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Current Residents

Our residents originate from several areas throughout the U.S. and beyond. Despite varied academic backgrounds, geographic diversity and career goals ranging from primary care to academic research, our residents share one common goal: to become the best physicians possible.

PGY - 1

Hannah Giger, DOHannah Giger, DO

Medical School: University of New England
Graduate: Boston University, Public Health
Undergraduate: University of Oregon, Biology and Chemistry

Hannah returns to Oregon after a six-year hiatus in New England. She was a varsity cross country runner in college and still enjoys being active in the outdoors. Hannah brings her strong work ethic and an interest in advocacy for LGBTQIA+ health and patients with substance use disorder. In medical school Hannah helped facilitate a course on Cultural Humility and Biases. Hannah’s diverse hobbies include woodworking, photography, playing a variety of musical instruments, cooking, gardening, and learning Russian.

Maxwell Hirsh, MDMaxwell Hirsh, MD

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University
Undergraduate: University of Oregon, Physics and Psychology

Max will join us after completing a preliminary year in New York where he discovered his love for Internal Medicine and developed a resiliency that comes from working in an epicenter of the COVID pandemic. He is an advocate for equity in health care and has experience in health policy lobbying. Max is a true Oregonian with diverse talents and interests: jazz piano, electric bass, learning Japanese, computer programming, cooking, running, and homebrewing.

Leslie Hudson, DOLeslie Hudson, DO
Medical School: Western University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: St. Olaf College of Northfield, Psychology

Leslie, an Oregonian, was a competitive English Hunter/Jumper and founded a summer horse camp for children. Her health care research with Mayo Clinic, volunteer work with underserved populations, and early personal experiences taught her about the nuances and complexity of medicine. She loves both the science and human connection in medicine and is excited about a future career as a hospitalist. Her commitment to learning and humanity were evident when she did her cardiology rotation here at PSVMC. When not engaged in school or riding horses, Leslie enjoys reading, writing, drawing, and the outdoors.

Bethany Koschel, DOBethany Koschel, DO

Medical School: Western University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Colorado, Integrative Biology

Bethany was an excellent student in our ICU, and we are fortunate to have return for more. She grew up in Loveland, Colorado where she worked as a CNA caring for patients with dementia. Her undergraduate capstone project investigated what “community” means to nursing home residents. These experiences honed her values of patient advocacy and personalized care. She was awarded her medical school’s 2018 Distinguished Service Award and was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Most of Bethany’s free time is focused on her two rescue dogs.

Adrianna Morse, BA/MD

Adrianna Morse, BA/MD

Medical School: University of Missouri– Kansas City
Undergraduate: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Biology

Adrianna, a Kansan, comes to us from Missouri where she completed a combined BA/MD program. She will be welcome on the ACU as she has done Quality Improvement research on preventing hypoglycemia in the inpatient setting. Adrianna is a people person. She served as a peer mentor, student ambassador, and as a wellness organizer promoting events to establish camaraderie amongst students. Adrianna competed in collegiate dance and continues dance for enjoyment and exercise. She is an avid podcast listener, reads mystery and horror novels, and cooks Italian dishes.

Michelle Nguyen, MDMichelle Nguyen, MD

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University
Undergraduate: Oregon State University, Microbiology

Michelle is well known to us having done several clinical rotations at PSVMC. Michelle has worked as an EPIC tutor, scribe, and student volunteer at a free clinic. She was a board member for the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association, raising awareness of health challenges and supporting cultural events. Michelle is fluent in Vietnamese and hopes to serve her community as a primary care physician. She enjoys weightlifting, playing classical piano, board games, hiking and kayaking, and being actively involved in her church.

Omar Pandhair, MDOmar Pandhair, MD

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University
Undergraduate: University of Texas-Dallas, Biology

Omar was raised in Oregon by Pakistani parents. He loves to teach, having started as a middle school tutor at his local mosque, becoming a peer educator in college, and facilitating the narrative medicine course at OHSU. In evaluations, he is described as “innately compassionate, upbeat and humble”. During the pandemic he grilled food for a houseless community. Omar’s hobbies include football, American politics and foreign policy, and walking on beautiful trails near his home.

