Rodger A. Liddle Oral History Interview, 2021

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Creator:
Liddle, Rodger A. and Duke University. Medical Center. Department of Medicine.
Abstract:
Dr. Rodger Alan Liddle, MD, is a gastroenterologist with a research focus on GI hormones. He first came to Duke in 1988 as chief of the GI section at the Durham VA Medical Center. During his time at Duke and the VA, Liddle maintained a focus on conducting and guiding laboratory research, while also serving as an administrator, instructor, and clinician. This collection contains 1 oral history interview conducted on February 24, 2021 by Joseph O'Connell as part of the Department of Medicine's Oral History Project. In the interview, Liddle discusses his research in measuring CCK (cholecystokinin, a gut hormone). "At that time there was no good assay for measlevels, his thoughts on connections between enteroendocrine cells and the nervous system, and conducting laboratory research during the COVID-19 pandemic. The themes of this interview includes gastroenterology, academic medical research, the social life of medicine, and medical training.
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1 interview (1 transcript) and 900 MB
Collection ID:
OH.LIDDLER

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Scope and content:

Includes 1 oral history interview conducted on February 24, 2021 with Dr. Rodger A. Liddle by Joseph O'Connell as part of the Department of Medicine's Oral History Project.

In the interview, Liddle discusses his research in measuring CCK (cholecystokinin, a gut hormone) levels, his thoughts on connections between enteroendocrine cells and the nervous system, and conducting laboratory research during the COVID-19 pandemic. The themes of this interview includes gastroenterology, academic medical research, the social life of medicine, and medical training.

Biographical / historical:

Dr. Rodger Alan Liddle, MD, was born on August 17, 1950 in San Francisco, California, where he lived until the age of 3 when his father, an endocrinologist with a career in academic medicine, went to the NIH and the family moved to Bethesda, Maryland for the next 3 years. At the age of 6, his family moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where Liddle remained through high school. His father's career in academic medicine led to an immersion in the social world of Vanderbilt University physicians, researchers, and staff. He recalls that his mother and father would frequently host parties and get-togethers for the endocrinology division. "These would be other doctors, fellows, the staff, the laboratory technicians, the secretaries. Everybody attended those parties," he says. "And those individuals were very nice to me and my siblings...it was like an extended family."

He received his BS from the University of Utah (1972) and his MD from Vanderbilt University (1978). At the University of California--San Francisco (UCSF), he completed his Internship in General Internal Medicine (1978-1979), Residency in General Internal Medicine (1979-1981), and a Gastroenterology Fellowship (1981-1984). Liddle joined Duke in 1988 as an Associate Professor of Medicine and later became the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology (1993-2002). He is a member of the Duke Cancer Institute and a Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.

His career-long interest in understanding GI hormones took shape during his time as a fellow at UCSF, where Liddle found a hospitable environment for exploring the connections between endocrinology and gastroenterology. Working in the lab of the pancreatic physiologist John Williams, Liddle focused his attention on the gut hormone cholecystokinin (CCK). "At that time there was no good assay for measuring blood levels of CCK," Liddle says. When Liddle developed one, it was a breakthrough. "As a result, we had the only reliable CCK assay in the world," he says. Before he knew it, Liddle had become an expert in CCK, and the direction of his future interests and work was set.

Acquisition information:
Accession A2021.028 (transferred by Joseph O'Connell, March 2021)
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Processed by Lucy Waldrop: April 2021

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Organized into the following series: Interview, February 24, 2021.
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