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The annual OHSU Professional Staff meeting is a uniquely clinician-oriented event. Colleagues gather early in the morning, many in white coats – some prepared to head out to clinic, some just coming from inpatient duty. The interdisciplinary group is bound in a common cause: To extol the outstanding contributions made by colleagues to improve and cultivate the clinical care they collectively provide through individual efforts, everyday.

Congratulations to the following OHSU clinicians and care teams recognized during the May 20 meeting. Awardees were nominated by their peers for provider performance during the 2012 calendar year. John Ma, M.D., chair of emergency medicine and chair of the Professional Board, presented the awards.

Jone Sampson, M.D., clinical associate professor of molecular and medical genetics and director of clinical cancer genetics, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, was selected for outstanding contribution to innovation in new models of clinical care.

Ma-RyanThe Sarcoma Multi-Disciplinary Team, represented by Chris Ryan, M.D., associate professor of medicine, was given the award for outstanding contribution to development of interdisciplinary teams. Learn more about the team here.

Dana Braner, M.D., professor of pediatrics and chief of critical care, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, received the outstanding contribution in clinical care quality award.

Ma-BarnesPenelope Barnes, MBBS, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine, was selected for outstanding contribution to professionalism at OHSU.

Jeffrey Gold, M.D., associate professor of medicine, was honored for outstanding contribution to the missions of education and research in the clinical setting. True to his efforts in this topic, he was in Pennsylvania presenting at the American Thoracic Society meeting during this time.

Brett White, M.D., associate professor of family medicine, received the award for outstanding contribution to improving the culture of service excellence.

Ma-Schulman-SteckerPeter Schulman, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, and Eric Stecker, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of medicine, were recognized for outstanding contribution to systems based clinical care.

Oregon Health Authority Director, Bruce Goldberg, M.D., rounded out the meeting with a presentation about health care reform in Oregon. He spoke about the state's health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon, which is slated to launch in October, and encouraged OHSU providers to provide information about Cover Oregon to uninsured patients.

Dr. Goldberg also spoke about coordinated care organizations – 15 of which are in place in Oregon – and the plan to transform Medicaid services through innovation and cost savings. "A lot of people around the country are watching what we're doing every day, and the incredible thing is they're really rooting for us."

Pictured (top to bottom): Dr. Ma and Dr. Ryan; Dr. Ma and Dr. Barnes; Dr. Ma with Drs. Schulman and Stecker. Not pictured: Drs. Sampson, Braner, Gold and White