Issue 20 July 2007
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  • Message from the Dean
  • Update: regionalization
  • Dean Traystman accepts Vice-Chancellor role
  • Assistant Dean Rosenthal moves to Cancer Institute
  • OCTRI launches "Front Door" services
  • "Post-Bac" pipeline matriculates five
  • SOM at BodyWorlds
  • RWJ Funding - deadline Aug 31
  • Bridge funding - deadline Aug 17
  • Community Spotlight: Dangerous Decibels
  • Upcoming conferences
  • Dean awards staff scholarships
  • $2 million to study cardiac arrhythmia
  • Pediatric Pain Management Center honored
  • Emergency Medicine announces appointments
  • Dr. Mays awarded diplomate status
  • APOM announces achievements
  • Dr. Allen awarded AMA Distinguished Service Award
  • OHSU recognized in national ranking
  • SOM New Faculty
  • July News

    Message from Dean Richardson

    Dear colleagues:

    I am humbled and honored by the recent announcement of my appointment as Dean of the OHSU School of Medicine. This is an exciting time for the School – we are moving steadily toward the goals described in OHSU Vision 2020. We are also taking the first steps to build a state-of-the-art medical school on the waterfront Schnitzer Campus. I am proud to be part of this exceptional institution at this pivotal time.

    Three areas that I will focus particular attention on in the coming months and years are promoting faculty satisfaction, ensuring sustainable excellence and enhancing and supporting a diverse community. These themes, identified in the School's strategic planning process, will involve numerous initiatives – big and small – and I am pleased to be able to report we are making progress.

    An essential first step in the faculty satisfaction goal is to improve our ability to measure how we are doing on that score as an institution. For this reason, I authorized the development and initiation of "exit interviews" for all departing faculty members. This valuable information will help us identify ways we can improve our environment. We will also be conducting an expanded faculty-wide satisfaction survey in the fall – the second time for what will now become an annual survey. The results will inform our planning.

    I am a strong believer in the power of transparency, process uniformity and creativity in promoting faculty satisfaction. I want to ensure that crystal-clear information and robust opportunities are available to help faculty members sustain a meaningful and satisfying career trajectory. As part of this, we are developing standardized approaches to annual performance appraisals. We commissioned a survey from an independent entity to evaluate the uniformity of faculty compensation. We are considering alternate ways of recognizing faculty productivity in faculty rank and appointment status.

    My second theme – sustainable excellence – is broad-based and integrates financial vitality with programmatic excellence. I am looking to everyone in the School of Medicine to identify ways to integrate and bridge our mission areas and to help us move away from the traditional model of "silos." The recent reorganization of the OHSU Cancer Institute and the structure of the Human Genetics Initiative are programmatic examples of this approach. But partnership and integration can, and should, occur at every level, from interdisciplinary curriculum development to space allocation solutions to individual administrative efficiency. I am eager to hear all your ideas on this subject.

    The third theme – diversity – is both a goal unto itself and important to achieving faculty satisfaction and promoting sustainable excellence. I believe that a diverse community of faculty, students and staff immeasurably enriches our learning environment and helps us move closer to the day when our community of healthcare professionals mirrors the demographics of our patients. We will pursue diversity of all types, including socio-economic, cultural and geographic.

    We have great years ahead of us. I look forward to the future of the OHSU School of Medicine with optimism and enthusiasm. I hope you do too.

    Best regards,

    Mark Richardson

    Update: medical education regionalization initiative

    The Oregon Legislature adjourned on June 28, finishing one of the shortest sessions in over a decade. Legislators voted to fully fund OHSU's overall base budget with a modest inflationary increase. This was the first time in several sessions that OHSU's base budget was not cut.

    However, the legislature declined to invest in the School's regionalization initiative, also known as Oregon Medicine Education Collaborative (ORMED). The School had requested about $7 million dollars to help support the costs of increasing the medical student class size from 120 to 160. The plan was a partnership with the University of Oregon and PeaceHealth in Eugene, Oregon State University and Samaritan Health Service in Corvallis, and three other regional health systems.

    Because the proposed regionalization of medical education was not funded, the School will not move forward with either the further increase in class size or establishing regional campuses for first-year students in Eugene or Corvallis. At this time, there is no intention to resubmit the funding request to the Legislature in the future.

    Despite the Legislature's decision, the School remains committed to a regionalized model of medical education as a means of meeting Oregon's healthcare workforce needs. Specifically, we plan to continue and expand the third- and fourth-year clinical clerkship opportunities in the Eugene, Bend and Medford areas. We have also become aware of graduate medical education opportunities for potential joint collaboration, which we will now explore.

