Dana was the Director of the Oregon POLST Registry, Associate Director of the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care, and a Research Assistant Professor in the OHSU Department of Emergency Medicine and CPR-EM. She earned her B.S. in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and her M.P.H. in Public Health Education and Biostats/Epidemiology from San Jose State University. Dana joined OHSU in 2004, and her areas of focus included end-of-life care and emergency care research.
Dana was integrally involved in many DEM research efforts, including the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (many out-of-hospital interventional trials in cardiac arrest and trauma) and the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Program (POLST). She was key in developing and implementing the Oregon electronic POLST registry, including legislated state funding. Dana has been a fundamental member of CPREM throughout our years of building infrastructure and growth. She had a true research mind and a passion for data. She was our colleague and friend and will be dearly missed.
Dana is survived by her husband and daughter (Lola, 8). We will keep you updated on details of Dana’s memorial service. DEM will also hold a service on campus Monday, November 12, at noon in the OHSU Auditorium (Old library building) to help Dana’s work-family, and friends process our profound loss. If you have a story about Dana you would like to share with her family, please send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org