Residency Class of 2017

Sreevalli Atluru, MDSree Atluru, MD

Sree was born in Wisconsin but grew up in Minnesota.  She studied Biology and Political Science as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  While there she discovered a strong interest in health policy, social justice and community engagement. Her love for politics drove her to work for now Senator Al Franken's election campaign and recount in 2008.  After the recount finished, she traveled to Hyderabad, India for 6 weeks to rotate through a HIV, tuberculosis and leprosy center, and a tertiary care heart hospital.  These experiences solidified her desires to continue work in global health, public health, women's health and preventive medicine.

To combine her interests in medicine and politics, she attended the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, she began to work with underserved communities by volunteering at the student run free clinic and conducting community research in HIV/AIDS.  In addition, she developed her leadership skills by working with student government and administrative deans. During her fourth year, she went to Hyderabad again to learn more about medical management of HIV, tuberculosis and leprosy in low resource settings.  All these experiences solidified her commitment to work in primary care. 

Sree's love for family medicine comes from the ability of family practitioners to develop longitudinal patient relationships, to provide full spectrum care from newborns to the elderly and to emphasize preventive medicine. Her interests include low-risk obstetrics care, women's health, pediatrics and preventive medicine. Due to her interests across multiple disciplines of medicine, Sree is excited to have the opportunity to continue to develop professionally and personally at the Family Medicine department at OHSU and explore the city of Portland. 

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Kristin Bendert, MD, MPHKristin Bendert, MD, MPH

Kristin hails from the Midwest.  As a little girl in Ohio she loved nothing more than running barefoot through the woods and catching tadpoles with her twin sister and younger brother.  She moved to Chicago for high school where she met her now husband.  While she enjoyed all the hustle and activities of a busy metropolitan area, she missed the trees and out of doors immensely.  Kristin left Chicago after high school for Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, where she studied Biology, with plans for medical school, and Geology, because she couldn't pass up a chance to visit the Badlands and dig in the dirt.  

During college Kristin made sure she didn't have much spare time by joining, and often leading, every biology and environmental club on campus, while working as a Certified Nursing Assistant, volunteering at Hospice, and participating in a medical mission trip to Nicaragua in her senior year.  From these experiences she discovered there was more to being a doctor treating the sick, and that she could prevent illness through public health and patient education.

After graduating with her Bachelor's degree, Kristin put an end to a seven-year long distance relationship by marrying her high-school sweetheart in Walt Disney World.  Kristin and her new husband moved to Saint Louis where she went to medical school at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.  During that time she volunteered at the school's free student-run clinic, taught elementary students through the AAFP Tar War's program, helped develop a health education curriculum for a neighborhood in North St. Louis as part of the Public Health Interest Group, and ultimately received a distinction for community service upon graduation.  To pursue her interest in public health, Kristin took the year off between third and fourth year of medical school to complete her Masters in Public Health degree.  

Kristin's experiences have shown her that prevention, patient education, public policy, and social justice are key to improving the nation's health.  She is excited to join the OHSU Family Medicine Residency because the progressive four-year curriculum will allow her to continue to learn about these issues, as well as the community engagement work that she loves. She is also looking forward to building relationships with patients that will allow her to provide holistic care. Her professional interests include maternal and child health, chronic disease management, patient education, and community medicine. 

Kristin, her husband, and "the girls" (two mini-lop rabbits) are looking forward to exploring the Pacific Northwest.  They are looking forward to enjoying the beautiful Portland outdoors, as well as exploring the local cuisine and coffee shops.

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Nathan Brooks, MD, MPHNathan Brooks, MD, MPH

Nathan was born and raised right here in beautiful Portland. He graduated from Cleveland High  where, in addition to receiving a great education, he played baseball, ran cross country, and played the tuba in a few Rose Festival Parades. After graduating from high school, he headed down the road a bit to Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) where he majored in biology, made some great friends, and traded his tuba for a bass guitar and got involved in the local rock music scene.