    While the Legislature's decision not to fund the regionalization proposal was disappointing, the energy and activity associated with preparing for our funding request resulted in other positive outcomes for the School and the state. For instance, we have established an enormously effective and collegial collaborative framework (ORMED) with Oregon's institutions of higher learning and regional health systems, and believe this may lead to future educational opportunities for Oregonians.

    Richard J. Traystman, PhD, accepts Vice-Chancellor role in Colorado

    Richard J. Traystman, PhD, Associate Dean for Basic Research in the School of Medicine, has accepted the position as Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, effective October 1.

    "Dr. Traystman will be greatly missed but we understand what an enormous opportunity this is for him. We look forward to finding new ways to collaborate with him in the future. Please join me in offering our sincere congratulations," said Dean Richardson.

    "I had no plans to leave OHSU, I love it here, but Colorado made me an offer I could not refuse," said Dr. Traystman. "The circumstances offer what I believe is the chance of a lifetime to guide a broad-based multidisciplinary research program."

    The University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center has recently moved, consolidated and constructed a new medical campus on the 160-acre site of the former Fitzsimons army medical base.

    In his new position, Dr. Traystman will be responsible for all research at that campus which includes the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dental, Allied Health, the new School of Public Health, the University Hospital and the Children's Hospital. His oversight will also extend to the University of Colorado at Denver (undergraduate and graduate school) which has Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Art, Languages, among other expected programs.

    His goal is to build strong bridges between silos. "It is okay to have silos, as long as you have strong two-way bridges between them," he said.

    Dr. Traystman is also Associate Vice-President for Research Planning and Development and Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Peri-Operative Medicine at OHSU.

    "I am grateful to Mark Richardson, Dan Dorsa, Joe Robertson and Pete Kohler for allowing me to be a part of their leadership team. My experiences here at OHSU will be helpful as I move into my new position," said Dr. Traystman.

    Assistant Dean Scott Rosenthal loaned out to Cancer Institute

    Scott Rosenthal, Assistant Dean of Finance, will be expanding his focus from the day-to-day financial management of the School to include a new position within the OHSU Cancer Institute.

    Earlier this year, the Dean and President announced the leadership transition at the Institute and the vision of Dr. Brian Druker to transform cancer care in Oregon. The vision complements the broader strategic goal of the university to reorganize in ways that take full advantage of the opportunities and strengths inherent in the overlap between education, research and clinical care.

    The plan for the Institute hinges on the creation of a new administrative authority and financial structure, and a long-term sustainable business plan. Assistant Dean Rosenthal will work closely with Dr. Druker, Institute Director, to develop a new operating and financial model, and related strategic components. The resulting plan will also provide guidance for future integrative initiatives.

    "Scott's expertise and deep knowledge of the financial structure of various units and departments in the School of Medicine will lend just the right kind of expertise to the healthcare goals of the Institute," said Dean Richardson.

    "I am pleased to take on this new responsibility, and genuinely excited to help create the foundation to support Dr. Druker's transformational vision for the Institute and for reducing cancer mortality in Oregon," said Scott.

    OCTRI launches "Front Door" services

    The Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) provides direct research support, resources, and expertise for researchers at OHSU. But how can OCTRI help an individual investigator?

    Now there's someone who can answer this question: OCTRI's "Front Door," Shawn Radcliffe. Shawn's primary role is to help knowledge and information flow to the right people at the right time in the right context. As the first line of information for investigators seeking support from OCTRI, he can answer your questions, help determine if OCTRI resources are the right ones for your research, and connect you with the right people whether those people are core directors, mentors, or the ideal co-investigator for your next grant.

    OCTRI is designed to bring multiple resources together into one central location. But the research environment at OHSU is rich and complex, so having staff dedicated to figuring out how to steer investigators to the right resources is an essential function of the institute. And, in fact, this navigational role was designed precisely to reduce a major barrier that OHSU investigators face: knowing that many resources exist but having little idea of their scope, availability, or even whom to contact to find out more information.

    Shawn Radcliffe is uniquely prepared for his role as OCTRI's Front Door. He comes to OHSU after six years at Drexel University in Philadelphia where his last role was as a departmental Research Administrator, overseeing $3.1 million in sponsored project funding. Having worked closely with many aspects of research, Shawn understands the need for investigators to have access to resources in a timely and effective fashion. He also has the administrative experience to facilitate access to OCTRI services.

