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Scott Marsal, M.D.
Department Chair
General Medicine

Mari Kai, M.D.
Residency Program Director
General Medicine

Courtland Childers, M.D.
Associate Program Director
General Medicine

Brinton Clark, M.D.
Clinic Medical Director
Associate Program Director
General Medicine

Amy Dechet, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Infectious Diseases

Andrea Roast, M.D.
Associate Program Director
General Medicine

Stephen Campbell, M.D.
Rheumatology

Richard Cohen, M.D.
Behavioral Medicine

Irena Gelman
Behavioral Medicine

David Gilbert, M.D.
Infectious Diseases

Gita Gelfer, D.O.
Hospitalist

Jason Heino, DO
General Medicine Faculty

Mary Beth Kuebrich, N.P.
Geriatrics

Mary Anne Nidiry, M.D.
Medical Student Clerkship Director
General Medicine

John Heffner
Professor Emeritus
Pulmonary/Critical Care

Marian Hodges, M.D.
Palliative Care/Geriatrics/Ethics

Sarah Hopkins, M.D.
Endocrinology

Meera Jain, M.D.
General Medicine

Tricia James, M.D.
General Medicine

Augustine Okeke, M.D., M.P.H.
General Medicine Faculty

Jesse Powell, M.D.
General Medicine Faculty

Mark Rosenberg, M.D.
General Medicine Faculty, Director of compassion

Elizabeth Stephens, M.D.
Endocrinology

Paula Wichienkuer, M.D.
General Medicine

Ben Pedroja, M.D.
Hospitalist/General Medicine

Department of Medical Education Hospital-Based Faculty

Scott Marsal, M.D.

Garnjobst Chair
General Medicine

Personal statement: The emphasis on excellence, teaching, innovation, and the unique collegiality between our house staff and faculty drew me to Providence Portland and energizes me today. There is a dedication to bringing the very best to the communities we serve is core to who we are as a team and community in the Department of Medical Education that makes it a wonderful place to practice and teach.

Medical school: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
Chief Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
Graduate Studies: Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management/Feinberg School of Medicine

Area of academic focus:

  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Inpatient Medicine
  • Resident Teaching Skills
  • Physician Leadership

Faculty Appointments:

  • Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health & Sciences University Department of Medicine

National/Regional responsibilities:

  • Patient-Centered Medical Home Workgroup, Society of General Internal Medicine (2006)
  • Co-chair Society of General Internal Medicine Women’s Caucus 2005-2006.
  • SGIM NW Region – 2007 President/Meeting Chair, regional officer 2006-2008
  • Journal of General Internal Medicine Reviewer (2006-current)

Selected Presentations/Publications:

  • Marsal SW, Moreno R, Drummond W, Jin J. “COVID-19 Update.” Medical Grand Rounds, Providence Oregon Medical Grand Rounds, Portland Oregon; September 15, 2020.
  • Marsal SW. “Tomorrow’s Physicians, Teams, and Leaders- Driving for Healthcare Quality.” Physician Leadership 3.0, Bryan Institute for Physician Leadership- Western University of Health Sciences; Albany, Oregon; February 7, 2020.
  • Marsal SW, McLeod L. “Rounding on Ourselves- Peer to Peer Support at St. Vincent.” Medical Grand Rounds, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, Oregon; February 5, 2019.
  • Marsal SW. “Perioperative Medicine 2018.” Medical Grand Rounds, Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, Oregon; January 16, 2018.
  • Marsal SW. “Update in Perioperative Medicine.” Medical Grand Rounds, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, Oregon; January 2018.
  • Marsal SW. “Perioperative Medicine Update.” American College of Physicians, Oregon Chapter Scientific Session; Eugene, Oregon; November 3, 2017.
  • Marsal SW, Hoffman WG. “Improving Medical Staff Engagement in a Large Medical Center.” Press Ganey- Healthcare Performance Improvement Safety Summit. Charlotte, North Carolina; October 3, 2017.

Regional/National Responsibilities:

  • Regional Medical Director, Patient Safety, Providence Health & Services Oregon.
  • Chair, Regional Sentinel Event Committee, Providence Health & Services
  • Member, Providence Health & Services Oregon Quality Council.
  • Reviewer, Journal of Patient Safety

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Inpatient teaching service attending
  • Teaching rounds attending

Personal interests:

Family, mountain biking, downhill skiing, running, and photography.

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kai_mari_md_2016algMari Kai, M.D.

Residency Program Director
General Medicine

Personal statement: I love that our residency gives such a well-rounded education for our trainees. It’s great to see our graduates succeed in different aspects of internal medicine and in various locations. As a program director, I will strive to continue the innovations and achieving the great balance of academic rigor in a supportive environment.

Medical school: Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
Fellowship: General Medicine, Portland VA Medical Center

Area of academic focus:

  • Ambulatory education
  • Substance use and pain management
  • Women’s health
  • Geriatrics

National/Regional responsibilities:

  • Patient-Centered Medical Home Workgroup, Society of General Internal Medicine (2006)
  • Co-chair Society of General Internal Medicine Women’s Caucus 2005-2006.
  • SGIM NW Region – 2007 President/Meeting Chair, regional officer 2006-2008
  • Journal of General Internal Medicine Reviewer (2006-current)

Recent publications:

  • Kai M, Clark B, Rosenberg M. Introduction to outpatient Medicine: An Innovative Approach. Journal of Graduate Medical Education, June 2014
  • A Multisite, Multistakeholder Validation of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Competencies. Academic Medicine, Vol. 88, No. 7, July 2013
  • “Prevalence of Diagnosed Sleep Apnea among Type 2 Diabetics in Primary Care, “ John E. Heffner, MD, Yelena Rozenfeld, MPH, Mari Kai, MD, Elizabeth Stephens, MD, Lee K. Brown, MD, Chest, November 17, 2011.

Selected Presentations:

  • Oral Presentation at the National SGIM conference in Toronto, Canada May 2015. “Complex Case Conference: Multi-disciplinary Rounds in the Outpatient Setting” with Dr. Brinton Clark (selected as one of the Top 5 medical education innovation abstracts at the meeting)
  • Providence Spring Symposium May 2015, “ Updates in Cervical Cancer Screening”
  • Providence Spring Symposium May 2015, “ Chronic Pain Management Workshop”
  • Providence Portland Medical Center Grand Rounds August 2014, “Supplements, Friend or Foe?”
  • Society of General Internal Medicine, NW Regional Meeting Workshop presentation, “Teaching Residents How to Thrive in a Patient-Centered Medical Home Curriculum” Feb 2014 with Drs. Paula Wichienkuer, Ruben Halperin, and Brinton Clark
  • Invited speaker for the Providence Pharmacy Lecture Series- November 2013- “Chronic opiate use as a public health issue”- joint lecture with Dr. Gary Oxman from Oregon Department of Public Health
  • Workshop presentation at the National Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting in Denver, CO April 2013: “Procedures Training in Internal Medicine Residency” with Dr. Courtland Childers and Dr. James Dayton

Personal interests:
Cycling, triathlons, hiking, skiing, futsal, watching soccer, gourmet foods, reading, travel, spending time with Family (husband- Morgan, son- Makoto (13), and daughter- Minami(12))

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CourtlandChilders, M.D., Chief ResidentCourtland Childers, M.D.

