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Teaching is part of the core mission at PSVMC. Our program is richly staffed with clinicians of exceptional skill from many of the nation's most renowned institutions. We stress a collegial and friendly relationship between residents and faculty, with the highest quality educational experience as our common goal.

Jeffrey Youker, M.D., FACP
Program Director

Steven D. Freer, M.D., FACP
Brill Chair, Department of Medicine

Shahana Baig-Lewis, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Michael Goldstein, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Internal Medicine Hospitalist

Tom Chau, M.D., MBA, FACP
Medical Director, PMG at St. Vincent

Stephanie Griffith, MD
Internal Medicine Hospitalist
Core Faculty

Irene Hendrickson, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Emily Hitchcock, M.D., FACP
Internal Medicine

Claudia Leonard, M.D., FACP
Internal Medicine

Laura Loertscher, M.D., FACP
Internal Medicine

Shelley Sanders, M.D., FACP
Internal Medicine

Alexander Schafir, M.D., FACP
Internal Medicine

Stephen Salerno, M.D.
GME Regional Director, DIO

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Department of Medicine: Education Faculty

Program Director

jeffreyyoukerJeffrey Youker, M.D., MS, FACP
Internal Medicine

Personal Statement: I am excited to have the opportunity to be the Program Director at such an innovative, academically-focused community residency program because of the opportunity it provides me to prepare early physicians for the changing future of medicine. As a former high school teacher, I feel at home with the wide range of opportunities for teaching within this program; whether it is mentoring and teaching in the clinic setting, working with a team on the inpatient wards, or leading discussions and giving lectures at conferences. The innovative focus of this residency program continues to inspire me to find and offer what is best for residents and our patients.

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts, history, Walla Walla College, cum laude
Graduate school: Master of Science, science education, Montana State University
Medical school: Loma Linda University
Internship and Residency: Providence St. Vincent Internal Medicine Residency Program
Chief residency: Providence St. Vincent Internal Medicine Residency
Awards: Most Outstanding Intern 2011, Community Preceptor Teacher of the Year for OHSU 2020

Areas of academic focus:

  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Community Engagement
  • Resident evaluations and advancement tools
  • Team-based Learning
  • Code Blue Training

National/Regional responsibilities:

  • Manuscript Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Graduate Medical Education and Journal of Hospital Medicine
  • ACP Abstract Reviewer

Recent presentations/workshops:

  • COMPADRE Bite-Sized Educator Sessions, April 2023 “How to Develop Your CCC”
  • COMPADRE Bite-Sized Educator Sessions, April 2022 “Supporting Learners Who Struggle”
  • Workshop at the Academic Internal Medicine Week National Conference, April 2022 “Podcast-based Learning: An Innovative, Flipped-Classroom Instructional Model for Internal Medicine Residents”
  • Poster Presentation at the Academic Internal Medicine Week National Conference, April 2022 “Milestones 2.0: A Community Hospital's Efforts to Overhaul Our Evaluation System”
  • Presentation at the Society of General Internal Medicine Western Regional Meeting, January 2022 “Podcast-based Learning: An Innovative, Flipped-Classroom Instructional Model for Internal Medicine Residents”
  • Presentation at the ACGME Pacific NW Assessment Course, September 2019 “Clinical Competency Committees (CCCs): Designing Processes to Inform Competency Decisions and Identify Struggling Learners “
  • Poster Presentation at the Academic Internal Medicine Week National Conference, April 2018 “Successful Implementation of a Mock Code Blue Curriculum Focused on Competency Based Evaluation of Residents”
  • Poster Presentation at the Symposium on Educational Excellence, Oregon Health Sciences University, March 2018, “Successful Implementation of a Mock Code Blue Curriculum Focused on Competency Based Evaluation of Residents”

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Teaching attending on the wards
  • Clinical preceptor
  • Code Blue Committee
  • Evidenced-based medicine instructor and facilitator

Personal interests:

Spending time outdoors with my wife and three sons enjoying Portland by hiking, biking, camping and running.