    Starting August 1st, OCTRI will also be sending twice-monthly e-mails to faculty and post-doctoral fellows to alert you to news, seminars, funding information, and other relevant information.

    OCTRI's "front door" can be accessed via Shawn Radcliffe by e-mail at or by calling (503) 418-9790.

    Be sure to bookmark the OCTRI website; it has detailed information on the Front Door and other programs: click here or go to

    School's "Post-Bac" pipeline program matriculates five students

    The School of Medicine MD Class of 2011 will include the first four students to matriculate through the Diversity Achievement Post-Baccalaureate Conditional Acceptance Program. A fifth student will enter the Physician Assistant Program.

    The pilot of the Post-Bac pipeline program, designed by former Assistant Dean for Diversity, Stephanie Anderson, MD, got underway last academic year. The goal is to increase the opportunities for disadvantaged and under-represented minority students to attend medical school.

    The School of Medicine's Diversity Achievement programs are designed to identify promising students who have been hindered by family hardships, racism, cultural barriers to higher education, or growing up in an impoverished education system that lacks the resources to offer enriched math and science experiences. The Post-Baccalaureate Program integrates academic advising and support, a clinical preceptorship and mentoring by a current medical student.

    The incoming medical students are: J. (Dodie) Salvador de la Cruz, Thomas Gibson, Aaliyah Hodge and Kate Luenprakansit (pictured above starting top right and then clockwise). Cheryl Kuehnel (not pictured) will enter the Physician Assistant program. Eight students were accepted into last year's programs. The other three plan to pursue healthcare education in other venues.

    Last year's program was federally-funded by the Health Careers Opportunity Programs but federal support was abruptly eliminated. In response, Dean Richardson committed funds to offer the School's Post-Bac program to a smaller group of students this year. Four new promising students have been accepted to the program which is now under the direction of Ella Booth, PhD, Associate Dean for Diversity.

    SOM hosts theme week at BodyWorlds3/OMSI

    The Office of Diversity Affairs in the Office of the Dean hosted a theme week at BodyWorlds3 at OMSI, July 26 August 1. The goal was to encourage young people to pursue healthcare careers, particularly people from diverse communities - cultural, geographic and socio-economic.

    The community outreach exhibit highlighted many aspects of the School, demonstrating the excitement, social value and accessibility of healthcare careers.

    The Office of the Dean partnered with the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Physician Assistant Program during this week. The exhibit was visited by hundreds of people interested in healthcare careers.

    "This outreach effort was very successful. We connected with so many young people, many of whom were from diverse backgrounds," said Ella Booth, PhD, Associate Dean for Diversity. "Equally important, we connected with parents to provide advice on how to guide children and teenagers interested in healthcare careers." (Pictured: Associate Dean Ella Booth staffs the OMSI exhibit.

    Funding opportunity: RWJ Physician Faculty Scholars - deadline August 31

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholars program is designed to strengthen the leadership and academic productivity of junior medical school faculty. Under the program, scholars: will devote at least 50 percent of time for three years to research; receive funds to support a research project; receive national and local mentorship; and work with other scholars. Up to 15 awards of up to $300,000 each over three years are available. For program information and application procedures: click here.

    RWJ requires that a submission be endorsed by the Office of the Dean. Faculty members with an interest in applying should contact Vera Lewis, Academic Coordinator, Office of the Dean at or (503) 494-7642.

    Funding opportunity: OHSU Presidential Bridge Funding - deadline August 17

    The Office of the Vice-President of Research announced the availability of Presidential Bridge Funding for FY08. A total of 10 awards of $50,000 each will be given to qualified investigators for one year. This is the only opportunity to apply for funds during FY08. The deadline is Friday, August 17th, 2007 at 12:00 noon.

    Presidential Bridge Funding supports established investigators threatened by an imminent lapse in research support. It is expected that, in most cases, attempts to secure re-funding have not been successful and that additional attempts are planned and are likely to succeed. Awards will be made only to OHSU investigators. For criteria and application: click here. Questions?, 4-2848.

    Community Spotlight: Dangerous Decibels® - translational medicine in action

    Billy Martin, PhD, frequently finds himself quoted in newspapers around the world on topics ranging from cicadas to iPods. It's part of the Oregon Hearing Research Center's award-winning public health outreach campaign to reduce noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus (or ringing in the ears), called Dangerous Decibels®.

    "The importance of community outreach as one of the key endpoints of translational medicine cannot be overstated. Taking our research and packaging it in a digestible format that can be consumed by young people in ways that will change their health behaviors for the rest of their lives is phenomenally rewarding," said Dr. Martin, Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery with a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine.

