Rachel E. Van Dusen, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery, School of Medicine


After growing up on the Oregon Coast, Rachel Van Dusen, M.D. completed her undergraduate degree at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. followed by a post-baccalaureate degree in Premedical Studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. She attended medical school and completed her surgical residency at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Van Dusen has a particular interest in global health; as an undergrad, she traveled to Madagascar and helped to create a sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention program; during medical school, she traveled to Brazil as a researcher to aid in the first of the Hookworm Vaccine Clinical Trials.

Dr. Van Dusen returned to her roots in Astoria, Oregon to focus on the practice of rural surgery. Her interests include academics, research and acute care surgery, and she hopes to improve and expand the quality of comprehensive surgical care in Astoria’s rural community.

In her free time, Dr. Van Dusen enjoys kite boarding, surfing, skiing, yoga, painting, hiking and camping with her dog, family and friends.


  • M.D., 2010, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Residency:

    • General Surgery, George Washington University Hospital Department of Surgery, 2010-2015

Memberships and associations

  • American College of Surgeons
  • Association of Women Surgeons



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