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Chair of Medicine

StevenSteven D. Freer, M.D., FACP
Brill Chair, Department of Medicine, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Undergraduate: University of California Santa Cruz, summa cum laude
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Residency: Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, 1991

Personal Statement: It is a joy and a privilege to be a doctor, especially where teaching and learning are a priority. At St. Vincent's, we commit ourselves to a residency experience that fosters curiosity, leadership, excellence, and an abiding commitment to serving one's patients and colleagues.


  • J. David Markham Award for Excellence in Teaching; 2001
  • Division Chiefs Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University; 2000
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Foundations of Clinical Medicine, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University; 1999

National/Regional Responsibilities:

  • Chief Medical Officer, Providence Health and Services, OR 2014-2022

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Morning Report Moderator
  • Physical diagnosis and basic IM skills
  • Clinical reasoning
  • PQI Mentor
  • Inpatient ward attending

Personal Interests: biking, music, wilderness experiences

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Associate Program Director

MichaelGoldsteinMichael Goldstein, M.D. FHM FACP
Internal Medicine Hospitalist

Personal Statement: As the academic hospitalist faculty, I hope to bring my enthusiasm and experience for the clinical practice of hospital medicine to our residents and provide them with the education that prepares them for real world hospitalist practice. Our residency is fortunate to have such a strong, diverse and supportive hospitalist group working alongside our residents to provide a variety of perspectives and clinical experience, preparing them for the fast paced and rapidly evolving field of hospital medicine. In addition, the many changes occurring within US health care today have created numerous opportunities within hospitals and healthcare systems for physicians to be leaders of change and improvement. I want to encourage residents to discover the satisfaction of not only being able to ease the way of patients at the bedside, but change the system to improve the experience and outcomes for all patients. As hospitalists, our knowledge and experience in the acute care setting makes us uniquely qualified to lead these innovation efforts. I hope to provide residents the tools and career development opportunities to become the next generation of physician leaders in the hospital or whichever clinical setting they choose to practice.

Undergraduate: Cornell University Bachelor of Science, Computational Biology
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Residency: Providence Portland Medical Center

Area of academic focus:

  • Quality Improvement - Transitions of care, patient education and improving inpatient systems of practice.
  • Career development in hospital medicine
  • Palliative care for hospitalized patients
  • Point of care ultrasound

Regional/Local responsibilities:

  • Chair of the Department of Hospitalist Medicine, St. Vincent Hospital
  • Hospitalist Director of the 9E medical unit
  • Physician participant, Hospitalist Regional Quality Group
  • Physician participant, St. Vincent Hospital Sepsis Workgroup

Recent Awards:

  • Outstanding Hospitalist Award for Exemplary Dedication to Teaching, St. Vincent IM Residency June 2016
  • Hospitalist Service Award, Providence Medical Group, June 2013

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Teaching attending on the wards
  • Accountable Care Unit attending for the hospitalist teams
  • Medical student teaching (OHSU third- and fourth-year medical students)
  • Perioperative and consultative medicine education
  • Inpatient curriculum development

Personal Interests:
Spending time with my wife and daughters, biking, hiking and enjoying the Pacific Northwest.

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Tom ChauTom Chau, M.D., MBA, FACP
Medical Director, Resident Ambulatory Clinic
Clinical Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University

Personal statement: I have enjoyed being part of Providence St Vincent’s efforts to build healthier communities. Empowering people to make positive changes in their lives leads to healthier patients while addressing the causes of worrying and frustration leads to healthier physicians.

The close, supportive environment of our community-based residency program has allowed me to foster careful information gathering and critical thinking with my residents so they learn how to think through their patients rather than worry about them. Similarly, residents learn first-hand how the healthcare system works and how to care for patients efficiently within that system rather than trip over multiple stumbling blocks. Watching nervous, green interns blossom into confident, adept physicians has been the greatest reward of practicing and teaching at Providence St Vincent.