Associate Program Director
General Medicine

Personal statement: After completing my residency and chief residency at Providence Portland, I was honored to have the opportunity to join the general medicine faculty in 2011. I have always been impressed by Providence's longstanding commitment to the health of the surrounding community as well as the program's individualized approach to resident education.The most rewarding aspect of my job is the mutual learning that occurs while working with residents providing patient care, researching clinical questions and collaborating to improve our health system.

Medical school: Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Residency: Providence Portland Medical Center
Chief residency: Providence Portland Medical Center

Areas of academic focus:

  • Point of care ultrasound
  • Systems approach to patient safety
  • Integration of information technology to enhance medical education

National/Regional responsibilities:

  • Department of Medicine, Chair, Providence Portland Medical Center, 2018-present
  • Professional Quality Review Committee, Member, Providence Portland Medical Center, 2016-Present
  • Schwartz Center Rounds Planning Committee Member, Providence Portland Medical Center, 2013-Present
  • Oregon Region Sentinel Event Review Committee, Providence Health & Services, 2011-Present

Selected Presentations:

  • Updates in Hospital Medicine 2017 Society of General Internal Medicine - Northwest Meeting, Portland, OR
  • Aspirin in 2016: New Roles and Current Controversies. Providence Portland Medical Center, Medical Grand Rounds
  • Engaging Residents with Collaborative Learning and Technology. Stanford Medicine X | Ed conference, Palo Alto, CA, 2015
  • Update in Hospital Medicine, Regional SGIM, 2014
  • Low Dose Aspirin-An Evolving Role: Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Corvallis, Oregon, 2014
  • Health Apps, Fitness Trackers and the Future of eHealth. Practical Advances in Internal Medicine, Portland, Oregon, 2014
  • "Teaching Procedures to Internal Medicine Residents: Curricular Innovations in Procedures Training". Society of General Internal Medicine - Annual Meeting, Denver Colorado, 2013
  • "Low Dose Aspirin Prophylaxis". Practical Advances in Internal Medicine, Portland, Oregon, 2013

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Mentoring resident scholarly activity
  • Inpatient ward attending
  • Clinic preceptor
  • Evidence Based Medicine Faculty
  • Resident Report Facilitator
  • Resident Noon Conference

Personal interests:
Spending time outdoors with family and friends. I enjoy hiking, skiing, and camping. I love discovering new music and playing guitar.

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 style= Brinton Clark, M.D

Clinic Medical Director
Associate Program Director
General Medicine

Personal statement: I joined the faculty at Providence in 2005, and love being part of this dynamic community of faculty and physicians-in-training. I enjoy the close relationships and mentoring that are possible in a smaller training environment. The academic focus of the residency continues to challenge me in my personal learning and growth.

Medical school: University of California, San Francisco (AOA)
Residency: University of California, San Francisco (PRIME program)

Areas of academic focus

  • Medical Director, PMG-NE Faculty-Resident Clinic
  • Ambulatory Medicine and Primary Care
  • Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders
  • Multicultural Health/Cultural Competency
  • Working with Underserved Populations
  • Quality Improvement
  • Population-Based Health/Healthcare systems
  • Obesity Management
  • Dermatology for Primary Care Providers

Recent Regional/National Responsibilities:

  • $100,000 grant through Providence Clinic Transformation Council, “Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders in Primary Care Settings”, 2016-17.
  • American College of Physicians, invited reviewer for clinical vignettes, 2013-17
  • Society of General Internal Medicine, invited reviewer for research abstracts 2014-2017
  • Oregon American College of Physicians, planning committee

Selected Publications:

  • Kai M, Clark B, Rosenberg M. Introduction to Outpatient Medicine: An Innovative Approach. J Grad Med Education June 2014; 365-67. PMID 24949158.
  • Clark BC, Grossman E, White MC, Goldenson J, Tulsky J. The State of Diabetes Care in the San Francisco County Jail. American Journal of Public Health 2006; 96: 1571-1574.

Selected Presentations:

  • Opioid Management Using Medication-Assisted Treatment Waivers at Providence Portland Medical Center. Featured article on Carezooming blog, July 2018.
  • Improving Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders in Primary Care. Poster presentation. Clark BC, Kai M, Dix, R, White J, Society of General Internal Medicine, National Meeting April 2018.
  • Improving Access to Treatment of Opioids Use Disorders in Primary Care. Medical Grand Rounds, Providence Portland Medical Center, November 2016.
  • Community Resource Desks: Connecting Patients to Resources in the Medical Home. Poster presentation, Regional Society of General Internal Medicine, Seattle, WA. February 2016.
  • Innovations in Medical Education Oral Presentation: Complex Case Conference: Multi-Disciplinary Rounds in an Outpatient Clinic. National SGIM Meeting, April 23, 2015. Toronto, Canada. One of top abstracts selected for oral presentation.
  • Oral Presentation at the National SGIM conference in Toronto, Canada May 2015. “Complex Case Conference: Multi-disciplinary Rounds in the Outpatient Setting” with Dr. Brinton Clark (selected as one of the Top 5 medical education innovation abstracts at the meeting). Brinton Clark, M.D. and Mari Kai, M.D.
  • Weighing your options: What is the evidence for safety and efficacy of newer weight loss medications? Rx Question of the Quarter, PMG Oregon Clinical Pharmacy Department, August 2015.
  • Bariatric Surgery: PCP Primer. Medical Grand Rounds, Providence Portland Medical Center, December 10th, 2014. Medical Grand Rounds, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, June 9th, 2015
  • The New Patient Clinic Visit and How to Teach It. Ruben Halperin, Paula Wichienkuer, Brinton Clark and Joe Hardman. Workshop, NW Regional SGIM Meeting, February 2013.
  • George K, Clark BC. DRESSing Up Our Approach to Drug Reactions: A Case of Allopurinol-Induced Dress Syndrome. Poster Presentation Regional American College of Physicians meeting November 2012. 1st Place Winner in Poster Competition.
  • Clark BC, Segal B, Castanares T. Advance Care Planning Across Cultures. PMG Grand Rounds. Providence Portland and Providence St. Vincent Medical Centers (October 2nd, 3rd 2012).
  • Bajema K, Clark BC. Acute Intermittent Porphyria: Regression of Hallucinations and Neuropathy with Hemin. Poster presentation, NW Regional American College of Physicians meeting, November 2011
  • "PCP Tools for Obesity Management," Presentation at Providence Symposium for Continuing Medical Education, April 2011
  • "Managing Obesity in the Primary Care Setting," Medical Grand Rounds Presentation at Providence Portland Medical Center, July 2010 and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, January 2011.
  • "Teaching Systems-Based Practice to Residents," Workshop for Society of General Internal Medicine Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pa., April 9, 2008.
  • Clark BC. Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage, pulmonary capillaritis and renal failure: a case of catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome. Poster presentation. Society for General Internal Medicine annual meeting, May 2004. SGIM California regional meeting, March 2004.

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Inpatient Ward Attending
  • Ambulatory block curriculum development and oversight, teaching sessions on office-based procedures and contraception
  • Oversee the dermatology elective
  • Outpatient resident report
  • Noon conference topics including kidney disease, diabetes, liver disease, skin and soft tissue infections, urgent care and geriatrics, women’s health, behavior change, endocrine disease, vascular disease.
  • Faculty Mentor, quality improvement projects focused on fall risk reduction, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, hepatitis C screening and treatment.
  • Medical student preceptor

Community Involvement:

  • Volunteer at Wallace Medical Concern free clinic
  • Volunteer for Compassion Connect free clinic

Personal interests:
Spending time with family including my three children (age ranges from 8 to 14 years old). I enjoy hiking, reading, exercise, gardening, traveling and meeting people from different cultures.

