Dr Michael Dorsen – Class of 1962

Kindly reprinted from The Oregonian:

Dorsen, Michael  – 71 – June 25, 1945/ July 04, 2016   Portland resident

Dr. Michael Dorsen died suddenly July 4, 2016, at the age of 71. He was born June 25, 1945, to Frederick and Gisella Dorsen in Sydney, Australia. He attended Sydney High School and received his degree in medicine from the University of Sydney in 1969.  Michael served in the Royal Australian Air Force. He was the first Australian Air Force doctor to undertake the Space Medicine Program in Houston and on his return to Australia, was the first to undertake the Australian Space Medicine Program. While in Houston, Michael was accepted into the Baylor College of Medicine residency program. At Baylor, he worked closely with the famous surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey and completed his neurosurgical residency in 1978. Michael’s 43-year neurosurgical career took him to Denison, Texas; Austin, Texas; and Corvallis, before finally settling in Portland. He served at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where he became chairman of the department of surgery. He was board certified by the American Board of Neurosurgery and was a fellow of both the American Association of Neurological Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. Michael enjoyed traveling, hiking, Thanksgiving dinners, the Beatles and being an active alumnus of the University of Sydney.  He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Edith; sons, Matthew and Marcus; brother, Victor; nephew, Simon; and niece, Catherine.