Class of 2013
Filza Akhtar, DO (Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University)
Filza was born in Pakistan and moved to the United States before her first birthday. She lived her entire childhood in Southeast Portland, attending the David Douglas School District from kindergarten to graduation. During this time, she participated in various activities ranging from the Speech Team, to being a flautist in the Wind Ensemble, to teaching wildlife as a student leader at Outdoor School. Her love of people, art, and science was evident to her, and she decided at this time that a future in medicine would suit her well. Filza remained in Portland to attend the University of Portland for her undergraduate degree in Biology. At U.P., she served one year as President of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor society, where she picked up a love for camping and rafting. She was also a Writing Tutor for the Biblical Traditions course, a Teaching Assistant for the Organic Chemistry laboratory, and attempted to learn the piano, further broadening her interests.
After earning her bachelor's degree, she spent one year working as a receptionist at a primary care clinic while concurrently applying to medical school. She saved up enough money to take a trip to Europe, a highly recommended anti-burnout measure according to many physicians. She was also able to travel to Pakistan with her family that year, which sparked her interest in international medicine. Finally, she decided to venture out of Portland to Chicago, where she earned her medical degree from Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She was drawn to the profession of osteopathy by its holistic approach, clinical and primary care emphasis, and added skill of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT). At CCOM, she was involved with the nonprofit, homeless-serving REST Clinic, helped start the Midwestern University Choir, and participated in a medical mission trip to Guatemala. She knew family medicine was the right choice for her because she loves getting to know her patients in clinic and felt it was doubly useful in general international work. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, traveling, Bikram yoga, and discovering new cuisines. Though she is sad to leave the memories of Lake Michigan and Wicker Park (as well as many friends) behind, she is excited to no longer have six-month winters and be near her parents and only sister again. Filza is thrilled to be a part of the OHSU family!
Katie Chung, MD (Texas Tech University School of Medicine)
Katie was born the first of three very different girls outside of Dallas, Texas. She spent her childhood coordinating plays and backyard concerts. Hoping to explore a quirkier side of Texas, she moved to Austin for her undergraduate education at the University of Texas. There she learned what it meant to be a Longhorn and how to define a live-music scene. In her final year of college she took a teaching position at a middle school for children with special needs, where she continued to mentor individual students for the year following graduation. It was during that time that she also volunteered for a milk bank pasteurizing donor mothers' milk for premature babies. Katie then took all of her earnings and traveled to New Zealand for a cycling tour, Thailand for some fantastic food, and much of Eastern and Western Europe.
Medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center brought Katie to Lubbock, a hub city for West Texas cotton farmers. It was there that she developed and implemented international education programs in Ethiopia and Nicaragua and a scholarship fund for her fellow medical students. Her clinical years of medical school were spent in El Paso along the Texas-Mexico border where international medicine took a new meaning. Her exposure to global health in Belize, India, Nicaragua, and El Paso secured her desire to enter the field of Family Medicine because of its comprehensive care of all age groups and focus on clinical problems in a social context. Katie has special interests in women's health, preventive medicine, global health, and chronic illness and hopes to continue working with Spanish-speaking patients. She was drawn to OHSU because of the drive of residents and attendings and commitment to excellence.
When not at the hospital, one might find Katie snowboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, cycling … or just playing in the dirt outside. She also enjoys cooking (and, of course, eating!), playing Mancala, traveling, and listening to live music. She is very excited about moving to Portland and living in a new state for the first time!
Chris Faison, MD (University of Virginia School of Medicine)
Born a plump and helpless babe, Chris was a bit slow out of the gates. He didn't learn to walk until nearly two years of age, preferring silent sandbox contemplation to the company of his more boisterous bedfellows. A supportive family blamed the mechanics of sticking such fat legs on such tiny feet, and the nickname Triangle Legs stuck as both an apt descriptor and an excuse.
But the slower pace of childhood in Georgia suited him well, and allowed time for his other loves, namely ping pong and Ninja Turtles. He moved northward for his undergraduate studies, following a certain beloved basketball team to UNC and tragically cursing them to the worst four years in living memory. While there, he studied finance, seeming well on his way to a bright future in the derivatives market.
