Family Medicine News

Spring 2024 highlights

View our Spring 2024 Newsletter for timely updates across the department. 

Awards and honors: 

  • Brigit Hatch, M.D., M.P.H. a physician dually certified in family medicine and preventive medicine, was named the Charles R. and Velma E. Sharp Professor in the OHSU School of Medicine. Learn more.
  • OAFP named Wendy Warren, M.D., Oregon Family Physician of the Year! Read more.
  • Melinda Davis, Ph.D., M.C.R. was honored with the North American Primary Care Group (NAPCRG) President’s Award for her work on the International Conference on Practice Facilitation (ICPF).
  • The HCC Team has chosen the Family Medicine Clinic at Gabriel Park as the recipient of the annual OHSU Health HCC Impact Award for 2023
  • Nathalie Huguet, Ph.D., received a Scholarly Projects Excellence in Mentoring Award during the 2024 Scholarly Project reception. 
  • Moira Ray, M.D., M.P.H., Katie Putnam, M.D., M.P.H., and Emily Jacobson, M.P.A.S, P.A.-C, were honored by OHSU School of Medicine for their outstanding contributions in teaching, research and clinical care.
  • Check out this list of faculty and staff who recently received honors from the OHSU School of Medicine! 

Family Medicine has a new digital awards webpage, check it out of you're interested in learning more about our awards. 

Education highlights: 

OHSU Family Medicine partners with CareOregon to launch OHSU Preventive Medicine Residency Read more on OHSU News.

Congratulations to Brian Garvey, M.D., M.P.H., for your efforts in getting the program up and running, an for being the inaugural program director! Visit their website to learn more.

Another successful Student Mentor Celebration!

Every year the Family Medicine Student Education Team hosts the Student Mentor Celebration, a dinner to show appreciation and honor those who precept and provide mentoring to medical students throughout the year. This year's event was another success! 

  • Anna, Bloom, M.D. was the recipient of the Robert B. Taylor Award
  • Alyssa Andretta, M.D., was the recipient of the Outstanding Family Core Clinical Award 
  • Kip Beckwith, P.A. Student, received the William O. Stahl, M.D. Award for Oregon Rural Health Practitioners
  • Melissa Lemieux, Family Medicine Electives Coordinator, received the Peggy O’Neill Excellence in Student Education Award
  • Sarah Skog, M.D. (pictured below with Sean Robinson, M.D.), received the Fran Biagioli, M.D. Outstanding Didactic Teaching Award 
  • Amy Tubay, M.D., was the recipient of the Scott A. Fields, M.D., M.H.A. Outstanding Medical Student Teaching and Mentoring Award

Congratulations to the award recipients and a special thank you to this past year's mentors! You can find their names below. 

  • Antonio Germann, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Brian Park, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Eriko Onishi, M.D.
  • Jen DeVoe, M.D., D.Phil.
  • Joe Skariah, D.O., M.P.H
  • Matthew Chan, M.D.
  • Rick Moberly, M.D.
  • Robin Vest, M.D.
  • Sarah Skog, M.D.
  • Sean Robinson, M.D.
  • Sumathi Devarajan, M.D.
  • Tovi Anderson, M.D. 

Clinical highlights:

New clinic in East Portland opens doors to patients this Spring

In March, members of family medicine, Adventist, OHSU leadership, Multnomah county representatives, and others got together to celebrate the opening of the new OHSU Family Medicine East Portland Community Health Center. Fondly called "East Portland," this new facility will provide comprehensive care for East Portland residents regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

Doors officially opened March 26. As of early May, the clinic has had 197 scheduled appointments; 25% of them have been for new patients. The team is pleased to be able to serve a new community, and can tell by the high new patient ratio there is a definite need for services that they are well suited to help address. The clinic currently consists of 3 providers, an interim manager, supervisor, pharmacist, pharmacy technician, four medical assistants, 4 physician assistants and a care coordinator. The ramp-up has been keep at a manageable pace and the team expects to open clinician schedules for more appointments in the summer. Congratulations to the team on these early milestones and a huge thank you to the staff and leaders from Richmond clinic who were an invaluable support in opening this clinic: Danielle Anderson; Ed Johnson; Erin Kirk; Jennifer Schlobohm, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., LICSW; Kandace Kyles; Kristine Etheridge, PharmD; Nancy Zink, M.D.; Nicole McNiff, M.S.N., R.N.; Shelton Brooks, and Stein Berger! Learn more on their website. 

