Robert S. McNamara, Henry M. Thelen; bicycle trip through Europe; summer job as a common seaman; McNamara's early life; enters Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Hopkins faculty: Alfred Blalock, J. A. Campbell Colston, Walter E. Dandy, Warfield M. Firor, William F. Rienhoff Jr., William W. Scott, Hugh H. Young; voyage to Europe on eve of World War II; research project with Samuel S. Blackman; Max Brödel; internship in Newfoundland; decision to specialize in urology; spending a quarter at Harvard Medical School; Peter Bent Brigham and Women's Hospital in the late thirties and early forties; Frank Hinman Jr. and Frank Hinman Sr.; internship at Johns Hopkins Brady Urological Institute; meets and marries Mary Pearson Josephs; enlists in United States Army Medical Corps; assignments in European and Pacific theaters during World War II; transferred to Brooke Army General Hospital, San Antonio, Texas; atomic bombing of Japan; Vincent Vermooten; unpublished original observation of hematuria and sickle-cell disease; residency at Johns Hopkins; fellowship to conduct surgical experiments; idea of using mannitol as an irrigating solution for transurethral resections; postwar surgical innovations in urology; Clarence V. Hodges; desegregation of Johns Hopkins Hospital; recruited by William P. Longmire Jr. to head the new UCLA School of Medicine Division of Urology; background on the founding of the UCLA medical school; national boards; membership in the American Urological Association and other professional affiliations; bipolar affective illness; creativity and science; plans for the urology residency program; residents; Joseph J. Kaufman; crush injuries and renal failure; renal infarctions; origin of percutaneous pyelography; first operation with an ileal ureter; half-year sabbatical at Peter Bent Brigham and Women's Hospital; Francis D. Moore; learning kidney transplant techniques; half-year sabbatical at Edinburgh University; Michael F. A. Woodruff; efforts to suppress rejection of transplanted organs; first West Coast kidney transplants; use of steroids to weaken resistance; sabbatical at Airlangga University in Surabaja, Indonesia; Christian G. Chaussy; socialized medicine; UCLA medical faculty; Deans Stafford L. Warren and Sherman M. Mellinkoff; Armand Hammer and the President's Cancer Panel; evolution of urology division; Chester C. Winter; Jean B. deKernion; ureterosigmoidostomy; methods of urinary diversion; pediatric urology; retropubic prostatectomy; half-year sabbatical at Freie Universität, Berlin; renal hypertension; National Wilms' Tumor Study Group; progress in urology, past and future.