Sadly, it was not until nearly two decades of education ground to a halt that Chris discovered that he actually liked learning. This new love and work as an EMT put the medical wheels in motion. Along with the learning habit, Chris also picked up a rare strain of the travel bug during his time off, a chronic condition that required many months in southern Chile and Argentina to alleviate.
Fresh off his travels, Chris began medical school at the University of Virginia. Needless to say, the pace of medical school was a bit fast for the slow boy from Georgia. But while it wasn't his sandbox of contemplation, he found family medicine as an area that fit both his relaxed personality and a more holistic view of health and community.
Chris travels to OHSU in a wood-paneled station wagon armed with his partner Tracy and two canines, a hermaphrodite Jack Russell named Josephine (now prefers Joey) and a black lab mix, Bear Cub. The two humans see OHSU as a well-rounded learning environment and Portland as a brilliant mix of geography, facial hair, and beer.
Sarah Gilman-Short, MD (Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California)
Sarah grew up in Redding, a rural town a few hours north of Sacramento, California. Although an only child, she has a big Italian family, with regular get-togethers that include more than thirty people. She grew up spending most of her time hiking, skiing, and riding horses, and still loves spending time outdoors. In high school, she participated in musicals as an enthusiastic chorus member, sang in a small Madrigal choir, and danced all the time, even competing in jazz dance competitions.
In college at UC Berkeley, she volunteered at a Planned Parenthood clinic in inner-city Oakland, and this experience cemented her interest in medicine. She was a member of the Cal Jazz Choir, singing soprano and performing all over the bay area. In addition to her pre-med classes, she decided to pursue her passion for reading, writing, and languages by majoring in Comparative Literature. She was also lucky enough to have the opportunity to study abroad in Italy for a year, thoroughly enjoying huge quantities of pasta and the music of the Italian language.
While in medical school at USC in Los Angeles, she worked to keep healthy and balanced by doing as much yoga as possible – she even volunteered at her local studio in exchange for free classes! She developed her interest in Integrative Medicine while working to create a research study that used reflexology to treat Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Sarah also continued to read voraciously and write short stories while in medical school, and recently became interested in the practice of narrative medicine, which employs literary skills as a way to improve the doctor-patient relationship. She continued to pursue her love for the stage by directing her medical school's production of Eve Ensler's play The Vagina Monologues. A few years ago, she adopted Cassie, a grey tabby cat, from her local shelter, and the two have been inseparable ever since.
Her passion for preventative medicine, as well as her interest in every area of medicine and unwillingness to specialize, led her to the field of family medicine. She's looking forward to building strong, long-term relationships with her patients, and is particularly interested in adolescent medicine and women's health. After four years in the LA desert, Sarah can't wait to go on some great hikes in Portland, enjoying the lush foliage and taking in the mountain views. Even though her friends in LA think she's crazy, she misses rainy days, which she sees a free pass to curl up on the couch with a great book and a cup of tea. She's also excited to explore Portland's fabulous music, art, and dining establishments.
Greg Guffanti, MD (Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University)
Greg was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he spent his formative years cheering for the Phillies and playing soccer. He moved to Rhode Island to attend Brown University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics. Following graduation he moved to Berkeley, California where he worked with the Community Health Corp and cultivated his passion for health care. At the Over Sixty Health Center he helped geriatric patients transition to Medicare Part D. Working with the geriatricians enhanced his appreciation for primary care and the value of the doctor-patient relationship.
Greg returned to Philadelphia to study medicine at the institute in which he was born, Thomas Jefferson University. There he became involved in many community service activities including youth mentoring with the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association and providing health care to many homeless shelter residents. These experiences, along with the passionate family physicians he trained with, inspired him to pursue a career in primary care.
He balances out his life with pickup soccer, ultimate frisbee, and going on hikes with his girlfriend. Greg is interested in providing health care to the underserved and is excited to continue his training at OHSU and to be living in Portland.