After graduating from college, Nathan worked for a few years while his wife Amelia completed her education. He spent two years as a caregiver in a group home for adults with developmental disabilities, an experience that he still counts as one of the most rewarding times in his life. He then worked as a research assistant at OHSU, first on a study of risk factors for osteoporosis in men, then on a study about exercise programs for cancer survivors. He also involved himself in numerous community service activities during this time, including volunteering at a free clinic, running a church-based free meal program, and tutoring English for immigrants from Mexico. 

After Amelia earned her Masters of Arts and Teaching, it was Nathan's turn to go back to school. Seeking adventure and a change in scenery, he enrolled in Boston University School of Medicine. At BU, he spent most of his time training in Boston's safety net hospital and network of community health centers, where he developed a first-hand appreciation of many of the socioeconomic factors that influence health. Wanting to learn more and to develop skills to actually address some of those factors, he signed up for an extra year studying public health, receiving an MPH with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Science which included a practicum project with a pediatric obesity prevention/healthy lifestyle program. During medical school, he was also able to take advantage of numerous other opportunities, including practicing rural medicine in Appalachian Virginia, studying Spanish and practicing in Mexico and Costa Rica, and being involved in a diverse array of organizations including Project Trust HIV testing/counseling, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, the BU Creative Arts Society, and the Christian Medical-Dental Association.

Nathan is thrilled to be returning to Portland and to OHSU. He is excited about being a part of the next generation of family medicine trainees at OHSU and the opportunity to help shape family medicine training and practice in the future. He loves getting to know people and establish relationships with patients, and is passionate about developing true partnerships with his patients to help them achieve their best health possible. He is interested in providing full-spectrum family medicine, including adult primary care, pediatrics and obstetrics, and has special interests in preventive medicine and care for under-served populations.

In his free time, Nathan enjoys spending time with his family (especially his 2-year-old son, Sondre), playing pickup basketball, running, biking, playing music, and church activities.

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Matthew Chan, MDMatthew Chan, MD

Matt was born in the Hudson Valley of Poughkeepsie, NY. It was said he had the biggest smile of any baby the doctors had ever seen. At an early age, he relocated to Vermont, a land notorious for greener pastures and grass-gnawing cows. His adolescence was filled with frosty winters, frosty ski tips, and several frosty, misshapen snowmen. As he entered manhood, Matt decided that while he was fond of the wilderness of Green Mountain state, he yearned for the towering skyscrapers of city life.

He attended Tufts University in Massachusetts, where in addition to honing his expertise in bad 90's music and Boston sports lore, he also became infatuated with the mysticism of the sciences, eventually majoring in Biopsychology. He was fascinated by the vast unknown of the mind, dabbling in research on how humans control their emotions, while also attempting to unravel the secrets of his own passions. Never one to turn down an adventure into uncharted territory, some memorable experiences included rowing in the Charles Regatta with the Tufts Crew, traveling and studying throughout China, and choreographing for dance teams. But alas, something unfulfilled tugged at him, a restless urge to chase aspirations of something greater.

Matt appreciated Boston so much that he stuck with Tufts University to pursue medicine, officially earning the badge as a "Double Jumbo." His first exposures to primary care came while volunteering at the school-run free clinic geared for the underserved populations of greater Boston. Despite his penchant for ice cream, he became a huge proponent of healthy eating, joining an outreach group providing nutrition counseling. During medical school, Matt also became enamored with healthcare quality improvement, a world of nitty-gritty numbers that harkened back to his Sudoku addiction days. He became immersed in new models of care, and participated in transforming a practice into a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Family Medicine provided an eclectic mix of people, as well as a holistic and preventative approach to medicine that resonated with his ideologies. He realized that he became invigorated by the intricate relationships established with patients; there grew a collection of stories from every person he met, each one offering a glimpse into someone's life.

Matt is enthusiastic about writing a new chapter of his life at OHSU. He firmly believes that family physicians will carry the torch as the innovators of healthcare, serving at the forefront to steer our system in the right direction. He cannot wait to join the legions of family physicians in providing the highest quality of care and support to the Portland community.

