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.

Led by Provost and Executive Vice President Elena Andresen, Ph.D., this office leads and manages a variety of initiatives, processes and services and is devoted to creating a positive and inclusive campus environment.

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

Elena Andresen, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president

Elena Andresen, OHSU provost
Elena Andresen, Ph.D., OHSU Provost

Elena Andresen, Ph.D., was appointed executive vice president and provost of OHSU in June 2017, overseeing the education mission for the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Public Health, as well as other health care professional programs and initiatives.

Prior to her permanent appointment as provost, Andresen served as interim executive vice president and provost as well as interim dean of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, leading the successful effort to secure accreditation and paving the way for the arrival of the school’s founding dean, David Bangsberg, Ph.D.

Trained as an epidemiologist and co-trained in health services research, Andresen’s studies focus primarily on aging, disability across the lifespan, health-related quality of life methods and measures, and rehabilitation outcomes. Her work has been funded through the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others.

Andresen has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and is the principal investigator for the Oregon Office on Disability and Health at OHSU, a five-year state grant funded by the CDC.  She has served on and led dozens of national and international committees for the CDC, AHRQ and the NIH, among others. She is an elected Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, and a member of the American Association on Health and Disability, American Public Health Association and the Society for Epidemiologic Research.

Before coming to OHSU in 2011, Elena served on faculty at the University of Rochester, Saint Louis University, and, most recently, the University of Florida, where she was the founding chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the newly accredited College of Public Health and Health Professions.

Andresen received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

When not at OHSU, she enjoys gardening and spending time in the High Desert near picturesque Wamic, Oregon, for star gazing and birding.

David W. Robinson, Ph.D., executive vice provost

David W. Robinson, executive vice provost

David W. Robinson, Ph.D., has served as executive vice provost of OHSU since 2010 after more than a year serving as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

At OHSU, Robinson’s administrative work at OHSU began in 2000 as the senior technology advisor for research and education. Subsequent to that, he served as vice provost for academic technology, director of educational communications, interim university librarian, vice provost for academic technology and information services and interim provost for education and research.

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 for postdoctoral training at the University of California at Davis, where he subsequently became a research track faculty member before moving to OHSU in 1997.

Robinson holds a faculty appointment as professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, School of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Department of Ophthalmology and the Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology. Robinson's research interests include gaining a better understanding of the role retinal development plays in the maturation of the circadian and visual systems.