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Amy Dechet, M.D.Amy Dechet, M.D.

General Medicine Faculty,
Associate Program Director,
Infectious Diseases

Personal statement: I have been privileged to be a part of the medical education staff since 2008. While having specialty training in infectious diseases, I still very much enjoy general internal medicine and find it challenging and stimulating to incorporate both into my practice. Above all else, I am passionate about teaching and exploring innovative ways in which this might be done effectively. The energy and compassion of the residents and staff here make for an exciting and rewarding work environment.

Medical school: University of Washington
Residency: University of California, San Francisco
Chief residency: San Francisco General Hospital (University of California, San Francisco)
Fellowship: University of California San Francisco, Infectious Diseases
Additional graduate training: Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Areas of academic focus:

  • Judicious antibiotic use
  • Public health
  • HIV training
  • Evaluating teaching methods
  • Curriculum development

Selected publications:

  • Dechet AM, Herman KM, Parker C, et al. Outbreaks Caused by Sprouts, United States 1998-2010: Lessons Learned and Solutions Needed. Foodborne Pathog Dis. 2014 Aug;11(8):635-44.
  • Dechet AM, Parsons M, Rambaran M, Mohamed-Rambaran P, Florendo-Cumbermack A, Persaud S…, Mintz ED. Leptospirosis Outbreak following Severe Flooding: A Rapid Assessment and Mass Prophylaxis Campaign; Guyana, January-February 2005. PLoS One. 2012;7(7):e39672. Epub 2012 Jul 9
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases Workshop, Annual Symposium, 2011 Infectious Diseases in the Urgent Care Setting, OHSU Urgent Care Conference, 2011
  • HIV/AIDS Routine Testing Curriculum Guide. July 2008. AIDS Education and Training Center. Co-author.
  • Jain S, Chen L, Dechet A, et al. An outbreak of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli associated with sushi restaurants in Nevada. Clin Infect Dis. 2008 Jul 1;47(1):1-7.
  • Dechet A, Yu PA, Koram N, Painter J. Non-foodborne Vibrio infections: an important cause of morbidity and mortality – United States. Clin Infect Dis. 2008 Apr 1;46(7):970-6.
  • HIV/AIDS Basic Training Curriculum Guide June 2007. AIDS Education and Training Center. Contributing author.
  • Dechet AM, Scallan E, Gensheimer K, et al. Outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium Definitive Type 104 infection linked to commercial ground beef, northeastern United States, 2003-2004. Clin Infect Dis. 2006 Mar 15;42(6):747-52.
  • Karen E. Hauer, A Teherani, A Dechet, E Aagaard. Medical students' perceptions of mentoring: a focus-group analysis. Med Teach. 2005 Dec;27(8):732-4.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak associated with egg salad. MMWR 2004; 53 (48): 1132-4.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Outbreak of Salmonella serotype enteritidis infections associated with raw almonds – United States and Canada, 2003-2004. MMWR 2004; 53 (22): 484-7.

Selected presentations:

  • "Tips to Decrease antibiotic Overuse," Practical Advances in Internal Medicine Symposium, Portland, OR, 2015
  • “Upper Respiratory Tract Infections”, Practical Advances in Internal Medicine Symposium, Portland, OR 2016
  • “Sexually Transmitted Diseases” Practical Advances in Internal Medicine Symposium, Portland, OR 2015
  • Reinvigorating Resident Conference: Out with PowerPoint and Traditional Lectures! Engaging Residents with Small Group Learning & Technology” Society for General Internal Medicine – Regional Meeting February 2015

Personal interests:
My family—especially my three lively children, hiking, Pilates and spending time on Mt. Hood.

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AndreaAndrea Roast, M.D.

Associate Program Director
General Medicine

Personal statement: To me, the practice of medicine is a multi-dimensional puzzle. Collaborating with others, both as an educator and as a learner, and using all the clues to work through this puzzle drives my enthusiasm. There’s nothing more exciting than being surrounded by the experience and knowledge of clinically academic colleagues and driven residents, both of which I experience here at Providence. One of my personal interests includes the integration of medicine and computers for resident education, improved patient care and productivity benefits.

Graduate school: Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, Ohio State University
Medical school: Michigan State University
Chief residency: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, OR

Areas of academic focus:

  • Integration of computers and medicine
  • Inpatient medicine
  • Resident evaluation and advancement tools

Selected presentations:

  • Faculty Development, Internal Medicine Residency Faculty, Providence Portland Medical Center. Resident to faculty Feedback: Opportunities to Increase Resident Autonomy and Efficiency on the Wards. January, 2015
  • PMG Hospitalist Meeting, Presenter/Co-Moderator, Providence Portland Medical Center, Opportunities to Increase Resident Autonomy on the Wards. December, 2014
  • Management of Resident Noon Conference: Chronic Stable Angina, August 2013
  • Epic Physician Optimization Workshop for Inpatient Setting, 2013
  • Grand Round Lecturer, Providence Portland Medical Center, "Cardiac Stress Testing for Chronic Stable Angina." December 2010
  • Resident Noon Conference Presenter, Providence Portland Medical Center, "EMR Tips for Effective Patient Care and Efficiency." 2010
  • Resident Noon Conference Presenter, Providence Portland Medical Center, "Exercise Testing for Cardiac Risk." December 2009
  • Workshop Moderator, 19th Annual Practical Advances in Internal Medicine Symposium. “Getting Better at ECG Reading.” April, 2008. Portland, OR
  • Workshop Co-Moderator, Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting, “Formalized Teaching of the Electrocardiogram to Medicine Residents.” April, 2008. Pittsburgh, PA

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Teaching Attending on the Wards – approximately one month/year
  • Clinical preceptor (1/2 day per week)
  • Medical Student Teaching for a 5-week block each year. (OHSU third year medical students)
  • EKG Curriculum Coordinator

Personal interests:
Spending time with my family, traveling, skiing, hiking, cycling and yoga.

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StephenStephen M. Campbell, M.D.

Rheumatology

Personal statement: I moved to Providence in a part-time capacity in 2007 after a 25 year career as a clinician-teacher at OHSU. The Providence Internal Medicine residency program has always had a stellar reputation in education, and I have greatly enjoyed becoming part of that tradition.

Medical school: UC San Diego
Residency: OHSU
Fellowship: OHSU

Areas of academic focus:

  • Clinical rheumatology
  • Techniques of medical education

Selected publications:

  • Paudyal S, Campbell SM. Intra-articular corticosteroids in osteoarthritis. Geriatrics Aging 2009; 12:247-52.
  • Wernick R, Campbell SM. Update in rheumatology. Ann Intern Med 2000;132:125-133.
  • Campbell SM, Wernick R. Update in rheumatology. Ann Intern Med 1999;130:135-142.
  • Rosenbaum R, Campbell SM, Rosenbaum J. The Clinical Neurology of Rheumatic Disease. Butterworth Heinemann (1996).

