Megan is a native of the Pacific Northwest and completed medical school at OHSU. She ventured to the east coast for residency training, followed by a chief year, at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She was delighted to return to OHSU as a pediatric hospitalist and medical educator. Megan has an interest in patient safety, team communication, and quality improvement, and worked for many years as an APD and medical director before taking on the PD role. Megan loves being a pediatric residency program director, as she finds working with pediatric trainees and being part of their professional development rewarding beyond measure.
When not at work, Megan loves dancing, hiking the beautiful Pacific Northwest trails, traveling, eating good food, and playing games with her husband and two daughters.
Associate Program Directors
Sarah is an Oregon native and a graduate of OHSU medical school and our beloved residency program. She spent a year as chief before joining the pediatric hospitalists and becoming an associate program director for the Pediatric Residency Program.
Sarah loves the teamwork that comes with taking care of patients with students and residents, and is committed to making all feel included. She has been known to inadvertently delay rounds while socializing with all the friendly faces on the wards and does her best to teach while taking thoughtful care of children and their families. Her role as associate program director is a wonderful complement, allowing her to have input on resident education as well as the opportunity to support and coach an incredible group of smart, kind, hard-working humans. She is the chair of the Residency Competency Committee, which works to ensure that every resident is successful. She is grateful for her feisty and dedicated colleagues and can assure you there has never been a boring team meeting!
At home, Sarah has a husband, two step-daughters, a son, and a part-time bunny. She does her best to make sure everyone has at least been fed and, if she’s lucky, gets them all outside. She loves being a mom to her three kids and is grateful for all the adventures and chaos that ensues.
David (or “DJR” as he is known around Doernbecher) is a faculty member in pediatric nephrology, researching sodium transport mechanisms and clinically concentrating on renal tubular conditions, hypertension, and dialysis. He has been a faculty member at OHSU since 2001, including serving as an associate program director for the residency program since 2008. DJR educationally enjoys curriculum development for interactive conferences and subspecialty rotations. He also teaches trainees at all levels within the School of Medicine.
DJR grew up in San Diego, receiving most of his undergraduate and medical school training in California before doing his pediatric residency in Chicago and nephrology fellowship in San Francisco. He and his wife Elana raised their two sons in the Portland area and recently became grandparents. DJR loves sports, his sports teams, reading history, and outdoor adventures, especially throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Melissa has been faculty at OHSU since 2010, serving as continuity clinic director and associate pediatric program director. She is an East Coast transplant who grew up in Virginia and has practiced in Maryland, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Washington prior to coming to OHSU. She has worked in varied primary care settings, including federally qualified health centers, private practice, and an academic clinic. At OHSU, Melissa has embraced the opportunities for scholarship and education in ethics, compassionate communication, and adolescent health. Opportunities to teach both within and outside the clinical setting, continually learn from those around her, and listen to residents and colleagues to figure out how to make our program ever better are what make her job rewarding.
Melissa has a writer-scientist-teacher husband and two grown-up children who live too far away. Outside of medicine, she loves movies with subtitles, food with spice, and hikes with views. She is a dog person. And a cat person.
Jodi Leonard, Residency Program Education Manager
Jodi has dedicated over 20 years to the educational mission of the OHSU Department of Pediatrics and the institution’s graduate medical education community. She spent the first part of her career working with the pediatric fellowship programs, where she developed a relentless, proactive dedication to program improvement. By listening to the trainees, she was often able to incorporate their ideas with creativity and forward-thinking. Encouraged by the amazing mentors around her at OHSU, she was able to embrace professional development opportunities such as attending/presenting at national conferences and obtaining her C-TAGME certification. She was honored to be elected by her coordinator peers as their GME coordinator representative for a three-year term, during which time she strived to provide meaningful feedback to the GME leaders, while strategically advocating for the coordinator community. Now as the residency education manager, she has found the perfect home for her “mothering” heart. She works to keep the program on track with collaboration and endless optimism. She is honored to work alongside such a supportive and compassionate leadership team, and is continually inspired by the residents she works with.