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, biomedical engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., recipient of Richard Johns Award for Academic Excellence in Biomedical Engineering, 2000
Graduate school: Master of Business Administration, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Co., recipient of Dean’s Super Merit Scholarship, 2003
Medical school: M.D., University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO, elected to AOA
Residency: Internal medicine (categorical), UCSD Medical Center, San Diego, CA
Chief residency: UCSD Internal Medicine Residency Program – San Diego VA Medical Center

Areas of professional focus:

  • Hypertension and electrolyte disturbances
  • High value care
  • Technology in healthcare
  • Epic Physician Builder: Analytics

Selected bibliography:

  • Lin CS, Lin C, Fang WH, et al. A Deep-Learning Algorithm (ECG12Net) for Detecting Hypokalemia and Hyperkalemia by Electrocardiography: Algorithm Development. JMIR Med Inform. 2020;8(3):e15931.
  • Chau T, Loertscher L. A multimodal high-value curriculum affects drivers of utilization and performance on the high-value care component of the internal medicine in-training exam. J Community Hosp Intern Med Perspect. 2018 Feb 6;8(1):23-25.
  • Wu KL, Cheng CJ, Sung CC, Tseng MH, Hsu YJ, Yang SS, Chau T, Lin SH. Identification of the Causes for Chronic Hypokalemia: Importance of Urinary Sodium and Chloride Excretion. Am J Med. 2017 Jul;130(7).
  • Lin SH, Chiu JS, Hsu CW, Chau T. A simple and rapid approach to hypokalemic paralysis. Am J Emerg Med. 2003 Oct;21(6):487-91.
  • Lin SH, Chau T. A puzzling cause of hypokalaemia. Lancet. 2002 Jul 20;360(9328):224.

Regional responsibilities:

  • Physician Chair, Providence Medical Group Therapeutics Committee

Personal interests:Hiking, healthy cooking, world travel, Board of Directors of Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra

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IreneIrene Hendrickson, M.D.
Faculty Instructor, Providence Medical Group at St. Vincent

Personal statement: I’m honored to be among such outstanding faculty here at Providence St. Vincent. I consider my colleagues to be the best visionaries and innovators for teaching the complexity of health care today, starting from the best evidence-based practices and medical knowledge, to new systems such as our medical home clinic model and the unique geographic care of the Accountable Care Unit (ACU) on the wards. My favorite part of teaching here is that I am inspired by the mission of constant service and the commitment to our patients that is universally emphasized. I love taking care of patients, and as your teacher, my goal is for you to have passion and joy in your role as a doctor.

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, biology, University of Portland, Portland, Ore., magna cum laude
Medical school: M.D. Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Neb.
Residency: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, Ore.
Fellowship: Samuel L. Wise Fellowship in General Internal Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Academic Medicine focus

Kenneth E.W. Melvin, M.D., Award for Excellence in the Practice of Medicine, Providence St. Vincent Medicine Residency Program
Outstanding Intern of the Year, Providence St. Vincent

Areas of academic focus:

  • ACGME milestones
  • Resident evaluation and advancement tools
  • Persistent pain management
  • Complex clinical case management

Regional responsibilities:

  • Curriculum advisory group, Persistent Pain Project

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Clinical instructor – Accountable Care Unit and SIBR
  • Clinical preceptor – medical home attending
  • Medical student teaching (OHSU third year medical students)
  • Primary care clinic curriculum coordinator
  • Resident board preparation instructor

Personal interests:
My husband and my seven kids are my greatest joy. When I’m not cheering them on at all their activities, I enjoy yoga, ballroom dancing, biking, hiking and going to the beach.

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EmilyEmily E. Hitchcock, M.D., FACP
Faculty Physician, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University

Personal statement: As a clinician educator, Dr. Hitchcock finds fulfillment in both her physician-patient relationships and her mentor-resident relationships. Much as she enjoys helping patients find the right road to lead them to a healthier, better quality of life, so she enjoys helping her residents develop from enthusiastic but tentative young physicians into mature, confident and competent clinicians ready for independent practice. With patients, she focuses on creating a personalized health care program that can really work in an individual's life. With residents she identifies each resident’s strengths to support and areas of growth potential, helping guide her residents’ learning and experiences to best prepare them for a happy and successful future in medicine.

