OHSU

Residency Class of 2018

Tovi Anderson, MD, PhD

Tovi is a native Oregonian (whose family came out on the Oregon Trail) and grew up outside of Portland. She spent her childhood skiing on Mount Hood, spending time at her family’s cattle ranch in Southern Oregon, and playing violin in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland. She decided to attend Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, due to its strength in the sciences, but also because of all the outdoor adventuring available in rural Eastern Washington. She also unexpectedly ended up playing and coaching rugby for four years, miraculously coming away from the experience with only a broken nose. Tovi was able to study abroad in Spain while in college, and at Whitman discovered a love for genetics inspiring her to pursue a graduate degree.

Tovi studied genetics at Stanford University and received her Ph.D. in 2009. While at Stanford she was fortunate to be able to teach human genetics to medical students as well as a genetics course at University of California at Berkeley, solidifying her love for teaching. Her research focused on the genetics of pigmentation in humans and dogs, with a special focus on the evolutionary advantage of different pigmentary phenotypes. Tovi immensely enjoyed graduate school, but realized she wanted to focus on direct patient care, inspiring her to apply to medical school.

Tovi and her husband moved to Atlanta in 2009 where she attended Emory School of Medicine. While on her third year rotations at Emory she realized she absolutely loved obstetrics and women’s health, pediatrics, medicine and psychiatry, leading her straight to Family Medicine! She spent an additional year in medical school performing clinical research in Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome, and she hopes to be able to incorporate genetics and personalized medicine into her practice as a family physician. Tovi is very excited about the opportunities provided by OHSU and is certain the four-year program will afford numerous opportunities to help her become an academic family medicine doctor with an emphasis on maternity care, women’s health, family planning and pediatrics.

Tovi, her husband and two young sons are thrilled to be joining the rest of their family in Portland, and will likely be frequenting the Oregon Zoo, OMSI, numerous playgrounds and soccer fields.

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Amelia Baker

Amelia grew up outside Cleveland, Ohio, and developed her "travel bug" at an early age after many country-wide family car trips, which lead to backpacking trips in many of the Lower 48 and Alaska, and prompted an interest in other cultures with exchange programs in Japan and France. She moved to Maine to attend Bates College, where her love of science and the wilderness inspired her Geology major. Amelia's studies sent her from Maine to New Zealand to the Canadian High Arctic, where she researched climate change. Beyond the excitement of working within reach of a shotgun (polar bears!), Amelia gained one of her first experiences providing medical care as the team's wilderness first responder. During college she also discovered her love of teaching through a minor in Educational Studies.

After college, Amelia taught middle and high school science and outdoor education in Ohio and Massachusetts, and led backpacking trips in the European Alps during the summers. These experiences solidified her commitment to being an educator, her appreciation for working with adolescents, and her understanding of the positive impact of fun-filled exercise.

Though teaching satisfied her desire for service, her interest in the physiology she was teaching and her inquisitive nature lead Amelia to the MD/PhD program at Boston University Medical School.With the support of an NIH NRSA Fellowship, she completed her PhD on how environmental contaminants that promote obesity negatively impact bone quality and the immune system. She also researched breast cancer, alcoholism, and HIV. Amelia participated in a Spanish immersion and public health outreach program in Guatemala, and lead, or was involved in, many organizations including the Physicians for Human Rights chapter, Project Trust HIV testing/counseling, BU's World AIDS Day, and the MD/PhD Admissions Committee. Her teaching continued in Genetics and Intro to Clinical Medicine. She is excited to develop life-long relationships with patients through practicing full-spectrum family medicine with special interests in maternal child health, adolescent health, family planning, and integrative medicine.

Portland was a natural fit given the training opportunities at OHSU, the wilderness areas of the Pacific Northwest, and the chance to be in the same city as her sister. Amelia is moving with her husband Tim, whom she met while skiing dressed as Santa for a fundraiser in Maine, and their 2 ½ year-old son Finnegan. They are thrilled to explore and make Portland home through hiking, biking, surfing, skiing, yoga-ing, cooking, baking, gardening, knitting, and Lego building.