Allison Schue, DOAllison Schue, DO

Medical School: Western University of Health Science College Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Oregon State University, Microbiology & Chemistry

Allison is an Oregon native who left long enough for a semester at St. Andrews in Scotland. She is dedicated to improving her local community having conducted public health research, working with the OMA Equity and Inclusion taskforce, volunteering at a community clinic, and participating in advocacy work. She has possible career interests in Palliative care and Rheumatology. Alison’s hobbies include running, cooking, travel and spending time with family and friends.

Jimmy Chen, MDJimmy Chen, MD

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University
Undergraduate: Emory University, Computer Science

Like many physicians, Jimmy has a passion for both music and science. He is a classical violinist who was able to perform with two virtual orchestras during the pandemic. He has significant experience in research ranging from artificial intelligence to the prevention of blindness. When not playing music, Jimmy enjoys distance running and cooking international cuisine in his free time. Jimmy also speaks Chinese and Spanish. Following his preliminary year with us, Jimmy will complete residency in ophthalmology at University of California San Diego.

Andrew Helming, MD

Andrew Helming, MD

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University
Undergraduate: Montana State University, Biochemistry & Microbiology

Andrew was raised in a copper mining town in Montana and knows about hard work and the unique challenges faced by many blue-collar communities. His childhood fostered his love of mechanics and a curiosity for how things work. In addition to having an excellent performance in medical school, Andrew managed to coach Jiu Jitsu, volunteer to support families suffering from homelessness amidst the pandemic, and tutor Indigenous students seeking admission to medical school. His hobbies include Jiu Jitsu, cooking, weightlifting, camping, and caring for his German Shepherd. After a preliminary year with us, Andrew will return to OHSU to train in radiology.

Catherine “Katie” Kato, MDCatherine “Katie” Kato, MD

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University
Undergraduate: Macalester College, Biology

Katie was born and raised in Beaverton, OR and is grateful to her family who sacrificed to support her education. She is passionate about increasing diversity in higher education and hopes to continue her volunteer work in this area. Katie has an extensive background in research; she is the first author on several publications and a contributing author on many more. She builds her resilience through connection, volunteering, and spending time outdoors hiking, paddle boarding and bouldering. She also enjoys chasing after her dog, Olive, making ice cream, and playing board games. After a preliminary year with us, Katie will move to Rochester, Minnesota to train in Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic.

Jennifer Strunck, MDJennifer Strunck, MD

Medical School: University of Utah
Undergraduate: University of California-Los Angeles, Psychobiology

Jennifer will join us for a preliminary year prior to completing residency in Dermatology at Oregon Health and Sciences University. She was raised in Northern California and has dual citizenship in the US and Germany. Prior to medical school Jennifer worked as a medical assistant and research coordinator. She has extensive research experience including a one-year dermatology research fellowship at OHSU. Jennifer is also passionate about leadership and was co-President of the dermatology interest group and program manager for a local free clinic. Her hobbies include travel, trying new restaurants, reading, music and board games.

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PGY - 2

Nathaniel Edwards, MD

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Undergraduate: Corban University

Nathaniel spent two years substitute teaching in Alaska before heading to medical school in Ohio. Helping the underserved is a passion of his. Nathaniel spent many hours mentoring younger medical students in the medical school's primary care free clinic for the underserved. He enjoys the outdoors, road cycling, gardening and spending time with his wife and two children. He is also happy to be relocating back to Oregon.

Jakob FeeneyJakob Feeney, MD
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Undergraduate: College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick

As a volunteer for Mercy Health Center throughout his medical school career, Jakob’s diverse resume includes student clinic manager, Christmas caroling leader, clinic volunteer at the patient free clinic for the underserved, and working with medical residents in the mobile medical clinic providing medical care to neighborhoods with limited access. In addition to finding a passion in medical education, Jakob is a talented singer and actor, enjoys cooking and baking (including decorating), and plays board and video games.