Undergraduate: Swarthmore College, Bachelor of Arts philosophy, with distinction.
Medical school: University of Pennsylvania
Residency: University of Rochester
Chief Resident: University of Rochester

Areas of academic focus:

  • Women’s health
  • Health care disparities and health equity
  • Cultural humility
  • Health literacy—improving doctor-patient communication
  • Resident evaluation and advancement tools
  • Management of Chronic Pain and Addiction Medicine
  • Mindful meditation and bringing mindfulness to medical practice.
  • Teaching Providers about Health Literacy using the After Visit Summary—A pilot study.
  • OHSU Education Scholars Program: a one year program offered by OHSU to “provide academic educators with training in education theory and methods, and impart a skill set that will allow them to build a successful career upon education scholarship in academic medicine”. Class of 2015-2016.
  • In process: Certification as Mindfulness Meditation Teacher through SoundsTrue (certification date, January 2021).

Regional responsibilities:

  • GME Diversity Committee member
  • 2018 to Present: Member of Providence St Vincent Medical Center Committee for Professional Evaluation and Review
  • 2023 to Present: Member of Providence Oregon Committee for Professional Evaluation and Review
  • 2022 Recipient of the Oregon ACP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Teaching attending on the wards
  • Clinical preceptor
  • Medical student teaching (OHSU third-year medical students)
  • Cultural competency, Health Literacy Curriculum coordinator
  • Coordinator—R1 primary care resident rotation
  • Chair PSVIM Evaluation and Curriculum Committee
  • Resident board preparation instructor

Personal interests:
Spending time with my family, gardening, cooking, jogging, cycling and yoga. Teaching mindfulness meditation in the community.

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Claudia Leonard, M.D., FACP
Faculty Instructor, Internal Medicine

Undergraduate: Harvard University, A.B. cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Medical school: Harvard Medical School
Residency: Internal medicine, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston


American College of Physicians, Oregon Chapter, Laureate Award 2019
American College of Physicians, Oregon Chapter Howard P. Lewis Distinguished Teacher Award 2015
Spirit of Emile Award Mission Inspiration Award Recipient 2008
Top Doctor in Portland Monthly magazine five times

Areas of academic focus:

  • Women’s health
  • Global health including Ethical Issues in Medical Volunteerism
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Primary care

Regional and National responsibilities:

  • UpToDate, lead reviewer
  • American College of Physicians Volunteerism Committee
  • American College of Physicians Oregon Chapter Awards Committee
  • American College of Physicians Oregon Planning Committee
  • Health Volunteers Overseas Internal Medicine Steering Committee
  • Health Volunteers Overseas Internal Medicine in Uganda, site director

Personal interests:
Traveling, hiking and skiing with my husband and three children. Gardening, camping, reading and virtual visits with friends have sustained me during the pandemic.

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LauraLaura Loertscher, M.D., FACP
Internal Medicine
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Personal statement: I am fortunate to have found joy, passion and balance in my career due to the relationships, innovative flexibility, and academic rigor of a community program. This setting provides the ideal environment to cultivate our learners’ intrinsic drive and curiosity while coaching and role modeling outstanding, patient-centered, high-value medical care. Each learner brings their unique strengths and personality; my role as an educator is to help them reach their greatest potential by revealing value in their learning and meaning in their work.

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science human biology, Marquette University, summa cum laude
Graduate: Master of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Medical school: Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minn.
Residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
Chief residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.


