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Our residents come to our program with great diversity. They come from all parts of the country and with a broad range of experiences. What they have in common is a commitment to excellence and a desire to make the health care system better. This commonality is palpable throughout the program and is visible in the work the graduates do once they leave the program.

PGY-1 Residents

  • Sean Andresen, M.D

  • M.D. Oregon Health & Science University
    B.S. Western Washington University

    Sean grew up in Eugene, OR, and has spent much of his life in the Pacific Northwest. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in behavioral neuroscience from Western Washington University where he completed research studying the molecular mechanisms of Huntington’s Disease. He returned to Oregon to work in a variety of capacities prior to completing medical school at Oregon Health and Science University. Upon completing his internship at Providence Portland Medical Center, Sean will move on to complete a Diagnostic Radiology residency program at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA. In his free time, Sean enjoys downhill and cross-country skiing, trail running, creating and listening to music, and spending time with his friends.

  • Jenna Betz, M.D.

    M.D. Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    B.S. Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

    Jenna grew up on a ranch in Grass Valley, California and moved to Los Angeles to obtain her undergraduate degree in Biology from UCLA. She attended medical school at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, NY where she became an involved member of the community. She founded a local mentoring program for at-risk youths and remains committed to advocacy and mentorship. Jenna is passionate about providing patient-focused, trauma-informed care and strives to offer personalized treatment plans that are specific to a persons’ beliefs, expectations, and social circumstances. No matter where she is, Jenna loves to sing, travel and spend time with her friends. She looks forward to continuing these hobbies throughout her residency at PPMC and is so excited to be back on the West Coast and closer to family!

    Cameron Fisher, M.D.

    M.D. Oregon Health & Science University
    B.S. Biology & Public Health, Tufts University

    Cameron grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada before attending Tufts University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Public Health. While at Tufts she studied abroad with a tropical medicine and global health program in rural Costa Rica, where she became interested in the intersection of public health and medicine. Cameron attended medical school at OHSU in their joint MD-MPH program. After her time at PPMC, she will continue training in anesthesiology at UCSD. Cameron loves to roller skate, read science fiction, and travel.

    Alex Hall, M.D.

    M.D. Medical College of Wisconsin
    B.S., Pharmacology & Toxicology, University if Wisconsin-Madison

    Alex grew up in Southeastern Wisconsin in the small town of Elkhorn. After high school, he moved to Madison, WI, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Pharmacology & Toxicology from the University of Wisconsin. After graduating, he worked in cardiovascular research and found a passion for patient care, which led him to return to school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His clinical interests include evidence-based medicine as well as empowering patients through education and shared decision making. He is beyond excited to move to the Pacific Northwest and continue his training at PPMC. Outside of medicine, Alex enjoys cycling, hiking, skiing, soccer, gardening, and anything else outdoors!

    Claire Turina Higgins, M.D.

    M.D. Oregon Health & Science University
    B.S. Biochemistry & Biophysics, Oregon State University

    Claire grew up in Portland, Oregon and attended Oregon State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and biophysics. During undergrad she conducted research in stroke prevention and childhood muscle cancer. After undergrad, she worked as a scientist identifying blood markers for early cancer detection. Later she followed this passion for cancer research and conducted clinical trials investigating new treatments for prostate cancer. In working with cancer patients Claire found her calling to become a physician. She attended Oregon Health & Science University for medical school and hopes to practice as an internist after residency. Her professional interests include cancer, palliative care, and medical education. When she’s not seeing patients she enjoys exploring the PNW, hosting dinners for friends, and spending time with her husband and son.

    Brady Howard, M.D.

    M.D. Louisiana State University Health Shreveport
    Bachelors of Engineering: Biomedical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University

    Brady grew up in the northern Louisiana city of Shreveport. He earned his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. As Brady prepared for medical school, he ran a Neurosurgery research lab focusing on MRI analysis and epilepsy in mice. Then, he returned to Shreveport to attend medical school at LSU-Health Shreveport. He enjoys empowering his patients to make sustainable lifestyle changes and taking an active role in their healthcare. When not at the hospital, you can find him attempting new baking recipes and tackling projects around the house.

    Steven Liu, M.D.