When she is not organizing schedules and recruitment, she enjoys time with her wonderfully silly family – usually outdoors hiking or camping. She is also an avid sports-mom and has logged many hours cheering from the sidelines!
Michael Grubbs, Pediatric Residency Program Technician
Mike was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and moved to Portland for college, where he earned a degree in theology. After graduation, he got married and moved across the country to live in Big Apple (NYC). It was there that he started working in GME, as the fellowship coordinator for the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center. After eight years of long daily commuting and having two wonderful children, Mike and his family moved back to the great Pacific Northwest where the air is fresh and clean. In 2015, he was hired at OHSU as the program coordinator for the Pediatric Residency Program. It is here that he found true happiness working with all the wonderful residents and caring program staff. In his current role as residency program technician, Mike enjoys taking care of the day-to-day operations of the program, and always makes sure the resident lounge is supplied with tasty snacks.
Mike now live across the river in Vancouver, Washington, with his wife Julie, son Nolan (age 10) and daughter Lily (age 6). Outside of work, he loves spending time with his children in the outdoors, making fresh sourdough bread with his wife, and raising chickens (he has recently started bartering eggs for coffee beans!!).
Patrick was born in California but spent most of his formative years growing up in Seattle. For some reason deciding he needed a little time away from the pristine beauty of the Pacific Northwest, he completed his undergraduate degree in environmental studies at the University of Chicago before moving to Washington, D.C., where he worked as a climate change policy advocate for several years. After trying unsuccessfully to push for federal climate legislation, Patrick decided to transition to a career in medicine, and completed medical school at Rush University College of Medicine in Chicago. He was thrilled to have the opportunity to return to the northwest to complete his pediatric residency training at OHSU, and is doubly thrilled to be staying on at OHSU as a chief resident. He’s excited to keep working alongside such an amazing team of faculty and residents while supporting resident education and well-being, further refining his clinical skills in the inpatient and outpatient settings, and continuing to explore his interest in the impacts of climate change on pediatric health.
Patrick continues his lifelong love affair with the Pacific Northwest, and he and his partner Christine, who teaches for an outdoor K-8 school, hope to call Portland home forever (they have to now that they have chickens!). He enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, exploring Portland’s endlessly amazing food options, trying to remember how to play the piano from time to time, watching movies, and obsessing over his cat.
Will was born in Kansas City and then moved to Memphis, TN for 6 years to play soccer at Rhodes College and work as an Emergency Department scribe. Will was lucky enough to meet his partner, Lindsey, and move back with her to Kansas City after getting into medical school at the University of Kansas. After 4 years, Will and Lindsey were looking for an adventure on the West Coast and were fortunate enough to match in Portland at OHSU. Will was not ready to leave all of the incredible people he had been working with over the last 3 years during pediatrics residency and thus stayed on as a chief resident. Will is passionate about clinical education, quality improvement and making improvements to the residency program and plans to work on all of these aspects as a chief resident.
Outside of the hospital, Will and Lindsey (and their pup, Penny) spend as much time exploring the Pacific Northwest as possible. From camping in the summer and skiing in the winter, when Will has a weekend off it is a safe bet to find him doing something outside. Will also loves exploring the vast dining and shopping options across Portland’s multiple walkable neighborhoods. Will is incredibly excited to get to work with his OHSU family for another year as a chief resident!
Annalise (Ana) Van Meurs
Ana grew up in the SF Bay Area, then moved to New England for college at Brown University, where she was able to spend time studying abroad in Barcelona and completed a major in music theory and history. After medical school (also at Brown), Ana was happy to move to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to complete her pediatric residency at OHSU. She found so much learning and love in this residency program that she was excited to continue on for a 4th year as a chief resident this year, before moving on to become a pediatric hospitalist in the future. Ana is hoping to spend the year focusing on student and resident education, especially through our new academic enrichment half days, as well as working on diversity improvement efforts. She has also been involved in pediatric hospital medicine research.
Outside the hospital, Ana enjoys hiking, skiing, and kayaking with her wife (an OHSU radiology resident) as well as improving her vegetable garden and cuddling with her two cats. You can find her on weekends trying out local vineyards and food truck pods.