Sharon Anderson, M.D.

  • Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Executive Vice President, OHSU
  • Board Chair, OHSU Practice Plan, School of Medicine


Dr. Anderson is an executive vice president of OHSU and dean of the OHSU School of Medicine. She began her leadership roles in 1994 as associate head then interim head of the OHSU Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, as well as chief of the Nephrology Section at the VA Portland Health Care System from 1995 to 2004. During the next decade, she served as vice chair for clinical affairs and also vice chair for VA affairs in the Department of Medicine, associate dean for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs in the School of Medicine and chief of the Division of Hospital and Specialty Medicine in the VA. She became interim chair of medicine in 2013 and then chair. In July 2017, OHSU President Joe Robertson appointed Dr. Anderson as dean and executive vice president.

The focus of Dr. Anderson's research has been the pathophysiology of renal disease including risk factors, mechanisms and therapeutic interventions. Her special interests are in hypertension, chronic renal disease and diabetic kidney disease.

Representative publications:

Anderson S, Eldadah B, Halter JB, Hazzard WR, Himmelfarb J, Horne FM, Kimmel P, Molitoris BA, Murthy M, O’Hare AM, Schmader K, High KP.  Workshop on acute kidney injury in older adults.  J Am Soc Nephrol 22: 28–38, 2011 Hutchens MP, Fujiyoshi T, Komers R, Herson PS, Anderson S.  Estrogen protects renal endothelial barrier function from ischemia-reperfusion in vitro and in vivo.  Am J Physiol Renal Physiol Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 303:F377-F385, 2012 Anderson S, Oyama TT, Lindsley JN, Schutzer WE, Beard DR, Komers R.  2-hydroxyestradiol slows progression of experimental polycystic kidney disease.  Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 302:F636-F645, 2012 Rao MK, Morris CD, Davis MM, O’Malley JP, Mori M, Anderson S.  Documentation and management of CKD in rural primary care.  Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 8:739-748, 2013

Education and training

    • B.A., 1971, University of Maryland
    • M.D., 1979, Louisiana State University Medical Center
  • Residency

    • Internal medicine - Oregon Health & Science University, 1982
  • Fellowship

    • Clinical nephrology - Beth Israel Hospital, 1983
  • Certifications

    • Internal medicine and nephrology

Memberships and associations:

  • Association of American Physicians


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