Ron Stock steps down as Oregon ECHO Network clinical advisor; Jonathan Betlinski assumes the role

After having an integral role in conceptualizing, creating, and growing the Oregon ECHO Network, Ron Stock, MD, has retired from his position as clinical advisor. Jonathan Betlinski, MD, will serve as OEN's new clinical advisor.

Dr. Stock felt confident that the Project ECHO model could benefit Oregon primary care clinicians and wanted to build a framework that could provide sustainable funding for ECHO programming in Oregon. ORPRN, with its focus on serving rural Oregon practices, was a perfect fit for this project.

To address the sustainability issue, Dr. Stock and OEN Director Maggie McLain McDonnell created the OEN Advisory Board, a collaborative group of sustainable community stakeholders and, in 2017, officially launched the Oregon ECHO Network.

In 2020, Dr. Stock designed and facilitated OEN's COVID-19 ECHO program, a collaboration with the Oregon Health Authority, OHSU's School of Medicine and the Multnomah/Clackamas County Health Departments that disseminated the latest information on testing, treatments, and vaccinations to hundreds of Oregon healthcare professionals each week.

Dr. Stock joined OHSU in 2012 after practicing geriatrics and family medicine in Eugene for 30 years. He has dedicated his professional career to improving the quality of healthcare for older adults and other vulnerable populations, with a focus on redesigning the primary care delivery system in a community for vulnerable and frail elders and assessing methods to develop and measure team-based care in the clinical setting.
Dr. Betlinski comes to the role of clinical advisor with a wealth of ECHO experience. In 2014, he helped bring the Project ECHO model to OHSU as the lead faculty for an ECHO on psychiatric medication management. Now called Adult Psychiatry, this ECHO has been offered every year since 2014.

In addition to his new role with the Oregon ECHO Network, Dr. Betlinski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at OHSU, where he also is the Director of the Division of Public Psychiatry. Dr. Betlinski also serves as Medical Director for the Oregon Psychiatric Access Line about Adults, as Program Committee Chair for the Oregon Psychiatric Physicians Association, and as a certified trainer for adult and youth Mental Health First Aid.