  • OHSU Educational Symposium, Education Research Poster 3rd Place (2017)
  • Attitude, Commitment, and Excellence Award – Mayo Graduate School of Medicine (2007)
  • Research Poster Award - Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (2009)
  • Portland Top Doctors (2012-13)
  • Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) TEACH Program inaugural class (2014)

Areas of academic focus:

  • High Value Care
  • Quality improvement
  • Physician Wellness
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Medical education

Selected recent publications:

  • Heino J, Loertscher LL. Improving Influenza Immunization Rates in Patients >65 in Primary Care. Society of General Internal Medicine Regional Conference, Portland, OR, February 3, 2017.
  • Loertscher LL, Chau T. A Multimodal High Value Curriculum Affects Culture and Drivers of Utilization: Three Years of Follow up. Society of General Internal Medicine Regional Conference, Portland, OR, February 3, 2017.
  • Freidin NT, Loertscher LL. The Year of Resilience: The Practice of Resiliency Strategies in a Resident Well Being Curriculum. Society of General Internal Medicine Regional Conference, Seattle, WA, February 5, 2016.
  • Loertscher LL, Sanders S. Owning the System: patient Outcomes and Resident Education on an Accountable Care Unit. Society of General Internal Medicine Regional Conference, Portland, OR, February 6, 2015.
  • Patel MS, Reed DA, Loertscher LL, McDonald FS, Arora VM. Teaching Residents to Provide Cost-Conscious Care: A National Survey of Residency Program Directors. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2014 March: 174 (3): 470-2.
  • Loertscher LL, Chau T. Identification of Leaner Needs to Create a Curriculum in High-Value Care. Society of General Internal Medicine National Conference, Denver, CO, April 24, 2013.
  • Loertscher LL. How to Maximize your Morning Report: A Resident-centric Format for Today's Learning Environment. Society of General Internal Medicine NW Regional Conference, Portland, OR, February 1, 2013.
  • Szostek JH, Wieland, ML, Loertscher LL, Duncan DR, McDonald FS, Reed DA. A systems approach to morbidity and mortality conference. Amer J Med 123(7): 663-668.
  • Loertscher LL, Halvorsen AJ, Beasley BW, Holmboe ES, Kolars JC, McDonald FS. (2010). Pharmaceutical Industry Support and Residency Education: A Survey of Internal Medicine Program Directors. Arch Int Med 170(4) 356-362.
  • Loertscher LL, Reed DA, Mueller PS. (2010). Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders: A Guide for Clinicians. Am J Med 123 (1): 4-9.
  • Loertscher LL, Beckman TJ, Cha SS, Reed DA. (2010). Code Status Discussions: Agreement between Internal Medicine Residents and Hospitalized Patients. Teach and Learn Med 22(4): 251-256

Regional and national responsibilities:

  • Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)
  • Clinical Practice Innovations Co-chair Annual National Meeting (2013)
  • NW Regional Meeting Planning Committee & Abstracts Chair (2017)
  • NW Regional Meeting Planning Committee & Workshops Co-chair (2019)
  • American College of Physicians (ACP) Oregon Chapter Meeting Planning Committee
  • Providence Health & Services Oregon Region CME Medical Director Providence Medical Group CME Committee Co-Director
  • Accountable Care Unit Medical Co-director, Providence St. Vincent

Teaching responsibilities:

  • High Value Care Curriculum Co-director
  • Resident Wellness Curriculum and Faculty Advisor
  • Accountable Care Unit (ACU) Medical Co-Director
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference Director
  • Morning report facilitator
  • EBM Teacher and Journal Club Mentor
  • Quality Improvement Project Mentor
  • Resident Board Preparation Instructor
  • Teaching Attending Hospital Medicine
  • Clinical Preceptor Ambulatory Medicine

Personal interests:
Running, soccer, quilting and spending time in the beautiful Oregon outdoors with my husband and two young sons

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Shelley Schoepflin Sanders, M.D., FACP

Program Lead, Sepsis Focus Group, Providence St. Joseph Health
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University
Faculty Instructor, Internal Medicine

Personal statement: I chose Providence St. Vincent for residency because the program philosophy and structure create academic rigor while the faculty embody what it means to be somebody’s doctor. I’ve stayed on as faculty because I thrive in our environment of continuous innovation.

