Education at OHSU

Office of the Provost

The Office of the Provost is responsible for carrying out the academic mission of OHSU, providing vision, creating strategies and prioritizing resources in ensuring the quality of that mission. In doing so, the office works closely with the executive vice provost, the Office of Student Affairs, deans, faculty and staff to enhance academic excellence, student success and the university's academic profile.

Currently led by Executive Vice President and Provost Marie A. Chisholm-Burns, Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., FCCP, FASHP, FAST, this office leads and manages a variety of initiatives, processes and services and is devoted to creating a positive and inclusive campus environment. Dr. Chisholm-Burns works collaboratively with the Office for Student Affairs to ensure academic and student success by providing support programs for academic personnel and students, academic fiscal management, oversight of institutional accreditation, management of academic programs and inter-institutional agreements and the implementation and oversight of academic policies.

The Office of Student Affairs oversees a broad range of services and programs devoted to the social, physical, psychological, financial, ethical and cognitive development of all OHSU students. The office works in partnership with the executive vice provost, faculty, staff and students to enhance student learning inside and outside the classroom.

Marie A. Chisholm-Burns, Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A, Executive Vice President and Provost

Photograph of Provost Chisholm-Burns

Marie A. Chisholm-Burns, Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., FCCP, FASHP, FAST, is the Executive Vice President and Provost of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She is also the J.S. Reinschmidt Endowed Professor in the OHSU School of Medicine. She previously served as Dean and Distinguished Professor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, as Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, and as faculty at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Guided by a driving vision to make a difference, Dr. Chisholm-Burns is a strong proponent of initiatives, services, and opportunities to advance access and success among patients, students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders. Further, she is a committed advocate and has a proven track record of advancing equity, inclusivity, and diversity in higher education, and has published extensively in this area. In recognition of her efforts, she has received multiple honors.

Dr. Chisholm-Burns has a B.S. in Pharmacy degree, Doctor of Pharmacy degree, Master of Public Health degree, Master of Business Administration degree, and Doctor of Philosophy degree with an emphasis in Health Sciences. She completed her residency at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy and at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Chisholm-Burns is Founder and Director of the Medication Access Program which increases medication access to solid-organ transplant recipients. She is a member of the American Society of Transplantation Board of Directors and of the National Academies of Practice, and previously served as a member of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors. She has also served in numerous elected leadership positions in several different professional organizations and worked in multiple pharmacy settings. She participates as an accreditation site evaluator for ACPE, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and Western Association for Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission.

A dedicated scholar, Dr. Chisholm-Burns has numerous publications and millions of dollars in external funding as principal investigator and co-investigator from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and several foundations. She has published several textbooks that have been adopted by schools across the country. Two textbooks co-edited by Dr. Chisholm-Burns, Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice and Pharmacy Management, Leadership, Marketing, and Finance, respectively, received the Medical Book Award from the American Medical Writers Association. Additionally, she has received numerous awards and honors from national professional organizations related to her leadership, teaching, research, and service.

David W. Robinson, Ph.D., Executive Vice Provost

David W. Robinson, executive vice provost

David W. Robinson, Ph.D.is currently Professor and Executive Vice Provost at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Robinson was born and raised in rural North Yorkshire, England, before obtaining a B.Sc. in Physiology at University College London and a Ph.D. at Cambridge University. In 1992 he moved to the United States to do post-doctoral training at the University of California at Davis, where he subsequently became a research track faculty member before moving to OHSU in 1997.

Dr. Robinson’s research primarily focused on gaining a better understanding of the role played by retinal development in the maturation of the circadian and visual systems. Dr. Robinson’s responsibilities as an educator have included teaching and directing courses in Ph.D. and health profession programs, and serving as advisor to three graduate students in OHSU’s Neuroscience Graduate Program and Integrated Biomedical Sciences program.

At OHSU, Dr. Robinson’s administrative work began as the Senior Technology Advisor for Research and Education in 2000. Subsequent to that, he served as Vice Provost for Academic Technology (2006), Director of Educational Communications (2006), Interim University Librarian (2008), Vice Provost for Academic Technology and Information Services (2008), Interim Provost for Education and Research (2009), and Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (2010) before receiving his current appointment as Executive Vice Provost (2011). Dr. Robinson also served as Interim Executive Vice President and Provost from July 2021 until July 2022, when Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns joined OHSU as Executive Vice President and Provost.

In his current role, Dr. Robinson directly supports Provost Chisholm-Burns in her leadership and oversight of the academic mission at OHSU and collaborates with other members of OHSU Leadership on institution-wide research and administrative initiatives. He also supports the Provost on OHSU’s statewide workforce initiatives, K-12 STEM outreach programs, state appropriation budget development and management, and the relationship with Oregon’s public universities.