Behind the scenes with Richmond's first Resource Specialist

The Department of Family Medicine at any given point has over 600 employees. We’re taking a moment to zoom in on one of our colleagues whose work doesn’t always get highlighted. Please meet Luana Nery, the OHSU Family Medicine Richmond Clinic’s first Resource Specialist. Upon starting a video call with Luana, the first thing you may notice is the beautiful art piece behind her. Luana shared that this piece of art is from an artist in Hawaii, where Luana was born and raised. In fact, her name is also Hawaiian. Read more.

Research highlights:

Update from Second Annual Latino Primary Care Summit Read more.

Spotlight on Latina's stories from across the Pacific Northwest Read more.

Other Family Medicine Research stories in the news:

Winter 2023 highlights

Transforming health care

The Northwest Native American Center of Excellence worked with filmmaker Robert A. Cuadra to share its vision for supporting more American Indians and Alaska Natives in their efforts to become health professionals, incorporating their wisdom and insights to help provide high-quality, compassionate and culturally appropriate health care for every American.

“Not long ago, American Indians and Alaska Natives were the healthiest people on the continent,” says Erik Brodt, M.D., in the new video. “Yet now we live sicker and die younger than any other group of people in America… We believe in a new generation of Native health leaders. Native youth hold the potential and the solutions to improve health care for all people.”

Watch the video.

DFM in the news

Residency report

Good news from three of our four Family Medicine residency programs:

  • The Hillsboro Residency Program, which launched in 2021, is now fully accredited by the ACGME.
  • The Cascades East Residency Program was approved for an expansion to add one resident per year, for a total of 9.
  • And our Three Sisters Rural Track Program received initial accreditation. In partnership with St. Charles, Mosaic, and IHS Warm Springs, this new Family Medicine residency program is on track to welcome its first class in 2024! Interns will spend their first year in Portland followed by two years in Central Oregon.


Congratulations to our colleagues who received awards and honors this past quarter:

  • AANP Excellence Award (Oregon): Ellen Iwasaki, FNP
  • OHSU Clinical Excellence Award: Jessica Flynn, M.D.
  • OHSU Emerging Leader Award: Rebecca Cantone, M.D.
  • OHSU Outstanding Research Award Finalists: Nathalie Huguet, Ph.D., and Steffani Bailey, Ph.D.
  • STFM Excellence in Education Award Nominee: Pat Eiff, M.D.
  • Portland Monthly 2023 Top Providers: Rebecca Cantone, M.D.; Jen DeVoe, M.D., D.Phil; Jessica Flynn, M.D.; Kristin Gilbert M.D.; Christina Milano, M.D.; Melissa Novak, D.O.; Brian Park, M.D., M.P.H.; Ryan Petering, M.D.; Benjamin Schneider, M.D.; Elizabeth Shih, M.D.; Johanna Warren, M.D.

OHSU Family Medicine in the news

Cascades East Family Medicine resident, Jordan Hoese, M.D., takes over OHSU's Instagram
Ever wanted to know what a day-in-the life is like at Cascades East? Look no further! Jordan Hoese, M.D., took over OHSU's Instagram account and it was fantastic! Watch the stories here.  

Family Medicine's sports medicine specialists talk about brain injuries for TBI awareness month
The OHSU Brain Institute (OBI) celebrated Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) awareness month by partnering with several Family Medicine providers to create educational videos. You can find Melissa Novak, D.O.Tyler Duffield, Ph.D., and Ryan Rockwood, LAT, ATC, on OBI's Facebook page

Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, M.D., makes her Netflix debut
Documentary fans: If you find yourself watching Netflix series, Pandemic, you might see a familiar face - Oregon State Senator and Family Medicine faculty member, Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, M.D., can be spotted in several episodes. 