    Noise-induced hearing is considered a national epidemic, with about 5.2 million 6-to 19-year olds suffering hearing loss directly related to noise exposure. With the increase usage of personal stereo systems focused on continuous headphone use, the incidence is likely to rise without interventions. The most commonly reported precipitating factor for tinnitus is also noise exposure.

    Enter Dangerous Decibels.

    The program had its genesis in a charge from Senator Mark Hatfield in the late 1990s – "Think big!" he said, encouraging School of Medicine hearing researchers to join forces with community clinicians and other groups. Several grants later, Dangerous Decibels was a reality. The mission of the outreach campaign then and now is to significantly reduce the prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus through exhibits, educational outreach and research. The strategy is to change the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of school-aged children.

    Dangerous Decibels includes a permanent museum exhibition at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) where visitors are welcomed by a giant, walk-through ear. Educator workshops train a wide range of interested groups to deliver the Dangerous Decibels curriculum across the nation. Soon it will be delivered in Canada and New Zealand.

    One objective of the program is to create "gut level" sense of sounds that are dangerous – nightclubs, concerts, iPods, firearms, lawnmowers. Equally important, the program provides simple protection strategies: turn it down, move away, protect your ears.

    Recently, Dangerous Decibels began working with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, addressing hearing health issues in tribes across the region. "Hearing is an essential part of tribal life. Traditions are passed on from generation to generation by word of mouth. If you lose your hearing, you're out of the loop," said Dr. Martin. The tribal communities report high levels of occupational and recreational noise exposures and Dangerous Decibels has begun working with their children.

    Dr. Martin concludes, "To me, the essence of translational research is taking magnificent images captured during NIH funded, basic science research by my colleagues in the Oregon Hearing Research Center, incorporating them into an innovative and exciting hearing health program, and then seeing the lives of children changed by the experience. None of this could happen without the contributions of the fantastic Dangerous Decibels team."

    Upcoming conferences, classes

    OHSU Nutrition in the Womb: a 3-day class, September 19-21

    The Heart Research Center at OHSU is running a three day course, September 19-21, on the importance of nutrition in the womb in initiating chronic adult disease. New evidence shows that under-nutrition before birth and during infancy permanently changes the body's structure and function in ways that lead to later disease. OHSU has been a pioneer in this research. The course is intended for basic scientists and public health nutritionists. It will bring together current knowledge in this exciting new field, discuss biological mechanisms; and analyze the barriers to good food choices among girls and young women. For further details visit: click here.

    OHSU Anesthesia Conference for Practice Enrichment, September 29

    CRNAs and SRNAs from Oregon and Washington are invited to attend the first annual OHSU Anesthesia Conference for Practice Enrichment on Saturday, September 29, presented by the Department of Anesthesiology and Peri-Operative Medicine. The one-day conference offers six CE credits and will be held at the OHSU Center for Health & Healing. A pre-conference evening social will provide attendees the opportunity for networking. For details, contact Kaylen Miller ( at (503) 494-7641.

    2007 Workshop Series for Program Directors

    The first of four workshops in the 2007 series of workshops for Program Directors (Associate PD's and other faculty in education leadership positions) is August 9. The School of Medicine, Division of CME, designates each of these workshops a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. All the workshops have content related to the ACGME accreditation, expectations, and skills to perform PD duties.

    All classes meet 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Mac Hall 4170.

    August 9, 2007: Lani Roberts, PhD, "Working with Diversity as a Goal"
    October 11, 2007: Donna Silverberg JD, "Facilitating Meetings: Time Management, Action and Communication"
    December 6, 2007: Susan Barksdale and Teri Lund, "Strategic Planning for Programs"
    February 7, 2008: Mariann Hyland JD, Director of Affirmative Action OHSU, "ADA and Residency Programs"

    For more information, and to sign up for any/all of the workshops, contact Macy Todd at

    Dean awards scholarships for Health Care Management Certificate Program

    The School of Medicine Office of the Dean is pleased to announce that five scholarships have been awarded to support employees who have been accepted in the Health Care Management (HCM) Certificate Program. The program, developed by OGI's Management in Science and Technology Department, is designed to increase understanding of health care management in a complex, dynamic marketplace. The program is a strategic talent management and development tool for employees who have demonstrated the attributes of an OHSU leader. The recipients are:

    Shawn Fraser-Witkeys – Psychiatry
    Johann Kuball – Surgery
    Debra Robbins-Erickson – Surgical Oncology
    Lisa Rhuman – Heart Research Center
    Sandra Tate – Psychiatry

    $2 million to study cardiac arrhythmia

    The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health awarded $2 million to Sumeet Chugh, MD, director of the OHSU Cardiac Arrhythmia Center. The grant provides funds for Dr. Chugh (Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine Division) and an interdisciplinary team to continue the landmark Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study (Ore-SUDS), which Dr. Chugh initiated five years ago. The study includes a partnership with the Emergency Medical response system (Jonathan Jui, MD, Professor, Emergency Medicine) the State Medical Examiner network (Karen Gunson, MD) and 16 area hospitals, enabling a systematic study of all sudden cardiac arrests occurring in the Portland metro area.

