William Ehlers


Title: Psychiatrist

Location: Tacoma, Washington, United States

William Ehlers has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychiatry.

Dr. Ehlers had been inspired by one of his college roommates to go into medicine when he voiced that he did not want to spend his life socializing with test tubes in a laboratory. Dr. Ehlers roommates father was a physician so he figured if anyone would know, his roommate would know if he made a good physician or not. In his academic pursuits, he first earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from St. Olaf College in 1964. He continued at the University of Chicago to receive an MD in 1968 and when on to work as a rotating intern at the University of Oregon Medical School. Following that, he completed a residency in psychiatry at the University of British Columbia School and the University of Oregon Medical School.

Dr. Ehlers ventured into private practice in 1975 and remained at this establishment until 1986. In 1986, he was invited to a post as staff psychiatrist at Western State Hospital. He remains committed to helping his patients in this role to this day. In addition to this work, Dr. Ehlers has been a consultant at a mental health center and provided his services with general psychiatry and child psychiatry fellowship residencies. Furthermore, he has been a psychiatric consultant for Indian Health Services and a research assistant with the Minneapolis Veterans Admin Hospital.

On top of his work in the medical field, Dr. Ehlers served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. from 1969 to 1970. Throughout his career, he has maintained professional affiliation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child Psychiatry and the Audubon Society. He has been a member of the Tacoma Astronomical Society, Cornell Laboratory Ornithology, MENSA International, the Wright Park Conservatory the C.G. Young Society and the Oregon Psychoanalytical Association. Dr. Ehlers considers the highest achievement of his career to be every time that he is able to help someone feel better about themselves and function more in society.

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