I love being part of the future of medicine, both as a mentor for residents and as a health systems innovator.

In my PSJH system role as program lead for the Sepsis Focus Group across our 51 hospitals, and in my local role as faculty at Providence St. Vincent, I have the opportunity to connect residents with diverse projects that have robust data and analytic support:

  • Social determinants of health and healthcare disparities: I am one of 21 Providence Health Equity Fellows, working to eliminate disparities across the continuum of care.
  • Reliable patient rescue using the Modified Early Warning System which formed the basis for my fellowship at the Innovation Advisors Program
  • Sepsis innovations including artificial intelligence for early detection, automated sepsis checklist, rapid response team workflows
  • Our Accountable Care Unit at PSVMC provides the perfect environment for resident-designed patient-centered workflows with collaboration across disciplines:
    • Community Acquired Pneumonia Pathway
    • Early Mobility and Delirium Prevention
    • Reduction of unnecessary labs
    • Reduction of severe hypoglycemia
  • Goals of Care conversations in primary care, ICU, ED, and hospital wards


Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, Walla Walla College, summa cum laude
Graduate: Master of Theological Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Brandon Honor Scholarship
Medical school: Doctor of Medicine with distinction in research, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Alpha Omega Alpha
Residency: Providence St. Vincent Internal Medicine Residency
Chief residency: Providence St. Vincent Internal Medicine Residency

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Quality improvement curriculum coordinator
  • Teaching attending on the Accountable Care Unit
  • Clinical preceptor
  • Medical student teaching (OHSU third-year medical students)

Personal interests:
Spending time with family, windsurfing, triathlon, photography, gardening, piano

Regional responsibilities:

  • Clinical program lead, Providence St. Joseph Sepsis Focus Group, Acute Care Clinical Performance Group
  • Providence St. Joseph Sepsis Steering Committee Oregon Region Physician Lead
  • Chair, Sepsis taskforce, Providence Health, Oregon Region
  • Co-medical director, Accountable Care Unit, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

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AlexAlexander D. Schafir, M.D., FACP

Faculty Instructor, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Clin. Asst. Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health and Sciences University

Personal statement: Humans have always sought healing. It is a privilege and joy to answer that call; to be, everyday, somebody’s doctor. I became a clinician-educator in order to share that enthusiasm with you. I have a particular interest in teaching students and residents about “agendas” during clinic visits: the challenge of discovering our patients’ deep concerns and reconciling those with our own vision of their health needs. In addition, I hope to help you develop your own skills as an educator of students and interns during your residency. I am proud to be part of an energetic faculty with high standards for ourselves and our residents—a group that views physicians, including residents, as obligate leaders in our rapidly changing field.

Undergraduate school: Princeton University, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, biology, Sigma Psi Scientific Research Society
Medical school: UCLA School of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha, Aesculapians Award for Outstanding Leadership
Residency: University of Washington, Seattle
Chief residency: University of Washington, Providence Seattle Hospital
Scholar: Harvard Macy Program for Clinician Educators

Areas of academic focus:

  • Teaching Residents How to Teach and Lead Teams
  • Somatization in Primary Care
  • Physician-patient Relationship: creating agendas in the clinic
  • Thieve’s Market Presentations: Can you guess this unusual diagnosis first, and are you allowed to have this much fun with Internal Medicine?

Regional responsibilities:

  • Co-Chair, Council of Residents and Fellows, American College of Physicians (ACP), Oregon Chapter
  • Oregon ACP General Advisory Council
  • Geriatric Education Coordinator, Providence St. Vincent IM Residency
  • Past Board Member, Society of General Internal Medicine, Northwest Region

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Clinic preceptor and mentor
  • Inpatient attending, Accountable Care Unit
  • Preceptor, Principles of Quality Improvement
  • Resident Teaching/Leadership Workshops

Personal interests:
My family sea-kayaks, travels to far corners, and builds community in our neighborhood. I run; I bike-commute; and I seek out Portland’s jazz.

