William Nettleton, M.D.

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Family Medicine
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Preventive Medicine
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Will was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in St. Louis, MO, Billings, MT, and Battle Creek, MI. As the son of a Presbyterian minister and registered nurse, Will grew up seeing the physical, spiritual and social sides of health. Will attended Hope College in Holland, MI, where he further developed a sense of service while majoring in philosophy and biology. Fresh out of college, Will travelled to Udaipur, India and volunteered with a nongovernmental organization aimed at enabling rural communities to better access and manage health care with a focus on reproductive health, newborn health, and primary health systems. Acknowledging the patriarchal, tribal setting of the population, Will’s role emerged to assist and develop a plan to integrate HIV prevention into existing health services and to involve men in the health care of women and children. The concept entailed accomplishing these goals within a framework of providing new primary health services to men. Will then spent 6 weeks travelling throughout India to different medical and public health civil societies to better understand health challenges of the developing world.After 11 months in India, Will began medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. Detroit quickly introduced him to the uninsured crisis and the health consequences for those living in the poorest urban center in the United States. During the summer after his first year, Will participated in an urban health fellowship at Harbor UCLA Department of Family Medicine in Los Angeles and experienced how clinical work can be balanced with community outreach and advocacy in an underserved population. During his second year at Wayne State, Will started a “Preventive Medicine Action Group,” to increase student awareness of the specialty of preventive medicine while also getting involved in the community with health education talks at a free clinic. As a medical student, Will also counseled patients in an emergency department on smoking cessation, mentored elementary students in an after school exercise program, presented a talk on the basics of health reform, and gave two lectures on maternal and neonatal health in rural India. Will believes a physician’s role does not end at the exam room door. Indignation at preventable disease and corresponding social determinants of health compels him to be an advocate for social justice. He looks forward to training at OHSU as part of the next generation of family physicians who reasserts primary care as the foundation of the US health system.Will enjoys spending time with his amazing wife Amber, who always makes his life more flavorful.


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