Matt is a simple person at heart, and tries to enjoy life day by day. With Portland's heralded resource of home-grown foods, he looks forward to perfecting his cooking skills, if only to complement his bartering abilities at the farmer's market. In his free time, he gladly pops on some skis and head for the hills, but equally appreciates a solid Twilight novel on rainy days (which are apparently aplenty in Portland). After taking the metaphorical Oregon Trail from the east coast to the Pacific Northwest, he's ready for this exhilarating new frontier.

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Brian Garvey, MD, Combined ProgramBrian Garvey, MD, Combined Program

Brian is a native Oregonian that has grown accustomed to the reality that the state will be his home for many years to come. Nonetheless, he still asserts his adventurer heart from time to time.

Following high school, Brian set off for California, where he studied International Relations at Pomona College. After a semester abroad in Cuba, he became quickly attached to the notion that the practice of medicine is at its best when integrated with principles of social justice, equity and public health. 

Following college, he later grew this vision while working at Harvard School of Public Health. There he was part of a research team that analyzed HIV/AIDS interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, in an effort to leverage the power of cost-effectiveness models against the inaction of policymakers.

Growing tired of New England’s bone-chilling winters, Brian eventually returned to Portland for medical school at OHSU. He was grateful to find an academic home where primary care was valued and championed. He continued to explore his research interests, partnering with Mercy Corps on a project looking at novel health interventions in rural Colombia. But the true highlight of his medical education was a 3-month rotation he performed in John Day, OR, which opened his eyes to the poetry of rural medicine.

Brian is absolutely thrilled to be staying in Portland for the next four years as part of the Combined Family Medicine/Preventive Medicine Program. He especially looks forward to working with OHSU Family Medicine Faculty and Staff that are now really starting to feel like family. He currently lives in SE Portland, where he can be alternately found riding his vintage Bianchi, playing music in his friends’ musty basements, or enjoying the local gastronomical delights.

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Alison Herson, MDAlison Herson, MD

My name is Alison, and I am thrilled to be part of the OHSU 4-Year Family Medicine Residency Program. Raised in Vancouver (not B.C.), WA (not D.C.), near Portland (not Maine), I am excited to return home to my corner of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. During my childhood, I learned the importance of family, the joy of serving my community, and that going to the beach consisted of donning a winter jacket and flying a kite in the wind. I attended Hudson’s Bay High School and am endlessly grateful to the teachers who inspired in me a love of science and discovery.

With the posting of a 64-square-foot crossword puzzle on my dormitory wall at Stanford, I began college in search of challenges that stimulate learning and innovation. This led me to a major in Symbolic Systems, an interdisciplinary field combining computer science, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and cognitive science, with the purpose of developing artificial intelligence. My specific area of interest was how the human brain learns and produces language, and how this should (or should not) guide how computers learn and produce human language.

While at Stanford, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy. There, I dabbled in Italian, art history (walking tours of Florence) and classic Italian cinema. My favorite memories from college include singing with a volunteer organization that performed songs from the 1920-50s at nursing homes and convalescent hospitals throughout the Bay Area and creating an elementary school curriculum for an HIV awareness campaign and fundraiser that culminated in a 24-hour marathon of dancing.

The idea of working together to improve health is what originally took me to the rural village of Manyire, Tanzania with Support for International Change, an organization that brings together health educators from around the world to teach about HIV. My time there was inspiring and led me to pursue medicine, to learn Swahili, and to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro.

After returning from Tanzania, I volunteered with the Free Clinic of SW Washington in Vancouver before joining the University of Washington School of Medicine. This is where I fell in love with family medicine. Through UWSOM I have travelled as far away as Anchorage and as close to home as White Salmon. I was drawn to full-spectrum primary care, medicine for underserved populations, and partnering with my communities to improve health.

As a family physician, I am excited to address both urgent and chronic issues, and what I truly seek is the ability to follow my patients over time. In my free time, I enjoy singing, ballroom dancing, learning new languages, travel, and spending time with friends and family.