    Pediatric Pain Management Center honored

    The American Pain Society (APS) recognized the Pediatric Pain Management Center with an honorable mention at the first Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management Awards. Six multidisciplinary pain programs received the award and eight centers received an honorable mention. The Centers were honored at a dinner in May in Washington, DC, during the APS annual meeting.

    Emergency Medicine announces faculty leadership appointments

    Patrick Brunett, MD, has been appointed Associate Chair for Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Brunett is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the EM Residency Program. He has been recognized as the department's Academic Instructor of the Year and School of Medicine Faculty Mentor of the Year. Dr. Brunett has focused on bringing evidence-based medicine to the bedside and on the use of medical simulation as an educational tool. His future goals include the development of rural and international experiences for EM residents at OHSU.

    Mohamud Daya, MD, has been appointed Associate Chair for Service and Excellence in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Daya is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Fellowship at OHSU. His primary academic interests are in the prehospital and EM approaches to time-critical emergencies, such as cardiac arrest, trauma, acute myocardial infarction, and stroke. He is a co-investigator with the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium funded through the National Institutes of Health.

    Chair John Ma, MD, on the appointments: "I am delighted that Dr. Brunett and Dr. Daya have accepted this leadership opportunity in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Both have the complete respect of the faculty and possess outstanding skills that will help advance the vision of OHSU 2020."

    Dr. Mays awarded diplomate status in clinical lipidology

    Maureen E. Mays, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine Division, was awarded diplomate status by the American Board of Clinical Lipidology (ABCL), one of only four physicians in Oregon and one of 337 in the U.S. and Canada to achieve this distinction. Certification by the ABCL, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the morbidity and mortality from dyslipidemia and related diseases, demonstrates professional commitment to the prevention of cardiovascular disease and documents expertise in lipid management.

    Anesthesiology and Peri-Operative Medicine announces awards, honors

    Dr. Norman Cohen, Assistant Professor, was appointed chair of the section on Professional Practice for the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), effective this October. In this position, Cohen will oversee the Committees on Academic Anesthesiology, Economics, Governmental Affairs, Physician Resources, Practice Management, and Rural Access to Anesthesia Care.

    Dr. Robert Cross, Assistant Professor, was appointed to a one-year term as an adjunct member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Committee on Ambulatory Surgical Care, beginning in October.

    Dr. Stephanie Murphy, Associate Professor, became president-elect of the Oregon branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science in January.

    Dr. Michael Seropian, Associate Professor, began his term on July 1 as chair of the Oregon Simulation Alliance. He is founder and past director of the OHSU Simulation and Clinical Learning Center and a pediatric anesthesiologist at Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

    Dr. Allen awarded AMA Distinguished Service Award

    The AMA Section on Medical Schools will name Assistant Dean Richard Allen, MD, as the recipient of the AMA 2007 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Allen will be presented with the award at the AMA interim meeting in Hawaii. Dr. Allen is Assistant Dean for Medical Education in the School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The AMA presented this award based on Dr. Allen's role in graduate medical education and his involvement in changing the way physicians are evaluated, emphasizing the need for professionalism, ethics and lifelong learning. Dr. Allen is currently involved in the School's "re-entry" education program for physicians who have left the workforce and now want to resume their practices.

    OHSU recognized in national ranking

    The OHSU Hospital was the only hospital in Oregon and one of just 173 medical centers in the nation to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report's 2007 "America's Best Hospitals." A total of 5,462 medical centers were evaluated for the 2007 rankings. The hospital ranked 34th in the specialty of "ear, nose and throat," and it 37th for its cancer specialty, up five spots from last year. The rankings were published in the Monday, July 16 issue of the magazine.

    SOM New Faculty

    A warm welcome to new faculty joining the School in June (in order of effective date):

    Matthew Ford, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience

    Lindsay Wyant, MPA, PA-C, Instructor, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery

    Jana Childes, MS, Instructor, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery