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Elizabeth P. Lahti, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, School of Medicine


Elizabeth Lahti, M.D., is a clinician educator and hospitalist in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. She is the Director of Narrative Medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine, where she teaches narrative medicine and reflective practice to medical and interprofessional students, residents, and faculty with a particular interest in identity formation and resilience through story.

Dr. Lahti co-founded the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative which hosts workshops where health professionals, patients, caregivers, and artists explore the experience of illness through story. She is passionate about using health humanities to build meaningful relationships with students, colleagues, and patients. Dr. Lahti is a two time OHSU Education Innovation Grant recipient, and currently working with the University of Oregon Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art to integrate arts and humanities into medical education. She is faculty advisor for the Women’s Leadership Development Program and the Narrative Medicine Interest Group, and a poetry editor for The Pharos, a publication of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society's quarterly literary journal.

Dr. Lahti’s scholarly and creative work has been published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine and Journal of Nursing Care Quality.

Education and training

    • B.A., 1994, Lawrence University
    • M.D., 2002, University of Illinois
  • Internship

    • Oregon Health & Science University, 2004
  • Residency

    • Oregon Health & Science University, 2006
    • Chief Residency, Oregon Health & Science University, 2007

Areas of interest

  • Narrative medicine
  • Reflective practice
  • Professional identity formation
  • Medical humanities
  • Physician wellness

Honors and awards

  • 2020 Society for General Internal Medicine (Northwest) Advocacy and Community Service Award
  • 2019 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • 2018 Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • 2018 Leonard Tow Humanism Award (OHSU School of Medicine)
  • 2018 Fellow in American College of Physicians
  • 2017 American Medical Women's Association (National) Exceptional Mentor Award
  • 2016 Marion L. Krippaehne Humanism Award (OHSU Internal Medicine Residency Program)
  • 2014 R.O.S.E. (Recognizing Outstanding Service Excellence) Award


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Selected publications

  • Lahti E. Heart. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Mar;30(3)374-5.
  • Lahti E. “On Seeing Your Obituary in the Newspaper”, Annals of Internal Medicine.
  • Lahti, E. Anderson, T., Dyer, A., Emad, M., Judd, G., Lewis, B., Rice, D., Schlueter, A., Vega, T. "Narrative in Times of Transition: A Novel Curriculum During Covid-19." The Intima: A journal of narrative medicine. Academic. Fall 2020.  
  • O'Glasser, A., Stroup, S., Merkel, M., Lahti, E., Kubik, S., Vaughn, K., Reback, E., Rumberger, R., Hayes, M., Backer, J., Solani, T., Halvorson, S. "Rallying All Resources: A Multidisciplinary Innovation to Plan for the Projected COVID-19 Inpatient Surge," Journal of Nursing Care Quality: November 23, 2020.
  • Lahti, E. "Lily Darwin." The Intima: A journal of narrative medicine. Field Notes. Spring 2018: 1-3.


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