Poorav Patel joins OHSU Board

10/22/12  Portland, Ore.

Brookings native and M.D. candidate is the new student representative

The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Board of Directors today welcomed its newest member, Poorav Patel, who will serve as the student representative. “I am thrilled and honored to be part of the OHSU Board of Directors. With the changing landscape of healthcare, I am eager to be part of the leadership team that guides OHSU into the future,” said Mr. Patel. “I have a firm belief that OHSU will continue to innovate and remain national leaders in healthcare delivery.”

Patel has deep ties to Oregon and a first-hand understanding of health care in small communities. The son of Indian-immigrant parents, he was raised in Brookings, where his father has been a physician for the past 25 years. “Having my perspectives shaped with my rural upbringing, and my public health and research backgrounds, I hope to best represent the interests of students, researchers, clinicians, and program developers at OHSU,” he added.

He has impressive academic credentials as well, with undergraduate degrees in Bioengineering and The Study of Religion from the University of California San Diego and a master’s degree in Genetic Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A second-year M.D. student in the class of 2015, Patel currently serves as a Dean’s Advisor in the OHSU School of Medicine, and President of the OHSU chapter of the American Medical Association-Medical Student Section.

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state’s only academic health and research university. As Portland's largest employer with nearly 14,000 employees, OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support not found anywhere else in the state. OHSU serves patients from every corner of Oregon and is a conduit for learning for more than 4,300 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.