Selected presentations:

  • "Joint aspiration and injection," OHSU Primary Care Review 2010-2014
  • "Update on vasculitis," Providence Internal Medicine Review 2012
  • "Vasculitis for the Inpatient Physician," Oregon Hospitalist Association, 2009
  • "Rheumatology Yearbook," Northwest Rheumatism Society, 2009

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Rheumatology week noon teaching sessions (4/year)
  • Evidence-based medicine preceptorTeaching attending on general medicine ward services (2 months/year).
  • Medical student teaching attending (2 months/year)
  • Teaching attending on rheumatology resident rotation: supervision in rheumatology clinic and medical orthopedics clinic; didactic sessions.
  • MedOrtho clinic weekly in PACE clinic: designed to give housestaff experience in office musculoskeletal medicine and local injection techniques.

Personal interests:
Family of wife and 3 daughters; hobbies of landscaping, woodworking, hiking.

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Richard Cohen, M.D.Irina Gelman, PsyD, ABPP

Psychology

Personal Statement: What drew me to this program is the emphasis on integration within a Patient Centered Medical Home. Working closely with residents to support patients’ behavioral and mental health needs contributes to meaningful training and positive patient outcomes.

Education:

Doctoral education: Nova Southeastern University
Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowship: Kaiser Permanente Northwest
Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology

Areas of Academic Focus:

  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Integrative medicine
  • Social determinants of health
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Anxiety disorders

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Behavioral medicine
  • Mental health
  • Patient-centered communication
  • Motivational interviewing

Publications:

  • Keene, A., & Gelman, I. (2021, March). Behind closed doors: Therapeutic alliance and the ethics of political self-disclosure. Oregon Psychological Association.
  • Gelman, I. & Bolan, M. (May, 2018). To text or not to text: Psychotherapy in the 21st century. The Oregon Psychologist: Bulletin of the Oregon Psychological Association, 37(2), 9-10.
  • Gelman, I., Brady, L, & Marrero, K. (May, 2018). Role of social justice in clinical psychology: Community outreach training. Professional Psychology Training and Practice Bulletin, pp.8.
  • Moonshine, C., Gelman, I., & Sorenson, R. (2017, July 13). Disruptive Change and Health Service Psychology Transform a Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Clinic. Practice Innovations.

Presentations:

  • Sparks, M., Gelman, I., Richardson, H., & Dettermann, C. (2021, October 22). LGBTQ Panel Discussion. Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence Diversity & Inclusion Summit 2021 Online Conference.
  • Bonifay, A., Gelman, I., Brown, A., & Lindsay, M. (2021, October 8 – 10). All in due time: Personal retrospectives on treatment response. [Workshop session]. IOCDF Online OCD Conference.
  • Gelman, I (2021, April). Clinical Considerations for Hoarding Disorder. Presentation provided to community members and clinicians throughout OR on behalf of Multnomah County Hoarding Task Force.
  • Gelman, I. (2019). Phobias and Panic Disorders. Training provided to psychology student clinicians and doctoral interns at Portland Mental Health and Wellness in Portland, OR.
  • Gelman, I. (2019). Treatment of Hoarding Disorder. Training provided to psychology student clinicians and doctoral interns at Portland Mental Health and Wellness in Portland, OR.
  • Gelman, I. (2018, June). Teamwork and Conflict Management. Presented at Student Alliance for Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Medicine Business Development Conference in Portland, OR.
  • Gelman, I. (2018, May). Setting up for success: What you need to know for working with people with “too much stuff.” Training provided for Yamhill County Health and Human Services in McMinnville, OR.
  • Gelman, I., Brady, L., & Marrero, K. (2018, March). Role of social justice in clinical psychology: Community outreach training. Poster presented at the annual conference of Association of Psychology Training Clinics, Maui, HI.

Personal interests: I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, hiking, live music, and independent film.

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Richard Cohen, M.D.Richard Cohen, M.D.

Behavioral Medicine

Personal statement: My work here centers on supporting the residents. I feel lucky to work with such talented and compassionate people doing work that I love.

Medical school: Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Residency: Northwestern University Medical School/Evanston Hospital

Areas of academic focus:
  • Professionalism, empathy, and resilience during residency
  • Doctor/patient relationship
  • Psychotropic medication

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Complicated Illness Clinic behavioral medicine didactics and precepting
  • Complex Case Conference
  • Resident support Groups PPMC, PSVMC, and PMH
  • Self-reflection module in Palliative Care rotation
  • Critical Incident Noon Conferences
  • Psychotherapy Seminar for Senior Psychiatry Residents OHSU
  • Ad hoc counseling
  • Schwartz Rounds

Community Involvement:
Program Committee, Oregon Psychiatric Physicians Association; Physicians for a National Health Program

Personal interests:
Family, travel, tennis, hiking, cycling and social justice.

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DavidDavid N. Gilbert, M.D., MACP

Infectious Diseases
Previously, Director of Medical Education (35+ years)

Personal statement: I have had the extreme pleasure of watching the Internal Medicine Residency mature from one full-time faculty member (myself) in 1971 to the current status of over 25 full-time faculty, literally hundreds of volunteer teaching faculty, and a superb academic teaching clinic in a vibrant atmosphere of mutual respect and intellectual curiosity. I have always been driven by what is referred to as the "multiplier effect." It has not been enough to provide quality patient care to patients. I need to teach, and simultaneously learn, with residents and students, so that the knowledge and experience accrued can be "multiplied" and disseminated to an ever-greater number of physicians. For the highly motivated individual, I truly believe that our program represents an intellectual and academic feast.

Medical school: Oregon Health & Science University
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
Fellowship: University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School at Dallas

Areas of academic focus:

  • All facets of infectious diseases with emphasis on antimicrobials and molecular diagnostics
  • Current project – Role of rapid molecular diagnostics in antimicrobial stewardship of sepsis and community-acquired pneumonia.

National/Regional responsibilities:

  • 2012: Recipient of Watanakunakorn Clinician of the Year Award of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Past-President, Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)-2001-2002
  • Past Member, Infectious Diseases Section, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Co-Chair, IDSA/FDA Sponsored Workshop on Clinical Trials of Antimicrobials for Community Acquired Pneumonia
  • Co-Director, National Infectious Disease Board Review Course
  • Member, Laboratory Diagnostics Task Force of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Senior Editor of the Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy
  • Founder and Advisory Board Member: Emerging Infection Network of CDC and IDSA

Selected publications:

  • Spellberg B, Gilbert DN. The future of antibiotics and resistance: a tribute to a career of leadership by John Bartlett. Clin Infect Dis 2014; 59(S2):S71-5.
  • Spellberg B, Bartlett J, Wunderink R, Gilbert DN: Novel approaches are needed to develop tomorrow’s antibacterial therapies. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2015;191(2):135-140
  • Gilbert DN. Where do we go from here? J Infect Dis 2015; 212:1687-9
  • Gilbert DN Gelfer G, Wang L, Myers J, Bajema K, Johnston M, Leggett JK. The potential of molecular diagnostics and serum procalcitonin levels to change the antibiotic management of community-acquired pneumonia. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis doi:10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2016.06.008
  • Gilbert DN. Role of Procalcitonin in the Management of Infected ICU Patients. Infect Dis Clin North America 2017 (in press)
  • Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy revised annually
  • Boucher HW, Talbot GH, Benjamin DK, Bradley J, Guidos RJ, Jones RN, Murray BF, Bonomo RA and Gilbert DN. 10x20 Progress – development of new drugs active against gram-negative bacilli: An update from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Clin Infect Dis 2013;56:1685-94.
  • Bartlett JG, Gilbert Dn, Spellberg B. Seven ways to preserve the miracle of antibiotics. Clin Infect Dis 2013;56:1445-50.
  • Gilbert DN. Serum procalcitonin levels. Arch Intern Med 2012;172:722-23.
  • Gilbert DN et al. White Paper: Recommendations on the conduct of superiority and organism-specific clinical trials of antibacterial agents for the treatment of infections caused by drug-resistant bacterial pathogens. Clin Infect Dis 2012:455;1031-1046.
  • Gilbert DN et al. Combating antimicrobial resistance: policy recommendations to save lives. Clin Infect Dis 2011;52(2):S397-S428.
  • Gilbert DN, Spellberg B, Bartlett JG. An unmet medical need: rapid molecular diagnostics tests for respiratory tract infection. Clin Infect Dis 2011;52(4):S384-S395.
  • Gilbert DN. Procalcitonin as a biomarker in respiratory tract infection. Clin Infect Dis 2011;52(4):S346-S350
  • Gilbert DN, Bartlett JG guest editors. Proceedings of a workshop on molecular diagnostics for respiratory tract infections. Clin Infect Dis 2011;52(4):S277-S395.
  • Over 150 original peer-reviewed publications in the area of infectious diseases.

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Daily Participation in multidisciplinary Leading Rounds in the ICU
  • Leadership of Monthly citywide ID conferences
  • Periodic Leader of morning Report
  • Co-Director, Annual Infectious Diseases National Board Review course
  • Program Chair: Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of Oregon

Personal interests:
Family. I have been blessed with a loving wife, five children and, at the moment, 13 beautiful grandchildren. Hobbies include golf in the summer and skiing in the winter. Some say that medicine is my ongoing hobby.

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GITA GELFER, D.O.

Hospitalist

Personal statement: As a graduate of the Providence Portland Medical Center residency program, I am honored to work with residents. My experience at PPMC provided me with a strong foundation to be a compassionate, thoughtful, and efficient clinician. My goal as the lead Hospitalist Clinical Educator is to create a cohesive and fulfilling educational experience for the residents and hospitalists working with them.

Medical school: Touro University Nevada

Residency: Providence Portland Medical Center

Areas of academic focus:

  • Inpatient education
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Antibiotic Stewardship

Publications

  • Gilbert, David, White, Emma, Ferdosian, Shirin, Gelfer, Gita, Wang, Lian, Leggett, James. (2019). 2191. The Sputum FilmArray Pneumonia Panel (SFAPP) Outperforms a Diagnostic Bundle in Patients with Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP). Open Forum Infectious Diseases. 6. S746-S746. 10.1093/ofid/ofz360.1871.
  • Gilbert, D., Gelfer, G., Wang, L., Myers, J., Bajema, K., Johnston, M. and Leggett, J. (2016). The potential of molecular diagnostics and serum procalcitonin levels to change the antibiotic management of community-acquired pneumonia. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, 86(1), pp.102-107. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2016.06.008. Epub 2016 Jun 15
  • Gelfer, G., Perry, L. and Deodhar, A. (2015). Golimumab for the treatment of axial spondyloarthritis. Expert Review of Clinical Immunology, 12(1), pp.9-18. doi: 10.1586/1744666X.2016.110694.1
  • Gelfer, G., Leggett, J., Myers, J., Wang, L. and Gilbert, D. (2015). The clinical impact of the detection of potential etiologic pathogens of community-acquired pneumonia. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, 83(4), pp.400-406. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2015.08.001.

Personal interests:

During my free time I prefer to be outdoors with my family, including my two daughters, husband, and dog. I love to bike, ski, hike, swim, and camp. I enjoy gardening in my urban Portland garden. When possible, I also try to see live music.

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Jason Heino, DO

General Medicine Faculty

Personal statement: I am excited to join the family of faculty, residents, and staff here in 2020. Caring for patients at Providence while also working as resident and student educator is truly rewarding. I value a career with ongoing learning while also doing work to improve the medical system.

Medical school: Michigan State University
Residency: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, OR

Areas of academic focus:

  • General medicine, cardiovascular risk, diabetes
  • Healthcare quality improvement Selected Presentations:

Heino J. “Hospitalist/RN Standardized Co-rounding” Intermountain Healthcare Advanced Training Program. 2019.

Youker J, Heino J, Griffith S “Creating a sustainable team-based learning model for an internal medicine residency program” Oregon Health Science University Education Symposium. 2018.

Griffith S, Youker J, Heino J “Successful implementation of a mock code blue curriculum focused on competency-based evaluation of residency” Oregon Health Science University Education Symposium. 2018.

Heino, J. “Contact Isolation” Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Grand Rounds. 2017.

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Inpatient ward attending
  • Outpatient attending
  • Career development curriculum
  • Quality improvement and health disparities

Personal interests:
Biking to food carts with my husband and young daughter. Pushing the climate boundaries of Portland gardening. Hiking, skiing, fishing.

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Marian Hodges, M.D., M.P.H.Marian Hodges, M.D., MPH

Bain Chair of Geriatrics
Palliative Care/Geriatrics/Ethics

Personal statement:
I joined Providence in 1992 to teach the residents how to give the best possible care to older patients. Since then, I have added palliative care as an interest and educational focus: I want to make sure all patients and families facing critical illness get the best support from their physicians, which means that the residents are skilled in difficult conversations and handling tense emotional moments. I am passionate in my desire to make sure the residents are prepared to deal with their OWN emotions and issues around caring for chronically and critically ill patients, as well as to make sure the patients and families are served well. In 2011, I embarked on a major research project to help better understand what families of patients with dementia need from primary care physicians; I am developing a tool for doctors to use with these patients/caregivers whose efficacy will be tested with both groups.

Medical school: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
Fellowship (Geriatrics): University of Washington/Portland VA Medical Center
Board certification: Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Palliative Medicine.
Additional postgraduate training: Master of Public Health (MPH) with emphasis on Medical Ethics, University of Washington (Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar)

Areas of academic focus:

  • Improving care for patients with dementia and their families
  • Palliative care, hospital quality improvement initiative in end-of-life care

Selected Publications:

  • Segal BA, Hodges M, Care Across Cultures Does Every Patient Need to Know? Health Progress March 2012; 31-36
  • Tuohey J., Hodges M. POLST reflects patient wishes, clinical reality. Health Progress 2011; 2:60-64
  • Hodges M, London M, Lundstedt J. Family-driven quality improvement in end of life care. J Healthcare Qual 2006;2:20-26,31.
  • Frost D, Hodges M. Prescription pain medicine: "Hooking" you or helping you? J Pall Med 2006;9:507.

Selected Presentations:

  • Help! I Want Out of Here!: Use of Self in Difficult Conversations "Oregon Statewide Palliative Care Conference, 2013
  • EGAD!-They’re Back! An Update on the Family Caregiver Notebook for Dementia Patients: An Interactive Session. Oregon Geriatric Society Annual Meeting, Sun River, with Anne Hill, J.D., October, 2012
  • Complex Medical Decisions in Palliative Care: Artificial Nutrition in Severely Demented. Providence Portland Medical Center Internal Medicine Symposium. Workshop co-led with Dr. Pamela Miner, April, 2011.
  • Start Tube Feeding? Complex Decision-Making in Advanced Illness. Ethics Grand Rounds, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, April, 2011.
  • First Do No Harm: Optimizing Quality and Caring for Frail Elderly and families in Final Months of Life. 2009 Statewide Palliative Care Conference, June, 2009.
  • Cross-Cultural communication in End of Life Care: Understanding Challenges and Identifying Strategies. Workshop, 3rd National Congress, Supportive Care Coalition, San Antonio, February, 2008.