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Wes Baker

Wes is a native Oregonian who has returned to his home state to study and practice medicine after spending many years growing and learning elsewhere. His local roots can be found in Portland, The Dalles and Bend, while his more distant connections include Japan, Chicago, New Jersey and New England.

Wes split his high school years between the Nishimachi International School in Tokyo, Japan, and Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts. He stayed in New England to attend Wesleyan University where he studied the nervous system’s intricate relationship between form and function while also competing as a long-distance runner.

Eager to get his head out of the books, Wes joined the Community HealthCorps. As part of East Boston’s Community Health Center’s effort to combat youth obesity, he taught middle school health and nutrition classes, helped build a local community garden and taught healthy cooking classes for families. His work in East Boston instilled Wes with a passion for community-driven preventative health.

He decided to channel that passion into a life of medical service and returned to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to pursue medical school at OHSU. During his four years at OHSU,Wes’ interest in community health has pointed him towards rural family medicine. As a member of OHSU’s Rural Scholars Program, he spent three months experiencing the challenges and rewards of a small town practice in Union, OR.

Wes couldn’t be more excited to continue his growth with OHSU’s Family Medicine Residency Program. He looks forward to many more years of learning and service in a community and state that he happily calls home.

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Beau Gilmore

Beau grew up in the great college town of Athens, GA, a diehard Bulldawg fan who found it hard to go elsewhere for his undergraduate degree, especially since staying at the University of Georgia afforded him the opportunity to travel so extensively. Anthropologic studies in Egypt and Australia, along with biologic research in the Galapagos and Antarctica brought life to his classroom didactics. He also witnessed how crushing injustice and chronic poverty exacerbate the already strained healthcare systems in parts of Tanzania and Peru, and these experiences helped pour the foundation for his passion to reduce such disparities in the future.

Before starting medical school, though, Beau wanted to do something he would never again have the opportunity to do. Based in Flagstaff, AZ, Beau worked in various state and national parks with AmeriCorps building new trail systems, removing invasive species, and cutting fire corridors. This spirit for adventure still manifests itself through various backpacking, rock climbing, and biking outings, for he loved living in a tent the majority of every month and showering less than most people’s dogs.

At the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Beau realized that his future methods of primary prevention would probably never again include wielding a chainsaw 60 hours a week in the Grand Canyon. Yet similarities abounded, and he fell in love with family medicine for its team-based care that transcends specialties and generations while striving to simultaneously reduce individual and societal implications of poorly managed chronic diseases. In Charlottesville, he explored the domestic impact of health disparities working in both the local free clinic and international refugee center. He also helped develop a standardized patient curriculum focusing on culturally appropriate exam skills and Spanish language fluency to train health professionals through simulation experiences in hopes of better serving the local Latino population.

Now, he is overwhelmingly excited about this new adventure in the Pacific Northwest, which he is undertaking with his wife, Lindsay, who is a graphic designer. Together, they are constantly in search of more foot-stomping live music, delicious belly treats, inspiring conversation, and challenging new hikes. The four-year program at OHSU was attractive because it really allows residents to make their education unique. Beau hopes to emphasize resource-limited acute care and reproductive health so he can later use these experiences to inform his work with the National Health Service Corps in an underserved area after residency.

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Patricia Hong

Patricia was born and raised, the middle of three sisters, in the suburbs of Maryland. While studying psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, she cultivated her interest in community outreach through involvement with Habitat for Humanity and as a volunteer EMT. Patricia loved the opportunity to work with her hands, and found that the connections she formed within her community really put into perspective the social determinants of health. Her first clinical experiences on the ambulance provided her with an unfiltered glimpse into the lives of patients at their most vulnerable, inspiring her to pursue a medical education.

Encouraged to leap outside of her comfort zone, Patricia joined the Peace Corps. For two years, she served as a health education volunteer in a small town situated atop a plateau within the mountains of northern Albania. Her projects included basic health promotion topics such as hand hygiene and nutrition, as well as reproductive health, HIV/AIDS education, and substance abuse. Working at the grassroots level to implement health programs for her community ignited a passion for community advocacy and social justice.