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Stephanie Griffith, M.D.
Core Faculty, Internal Medicine Hospitalist
Undergraduate: Oregon State University
Medical School: University of Washington, School of Medicine
Residency: Providence St. Vincent Internal Medicine Residency
Chief Resident: Providence St. Vincent Internal Medicine Residency
Personal Statement:As a lifelong PNW resident, I was fortunate to train at Providence St Vincent where I also went on to serve as Chief Resident. I entered residency with a toddler (who is now eleven years old!) and found our program offered the best of both worlds- incredible support for me as a person and the academic rigor I desired from a training program. I am now a hospitalist and core faculty member where I am thrilled to provide that same support and commitment to academic medicine. I love the wide variety of patients I care for at St Vincent’s where I see a tremendous mix of bread and butter and exciting zebras, including the sickest and most vulnerable populations. Teaching brings me immense joy- whether it be using plain language to help a patient understand their illness or teaching medical students and residents at the bedside or morning report. As a physician, I have come to learn that there is rarely one right answer or way of doing things, so I strive to allow residents autonomy on the wards and love watching them become amazing physicians with their own style.
Areas of academic focus:
  • Clinical Reasoning
  • Sepsis
  • Weight Stigma and HAES (Health at Every Size) and practicing size inclusive care
  • ACLS
  • Substance Use Disorders

Teaching responsibilities:

  • “Case of the Mondays”- a case-based conference I developed as Chief Resident where we work through an unscripted case, highlighting diagnostic reasoning
  • Code Blue Curriculum- lead monthly multidisciplinary mock codes in the hospital, as well as annual Sim Lab Training for interns
  • Medical student teaching sessions focusing on Sepsis
  • WSU Adjunctive faculty- academic half day teacher at WSU Vancouver Campus

Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Career Advising for all current interns and Residents
  • Hospital Code Blue Committee Physician Member
  • Regional ACP abstract reviewer
  • Evaluation Committee member
  • Hospitalist Clinical Education Committee Co-chair
  • Medical Students for Size Inclusivity Advisory Board Member

Scholarly Work:

  • Medical Grand Rounds Presenter: Weight Stigma: How it harms our patients and what we can do about it, 2021
  • Medical Grand Rounds Presenter: Diagnostic Reasoning, 2018
  • Poster presentation and clinical abstract: American Thoracic Society A Rare Case of Adult Community-Acquired Escherichia Coli Meningitis as a Complication of Bacteremia and Urinary Tract Infection
  • ACP Oregon Chapter Clinical Vignette: Pulmonary Cryptococcal Infection Mimicking Primary Lung Cancer
  • ACP Oregon Chapter: QI poster presentation: Use of a Standardized Template for Written Discharge Instructions


  • Outstanding intern 2015, outstanding resident 2017
  • ACP Oregon Chapter Meeting- 2nd place Clinical Vignette

Personal Interests:

  • Enjoying all the Pacific NW has to offer with my husband and son including hiking, SUP-ing and camping. When not getting outside, I love my peloton bike- you can find me on a 90’s ride with Cody most of the time. I also enjoy holiday baking and decorating, photography, reading fiction and non-fiction, and indulging in my guilty pleasure of reality TV.

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Shahana Baig-Lewis, M.D.
Faculty Instructor, Providence Medical Group at St. Vincent

Personal Statement:

I am honored to be part of the core faculty of the internal medicine residency program at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Our residency is an innovative academically rigorous community training program that emphasizes outstanding patient care, educational excellence, service to our community, and physician wellbeing. I am excited to be part of this outstanding group of physician educators who understand the privilege of being someone’s doctor and who are inspired to share their love of medicine with future generations. As a faculty member I am here to advocate for, coach, mentor, teach, and sponsor our residents to be the best physicians they can be, and in turn to provide our patients and our community with the best care possible.

