Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics


The Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics is a division within the Department of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The Division is comprised of two sections; one at OHSU and one at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The two sections often collaborate on teaching and training activities, research and clinical care. The Division is home to a group of outstanding physicians, nurse practitioners, researchers and educators who are dedicated to serving the people of Oregon by providing excellent clinical care, and serving the region and the nation through research and education. It is an exciting time to be involved in primary care, with innovative educational models and health care reform initiatives that are transforming how care is delivered.

The Division has 42 full time and 12 part time faculty members, and 185 volunteer clinical faculty located throughout the region. Dr. Katherine Bensching is Division Head and Dr. Elizabeth Allen, MD is Section Chief at the Portland VAMC.

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Congratulations to our own, Susan Tolle, MD, director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care and senior author of a new study, published June 9, 2014, showing that the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment program--commonly known as POLST--gives seriously ill or frail people a voice in how they are treated in a medical crisis. The study was published online by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. See more.

Congratulations to our own, Colleen Casey, PhD, ANP-BC, who was awarded the OHSU School of Nursing Alumni Association Early Career Achievement Award at their annual reunion luncheon on June 1st! This award is presented to alumni who have demonstrated a commitment to evidenced based practice and have made significant contributions in improving patient care and health in a community setting or in the areas of scientific reserach or academia within five years of graduation.

Congratulations to our own, Rachel Solotaroff, MD, who is being awarded the Karen Rotondo Award for outstanding service and significant contribution to improving the health and quality of life of people experiencing homelessness at the National Healthcare for the Homeless Conference!  The award honors the memory and legacy of Karen Rotondo, RN, the "Founding Mother" of the Healthcare for the Homeless Clinicians' network.

Congratulations to our own, Joseph Hardman, MD! Joe was elected to the Oregon Alpha Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha as a faculty inductee.

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