Nicholas Gates

Nicholas Gates, MD

Medical School: Louisiana State University of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Colorado

Leaving his home state of Colorado for Louisiana after college, Nicholas discovered his love for working closely with under-served communities through volunteering. His work as an EMT in New Orleans gave him real-world experiences in medicine before applying to medical school. In medical school, he was elected co-director of the student-run homeless clinics helping provide services to those that needed it most. In his free time, Nicholas writes songs on guitar & piano, enjoys the outdoors, video games, and yard games with friends. He is interested in pursuing a career in nephrology or pulmonary critical care but overall keeping an open mind.

Wiley HarkensWiley Harkens, DO

Medical School: Pacific Northwest University
Undergraduate: California Polytechnic State University

After spending his undergraduate years in California, Wiley decided to return to the Pacific Northwest. During his educational years, he volunteered as a food packer, packaging food for a hunger relief agency, worked at the AIDS Support Network & Hep C Project for low income members of the community, and also worked as a “Big Doc” mentoring underclass medical students navigating their first year of medical school. He is an artist and makes woodblock prints, ink & graphite drawings, as well as acrylic paintings. He enjoys rock climbing, traveling, and watching foreign films.

Thatcher HouldinThatcher Houldin, MD

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University

Thatcher has quite a diverse background in work and volunteer experiences. He has done student lectures, been a teaching assistant as well as a construction volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and mentored homeless youth for Attention Homes in Boulder, CO. Growing up with parents who ran an outdoor adventure summer camp gave Thatcher a love for the outdoors. When he is not rock climbing or mountain biking, he likes to listen to science fiction/fantasy audio books.

Karissa KuniharaKarissa Kunihira, MD

Medical School: Loma Linda University
Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

In addition to the numerous research projects Karissa worked on in medical school, she still had time to volunteer as a tutor for first and second year students and work part-time as a dental assistant on evenings and weekends. She speaks several languages including German, Japanese, and Spanish. Her appreciation for the outdoors would explain her hobbies of landscape photography, alpine skiing, ultralight backpacking, and hiking. She enjoys travel, music and coffee too.

Divya Nimmatoori

Divya Nimmatoori, MD

Medical School: NTR University of Health Sciences, India

Born and raised in India in a family full of physicians, Divya is the 21st doctor in her family. She had an inherent liking for medicine from the beginning but recognized her true calling when she saw her dad serve landmine victims during the Gulf War. Divya volunteered with EKAM, a non-profit group that strives to uplift healthcare for the underprivileged, was a clinical skills instructor for first- and second-year medical students at OHSU and worked for ambulatory care quality improvement. A passionate singer, she has recorded a song for an Indian movie, is a part of a music band, is involved in fundraising-through-singing and wants to research the benefits of music therapy in the future. She also enjoys Bollywood dancing, fusion cooking, spending time with her husband and little daughter and catching up with her parents and sister over zoom.

Banu RamachandranBanu Ramachandran, MD

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University
Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

After a successful law career, and raising two children, Banu decided that medicine was her true calling. Before medical school, Banu volunteered by doing pro bono legal work, and during medical school, began volunteering by mentoring a disadvantaged student applying to medical school and by facilitating narrative medicine sessions for other medical students at OHSU. She is working to learn Spanish, understands basic Tamil, and runs in her spare time. She enjoys cooking and entertaining, crossword puzzles, and reading, and might break out in song if you put her in front of a karaoke microphone.

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PGY - 3

Tatyana Aleksandrova

Tatyana Aleksandrova, MD

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University
Undergraduate: Oregon Health & Science University, Nursing
Undergraduate: Linfield College, Accounting

Tatyana was born and raised in Turkmenistan. She migrated to the states in 2001 as an exchange student under the Freedom Support Act scholarship. She enjoys sewing, cooking, and is a classical pianist. After prior careers as a tax accountant and a registered nurse, Tatyana decided to pursue medicine. As a medical student Tatyana rotated on our ACU B service and in our primary care clinic. Tatyana is also fluent in Russian.

Joanna BoveJoanna Bove, MD

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Graduate: University of Washington, Public Health
Undergraduate: Barnard College New York, American Studies

Joanna’s many achievements include, Peace Corps volunteer, public health researcher, and a triathlete. Some examples of her research include, social disparities, polysubstance abuse, infant withdrawal, HIV and malaria while in the Peach Corps in Madagascar. She has competed in two full Ironman's and six half Ironman's. Joanna is fluent in French and Spanish. After residency, Joanna is planning to go into Primary care.

Timothy Duh

Timothy Duh, MD

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley, Molecular/Cell Biology

At the age of sixteen, Timothy migrated to America from Taiwan. His hobbies include cooking and tabletop games. Both of his parents are physicians and still reside in Taiwan. Timothy has been a volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club, and the student outreach clinic at Indiana University. He is also fluent in Chinese. After residency, Timothy plans to pursue Cardiology or Nephrology, but is keeping an open mind.

Robert FuRobert Fu, DO

Medical School: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Oregon, Human Physiology, Japanese

Born in China, Robert moved to Japan at age 6, and then moved to the United States at age 12. He grew up in Beaverton and graduated from Westview High. Robert enjoys home and automobile improvement projects, landscaping/gardening, cooking ethnic cuisines, hiking, and traveling. Robert is fluent in Chinese and Japanese. Ultimately, he would like to do a dual hospital/primary care role in conjunction with his father’s clinic.

Gabriel HocumGabriel Hocum, DO

Medical School: Western University, Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Southern Illinois University, Biology

Gabe rotated with us as a medical student on the Cardiology service. His hobbies include collecting records, amateur music production, vinyl DJing, rockhounding (mainly agates) and other casual outdoor activities like hiking and skimboarding. Prior to residency, he wrestled in college and then coached at the high school level while he was a substitute teacher.

Tuan PhamTuan Pham, MD

Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Oregon State University, Biochemistry & Biophysics

Tuan was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States at the age of 8. Considering Portland to be his home, he was thrilled to return to Portland after medical school. Tuan enjoys spending his time his friends, family, and especially his significant other who is an anesthesiology resident at OHSU. Following residency, Tuan is planning on pursuing a cardiology fellowship.

Elizabeth SeversonElizabeth Severson, DO

Medical School: Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Clark University, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Lizzy was born in Salt Lake City. As a medical student, Lizzy rotated in our ACU service. During her time off, she enjoys cooking, playing tennis, playing basketball, going on walks, and hiking. Lizzy has also volunteered her time working with children experiencing homelessness, engaging them in educational activities. Following residency, Lizzy is planning to become a Geriatrician.

Ali TurfahAli Turfah, MD

Medical School: University of Baghdad College of Medicine, Iraq

Ali grew up in Baghdad, Iraq where he attended medical school and spent a lot of time volunteering with UNICEF to help displaced refugees after graduation. Ali transferred into our program from Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital in New York where he was on the front lines of fighting the coronavirus outbreak. In his spare time, Ali enjoys traveling, playing soccer, riding his electric scooter, and cooking Middle Eastern food. Following residency, Ali is planning to become a primary care physician.

Nathan ZvejnieksNathan Zvejnieks, MD (2022 - 2023 Chief Resident)

Medical School: University of South Dakota School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Colorado State University, Biomedical Sciences

Nathan grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota and loves all things outdoors; skiing, snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing; he even picked up kayaking while in Portland. He worked several years with the ski patrol. After college, Nathan had the privilege to spend a year at NASA as a research intern through the National Space Biomedical Research Institute working on several different projects. Throughout residency he spent time outside of the hospital with friends, his wife and dog enjoying the city of Portland or enjoying time playing board games. After his chief year he hopes to go on to fellowship in Pulmonology & Critical Care.

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