After returning from Albania, Patricia enrolled at University of Maryland School of Medicine. While in school, she worked with delinquent youths at the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center, facilitating workshops on drug abuse, sexually transmitted infections, and general health and wellness. On her clinical rotations, Patricia was inspired by the holistic and preventive approach she witnessed in family medicine. She knew then that she wanted a profession that spoke to the broader social context of medicine, one that empowered patients towards true health and wellness.

Patricia is ecstatic to be calling OHSU her academic home for the next four years. She is humbled and honored to be training with such remarkable faculty and accomplished residents. Patricia is passionate about full-spectrum care and community outreach. She also has specific interests in care for the underserved, women's and maternal health, global health, and integrative medicine.

As an outdoor enthusiast, Patricia is thrilled to have ready accessibility to the beautiful coast and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. In her free time, she indulges in her love of photography and travel through hiking, camping, and scuba diving with her fiancé, Justin. Her happy places involve pour over coffee, craft beer, and farmers markets. She believes her heart settled in Portland long before she found her way over to Oregon.

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Brian Park, MD

Born and raised in Minnesota, Brian graduated from the University of Minnesota, where, in between writing convoluted screenplays, he worked as a research assistant for the University’s Department of Family Medicine.

Upon graduating, Brian spent some formative years in New York City, where the Venn diagram between his passion for film and medicine overlapped in his love for stories. Coordinating care for families of adolescents with Type 2 diabetes in Harlem, he felt humbled to hear the narratives of the community he served, which were vibrantly anchored to social determinants of health. These stories demonstrated the power of narrative as a lever for social change, and fortified Brian’s commitment to urban underserved primary care.

Longing for the frigid winters and long vowels of his home-state, Brian returned to the University of Minnesota for medical school. During his first year, Minnesota’s then-Governor proposed to cut the state’s safety-net health insurance. Learning skills fundamental to community organizing, Brian spearheaded a university-wide campaign against the proposal, culminating with a rally at the State Capitol. Buoyed by these collaborations, he co-founded an academic-community coalition to develop homeless respite-care facilities.

Brian later participated in the University’s Metropolitan Physician Associate Program, a longitudinal clinical experience in urban-underserved North Minneapolis. Along with his MPH work, this program empowered him to develop policies to prevent teen pregnancy, implement a public health curriculum at the medical school, research how medical homes may aid vulnerable populations, and help establish community health programs in a medical home.

Stories remain central to Brian. He created/hosted, The Waiting Room, a recurring medical storytelling event, which he affectionately describes as a bookworm, pre-med (and overwhelmingly less famous) sibling to The Moth.

Brian is ecstatic to join OHSU’s combined Family Medicine-Preventive Medicine program. He believes health does not occur solely at the bedside, but out in homes and communities. This program reaches towards that future of our field, by stretching the boundaries of broad-spectrum Family Medicine - by providing residents the tools to both work within and step outside the four-walls of the medical home. He hopes to leverage these tools to narrow social inequities.

The last remaining Minnesota Timberwolves fans on record, Brian and his partner, Alison, are excited to move West, despite the Trailblazers. In between bemoaning their latest loss, he relishes short stories, long films, morning coffee, evening jogs, and Sam Cooke. His relatively few dislikes include speaking in the third person.

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Hunter Poarch

Hunter was born and raised in the south, living in Montgomery, AL, and Concord, NC. He grew up playing outside, often as part of any sports team that his parents would let him join. His first calling, however, was not medicine; it was construction, a career he pursued from high school through his graduation from Pepperdine. There, he received his Bachelors of Science in Sports Medicine and fed his hunger for sports by joining the rugby team. He continued to put his hands to good use in his spare time by taking biannual trips to Mexico to build homes and volunteering with the local Habitat for Humanity. These latter experiences sparked an interest in the underserved abroad, leading him to spend a summer in Uganda where he participated in a number of medical mission trips, based out of a local church health center in Kampala.

Seeing how his hands could be used to not just build, but heal, Hunter then accepted a position as a research associate in the Spinal Cord Injury Department of the Veterans Hospital in Richmond, VA. The two years he worked there were incredibly humbling and rewarding as he helped with the rehabilitation of some of the most inspiring patients with whom he has had the pleasure to work.

