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L. Jay Starkey, M.D. (he/ him)

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  • Neuroradiologist
  • Associate Professor of Diagnostic Radiology, School of Medicine


  • Radiology

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About me

Dr. Starkey joined OHSU as an Assistant Professor in Neuroradiology in 2018 from St. Luke’s International Hospital (SLIH) and in Tokyo, Japan, where he practiced as a Staff Neuroradiologist and Clinical Assistant Professor. He received his medical degree in 2009 from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) with an Area of Concentration in Global Health, followed by an internship at University of California San Diego (UCSD) from 2009-2010, residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from 2010-11 and subsequently at UCSF from 2011-14.

Dr. Starkey became interested in neuroimaging as an undergraduate while working part-time for a population-based longitudinal study on Alzheimer’s disease. He subsequently worked at the UCSD from 1999-2004 as a research associate in a magnetic resonance neuroimaging laboratory studying morphological and functional changes in the brain related to normal aging, Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, fetal alcohol syndrome, and drug abuse.  He worked as a neuroradiology fellow/clinical instructor and subsequently Staff Neuroradiologist at SLIH from 2014-18. 

Dr. Starkey has broad educational and research interests. He was voted Resident Educator of the Year at the University of Iowa and enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, and fellows.  At OHSU, he has a position within the School of Medicine as Lead in the Colleges Program in the College of Hospital-Based Diagnostics and Therapeutics, where he teaches, advises, and mentors medical students.  He is the Neuroradiology Fellowship Director and the Chair of the ABR Alternative Pathway and Fellowship Committee.  He has created and revised curricula as the Neuroradiology Site Director for several educational programs, including the Radiology Medical Student Elective, the Neurology Core Clerkship, the Anesthesiology Fellow Neuroradiology Elective, the Neurology Resident and Fellow Neuroradiology Electives, and the Ophthalmology Neuroradiology Elective. Learners enjoy his easy-to-follow and eye-pleasing lectures.  He has been given four Magna Cum Laude, three Cum Laude, and several Certificate of Merit awards by the Radiological Society of North America for his educational exhibits, and multiple mentees have also received awards under his direction. During his time as a Blakemore-Freeman Fellow, which funded an academic year of advanced Japanese study at the Stanford Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies Yokohama, Japan, he became interested in medical error and medical safety, researching medical error handled through the criminal system in Japan.   He is also interested in imaging safety in radiology and has participated in international research on CT-dose and introduced a CT-dose reduction initiative as Principle Investigator on an NIH-sub-award, with results published in the influential journals of JAMA Internal Medicine and the British Medical Journal.

Dr. Starkey is interested in Asian heath issues and is fluent in Japanese.  As a medical student, he was a founding member of the San Francisco Hepatitis B Collaborative, a student-run health clinic providing screening and vaccinations to at-risk populations. He also cared for Japanese-speaking patients at the Nihon Clinic in San Diego and Pacific Pediatrics in San Francisco. His study of advanced Japanese allowed him to pass the highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test as well as the Medical Japanese Practice Ability Survey.  Dr. Starkey worked and lectured using Japanese while practicing as a radiologist in Japan and continues to maintain strong ties with Japan in medicine and radiology through positions in the Japanese Medical Society of America and Visiting Lecturer and Researcher positions at Keio University, SLIH, and Kameda Hospital.  His experiences as a minority in Japan led to an interest in Diversity & Inclusion, and he sits on this committee at OHSU.

Dr. Starkey’s hobbies include video production and art.  He helps his son run a YouTube channel with over 100,000 subscribers and 42 million views. He is married with two children.

Education and training

  • Degrees

    • M.D., 2007, University of California, San Francisco
  • Internship

    • Internship, Internal Medicine, University of California, San Diego, CA 2010
  • Residency

    • Radiology Residency, University of California, San Francisco, CA 2014
  • Fellowship

    • Neuroradiology Fellowship, St. Luke's International Hospital, Tokyo, Japan 2016
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Radiology, 2014
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