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Celebrating the Past

Our forward-thinking founders

Noble Wiley Jones, M.D., Portland’s first internist

Born in Ohio in 1876, Dr. Jones earned his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago and went on to study in the great schools of Vienna, Berlin, and Oxford. At the urging of a colleague who had visited Portland during the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition, Dr. Jones moved to Oregon, where he became Portland’s first internal medicine specialist. He went on to establish two hospitals before co-founding The Portland Clinic in 1921, fulfilling his longtime dream to open a multi-specialty group practice.

Throughout his career, Dr. Jones also served as a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Oregon Medical School, where he was known for his commitment to research and academic excellence. He died in Portland in 1975, just shy of his 100th birthday.

Dr. Noble Wiley Jones and the other three founders were men of vision and possessed a desire to contribute something more to the community than was possible in solo practice.

Thomas Joyce, M.D., world-renowned surgeon

Born in Iowa in 1885, Dr. Joyce received his medical degree from the University of Michigan and became one of the first surgeons trained at the Mayo Clinic. After his training, he moved to Portland, excited at the prospect of joining a group practice with Dr. Jones. When the U.S. entered World War I in 1917, Dr. Joyce enlisted and served as chief of surgery at a base hospital in France. After the war, he and Dr. Jones resumed practicing together and invited others to join them in co-founding The Portland Clinic.

During his career, Dr. Joyce gained global recognition as a surgeon. He served as chief of surgical service at Multnomah County Hospital and as chair of the department of surgery at the University of Oregon Medical School until his death in 1947.

Laurence Selling, M.D., recognized internist and neurologist

Dr. Selling was born in Portland in 1882. After earning his medical degree at Johns Hopkins Medical School, he returned to Portland and went into practice in 1912, specializing in internal medicine and neurology. During World War I, he served with Dr. Joyce, and the two became good friends. Afterwards, he joined Dr. Joyce and became a co-founder of The Portland Clinic, where he practiced until 1947.

Dr. Selling was known for diagnosing complex medical issues before diagnostic tools were readily available. In addition to his practice, he was a longtime faculty member at the University of Oregon Medical School, where he served as chair of the department of medicine for 25 years. He died in Portland in 1964.

Frank Kistner, M.D., Oregon’s “dean of otolaryngology”

Dr. Kistner was born in Indianapolis in 1873 and earned his medical degree from the University of Indiana. He moved to Heppner, Oregon, in 1899, where he helped found the town’s first hospital and served as its county coroner. After experiencing a significant hearing loss, he developed a special interest in ear, nose and throat medicine. He relocated to Portland in 1907, where he established a practice specializing in otolaryngology. In 1921, he joined his colleagues in co-founding The Portland Clinic.

Dr. Kistner became a leader in his field, publishing extensively in medical journals, teaching at the University of Oregon Medical School, and becoming known as the “dean” of Oregon’s ear, nose and throat specialists. He practiced at The Portland Clinic until his death in 1947.