Jill Kaspar, M.D.

Jill Kaspar, M.D.


Ames, IA


Grinnell College (also in Iowa), majored in French and Neuroscience

Before Med School

Worked as a CNA in a nursing home and a memory care unit, did some bioethics research at Georgetown

Medical Interests

Medical education, Neuro-oncology

Non-Medical Interests

Climbing, running, yoga, cooking, baking, beer/winetasting, hiking, tending lovingly to a boyfriend, a roomba, and a balcony basil plant

Favorite books and authors

Life of Pi -Yann Martel
Matilda- Roald Dahl
His Dark Materials Trilogy- Philip Pullman
anything by Dave Barry or Thich Nhat Hanh

Favorite Movies

This is the End, Amelie, Finding Nemo, Anchorman, Chocolat

Favorite Music

David Guetta, Bob Marley, Swedish House Mafia, "Old-school" rap, Journey and other 80's power ballads, Louie Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald

Favorite Jobs (before this one)

Student Health Center Clerk/Condom Fairy (refilled the condom machines, not as sexy as it sounds)

Why Oregon

I was drawn here because it seemed like the program where I would be the happiest, and I haven't regretted my decision for a minute.  My colleagues are fun, interesting, and supportive, the nurses and auxiliary staff are fun to work with; everyone here takes pride in their work. Portland has a relatively low cost-of-living, great neighborhoods, fantastic variety and quality of food, and last-minute getaways to the coast or the Columbia Gorge are very doable — even on an intern's schedule.