    B.S. Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles
    M.D. Eastern Virginia Medical School

    Steven grew up in Orange County and San Diego, CA. He attended UCLA and received a degree in Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular Genetics. After graduating college, he did research in fMRI and discovered his passion for serving the underserved population with various volunteer experiences in his local community. Steven then attended Eastern Virginia Medical School where he continued to aid the underserved population with his work at the HOPES Free Clinic. While in medical school, he became involved in Sports Medicine research and POCUS. His interest includes sports medicine, pulmonary/critical care medicine, and underserved population. Outside of medicine, Steven enjoys surfing, trying tasty local cuisines, playing basketball, watching sports, and being outdoors in the sun.

    Tho Nguyen, M.D.

    M.D. University of Kansas, School of Medicine
    B.S. Biochemistry, University of Kansas

    Tho (Thơ Nguyễn) grew up in TayNinh, Vietnam before moving with her family to the United States. Her family settled in Overland Park, KS as they also had family members in that area. For both undergraduate and medical school, Tho stayed closed to home and obtained her degrees in the state of Kansas. Moving to Portland will be her first time in the Pacific Northwest, but she is excited for this new journey. Her medical interests include preventive care, infectious disease, and global health. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and making fun videos with her siblings.

    Megan Schermerhorn, M.D.

    M.D. University of Washington
    B.A. Biology, Macalester College

    Megan grew up in Vancouver, WA. As the first member in her family to graduate college, Megan moved to the Midwest after high school to attend Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. During her time at Macalester, Megan worked as a health advocate at a local underserved high school, where she developed a passion for the intersection between educational access and healthcare disparities. After graduating, Megan returned home to attend the University of Washington’s School of Medicine where she completed clinical rotations throughout Washington, Alaska, and Montana. These unique experiences sparked an interest in the unique challenges of rural medicine. Megan is excited to return to the Portland area for residency! In her free time she enjoys hiking, running, and road tripping to new places with her husband and little yorkie Max.

    Riyad Seervai, M.D, Ph.D.

    M.D. Baylor College of Medicine | PhD (Molecular & Cellular Biology), Baylor College of Medicine
    B.S. Biology & B.A. Music, Brown University

    Riyad was born and raised in Bombay, India, and earned Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Music from Brown University. After a year in New York City (Rockefeller University by day, Carnegie Hall and the Met Opera by night), he joined the MD/PhD program at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. At Baylor, Riyad started an ASCO-sponsored oncology interest group and created a popular pathology/oncology pre-clinical course. For these efforts, he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and received the Dean’s Distinction in Medical Education. He completed a cell biology Ph.D., then pivoted to research in oncodermatology, i.e., skin side-effects of cancer therapies. After internship at PPMC, he will continue training in dermatology at OHSU. Away from work, Riyad loves listening to music/podcasts/audiobooks, watching non-American sports (football, cricket, squash, darts), and exploring the outdoors with his wife and two standard poodles.

    Nathan Stumpf, M.D.

    B.S. Psychobiology, University of California, Los Angeles
    M.D. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

    Nathan grew up in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, but moved around to multiple cities in the Midwest as a child where he developed a love of the outdoors. Exploring life and career options, he moved to Orlando, Florida, while he worked in fine dining and took full time community college courses, completing an AA degree. He also had a brief stint as a competitive gamer--focusing on RTS and MOBA genres--which eventually led to his help in developing six published games by Electronic Arts in Los Angeles, California. Following his gaming entertainment career, he finished his undergraduate education and transferred to UCLA from Santa Monica Community College while exploring research and scribing opportunities at a brain imaging lab, sarcoma oncology research/treatment center, orthopedic institute, and a hemophilia treatment center. During school in California, he again worked in upscale dining, and at a Tokyo noodle bar (ramen house). He attended CWRU SoM, in Cleveland, Ohio, and conducted research in orthopedic surgery at Cleveland Clinic and in cardiology at MetroHealth as he decided between surgery and internal medicine. During his studies, he participated in Spartan obstacle course races, completing a trifecta in 2019 and enjoyed the many mountain biking trails around the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. For Residency, the artsy, small-town-vibe paired with the variety of a big city made Portland, Oregon his first-choice city to train and the stunning beauty of the PNW has made the region a place he hopes to stay! Nathan values experience and making memories more than anything. He enjoys hands on procedures at work; creating artwork at home; and cooking, baking, and/or grilling for friends & family. He is a huge fan of his two rescue cats (Pickle and Poki). Throughout life, he has stayed active with soccer, MTN biking, and obstacle course training. As a physician, he will stay humble and curious, and value taking every opportunity to empower patients to make informed decisions on care.