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Coordinate PGY2 rotation in geriatrics and palliative care electives
  • Coordinate palliative care curriculum for residents, including elective noon conferences
  • Co-lead ICU Ethics Rounds weekly with the three ICU house staff to discuss and debrief their most challenging cases
  • Precepts residents interested in geriatrics training in a shared practice setting

Personal interests:
Family: husband Matt and daughter Kate. Hobbies: cooking, music/singing, watching baseball.

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Sarah HopkinsSarah Hopkins, M.D.

Endocrinology

Biography:
A high school medical condition proved life-changing for Sarah Hopkins, M.D., and inspired her to enter the field of medicine. "I was fortunate to be surrounded by health care professionals who empowered me in the medical decisions and recovery that I faced," she said. "I was drawn to endocrinology because it combines my love of working with people of all ages and backgrounds with my interest in the intricate balance of human hormones."

Medical school: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Residency: Mount Sinai Hospital Icahn School of Medicine
Fellowship: Oregon Health & Science University

Areas of academic focus:
Diabetes, Multiple endocrine neoplasia, type 1, Multiple endocrine neoplasia, type 2,Neuroendocrine tumors, Osteoporosis, Pituitary tumors, Postpartum thyroiditis, Thyroid cancer, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

Selected Publications:

  • Sarah Hopkins, Maria Fleseriu. “Medical Treatment of Cushing’s Disease.” Invited chapter in progress: ​Cushing’s Syndrome: A Not So Rare Disorder. ​(Springer 2016). Editors Louise Pace and Edward Laws
  • Galati SJ, Cheesman KC, Springer-Miller R, Hopkins SM et al. “Prevalence of Primary Aldosteronism in An Urban Hypertensive Population.” Accepted for publication by Endocrine Practice. ​Manuscript #EP161332.ORR
  • Galati SJ, Hopkins SM, Cheesman KC et al. “Primary Aldosteronism: Emerging Trends.” ​Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2013 Sep; 24(9):421-30

Selected Presentations:

  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 25th Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress, Orlando. FL, Department of Neurological Surgery and Medicine, OHSU Northwest Pituitary Center, Portland, OR Poster accepted and presented on “Medical Therapy With Pasireotide in Recurrent Cushing’s Disease -- Single-Center Experience of Patients Treated for at Least 1 Year.” May 2016
  • The Endocrine Society’s Annual Meeting and Expo, ​Boston, MA, Department of Neurological Surgery and Medicine, OHSU Northwest Pituitary Center, ​Portland, OR Poster accepted and presented on “Role of Confirmatory Testing with Combined Dexamethasone Suppression -- CRH Stimulation Testing in Patients Histopathologic Confirmed Cushing’s disease.” April 2016
  • The Endocrine Society's​ ​Annual Meeting and Expo​, San Francisco, CA, ​June 2014
  • Department of Medicine Research Day at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, Poster accepted and presented on “Prevalence of Primary Aldosteronism in an Urban Hypertensive Population.” May 2014

Personal interests:
Traveling, learning other languages and spending time with her husband and son.

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MeeraMeera Jain, M.D.

General Medicine Faculty

Personal statement: I love working with the residents at Providence! Our size and structure allow the faculty to really get to know our residents at both a professional and personal level and to follow their progress longitudinally. I find this truly rewarding.

Medical school: University of Florida (Alpha Omega Alpha)
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University

Areas of academic focus:

  • Critical appraisal of the literature
  • Tobacco prevention and cessation
  • Chronic disease management
  • Preventive health
  • Statins/hyperlipidemia

Selected Publications:

Jain M and Childers C. Commentary on “Review: In newer CVD primary prevention trials, aspirin vs no aspirin does not reduce MI and increases major bleeding." ACP J Club. 2019 Nov JC55/Comment on: A meta-analysis of aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases in the context of contemporary preventive strategies. Am J Med. 2019 (Epub ahead of print)

Jain M and Wernick R. Commentary on “In abstinent adults with type 2 diabetes, a daily glass of wine (vs mineral water) improved cardiometabolic factors.” ACP J Club. 2016 Feb 164(4):JC17/ Comment on: Effects of initiating moderate alcohol intake on cardiometabolic risk in adults with type 2 diabetes: a 2-year randomized, controlled trial. Ann Intern Med. 2015;163:569-79.

Jain M and Wernick R. Commentary on “Review: Statins do not increase minor or serious symptomatic adverse events in placebo-controlled trials.” ACP J Club. 2014 July: 161:2:JC3/ Comment on: What proportion of symptomatic side effects in patients taking statins are genuinely caused by the drug? Systematic review of randomized placebo-controlled trials to aid individual patient choice. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2014;21:464-74.

Selected Presentations:

Have given numerous residency didactics on a variety of topics including preventive health, hyperlipidemia, tobacco cessation, hypertension, CHF, evidence-based medicine and grand rounds on hyperlipidemia and tobacco cessation.

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Director, Ambulatory Curriculum
  • Attending on the inpatient wards, leading morning report, leading teaching rounds, precepting residents in continuity clinic.

Personal interests:
Being a mother to a fantastic teen-age daughter, traveling (not much happening during the pandemic), enjoying food and wine, and being outdoors (berry picking, hiking, walking).

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TriciaTricia James, M.D.

General Medicine Faculty

Personal statement: After completing my residency and chief residency at Providence Portland I joined the hospitalist group for three years. I am now extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of the medical education faculty. I have always been passionate about teaching and I have been continuously impressed with this programs ongoing enthusiasm for and dedication to education. I love that it is a smaller program which allows us to get to know each person as an individual. I enjoy both outpatient and inpatient medicine and feel fortunate that I get to do both. I am also very passionate about resident and physician wellness and I am excited to continue to develop interventions in this important area.

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Residency: Providence Portland Medical Center
Chief Residency: Providence Portland Medical Center

Areas of academic focus:

  • Resident and physician wellness
  • Resident career development
  • Inpatient education

Recent National/Regional Responsibilities:

  • Director of the inpatient education committee
  • Liaison for the medical education department with the hospitalist group
  • Creator and director of the resiliency elective and a new longitudinal resilience curriculum
  • Co-creator and director of the career development curriculum
  • Faculty leader for QI project aimed to prevent delirium in the hospital
  • Member of Collaborative on Healing and Renewal in Medicine (CHARM) workgroup in collaboration with the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM)
  • Chair of the Physician Wellness Committee at PPMC

Selected Presentations:

  • Physician Resilience – The Missing Quality Metric (Lecture presentation, PPMC Medical Grand Rounds), 2017
  • Resiliency—The missing Milestone (Lecture presentations, Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors Annual Conference), 2017
  • Well-being Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of Creating and Fostering a Well-being Program for your Trainees (Workshop presentation, Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors Annual Conference), 2017
  • Feeling the Burn: A Resiliency Intervention (Poster presentation, Academic Achievement Day PPMC), 2016
  • Procedures in Internal Medicine Residency Training (Workshop at NW Regional SGIM meeting, Seattle, WA), 2012
  • Will vaccinations do away with lumbar punctures? A case of pneumococcal meningitis (poster presentation at national SGIM meeting), 2011
  • Resident well-being and its effects on patient care (Residency senior talk), 2011

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Inpatient ward attending
  • Clinic preceptor
  • Medical student preceptor
  • Resident noon conference

Personal interests:
I love traveling and exploring the world. I also enjoy all things outdoors. I particularly love camping and hiking. I also enjoy reading fiction and gardening. My time is also filled with my 5 year old twins and almost 1 year old. They are bundles of energy and fun that always keep me moving.

