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!!).
Jenn was born in California and completed her undergraduate degree at the beautiful University of California, Santa Barbara. Wanting to spread her wings, she travelled to Philadelphia to complete medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine. Quickly learning that the west coast was where she belonged, she returned to OHSU to complete her pediatric residency. After graduation, determined to never leave Portland, she applied and was granted the position as pediatric chief resident. Along with her co-chiefs, she hopes to connect with residents and continue to make this program one that they love. Serving the program that trained her gives Jenn the unique opportunity to see all the time, effort, and phenomenal people that went into making residency at OHSU the amazing experience that it was. Now she hopes to give back to this program by keeping the current residents continually informed and involved. In a time of physical distancing, she hopes to impress upon colleagues that now is the time for social strengthening from afar, and is looking for new and exciting ways to keep the program connected, even if it must be virtually. Jenn hopes to later use this leadership experience to further advance her career as a pediatric hospitalist.
Self-proclaimed as a sun-o-phillic and obsessed with Portland’s natural beauty when not in the hospital or in the chief office, Jenn can be found floating local rivers, camping, and slacklining in the summer. In the winter, she can be found hiding indoors, crafting up new cocktail recipes, perfecting her barista skills, and watching movies with her foster kittens and partner Sarah, a nurse practitioner student as OHSU.
Bruce is a southern California native who has chosen to call Portland and OHSU home for the past three-going-on-four years. He recognizes the special bonds formed between residents (as well as with faculty and staff) through this training process, and decided to tack on a chief year to help foster the culture that draws such unique, genuine, and driven individuals to the program. Throughout residency, Bruce has been involved with residency recruitment, diversity and inclusion in medicine, and different program improvement efforts, which he intends on continuing as one of the chiefs. He looks forward to working closely with our residents and always being available to lend an ear!
Bruce thoroughly enjoys the beautiful Pacific Northwest and has become a reluctant participant of outdoors activities, all thanks to the lifelong friends he made through residency! Now, he can say that he kind of enjoys hiking, skiing, and floating in his free time even though he truly loves hanging out on the couch, watching TV, practicing his sassy responses, going out to eat at restaurants and criticizing the food, taking care of his plants, and eating Salt & Straw way too often.
Rachna is a California native who travelled to the east coast for medical school but ultimately found her home here in the Pacific Northwest. Rachna couples matched to OHSU with her husband who is a neurosurgery resident. She completed her pediatrics residency but wasn’t ready to leave her OHSU family and thus stayed on as a chief resident. Rachna loves the camaraderie our program achieves among residents, students, and faculty, which establishes a conducive environment for learning. She is invested in student and resident education and thus is dedicated to use her creative expertise to revamp educational opportunities while complying with physical distancing.
When not working in her office, you will often hear Rachna’s booming laugh echoing through the hallways as she jokes around and socializes with fellow residents, staff, and faculty! She loves working alongside such amazing, talented, and dedicated people and feels lucky to call them her colleagues. When not entertaining her colleagues at work, she loves exploring new places, climbing mountains, trying new cuisines, yoga, and running!