Undergraduate: Mount Holyoke College, B.A. Biochemistry, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Psi Scientific Research Society

Graduate: Portland State University, Master of Public Health, Health Administration Policy, Academic Excellence

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University, Academic Scholar Student Fellow, Department of Pathology, Oregon Health & Science University

Internship and Residency: Oregon Health & Science University, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Chief Resident: Oregon Health & Science University, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Professional Development:

Oregon Health & Science University Educational Scholars Program, class of 2019-2020

Longitudinal program providing faculty development in educational scholarship

Stanford Faculty Professional Development Clinical Teaching Series, 2019

Oregon Heath & Science University, Active Bystander Strategies Course, 2019

Areas of academic focus:

*Bias in Medicine

*Curriculum Development

*Diagnostic Reasoning: teaching learners how to think

*Evidence-based Medicine: asking clinical questions in the ambulatory and acute care setting

*Physical Exam: bedside skills

*Physician Wellness

*Mentorship and Sponsorship: with emphasis on career planning

*Medical Scholarship

*Women in Academic Medical Leadership

National/Regional Responsibilities:

*ACP abstract reviewer

*SGIM 2019 planning committee member

Curriculum Development:

Workshop session on discrimination in the workplace

Reflection groups for interns on university and VA wards

Ambulatory Report/Educational Prescription Project Redesign

Surgical Curb-siders: ask the expert sessions

Intern Report Redesign

Chair Report Redesign


Baig-Lewis S, Chesteen K, Liu P and Wurzburger R. Minding the gap between UME and GME by restructuring an intern report curriculum. Innovations in medicine poster presentation. NW Regional SGIM annual meeting. Portland, OR. Jan 2020.

Baig-Lewis S, and Saedi T. Fever and Rash: The perplexing presentation of a common disease; a case of EBV viremia. Poster presentation. Oregon ACP Conference. Salem, OR. November 2018.

Baig-Lewis S, Morrison L, Troxell M, and Mansoor A, MD. An Uncommon Cause of Hematuria in an Elderly Man. Poster presentation. Oregon ACP Conference. Salem OR. November 2015.

Baig-Lewis S, Stanley N, Hacker F, Hanifin J, and Morgan T.Atopic Dermatitis is Associated with Obstetric Complications of Placental Insufficiency. Poster presentation. Society for Reproductive Investigation 62nd Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. March 2015.

Weese K, Hanifin J, Mahmood M, Larson B,Baig-Lewis S, Long T, Lim J, Berlin M, Morgan T. Atopic dermatitis is associated with high risk human papillomavirus infection. J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2015 Oct:19(4):345-9.

Slifka MK, Leung DYM, Hammarlund E, Raué H-P, Simpson EL, Tofte S,Baig-Lewis S, David G, Lynn H, Woolson R, Hata T, Milgrom H, Hanifin J. Transcutaneous yellow fever vaccination of subjects with or without atopic dermatitis. J Allergy Clin Inmmunol. 2014 Feb 133(2):439-447.

Rendell M, Baig-Lewis S, Berry T, Denny M, Simpson B, Brown P, Simpson E. Do early skin care practices alter the risk of atopic dermatitis? A case-control study. Pediatric Dermatol. 2011 Sep-Oct;28 (5):593-5.

Peterson-Nedry W, Erdeniz N, Kremer S, Yu JA, Baig-Lewis S, Wehrli M. Unexpectedly robust assembly of the Axin destruction complex regulates Wnt/Wg signaling in Drosophila as revealed by analysis in vivo. Developmental biology. 2008 Aug: 320(1):226-241.

Baig-Lewis S, Peterson-Nedry W, Wehrli M. Wingless/Wnt signal transduction requires distinct initiation and amplification steps that both depend on Arrow/LRP. Developmental Biology. 2007 June: 306(1):94-111.

Teaching Responsibilities:

*Clinical instructor – Accountable Care Unit and SIBR

*Clinical preceptor – medical home attending

*Medical student teaching (OHSU third year medical students)

Personal interests:

Spending time with my family including my spouse, a local plastic surgeon,and our two children, distance running, traveling, cooking, and trying new cuisines, as well as reading and binge-watching British competitions such as the Great British Baking Show.

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