Rick Olson

Rick OlsonE-mail:  Rick

Phone:  503-346-0375

Current Appointment
Adjunct Faculty, Division of Management


M.D., Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon 1981

Rick Olson, M.D., has been active in physician leadership and hospital regulatory issues for most of his 30 years of practice. He was Chief of Internal Medicine at Bess Kaiser Medical Center and Chief of Staff at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center from 1996 until his retirement in 2012. During his tenure Kaiser Sunnyside grew from 180 beds to over 300 beds. A cardiac surgery program was created which, in its second year, was the only local program to receive the Society of Thoracic Surgery’s highest quality rating. In addition, Dr Olson was instrumental in the creation of the Brookside Center, an addiction and mental health residential treatment center located on the KSMC campus. He served on the Kaiser Permanente Credentials Committee for 15 years and chaired that committee for 12 years. This committee credentials over 2000 local clinicians who provide care to Kaiser Permanente members. In addition, Dr Olson chaired the Inter-Regional Bylaws Committee in Oakland, California from 1999 to 2012. This committee revises the Professional Staff bylaws used in all 35 Kaiser Permanente medical centers. He successfully represented hospital medical staffs in eight Joint Commission surveys and he represented Kaiser Permanente in the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare hand-off communications initiative.


Rick Olson is a 1981 graduate of the OHSU School of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and in 1994 received board certification in Geriatric Medicine. He practiced primary care Internal Medicine in North Portland and Clackamas for nearly thirty years. Dr Olson attended numerous business and leadership courses and graduated from the Advanced Leadership Program at the Kenan Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.