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Jade Koide, MDJade Koide, MD

Jade was born in San Diego but raised in the 'burbs of Jersey, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia.  She anxiously crawled back to the west coast to pursue a degree in biology in Santa Barbara, where she found a love for physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, and learning about how drugs and endogenous compounds fit into their active sites and cause a cascade of events within the cell.  At the same time, she made ends meet working as an ED scribe and a server at Red Robin.  While serving burgers did have some appeal, she decided to snatch up an opportunity to work for a biotech company after graduation, where she helped to develop preclinical pharmacokinetic models for drug metabolism in rats.  Working for a drug company had many perks, but she realized she wanted to work with patients who could communicate how they were feeling and with whom she could develop meaningful relationships.  She was thrilled to get into OHSU for medical school and found that while she loved every rotation she experienced, her Family Medicine clerkship and the values instilled in her from clinicians in the specialty inspired passion and hope for a better health care delivery system, namely the Patient Centered Medical Home.

Jade has always believed in participating in the community she lived in.  Both caring for the underserved in Portland as well as promoting the importance of nutrition and exercise in adolescents and young adults has helped to shape how Jade hopes to impact her patients.  She is a big proponent of the social context of health and wellness, and she strives to emphasize the connection between mental and physical health, through both conventional and complimentary means.

She has fallen in love with Portland since moving here for medical school, really settling into the healthy lifestyles and amazing adventures that can be found in and around town.  She enjoys volunteering for local organizations such as Safe Routes to Schools and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.  She also believes in balance, growth, nourishment, and living as sustainably as possible, by pursuing alternative/active transportation and buying local, seasonal fruits and vegetables, which she will certainly encourage you to do if you aren't in the habit yet!  She is super thrilled at the prospect of spending 4 years training at an academic center committed to excellent primary care.

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Luis Manriquez, MD, Combined ProgramLuis Manriquez, MD, Combined Program

Luis Manriquez grew up in the desert southwest and headed to the Big Apple to study film-making in college.  He arrived in New York a week before September 11th and his experiences in the city following this tragedy forced him to rethink his career ambitions and focus on medicine as a way to be directly useful to people.

Before applying to medical school he attended the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine in Bisbee, AZ, where he met his wife,Sarah. They lived in Denver while Luis finished his medical pre-requisites and ran a biodiesel cooperative and sustainable transportation education program.  They then moved to her native Washington and Luis was accepted to the University of Washington School of Medicine.

As a first-year medical student Luis trained as a community organizer and worked to develop a student organization called the Health Equity Circle that brings students together across disciplines to educate students and take action on health-equity issues on campus and in the Seattle area.  He helped lead a partnership of student organizations, a local free clinic and the university in creating a student-run free clinic. As a clinical student he moved to Spokane and started another chapter of the Health Equity Circle in addition to developing a class, "Health Equity and Community Organizing" to teach students about health equity and how to be effective in organizing for change. 

Luis is thrilled to be joining the OHSU Family Medicine/Preventive medicine program.  This program will give him the opportunity to train to be the best physician at the bedside and also learn the skills to follow patients out of the clinic and work with them to address the social, economic and environmental issues that affect our health.  He looks forward to continuing to work with community organizations to build a just society because a healthy society requires justice and a just society will be healthy.

Being a family medicine doctor and community organizer allows Luis to support people in every stage of life, from delivering a young couple's first child into the world to working with community groups to ensure there is adequate educational support to help that child thrive to treating grandpa's hypertension so he can live to see his granddaughter graduate from college.  The opportunity to serve as a physician is an honor and a privilege.

A glutton at heart, but at least one with good taste, Luis looks forward to taking his wife out to enjoy Portland's innovative food culture, foraging in the woods for gourmet mushrooms and hosting friends and family in their new hometown.

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Kathleen McKenna, MDKathleen McKenna, MD, MPH

Kathleen’s roots are in the Midwest, growing up with two sisters and a ton of extended family in St. Louis, Missouri. In the wake of her father’s single-handed resurgence of their Irish heritage, she fell in love with Irish dancing as well as Irish music, and still plays the Irish whistle and fiddle in pubs around America. She chose to stay in the Midwest for college, and graduated from fun-loving Carleton College with a bachelor’s in History in addition to expertise in Frisbee throwing, Rugby tackling, and Inland Sailboat yachting.

