Geriatric Fellowship

Division of GIM Geriatrics Fellowship

VA Geriatrics
At the Oregon Health & Science University Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, we train strong clinicians and leaders in geriatric medicine. Since its inception in 1978, graduates of this fellowship have gone on to become leaders in the field of geriatric medicine throughout the United States. We pride ourselves on our robust mentorship program that fosters career development, work-life balance, and scholarly interest.
Through this city-wide fellowship, geriatric medicine fellows enjoy a well-balanced rotation schedule in: 
  • Inpatient Hospice/Palliative care – Community Living Center, VA Portland Health Care System 
  • Acute Inpatient Delirium/Hip Fracture Service – Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center 
  • Post-acute Rehabilitation – Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit, VA Portland Health Care System 
  • Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) – Providence ElderPlace 
  • Neurology – VA Portland Health Care System 
  • Specialty Clinics – VA Portland Health Care System 
  • Acute care for the Elderly Consult Service - Oregon Health & Science University
  • Elective month - To be determined by the fellow; serves as a platform to pursue personal career interests
The richest learning occurs with longitudinal experiences. We have clinics that the fellows attend year long, including outpatient 
geriatric primary care and consult, long-term continuity (nursing home) visits, home-based primary care, falls clinics, dementia clinic, and geriatric psychiatry clinic. 
The philosophy of this program is that teaching and critical thinking are essential elements of the Fellowship. Our geriatric medicine 
program offers opportunities for the fellow to teach house staff and other healthcare professionals. Internal Medicine
residents are assigned to our teaching service throughout the year. Each fellow is assigned a career mentor and chooses a research project mentor. This mentorship provides coaching in career development, critical thinking, and research and/or educational methods. 


Teaching Conferences

  1. Geriatrics Fellows Conference: Weekly review of topics essential to the field of geriatric medicine including the biology, psychology and clinical aspects of care of the elderly 
  2. Journal Club: Critical assessment of recent literature addressing specific geriatric problems 
  3. Department of Medicine conferences
  4. Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Conferences 
For those who are interested in pursuing a career in academic geriatric medicine and are invited to interview, we encourage them to apply to the General Internal Medicine WISE fellowship. This is a two year fellowship, but the first year will be the geriatric medicine fellowship clinical year. Those applicants must notify the geriatric medicine fellowship director prior to the interview date so that the WISE application and interview process will occur simultaneously with the application and interview process for the geriatric medicine fellowship. Applicants who match in geriatrics who are accepted to the WISE fellowship will attend courses in either clinician education or research during their first year of the WISE fellowship. Time for these courses is allotted during the clinical geriatrics rotations. Assuming the applicant matched with our program and was also accepted to the WISE fellowship, the geriatric medicine fellow would attend courses in either clinician education research or clinical research during their first year of the WISE fellowship. Their second year of the WISE fellowship would be to pursue their education/research interests. 


OHSU/Portland VA Medical Center Geriatrics Faculty 

Katie Drago, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine - OHSU
Amy Earhart, MD 
Geriatrician, Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit - VA Portland Health Care System
Assistant Professor
Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH 
Director of Geriatrics - OHSU
Associate Professor 

Sarah Goodlin, MD, FACC, FAAHPM 
Chief of Geriatrics - VA Portland Health Care System 
Associate Professor 

Rima Jallad, MD 
Medical Director, Hospice/Palliative Care at Community Living Center - VA Portland Health Care System 
Assistant Professor 

Lisa Miura, MD 
Medical Director, Rural Collaborative Dementia Program - VA Portland Health Care System 
Assistant Professor 
Emily Morgan, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine - OHSU

Nora Tobin, MD 
Director, Palliative Medicine Service and Palliative Medicine Fellowship - VA Portland Health Care System/OHSU 
Associate Professor 

Foy White-Chu, MD 
Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship - VA Portland Health Care System/OHSU 
Physician, Geriatrics and Wound Specialist 
Assistant Professor 

Community Clinician Educators 

Katherine Chung, MD 
Neurologist, VA Portland Health Care System 

Maggie George, MD 
Geriatrician, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center 

Paula Folger, MD 
Geriatrician, Legacy Health System 

Kellie Foster, MD 
Geriatrician, Kaiser Permanente 
Mary LaJoy, MD
Geriatric Psychiatrist, VA Portland Health Care System
David Mansoor, MD 
Geriatric Psychiatrist, VA Portland Health Care System 

Michelle Mass, MD 
Neurologist, VA Portland Health Care System 

Anthony Ohotto, MD 
Geriatrician, Providence ElderPlace 

Anne Sammis, MD 
Geriatrician, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center 

Lisa Silbert, MD 
Neurologist, VA Portland Health Care System 

Shirin Sukumar, MD 
Geriatrician, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center 

How to Apply 

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We welcome the interest of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residents in our program – doctors of osteopathy or medicine. We require that the applicant have graduated from an ACGME accredited residency program. In order to apply, please do so via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We require 3 letters of recommendation, one of which should be from the residency program director. Exceptions will be made for those who have been out of residency for some years. We participate 100% in the National Resident Matching Program. Interviews typically begin in the late summer and continue through late fall.

Please send any and all inquiries to

Foy White-Chu, MD 
Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship 
Dept. of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (P3-MED) 
3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road 
P.O. Box 1034 
Portland, OR 97239 
Phone: 503 220-8262 ext. 55593 
FAX: 503 721-7807