Hunter received his medical training at the University of Virginia where he took full advantage of the beauty that Charlottesville had to offer. Exploring more of his interest in the rural underserved, Hunter was grateful to become a Healthy Appalachia Fellow. This position allowed him the chance to do hands-on research while exploring the health barriers that exist in rural Southwest Virginia. Living there for the summer after his first year gave him an intimate look at the health disparities in his own back yard and a refined taste for good bluegrass. In his fourth year, Hunter dedicated a great deal of time to curriculum development by bringing healthcare providers together through interprofessional education and collaboration. This work, along with amazing mentorship, has been foundational in forming his compassionate, holistic, team approach to healthcare centered on supporting patients and their families.

Hunter is ecstatic to be a part of the OHSU family medicine residency because of their proven dedication to serving the community and promoting healthcare innovation. He deeply believes in the importance of primary care and its crucial role as a stable presence in the ever-changing landscape of our healthcare system. He is a self-proclaimed people-person who loves the outdoors, good conversation, a hearty laugh, and a strong cup of coffee.

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Whitney Roper

Whitney grew up in a small, shoreside New Jersey town with her wonderful family. She spent much of her childhood in the barn, working with horses before discovering a passion for caring for people. She traveled south for college, earning a degree in Sociology from the University of Virginia. With the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville's backyard, a love of the outdoors was born there, and through her studies, she cultivated a deep appreciation for the ways in which communities and individuals interact with and shape one another.

Upon graduating, she spent a year coaching the UVA equestrian team. During this time, she discovered a passion for teaching – one that she looks forward to expanding in medicine through her work with both students and future patients. After a year researching with a liver transplant team in Houston, Texas, she returned to Charlottesville for medical school. Inspired by her wonderful classmates, professors, and patients and informed by her background in Sociology, she naturally gravitated toward a holistic approach to medicine. She is passionate about caring for the whole person as well as their family and larger community.

She is thrilled to be continuing her studies at OHSU with colleagues who believe so strongly in the importance of primary care, and who are committed to transforming the ways in which we think of health care and its delivery. She is eager to learn from such passionate individuals and to grow into a Family Medicine physician with the support of this remarkable community.

A newcomer to Portland, she is so excited to the explore all that this wonderful place has to offer. From mountains to the shore to vibrant city life - she loves it all! In her free time, you can probably find her enjoying the outdoors or in the kitchen cooking and baking for friends.

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Tamara Sanderson

Dr. Sanderson particularly enjoys her field for the opportunity to provide holistic, compassionate care tailored to each of her patients and their families. She is especially interested in preventive medicine through exercise and nutritional health as well as improving quality of life for patients with chronic illness and pain conditions.

Outside of clinic, Dr. Sanderson loves spending time outdoors with her husband doing everything from snowboarding and mountain biking to gardening. On quieter nights she enjoys cooking a good meal at home and almost always has a knitting project or two in the works.

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Marcel Tam

Marcel came to OHSU Family Medicine via a winding journey through several vocations, locations and motivations. The unifying theme of this journey is a dedication to cultivating the human potential of each person and community he encounters. He is especially interested in harnessing the wisdom and knowledge of biomedicine, of business management practices, and of complementary and alternative medicines to maximize the wellness of individual patients and of communities.

Before starting medical school at Boston University, he worked for Esperanza International, a small not-for-profit housing construction organization based in Tijuana, México. During the year-and-a-half in Tijuana, he worked with local communities and global volunteers to build community by building concrete homes. His favorite aspects of this experience were working with his hands and cultivating cross-cultural relationships. He still relives fond memories of this time anytime he picks up a hammer or shovel. After Tijuana, Marcel moved to rural Yakima, Washington, home to many apple orchards and people with Mexican roots. While there, he worked as a medical assistant and Spanish interpreter at a community health center. Through this work, he continued to appreciate the daily struggle of so many people whose hard work allows him to have healthy food on his plate and a solid roof over his head.