Before making the plunge into medical school, Kathleen joined the Peace Corps. She originally was sent to the little-known Republic of Kiribati, a series of coral atolls spread out across the equator and the international date line. There she worked on projects to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, decrease obesity, and increase sanitation on an island of 2000 inhabitants. As the Peace Corps left Kiribati, Kathleen was relocated to Guatemala, where she spent the next 2+ years working on improving health infrastructure, fighting malnutrition, promoting HIV/AIDS education, and constructing buildings with recycled materials all while living in a rural Mayan village in the central highlands.

Enjoying the intensive field experience in global public health, Kathleen decided to continue her newfound passion along with medicine in a combined MD/MPH degree program at Tufts University in Boston. She completed her MPH fieldwork in southern India studying healthcare delivery systems in villages and slums. For her final MPH thesis she worked on a large diabetes prevention and management project around Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. While at Tufts, Kathleen also began an ongoing nutrition outreach program training medical students to provide nutrition counseling in underserved Boston neighborhoods. Her interests in medicine include, but are not limited to: mental health, substance abuse, adolescent medicine, rural medicine, cross-cultural medicine, and integrative/functional medicine.

The Pacific Northwest is a new region for Kathleen, but one she has always wanted to explore. She is making the monumental move from Portland, ME to Portland, OR with her significant other, Peter, who matched in Family medicine at Providence, Milwaukie. They are ready to soak up all that this green city and state have to offer, particularly by biking, climbing, hiking, skiing, vegetable growing, and yoga-ing.

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Ben Pederson, MDBen Pederson, MD

Ben Pederson grew up in Minnesota and attended Macalester College.   He spent a year at the NIH as a post-baccalaureate research fellow prior to returning to the Midwest for medical school at the University of Minnesota where his interests in primary care and global health took root.  During his first two years of medical school, Ben helped create a health outreach program for homeless shelters and spent a summer in Tanzania as a public health research intern.  Returning from this influential experience, Ben co-founded ‘Just Health Network,’ a non-profit that has since supported small-scale health initiatives in Tanzania, Nicaragua, Zambia, Uganda, and Kenya.

During his third year of medical school Ben put his passion for primary care into practice: he participated in the pilot year of the Metropolitan Physician Associate Program (MetroPAP), a new longitudinal clinical training program based in the urban-underserved community of North Minneapolis.  During MetroPAP, Ben was embedded within a community clinic where he developed strong, long-term relationships with patients and conducted research on the impact of the Patient-Centered Medical Home on health disparities and graduate medical education in the state of Minnesota.

After MetroPAP, Ben spent a year as a NIH Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar with AMPATH in Eldoret, Kenya.  As a Fogarty Scholar, Ben managed the implementation of a new TB diagnostic assay, the GeneXpert, at three rural sites Western Kenya, assisted with TB/HIV care integration, and collaborated on a TB genomics study.  During this year, Ben also became involved with Organic Health Response (OHR), an organization focused on HIV and environmental sustainability on Mfangano Island in Lake Victoria.  With OHR Ben developed the Minnesota-OHR Kenya Alliance, an early career research/volunteer program for medical and public health students.

In 2012, Ben was selected into the ABFM’s Pisacano Leadership Program and received the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Medical Student Award for Contributions in Family Medicine.  Ben graduated as a member of the AOA and recipient of the 2013 Global Health Scholar Award and Medical Student Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota.

Ben is excited to join the Family Medicine residency at OHSU.  He desires to grow as a leader within this specialty to inspire innovation, empower a new generation of people passionate for primary care, and establish a strong clinical practice rooted in an underserved community.  Ben was particularly drawn to the innovative 4-year curriculum at OHSU, as it will provide him with diverse and rigorous training environments where he can develop his clinical, academic, and leadership skills that will serve as the foundation for his career focused on advancing primary care on a national and international level.

Born and raised in his beloved Minnesota, Ben has always considered the Pacific Northwest his heart’s home.   Although he will miss the unmatched cross-country skiing of the Midwest, he is excited to move to Portland to continue his coffee-drinking, brunch-eating, bike-riding, and book-reading lifestyle in addition to exploring the forests, mountains, and coast of the Pacific Northwest on bike or foot whenever he can.

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Wilfredo "Will" Pérez, MD

Wilfredo (Will) Pérez grew up in New England, with his mom, younger brother and sister. A world traveler at heart, he has lived in three countries and visited 11 others.

In 2004, Will matriculated at Brown University, where he was simultaneously accepted to the Program in Liberal Medical Education, majoring in Community Health.  

During his freshman year in college, Will met two people who would inspire his future work in global health.  After learning about Haiti from Tracy Kidder and Dr. Paul Farmer, Will dedicated himself to this country: he studied Haitian Creole, becoming fluent by the end of college. During his senior year, he attended one of Dr. Farmer's symposiums, and was offered a position as the first public health director of a large orphanage in rural Haiti.  Will jumped at this opportunity, deferring medical school for a year to live in Haiti and work with local youth and families on a variety of public health projects such as eradicating bed bugs and treating tuberculosis, designing a new health center, and training public health workers to meet the medical needs of the orphanage.  

Brown University recognized his work, awarding him the $25,000 Zucconi Fellowship to fund his tuberculosis program, and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) provided him with a $125,000 grant for his public health programs. 

During medical school, Will continued his work in Haiti as a consultant for two now Haitian-run organizations, helping his public health programs to be adopted in 40 villages throughout the country and receiving grants and awards (including the VH1 Do Something Award and the CUGH Emerging Leadership in Global Health Award) for his work. During his first year of medical school, the devastating earthquake struck Haiti, and Will lost six friends. Later that year, he met and fell in love with his partner, Sabatino, a singer/architect/designer and the man he can't wait to marry but isn't yet allowed to #marriageequality. 

Will is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, a competitive ballroom dancer, salsa instructor and marathon runner. He and his partner couldn't be more excited about joining the OHSU Family Medicine team and making Portland their new home!

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Brian Sanders, MDBrian Sanders, MD

Brian was born in High Point, NC, and grew up in North Carolina and Connecticut during his formative years.  By the end of high school, Brian recognized a passion he had for public service.  Boy Scouts provided numerous opportunities for outreach that culminated in a two-week service trip in Peru.  He earned the honor of Eagle Scout at age 17, but his dedication to community outreach continues to develop.

Brian studied Public Health and Neuroscience at Tulane University in the Big Easy, New Orleans.  Post-Katrina aftermath presented local options for nurturing his dedication to service via gutting homes in The Ninth Ward and compiling an emergency management plan for The New Orleans Office of Public Health.  His public health background brought him to rural Kenya for a health-relief trip during college.  Although attractions to world travel and public services were fostered over the years in Brian, his time in Kenya embodied many of his aspirations.  Projects in Kenya cultivated his interest in community-driven medicine and a desire to enhance healthcare through preventive and primary-care strategies.

Directly after college, Brian began medical school close to home at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC.  In medical school, he expanded his academic aptitude through involvement in research and in becoming a Student Scholar in the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP).  The NCAFP afforded him opportunities to participate in policy events affecting family physicians in North Carolina, to attend the AAFP National Conference and to coordinate and implement the Tar Wars campaign, a tobacco-free education program for elementary school students.

OHSU is a perfect fit for Brian.  The academic prowess of the OHSU Department of Family Medicine presents options for involvement in policy and research pertinent to the evolving healthcare system.  In addition, a formal graduate medical education rooted in population health, leadership and informative mastery are areas within which he hopes to become competent.  Finally, the thrill of living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and immersing himself in Portland culture is exciting.

Outside of medicine, Brian enjoys any outdoor activity imaginable.  From early on in school, his favorite class was recess.  He played soccer and basketball since age 5 and picked up a love for lacrosse in Connecticut.  Despite living on the East Coast much of his life, he loves shedding fresh powder that can only be found in the West.  During relaxation time, he enjoys sampling local eats and brews that rumor has it abound in Portland.

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