Karen Brasel, M.D., M.P.H., Program DirectorAcademic Faculty, Karen Brasel, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Karen Brasel, Professor of Surgery, is the General Surgery Residency Program Director. She received her BA from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and her MD from the University of Iowa.  She completed her surgical residency and her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul and her Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  She comes to OHSU from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), where she was given a dual appointment as an Assistant Professor of Surgery and as an Assistant Professor in the Health Policy Institute in 1999. At MCW, Dr. Brasel served as a Clerkship Director, Director of Resident Research, and as the Director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program for eight years.  She is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the Association of Surgical Education’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2006.

Dr. Brasel is a nationally renowned leader in many aspects of surgery, including her role as Contributing Author and Sub-Committee Chair for the Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP®) for many years and currently as the international director of ATLS ®.  She served two years as Chair of the Curriculum Committee for the Association of Surgical Education and has served on several committees for the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma.  She serves on the Executive Committee of the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors and is a Director of the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Brasel’s clinical practice is trauma/critical care and emergency general surgery.  Her research focuses on surgical palliative care, ethics, education, and quality of life after trauma.

Karen Deveney, M.D., Vice-Chair for Education

Dr. Karen Deveney, Professor of Surgery, is the Vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University, where she served as the Program Director of the general surgery residency for 18 years, from 1996 to 2014.

Dr. Deveney received her B.A. degree from Stanford University and her M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, where she completed surgical residency training. Thereafter she joined the faculty at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in San Francisco, serving as Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. She also served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Frankfurt, Germany and later as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Deveney joined the faculty at Oregon Health & Science University in 1987 and directed surgical education there since that time, serving as the surgery clerkship director and assistant dean for Curricular Affairs in the School of Medicine. In that position, she helped plan and implement a major medical student curricular change under funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, Preparing Physicians for the Future. She is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. She is a member of fourteen surgical societies, including the American Surgical Association. She represented Oregon on the American College of Surgeons' Board of Governors from 2002-2008 and served as Secretary of the Board from 2006-2008 and Second Vice-President of the American College of Surgeons in 2009-2010.

In addition to her interest and expertise in surgical education, Dr. Deveney's research interests have been in gastrointestinal physiology. Her clinical areas of interest include inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, rural surgery, and emergency general surgery.

Pat Southard, MN, JD, Associate Program Director, VirtuOHSU Administrative Director

Pat Southard's educational background is a double Master's Degree in Nursing and Nursing Administration and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence Degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College here in Portland. Prior to coming to the Department of Surgery, she was one of the hospital administrators at OHSU Hospitals and Clinics.

As one of the Associate Program Directors, Pat is responsible for the monitoring and reporting of compliance with the ACGME duty hour requirements. She works with the GMEC to report the duty hours and to present action plans if they are indicated for non-compliance in relevant rotations. Additionally, Pat is the triage scorer for the applications for the surgery residency. She reviews all of the applications and does the scoring to determine which applicants should be invited for interviews. Finally, she works with the VirtuOHSU Program Director to coordinate the annual golf tournament and dinner auction that solely benefits VirtuOHSU, the surgical skills and simulation center.

Karen Kwong, M.D., FACS, Associate Program Director, Global Surgery Program Director

Dr. Karen Kwong is an Associate Program Director of the general surgery residency. She maintains a clinical appointment in the Division of General Surgery at the Portland VA Medical Center (PVAMC). She oversees resident activities at the PVAMC and assists residents in preparing the ResNet curriculum, consisting of vertical mentoring sessions held quarterly for residents at all levels of training. Dr. Kwong also teaches the Ethics and Professionalism Skills Lab with Dr. Deveney. Additionally, she supports the Clerkship Director in the advisement of students desiring to train in general surgery. Dr. Kwong is very interested in global health initiatives and frequently travels to Haiti to provide medical and surgical care.

Donn Spight, M.D., VirtuOHSU Medical Director

Dr. Donn Spight, Assistant Professor, is the VirtuOHSU Medical Director. He completed a minimally invasive fellowship at OHSU in 2006 and was then recruited to join the faculty. Dr. Spight is the instructor for laparoscopic skills labs.

Robin Alton, Education Manager

Robin Alton is a graduate of Portland State University and lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon. She has maintained her current role as education manager in the Department of Surgery for 12 years. Prior to her work in the OHSU Department of Surgery, Robin worked in the OHSU Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. Thus, her understanding of both sides of the ether screen is comprehensive.

She and her husband Bruce live on the east side of the city with their two rescue dogs, Dawson and Sadie, their cats and the many birds that frequent their backyard.

Erin Anderson, Education Coordinator

Erin Anderson is a graduate of Linfield College and a native Oregonian. She celebrated her 14-year anniversary at OHSU in July 2013, having worked in the OHSU Department of Surgery for the entirety of her tenure here.

Erin lives in a suburb of Portland and in her free time enjoys taking advantage of Portland's crafty, DIY culture and sampling the world-famous Northwest cuisine.

Liane LeBlanc, Education Administrative Assistant