    Zachary Taylor, M.D.

    M.D. Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
    B.S. Microbiology Washington State University

    Zachary grew up in Spokane, Washington and spent many summers exploring the outdoors in eastern Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho and western Montana. He then attended Washington State University in Pullman, Washington where he earned his undergraduate degree with honors in Microbiology as well as a minor in Spanish. Zachary went straight into medical school after graduating college and returned home to attend the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in Spokane. While in medical school, he was drawn to the management of chronic medical conditions as well as several of the subspecialties within internal medicine and he is looking forward to exploring these interests further. Outside of medicine, he enjoys playing basketball, running, hiking, biking, and playing with his dogs.

    Dominic Thomas, M.D.

    M.D. Joan C, Edwards School of Medicine - Marshall University
    B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
    M.H.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

    Dominic was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended college at Johns Hopkins University for biomedical engineering and went on to complete his masters in biochemistry and molecular biology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Before attending medical school at the Joan C Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington, WV, Dominic worked as a research assistant in two laboratories studying drug-induced liver injury and kidney transplantation. As a charm city native, he strives to create a safe, comfortable, and educational atmosphere for patients to have greater ownership of their care. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys a number of hobbies including: weightlifting, cooking, electric unicycling, gardening, automotive repair and more.

    Jin Yun, D.O.

    D.O. Midwestern University - Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
    B.S. Biology, University of Portland

    Jin grew up in Aberdeen, Washington before moving to Portland to earn her bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Portland. After graduating, Jin spent her gap year working as a medical scribe at PPMC. For medical school, she moved to Phoenix, AZ to attend Midwestern University. She is excited to return to the Pacific Northwest with her husband and to be closer to her family and friends. Outside of medicine, Jin loves traveling, exploring the outdoors, and trying out new recipes.

    PGY-2 Residents

    • Katherine Berry, M.D.

    • M.D. Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine
      B.S. Human Physiology, University of Oregon>B.S. Biology, University of Washington

      Katie grew up in Ogden, Utah before moving to Eugene, Oregon, to become a University of Oregon Duck, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Human Physiology. After graduating, she moved to Portland where she worked as a scribe at the Providence Brain & Spine Institute before starting medical school at OHSU. Her interests include primary care, addiction medicine, medical education, and underserved populations. Outside of medicine she enjoys watching and playing basketball, attending concerts and festivals, snowboarding, plant collecting, and spending time with her cat Yoncé.

    • Kailee Bond, D.O., M.B.A.

      Kailee Bond, D.O., M.B.A

      D.O. Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
      M.B.A. Bushnell University
      B.S. Human Physiology, University of Oregon

      Kailee grew up in the tiny town of Crow, Oregon. A lifelong Oregon Duck fan, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Human Physiology from the University of Oregon as a Ford Scholar followed by completion of her MBA at Bushnell University. Working as a certified technician and clinical manager for a busy ophthalmology practice manifested a passion for a career in patient care; this passion prompted her return to school at Pacific Northwest University in Yakima, WA. She is ecstatic to be continuing her training in the beautiful Pacific Northwest at PPMC. Her medical interests include patient-centered care, geriatrics, and critical care medicine. Outside of medicine, Kailee enjoys gardening, coffee, reading, and spending time with her partner, Omar, and their two 100-pound rescue dogs, Skye and George.

    • Antonio Cordova, M.D.

      Antonio Cordova, M.D.

      M.D. University of New Mexico
      B.S. Biochemistry, University of New Mexico

      Antonio grew up in Taos, New Mexico, a small town with a rich history and culture nestled in the northern mountains of New Mexico. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he majored in Biochemistry with a minor in Spanish. For medical school, he stayed at the University of New Mexico where he found his passion for Internal Medicine and developed an interest in Rheumatology. During his studies, he spent much of his free time volunteering in the community and it was through these experiences, that he developed an interest in addressing disparities in healthcare. In his free time, he loves to be outdoors, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, as well as spending time with his dog Belle. He is excited to explore the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest and begin his new journey at Providence Portland!

    • James Gendreau, M.D.

      James Gendreau, M.D.

      M.D. California Northstate College of Medicine
      B.S. Public Health, University of Washington

      James grew up in Western Washington where he found a passion for anything outdoors, board games, and reading. At UW he began researching teledermatology quality improvement for VA Puget Sound. He continued his education at California Northstate College of Medicine and was in the second graduating class. He is ecstatic to return to the PNW where he can continue playing Ultimate in the rain, skiing and enjoying at least 3 cups of coffee a day.