Medical school in Boston was a wonderful experience for Marcel. While he learned about the theory and practice of medicine, he also ventured outside of the classroom to get to know this innovative, yet traditional, town. He spend a lot of time specifically in the Dorchester neighborhood, developing a transdisciplinary community-academic service learning program that partnered teams of education, law, management, medical and public health students with families served by Boston Medical Center to address the social determinants of their health. He decided to pursue a joint MD/MBA degree because he realized that the effective delivery of health care services require leadership and management skills, in addition to medical practice.

Marcel is excited to be continuing his training at OHSU Family Medicine, where he can further learn how to better integrate his training in medicine and in management. Outside of the residency, he enjoys pickup soccer, CrossFit, playing the drums and continuing to explore all that Portland, and the Pacific Northwest, has to offer.

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Bernadette Zakher

Bernadette immigrated to Canada from Sudan at the age of four. Her early years were spent in a large, diverse metropolitan city where she learned to speak English, celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving, and navigate life through months of white, fluffy stuff that she had never seen before – snow! Bernadette later relocated to the East Coast of Canada where she learned to appreciate Scottish dancing and music, French-Canadian language and food, and the smell of the sea. Bernadette quickly adapted to life in her new country and grew to be extremely proud and patriotic.

From an early age, Bernadette knew that she wanted to be a medical doctor and worked hard to pursue that dream. She completed undergraduate degrees in Life Sciences and Psychology before attending medical school in Sydney, Australia. Studying medicine in Australia broadened Bernadette’s understanding of how different medical systems function; their strengths and their weaknesses. During her medical education, she further expanded her experience of global medicine through an elective in Cairo, Egypt, and after medical school, undertaking volunteer work in Lusaka, Zambia. Each experience taught Bernadette the value of communication, adaptability, and how to learn from others. In particular, the impact of a person’s social and cultural context on their experience of disease was greatly emphasized. Her experiences also reinforced the importance of disease prevention, and Bernadette became committed to working with her patients to keep them healthy and happy before they became unwell.

After medical school and some months traveling, Bernadette re-located from Australia to the US with her husband who had a position as a neurology resident at OHSU. She worked as a researcher with the Pacific Northwest Evidence-Based Practice Center at OHSU, helping put together evidence reviews to guide the decisions of the US Preventive Services Task Force. Through this experience, Bernadette learned the value of making clinical decisions based on the best available evidence and was inspired to pursue a career as a clinician researcher.

It has been four years since Bernadette moved to Portland and she is very excited to part of the Combined Family Medicine/Preventive Medicine Program at OHSU. Bernadette lives in Southwest Portland with her husband, who is now a Neurology Fellow and her 3-year old son. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading novels, partaking in Portland’s exceptional cuisine and coffee options, and talking walks (although she hasn’t quite gotten used to getting wet in the rain)!

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Alexander Zweig

I was born and raised in Mid-Missouri where I spent my childhood enjoying the benefits of a small college town and cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Missouri Tigers. After high school I stayed in Columbia and attended the University of Missouri where I majored in Political Science. My passion for political activism encouraged my involvement in campus activities including lobbying on behalf of students and organizing voter drives. Interested in policymaking, I interned in the Missouri State Legislature where I worked for both house and senate members researching proposals for new legislative initiatives.After a semester abroad in Australia my interest in health care policy grew and I began thinking about careers outside of law and politics.

Eventually, I began working as a unit clerk in a busy medical ICU where I saw firsthand the incredible way physicians could affect patients and their loved ones. Taking advantage of opportunities to serve abroad, I participated in medical service trips to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Eventually as a medical student, I led a service trip in rural Mexico where my interests in primary care took root.

In medical school I participated in MU's rural track program and spent four months in a small southern Missouri town where I started a project educating the underserved and senior citizens about stroke prevention.This experience, along with a month on the Navajo Indian Reservation and time volunteering in our local free clinic, reaffirmed my belief of the parallels between developing nations and our own in terms of barriers to access health care. I come to OHSU optimistic to learn how to reduce those barriers and ready to learn how to become an effective primary care physician.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, biking, reading, live music and drinking good coffee. I look forward to starting a few new hobbies in Portland, and can't wait to explore the Pacific Northwest!

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