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Mary Beth Kuebrich, AGPCNP-BC Geriatrics Medicine Faculty

Education: BSN nursing University of Portland; Master’s degree in science at the University of Michigan, specializing in Adult-Geriatric Primary Care

Area of Academic Focus: Primary care for adults over 65

Personal statement: Before becoming a nurse practitioner, I worked as a registered nurse for nearly ten years. “I worked mostly with older adults and love caring for this population” . “I feel honored to know each of my patients and share in their rich life experiences.”

In my practice as a geriatric nurse practitioner, I emphasize wellness through disease prevention, chronic disease management, and healthy living. My most important role is to empower patients and their families to reach their health goals in a complex health care environment. “Listening to and understanding my patients’ goals is key,” and believe that “Together we can develop plans that focus on healthy aging and quality of life.”

Member of the Senior Health Program for Providence’s Oregon Region, which aims to improve care for older adults across the organization.

Personal Interests: Born and raised in Albany, Oregon, Mary Beth enjoys the Pacific Northwest outdoors. When not at work, she enjoys hiking, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.

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JessePowellAugustine Okeke, M.D., M.P.H

General Medicine Faculty

Personal statement: The passion to build versatile and compassionate residents at PPMC coupled with its collegial environment and focus on the poor and vulnerable has kept me engaged with the program long after graduation. I feel privileged to come back and be part of the process to keep that tradition alive!

Medical school: : College of Medicine, University of Lagos
Internship: Yale New Haven Hospital
Residency: Providence Portland Medical Center

Areas of academic focus:

  • Hospital medicine
  • Rural medicine
  • HCHAPS/Patient satisfaction
  • Health disparities in medicine

Selected Presentations/Publications:

  • Building a culture to improve patient experience – Apogee Program Directors Summit, Sarasota FL February 2020
  • Much ado about pus in the lungs – Citywide 2015
  • Skin lesions, spontaneous pneumothoraces and renal cell tumors – Oregon ACP 2015

Personal interests:

I am totally a foodie and love to cook while learning about new cultures through their food. My favorite thing is to spend quality time with my two beautiful daughters and wife; usually visiting food carts!!

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JessePowellJesse Powell, M.D.

General Medicine Faculty

Personal statement: I came to Providence Portland because I was impressed by the program’s commitment to caring for the poor and vulnerable, and because it is a welcoming place to learn academic medicine in a comfortable environment. Aside from the residency I also work part-time in an Occupational and Environmental medicine clinic, which has enhanced my understanding of musculoskeletal and exposure medicine.

Medical school: University of Utah School of Medicine

Residency: Providence Portland Medical Center

Chief Residency: Providence Portland Medical Center

Areas of academic focus:

  • Outpatient medicine
  • Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • Graphic medicine and medical illustration

Selected Presentations/Publications:

  • Be Calm, Annals of Internal Medicine Graphic Medicine, 2020
  • An Abbreviated History of My Medical Training, Annals of Internal Medicine Graphic Medicine, 2019
  • Occupational Medicine for the Primary Care Physician, Medical Grand Rounds, Portland, OR; 2016
  • Cartoons for Medical Education, Academic Achievement Day Poster, Portland, OR; 2016
  • Public Health Hazards of Volcanoes and Geothermal Areas, Resident Senior Talk, Portland, OR; 2015
  • Risk of Radiation Induced Lung Cancer from CT scanning, Evidence Based Medicine Resident Project, Portland, OR; 2014
  • Multisystem Meltdown and the Elusive Green Apple: How to Miss Systemic Amyloidosis for 10 Years, ACP Regional Conference Poster, Salem, OR; 2014
  • Catching Colitis: CMV Colitis in the Immunocompetent Host, ACP Regional Conference Poster, Salem, OR; 2013
  • Disaster Response & Preparedness for Providers, Senior project in Public Health, Salt Lake City, UT; 2012
  • Epidemiology of Animal Attacks in the United States, Student project in Public Health, Salt Lake City, UT; 2012
  • Hazards of Abandoned Mine Exploration, National Wilderness Medicine Conference, Salt Lake City, UT; 2011

Personal interests:

I love drawing, reading, bicycling, beekeeping and birding.

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Mark Rosenberg, M.D.

General Medicine Faculty PPMC, Director of Compassion Care, Providence St. Joseph Health

Personal statement: Working collaboratively with residents and faculty to create a challenging and supportive training environment has been a tremendously gratifying way to spend my professional career. Seeing the impact our graduates make is a powerful confirmation of our training program.

Medical school: University of Pittsburgh
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University

Areas of academic focus:

  • Compassion in Healthcare
  • Cardiovascular risk modification
  • Professional and Inter-professional Development

Recent National/Regional Responsibilities:

  • Co-Chair National Conference: Compassion in Action Boston (2017)
  • Director of Compassionate Care Providence St. Joseph Health (2016)
  • AAIM Taskforce on Physician Wellness (2016)
  • Director of Compassionate Care PH & S System (2015)
  • Clinical Advisor for Providence Health International (2014)
  • Emerging Models in Palliative Care Task Force Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2013)
  • PHS Strategic Council in Palliative Care (2011-2015)
  • PHS International Site Development-Leadership Team (2011-2016)
  • Project Access Now (Board Chair) – Linking volunteer physicians to patients (2009-11)
  • National e-Learning Task Force APDIM (2010)
  • Program Planning Regional ACP (2010)
  • International Collaborative for Healthcare in Africa (ASANTE) (1997-2016)
  • International Workgroup on Patient Safety (Jerusalem 2008)
  • Geriatrics Education Task Force, Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine
  • Long-Range Planning Committee, Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine
  • Review Board: Cost Effective Use of Cardiovascular Drugs – State of Oregon

Select Publications:

  • Rosenberg M, Hawkins R., Chun L. et al Randomized Trial of a Compassion Curriculum to Improve the Quadruple Aim Submitted to JAMA Sept. 2018
  • Kai M, Clark B, Rosenberg M. Introduction to Outpatient Medicine: An Innovative Approach. J Grad Med Education June 2014; 365-67. PMID 24949158.
  • Jain M and Rosenberg M. Commentary on “Meta-analysis: Lowering LDL-C levels using statins reduces major vascular events regardless of baseline risk.” ACP J Club. 2012 Oct:157:9:JC4-2. Comments on: Cholesterol Treatment Trialists’(CTT) Collaborators. The effects of lowering LDL cholesterol with statin therapy in people at low risk of vascular disease: meta-analysis of individual data from 27 randomized trials. Lancet. 2012;380:581-90.

Select Presentations:

  • Creating Compassionate Leaders AMA/CMA/BMA National Meeting Toronto October 2018
  • Compassion in Teams Vinzient National Webinar February 2018
  • Compassionate Leadership AMA National Meeting October 2017
  • Randomized Trial to Reduce Burnout in Outpatient Setting AMA National Meeting October 2017
  • Building a Compassionate Healthcare System National Meeting CIA 2017
  • Compassion Integration: Schwartz Center National Webinar May 2017
  • Strengthening Outpatient Practice IHI Dec 2016
  • Compassion and Physician Wellness October 2016
  • Compassionate Leadership AMA/CMA/BMA Meeting Sept 2016.

Personal interests:
Community Organizing, outdoor activities (camping, kayaking, tennis,) yoga, and oceanography.

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ElizabethElizabeth Stephens, M.D.

Endocrinology

Personal statement: I joined Providence Portland Medical Education because of the department's commitment to education. In this division, I have had the good fortune of being able to teach the residents the intricacies of endocrine pathways in many different venues - noon conference, clinic, and in the hospital. I also enjoy the faculty and staff at PMG-Northeast who have such great teaching skills, enthusiasm and support for each other.

Medical school: Vanderbilt University
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
Fellowship: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Areas of academic focus:

  • Resident education in diabetes management and alternative strategies for insulin use
  • Use of technology for diabetes care, including sensors and insulin pumps

National/Regional responsibilities:

  • Medical Director, PMG Endocrinology East & West, Diabetes Education and Medical Weight Loss

Most significant publications:

  • Stephens EA, Insulin Therapy Type 1 Diabetes. Med Clinics of North Amer. 2015:99:145-165
  • Stephens EA, Klopfenstein B. Management of Type 1 Diabetes, online chapter in AACE Self Assessment Program (ASAP), 2013
  • Heffner JE, Rozenfeld Y, Kai M, Stephens EA, Brown LK. Prevalence of Diagnosed Sleep Apnea among Patients with Type 2 Diabetes in Primary Care. Chest 2012; 141:1414-1421
  • Stephens EA, Heffner J. Evaluating Older Patients with Diabetes for Insulin Pump Therapy. Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics 2010;12:S91-97

Recent presentations:

  • Providence Medical Group, Update in Diabetes for Primary Care, 2/18
  • Oregon Public Broadcasting, Think Out Loud, Type 1 Diabetes, 2017
  • Rocky Mountain Metabolic Syndrome Symposium, Update in Type 2 diabetes management, 5/17
  • Tricia James, MD; Ryan Dix, PsyD; Elizabeth Stephens, MD; Richard Cohen, MD. Feeling the Burn: a Resliency Intervention. Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers meeting, 2017.
  • Elizabeth Stephens, MD, Jonathan White, PharmD. Is access improved with Team-Based Care in a diabetes clinic? Society for General Internal Medicine meeting, Portland 2017.
  • OHSU Annual Primary Care Review, "Diabetes Update," 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015

Personal interests:
I am a committed bike commuter—even during the rainy season! I also have two boys, ages 10 and 13, who keep me busy and active. In my free time, I love to sing with my husband (used to sing with a band during fellowship in Colorado) and read books that are non-medical.

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PaulaPaula Wichienkuer, M.D.

General Medicine

Personal statement: Providence's commitment to resident education and excellent patient care make this as stimulating and supportive environment in which to practice medicine.

Medical school: Oregon Health & Science University
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
Additional training: Masters of Public Health (epidemiology and biostatistics), Oregon Health & Science University

Areas of academic focus:

  • Outpatient quality improvement
  • Effective use of the electronic medical record
  • Health literacy

Regional responsibilities:

  • Membership Chair, Northwest Chapter, Society of General Internal Medicine

Selected presentations and publications:

  • Medical Reversals of the Past Decade: Learning from our mistakes. PPMC Medical Grand Rounds December 2013
  • Prospects for a universal medical record: health information exchange. Oregon Health & Science University internal medicine residency noon conference. March 2010.
  • Meeting hypertension treatment guidelines: an analysis of the Oregon Health & Science University internal medicine practice. Oral presentation to OHSU IM practice. March 2010.
  • The Risk of Barrett’s Esophagus in Patients with Mild Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Symptoms in the Context of Proton-Pump Inhibitor Use. MPH thesis. January 2007.

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Precepting residents’ continuity practice
  • Ward attending
  • Wards didactics teaching
  • Wellness Co-Director

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Ben Pedroja, MD

General Medicine Faculty
Hospitalist Clinician Educator

Personal statement:
As a former resident and chief resident of the program, I was honored to join this amazing group of dedicated educators in 2019. Resident education, along with service and innovation, has always been at the core of our mission at Providence, and I’m proud to be a part of that tradition. Combining the rigors of a tertiary referral center with the supportive atmosphere of a community teaching hospital, this program is a highly engaging and rewarding place to pursue a career in medicine.

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Residency: Providence Portland Medical Center
Chief Residency: Providence Portland Medical Center

Areas of academic focus:

  • Resident training in point-of-care ultrasound
  • Improving inpatient addiction treatment
  • Improving early warning and rapid response systems

Teaching responsibilities

  • Ward attending
  • Director, residency simulation curriculum
  • Co-director, residency point-of-care ultrasound curriculum
  • Co-director, inpatient procedures rotation

Regional/National Responsibilities:

  • PPMC Pain Leadership Committee member, 2018 – present
  • Ultrasound trainer, Point-Of-Care and General Medicine Ultrasound Course (OHSU/AIUM), 2019
  • Providence Reducing Readmission Steering Committee member, 2017-2018

Selected Presentations:

  • “Treating addiction in palliative care: role for buprenorphine.” Providence St Vincent’s Medical Center, faculty development, July 24th, 2019
  • “Buprenorphine in the hospital: expanding access to life-saving treatments for opioid use disorder.” PPMC Medical Grand Rounds, February 2019
  • “Awakened by a sedative.” Oral presentation/clinical vignette, meeting of the American College of Physicians Oregon Chapter, November 2017
  • “Implementing a delirium prevention program: Barriers and successes.” Poster presentation, meeting of the American College of Physicians Oregon Chapter, November 2017. This was 1stplace winner in the QI category and was also presented at the national meeting in San Antonio in 2017
  • “Cholestatic hepatitis treated with methimazole and thyroidectomy in a patient with Grave’s disease.” Poster presentation, meeting of the American College of Physicians Oregon Chapter, November 2015

Personal Interests

Avid cyclist and devoted father of two girls. I also enjoy jazz music, politics, and tending to my collection of indoor plants.

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Mary Anne Nidiry, M.D.

General Medicine Faculty

Personal statement: Having just joined the faculty in 2019, I am enjoying getting to know the staff, residents and faculty. It is wonderful to be in such a collegial and collaborative atmosphere. The small size of the program allows me to get to know the residents well. I enjoy the small community atmosphere combined with a true dedication to academics.

Medical school: George Washington University
Residency: University of Michigan Medical Center

Areas of academic focus:
Medical education, racial disparities in health, patient experience.

Selected Presentations: Residency didactics on a variety of topics including diabetes, 2017 HTN guidelines, solid tumors, skin lesions in primary care, BRCA testing guidelines. Also have done a grand rounds on vitamin D deficiency.

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Medical student rotations
  • Inpatient ward attending
  • Preceptor for resident outpatient clinic
  • Noon conferences

Personal interests: racial disparities in health, patient education, women's health.

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