    • Cate Hoye, M.D.

      Cate Hoye, M.D.

      M.D. Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine
      M.P.H. Portland State University School of Public Health
      M.S. Biochemistry, Montana State University
      B.S. Biochemistry, St. Mary's College

      Cate was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana. She went to the east coast to attend college, but quickly found her way back to the west. After earning a Master’s degree in biochemistry from Montana State University, she worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a field employee in Washington state for several years. To combine her love of the basic sciences and public health, she completed the dual degree MD-MPH program at Oregon Health and Science University. She looks forward to practicing and contributing to evidence-based medicine to improve patient care. In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, camping, and most other outdoor activities with her husband and their dog, crafting elaborate art projects, and learning to build trails with Northwest Trail Alliance.

    • Grace Judd, M.D.

      Samuel Luty, M.D.

      M.D. Oregon Health and Science School of Medicine
      B.S. Biochemistry, Oregon State University

      Grace grew up in Clackamas, OR and attended Oregon State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. Following undergrad, Grace developed her passion for serving vulnerable populations while working in a downtown Los Angeles emergency department. Her love for connecting with people and learning how their values and formative events affect their health, led her to a career in medicine. Grace attended Oregon Health & Science University for medical school and hopes to practice as a hospitalist after residency. Her professional interests include narrative medicine, palliative care, and medical education. When she’s not at the hospital, Grace can be found rock climbing or hiking in the Columbia River Gorge and enjoying weekly dinners with her family.

    • Beck Nelson, D.O.

      D.O. Pacific Northwest University
      M.P.H. Eastern Washington University | B.S. Microbiology, University of Vermont

      Beck was born and raised in Ogden, UT, where he completed his undergraduate studies while also working part time as an EKG Tech. During medical school, he became actively involved in Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS), increasing access to healthcare, and serving underserved populations. Beck was drawn to Portland for various reasons including his love for the outdoors and the fact that his grandfather completed his residency training in Portland in the 1950s/60s. His interests outside of medicine include basketball, football, golf, pickleball, hiking, skiing, and exploring National Parks.

    • Alan Su, M.D.

      M.D. Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont
      B.S. Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology, California State University, Long Beach

      Alan grew up in Honolulu, HI and Okinawa, Japan. He attended California State University, Long Beach where he earned a degree in Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology. He conducted research at California State University with animal models of addiction, a Scaife Addiction Fellowship with IRETA, and nicotine research with the Vermont Center for Behavior and Health. He also worked as a crisis counselor for Crisis Textline. Alan’s professional interests include addiction medicine, palliative medicine, and hematology/oncology. An islander who traveled through desert and snow with the hope to one day return to the ocean, Alan enjoys kayaking, BBQs at the beach, and whale watching all over the Pacific North West.

    • Taylor Virtue, M.D.

      Taylor Virtue, M.D.

      M.D. Loma Linda University School of Medicine
      B.S. Biology, Point Loma Nazarene University

      Taylor grew up in Lancaster, CA and Johannesburg, South Africa. After completing high school, he moved back to California to attend Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego to study biology. He then went on to complete medical school at Loma Linda University. There he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, presented his research on dysphagia in the elderly population, and was involved in volunteer work for underserved communities in San Bernardino. Outside of medicine, Taylor enjoys denim jackets, boba, and dogs. He is looking forward to exploring the Pacific Northwest with his partner, Hannah.

    PGY-3 Residents

    • Laura Bennetts, M.D.

    • Laura Bennetts, M.D.
      M.D. Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
      B.S. Biology, University of Washington

      Laura grew up in Portland, Oregon and earned her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Washington. Prior to starting medical school, she conducted clinical cancer research at the Legacy Cancer Institute and spent time in Kenya working with local physicians. She has a special interest in oncology and is passionate about patient-centered care. Outside of medicine, Laura enjoys exploring Oregon, taking trips to the coast, and playing spikeball in the park with friends.

    • Megan Block, M.D.

      Megan Block, M.D.

      Creighton University School of Medicine
      B.S. Biomedical Sciences, Marquette University

      Megan was born and raised in Portland, OR. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from Marquette University. During her time at Marquette, she volunteered with Global Brigades where she went as part of a group to provide medical and dental care to rural communities in Nicaragua. Being part of Global Brigades is what sparked her passion for global health and serving underserved patient populations. Megan completed her medical degree at Creighton University. She is very excited to return to the Pacific Northwest. In her free time, Megan enjoys hiking, yoga, classic movies, and Oregon Duck football.

    • Amanda Farris, M.D.

      Amanda Farris, M.D.

      M.D. Wayne State University School of Medicine
      B.S. Neuroscience, University of Michigan

      Amanda grew up in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, spending her summers boating and sailing. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, where she developed a passion for international health. Before starting medical school in Detroit, she spent six months in Guatemala studying Spanish and volunteering with Somos Hermanos, a non-profit organization that embraces cultural immersion and competency with the goal of providing health care professionals with the tools needed to better treat Latino patients in the U.S. In her free time, Amanda loves practicing yoga, traveling, hiking, and rollerblading. She is excited to embrace the Pacific Northwest and Providence Portland as her new home!

    • Song Chi Lu, M.D.

      Song Chi Lu, M.D.

      M.D. Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac Medical School
      B.S. Chemistry, University of Guam

      Song was born in Zhejiang, China before moving to Guam where he graduated from the University of Guam with a major in chemistry and minor in math. He worked for a short period of time in a hotel before entering medical school in Connecticut. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. He was particularly thrilled by Portland’s bike share system and can’t wait to try it out and explore the city. Hopefully out of the busy schedules of residency he will have time to explore other parts of Oregon and the rest of the west coast!

    • Samuel Luty, M.D.

      Samuel Luty, M.D.

      M.D. Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
      B.S. Biology, University of Portland

      Sam grew up in Gresham, OR and earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Portland. There, he conducted research in genetics, coached and played Water Polo, and performed with the Improv group. After graduating, he worked in a clinical lab at OHSU researching drivers of leukemia and potential treatments. With spare time, Sam enjoys reading, running, playing board games, singing karaoke, and spending time with friends and family.

    • Kyungjeen Paik, M.D.

      Kyungjeen Paik, M.D.

      M.D. Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
      B.S. Business Administration-Finance, University of Oregon

      KJ is a first-generation Korean-American who was born and raised in Portland, OR. He was a Business Administration/ Finance major with an Economics minor at the University of Oregon. Following his undergraduate studies, KJ attended medical school at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. He has an interest in providing care for medically underserved populations, specifically within the Asian American population. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, cooking, film, watching the Blazers, and immersing into Portland’s food culture.

    • Cody Paiva, D.O., M.P.H

      Cody Paiva, D.O., M.P.H

      D.O. Pacific Northwest University
      M.P.H. Eastern Washington University | B.S. Microbiology, University of Vermont

      Cody was born and raised in Central Vermont and completed his undergraduate degree in microbiology at the University of Vermont. After college, he got a job at Oregon Health & Science University working in cancer research. He loved the Pacific Northwest to want to stay for medical school and thus enrolled in medical school at Pacific Northwest University in Yakima, WA. He also obtained his Master’s in Public Health from Eastern Washington University. His medical interests include hematology/oncology, infectious diseases, and public health. In his free time, Cody enjoys baking, cooking, running, wine tasting, and board games.

    • Anthony Paluso, M.D., M.P.A.

      M.D. University of Utah School of Medicine
      M.P.A. University of Oregon | B.S. Biology, University of Utah

      Anthony grew up in Salt Lake City, UT, where he developed a love for all things outdoors. As an undergraduate at the University of Utah, he took time off to volunteer in the Philippines, and on returning cultivated a keen interest in medicine. He loves learning new things, which motivated him to engage in clinical research at OHSU and obtain a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Oregon before medical school. He is passionate about increasing access to healthcare and serving the underserved. He is especially excited to return to Portland for his residency training and considers Oregon his second home. In his free time, he enjoys running, exploring the outdoors, board games, and finding new restaurants to try.

    • Nicholas Pettit, D.O.

      Nicholas Pettit, D.O.

      D.O. Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine/Pacific
      B.S. Biochemistry, University of Portland

      Nick is a Portland native who graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in Biochemistry. He then worked as a research assistant at Oregon Health & Science University focusing on inborn errors of metabolism. During this time, he also worked as a medical scribe in a local emergency department. In medical school, Nick became interested in education and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and participated in multiple volunteer and research projects aimed at improving these areas. In his free time, Nick enjoys hiking, running, and exploring new events around the Portland area.