Brandon (B.J.) Lynch, MD (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)
Brandon was born and raised in Northern Arizona where he grew up playing soccer and exploring the outdoors. The son of two elementary school teachers he took an early interest in education and was fortunate to have a family physician that took an interest in him and introduced him to medicine. After graduating high school in his hometown of Flagstaff he left to attend the University of Arizona in Tucson on a Flinn Scholarship with the dream that he would one day return to replace the doctor who introduced him to the profession. His studies through the program led him to Hungary, Romania, Ireland, and Panama where he studied broadly in history, biochemistry, music and ecology. He graduated in 2006 with a degree in Biochemistry after completing his senior research thesis on the epidemiology of lung cancer. From there he took his interest in epidemiology and biochemistry to medical school at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, his first time as a resident of a state other than Arizona.
Missing home after his first year in Baltimore he returned to Arizona to conduct research with the NIH on Diabetes in Pima Indians on their reservation just outside of Phoenix. It was there that he learned to appreciate the significance of treating the entire family as many of the patients he saw had come to the clinic for decades and continued to bring their new members as they joined the family. He took this appreciation back to Baltimore and into his clinical years and saw the effects of a failed system of primary care on his rotations in many patients hospitalized with preventable conditions. It was then that he decided to solidify the feeling he had had for some time: that his career would best be spent in family medicine, taking care of the whole patient in the context of their family and community, working to prevent the conditions he had become all too familiar with during medical school. He is excited to do that in a city as dynamic as Portland at an academic institution like OHSU that believes as he does in the value of primary care. He believes that to take good care of others, one must first take good care of themselves; physically, mentally, and spiritually. Brandon attempts to continue to do this by playing soccer and getting outdoors as often as he can. He keeps his mind fresh with music as a release and feels at home behind his turntables as his medical school's resident DJ. He unwinds by cooking and reading and keeps his head straight by getting to church when his schedule permits. One day he would like to have a family, complete with a black lab like the one he grew up with, but for now is content with living the dream.
Bridget Lynch, MD (University of New Mexico School of Medicine)
Bridget grew up in Belen, New Mexico, and for 8 years traveled 70 miles round trip, 6 days a week, to go to gymnastics practice in Albuquerque. This means she had a daily chance to revel in New Mexico's wide open spaces, scorching temperatures, beautiful mountain ranges and flat top mesas. Riding home from practice there was a nightly ritual of rolling all the windows down, raising her hands up out the sunroof and feeling, as well as smelling the cool air coming off the Rio Grande River. Memories of weekly Sunday mountain hikes also fed her love for New Mexico. Going to Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota then gave Bridget an opportunity to experience extreme cold, and she enjoyed learning to trek through the snow drifts and across the frozen lakes. After retiring from intercollegiate gymnastics Bridget was introduced to suburban living in Bethesda, Maryland, living there as a post-baccalaureate fellow at the National Cancer Institute. That year she learned quickly to stay away from bumper to bumper traffic and instead enjoy the peace in a daily walk to work and the gym. These walks provided plenty of time for reflection and she often found herself perplexed by the stark contrast between the wealth in Bethesda and the poverty she was so used to in New Mexico.
This contrast, as well as the natural beauty of New Mexico, was one main reason why Bridget chose to go to Medical School in New Mexico. She is a firm believer in working to understand the plight of the poor, and she hopes to always be working to help relieve the hardships of the underserved. She believes firmly in the role of the Family Physician and public health in order to best serve the general population. Bridget truly values the influence that her own Family Physician has had in her life, and one of her greatest appreciations is for her mentor's intentional teaching moments, helping to shape her world view and ideas of the role of the physician in today's society. These seeds of thought have shaped how Bridget thinks about medicine, and she is eager to gain greater knowledge about these issues through focus on preventive medicine and earning an Masters in Public Health. The world offers endless opportunities for growth, and ultimately it this potential that attracted Bridget so much to OHSU and Portland, Oregon! She looks forward to exploring the beauty of the great Northwest, especially the coast line!
Sharlene Murphy, DO (Kansas City University School of Medicine & Biosciences)
Sharlene Murphy was born into an Irish-Scandinavian family that gave her two things: roots and wings. She was raised as a mid-western nomad, having lived in multiple cities in the great states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Although accustomed to smaller populations, Sharlene knew she was molded to live an urban existence and set off to Minneapolis, MN for her undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota where she contemplated the microscopic world of genetics and cell biology. Although intellectually engaged by her course studies in college, she didn't experience fulfillment until she began to learn about and serve the vulnerable populations of her community. Sharlene became captivated with social activism, especially in the eradication of homelessness, and soon realized that medicine may be a productive avenue to fight for social justice. After living in Kenya for nine months working in a rural health clinic for African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), she was convinced that no other profession would satisfy all her interests like medicine. Sharlene attended osteopathic medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and was instantly beguiled by primary care and the idea of community-centered, family-oriented medicine. She enjoyed caring for individuals across the age-spectrum – inquiring about develop mental milestones for burgeoning infants to engaging in end-of-life discussions with patients nearing their final days – so Family Medicine was the natural fit.
During her four years of medical training, Sharlene also volunteered regularly at the Kansas City Free Clinic and helped establish the first 24-hour urgent care clinic for homeless women and children in the Detroit area. It was because of these experiences that Sharlene discovered her natural desire to work with individuals that struggle with addiction and substance abuse problems. She also completed a concurrent master's degree in Bioethics and wrote her thesis on end of life care for homeless populations – further deepening her commitment for this marginalized group. Sharlene's interests within the hospital and clinic walls include care of the mother and child, mental health acquisition, food as medicine, preventative care, acupuncture and manipulation and comprehensive addiction services. Although born with Midwestern roots, she has Northwestern wings and cannot wait to introduce her bike to Portland's roads and paths. Sharlene also could talk for hours on vegetarianism, yoga, religion, thrift stores, bowling, geeky documentaries and all things awkward.
Chris Nelson, MD (Wake Forest University School of Medicine)
Chris was born and raised near Winston-Salem, North Carolina by his mom and grandma. He spent his childhood earning his black belt in Ishinryu and participating in his church's youth group. Raised by Demon Deacon fans, Chris was the first in his family to attend nearby Wake Forest University, where he earned a bachelors degree in biology and minored in chemistry. He continued his education at Wake Forest's medical school, where he was involved in the Family Medicine Interest Group, CMDA, and intramural sports. Throughout his life Chris has been dedicated to serving people, from volunteering at hospice to a medical service trip to the Dominican Republic to helping with Hurricane Katrina relief.
His desire to serve people led him to primary care upon entering medical school, where he can care for people at all levels of the social spectrum domestically and do service work overseas. Chris chose OHSU because he likes the broad curriculum for family medicine and is looking forward to being prepared for anything from academic to rural medicine.
He is happy to be moving to Portland with his awesome wife Raena, who is happy to be moving closer to her home state of Hawaii, and their crazy dog Keiko, who loves everyone she meets. Chris is looking forward to cycling, backpacking, and running half and full marathons in Portland, of which there are plentiful opportunities!
Sean Robinson, MD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Sean Robinson was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT. Before enrolling at the University of Utah, he decided to take a two-week high school senior trip to the village of Sepamac in Guatemala where he taught basic first aid to the Mayan descendants of the village. He received his Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering in May 2006. While attending the U of U, he volunteered for a variety of projects, notably teaching science to a 5th grade class, and serving as a mentor and a teacher at the Salt Lake City Jail and at the Shriners Hospital. During the 2002 Winter Olympics hosted by Salt Lake City, Sean worked as an emergency medical technician. He completed his MD in May 2010 at the Medical College of Wisconsin. While attending medical school, he volunteered to be a manager at the Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured in downtown Milwaukee, WI. During his tenure as a manager at the clinic, he was able to help implement a new sub-clinic designed to target patients with chronic disease to improve their health and access to care. He wishes to continue improving the triad of access to care, effective care through preventative medicine, and the cost effectiveness of care during his residency at OHSU.
Sean is part of a four-sibling family and continues to be close friends with his two brothers and sister. He recently married and looks forward to finally spending time with his beautiful bride. Sean is interested in everything outdoors. Living at the foot of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains gave him his thirst for outdoor living. He enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding and hiking. He started skateboarding at age thirteen and has continued to enjoy this form of artistic expression, even while attending medical school. He is an avid concert-goer and loves collecting, listening to and discussing new artists and music in general.
Sean is excited to attend OHSU. He is convinced that "there is not a better family medicine program out there." He feels as though the doors have been opened wide for him to explore and make discoveries in this important aspect of his training. He is also excited about living in Portland. "The city is incredible. I am vegetarian and I am constantly on a quest to eat fresh, local foods and stay green. There is not another city in the world that comes close to what Portland has to offer."
Jordan Roth, MD (New York Medical College)
I grew up in Bend, Oregon, a town nestled against the scenic Cascade Mountains. It was there that I developed my love for the outdoors. I moved to Los Angeles with my family (mother, father, younger sister, and grandmother) when I was sixteen years old which provided me with incredible opportunities to experience the diversity of Southern California. After completing high school in Los Angeles I attended UCLA and got my B.S. in Physiological Science. It was at UCLA that I met my beautiful wife Lauren. From there, we launched off to New York Medical College where we endured four Northeast winters but had a phenomenal time exploring the diversity of New York City and enjoying the sites and flavors of that part of the country. During medical school I enjoyed leading student groups in community projects that tackled issues such as childhood obesity and addiction medicine. I am thrilled to make my homecoming to Oregon and join the family medicine team at OHSU. I love the outdoors and spend as much time as I can camping, hiking, playing sports (especially basketball, golf, and tennis), and exploring new places. In my spare time I also enjoy playing board games, baking, reading, journaling, church activities, and traveling. My favorite place to visit is the Oregon coast.
My wife (an elementary school teacher) and I share a passion for working with the underserved and social justice. We are both interested in global missions outreach and are always looking for the site of our next adventure or service project locally or abroad.
I view medicine as a ministry, not an industry. My passion for family medicine lies in the opportunity it provides to partner with patients in coordinated primary care that serves all ages, and is rooted in lasting health-promoting relationships. My passions within family medicine include caring for the underserved, child wellness and nutrition, and addiction medicine. I am thrilled to join such a passionate team of family doctors who serve, advocate, and care for patients in such an incredible city.
Eric Shayde, MD (Ohio State University College of Medicine)
Eric was born and raised in Indiana where the weekends were frequently spent towing a boat between the various lakes in the state seeking flat water to wakeboard and ski. Then the umbilical cord was finally cut at 18, and he moved to Ohio to attend the University of Dayton, where he got his degree in biochemistry. While at UD, he took as much time to travel as his student loans and his academic advisors would allow by taking trips to Mexico, Canada, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria. Through his travels he had the opportunity to interview border-crossers in Nogales, Mexico, live the high life in Toronto, walk through Rome while reading Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and see Pope John Paul II from Saint Peter's Square, experience the land of his ancestry in Germany, tour the 1200 year-old Prague Castle, and do a 5-day driving tour through Bulgaria with his native Bulgarian friend as a guide. Eric then hopped towns in Ohio to The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus. During his fourth year of medical school, Eric spent a month in Durban, South Africa working at a small mission hospital on a medicine ward treating the epidemic levels of HIV and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis ravaging the community.
Though sad to be leaving his family and friends in the Midwest, he is excited to start this new adventure in the Northwest with his husband, Andrew. After surviving a 4 year long-distance relationship through medical school, they knew they could tough it out for the long-haul and tied the knot just weeks before moving out to Portland. Their new surname 'Shayde' is actually the juxtaposition of their 2 former names: the first three letters of Eric's former surname 'Shamo' and the last three letters of Andrew's former surname 'Hyde'.
Despite enjoying most disciplines in medicine, Eric knew from the very beginning there was something special about family medicine; its focus on preventative medicine, whole person care, chronic disease management, cost-containment, and the patient-centered medical home makes family medicine ideally suited to deal with the toughest challenges of health care in America today, and he is excited to be a part of this movement. Eric's hobbies outside of medicine include travel, wakeboarding, snowboarding, tennis, piano, cooking, hiking, and biking.