Big ideas for behavioral health
Joan Fleishman, Psy.D.
, has big ideas about how we can change health care delivery - and she wrote them all down for Integrated Care NewsRead the full article and start thinking about how you can work together with your colleagues to achieve your business and quality goals. 

Putting the "me" in LCME
Ben Schneider, M.D., 
can be found in OHSU Now's photo of the week as the School of Medicine prepared for its accreditation site visit.  The photo's caption reads, "Seeing the “me” in LCME: Throughout the self-study process, faculty members and students shared candid moments on social media with #LCMEandMe. This selfie featured (left and right) Amy Garcia, M.D., and Ben Schneider, M.D., assistant deans for student affairs and (center) Jeff Kraakevik, M.D., director of continuous quality improvement for M.D. program accreditation."

Opinion: Who will care for society's forgotten? 
Lisa Pearlstein
 and Nicole Saucedo, RN both made an appearance in New York Times' article, "Who will care for society's forgotten," a story about Portland's House Call Providers and the end-of-life care they provide to our most vulnerable populations.

Pearlstein and Saucedo are House Call Providers team members who are embedded in Family Medicine's REaCH (Richmond Engagement and Community Health) Team, working in service to our patients who are in the late stages of illness, but not yet hospice status. Pearlstein has been at Richmond for almost a decade – beginning as an embedded Health Resilience Specialist with CareOregon, and now as an Advanced Illness Behavioral Specialist.

"Lisa [Pearlstein] and Nicole [Saucedo]," explains Richmond faculty member, Christina Milano, M.D., "along with our Health Engagement Specialists, Laurie Ricken and Ben Bishop, are masters at patient engagement and support...My work as a PCP is made so much more meaningful and authentically aligned with reality by the presence of these embedded team members in my patients’ care."

Winter 2020 highlights

2020 Laurel Case Lecture
In October we had the honor of hosting Rachel Hardeman, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor and Blue Cross Endowed Professor of Health and Racial Equity at the University of Minnesota. Her talk — Stolen Breaths: Exploring Solutions to the Disproportionate Impact of Police Violence and the COVID-19 Pandemic on Black Lives — drew more than 500 attendees, a record for our Laurel Case Lectures. You can watch the recording here.

This live activity, Laurel Case Visiting Professor Conference at OHSU Family Medicine – Rachel Hardeman, Ph.D., has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.50 prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

JADECOM year-in-review
For over 20 years, the Department of Family Medicine has partnered with the Japan Association for Development of Community Medicine (JADECOM) for an exchange of clinical and cultural knowledge among students, residents, faculty, and fellows. This year, of course, was like none other in the program’s history. See how the team adapted and what we learned.

Impacts of the Affordable Care Act
Brigit Hatch, M.D., M.P.H., is the lead author on Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Receipt of Women’s Preventive Services in Community Health Centers in Medicaid Expansion and Nonexpansion States, which was selected as the Women’s Health Issues Editor’s Choice study . The study found that more female patients received six recommended preventative services after ACA implementation. Dr. Hatch notes the limitations of the electronic health records at the time of data collection that resulted in a sample consisting solely of patients who selected “female” as their sex. “We strongly support improvement in clinic and data systems to collect more specific information about gender identity and believe that understanding the receipt of preventive care among individuals of diverse gender identities should be a priority for future research,” she says.

Faculty honor
In appreciation and recognition of his leadership and generous contributions of time, talent, and resources to medical student education, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the STFM Foundation created the Scott Fields Lecture to take place annually at the STFM Conference on Medical Student Education. Fields, M.D., retired from the Department of Family Medicine this fall after nearly 35 years as faculty. He is a national leader in medical student education, and we are proud to see him honored in this way. Read STFM’s announcement here.

December 2020: An organic partnership

Richmond Clinic and Zenger Farms' "prescription veggie" program had to shift gears this year. Read about Community Health Worker Patrick Maloney's above-and-beyond solution to get fresh produce to the patients who needed it most.

September 2020: First medical residency program in the works for Central Oregon

New OHSU program could bring family medicine residents to Madras as early as 2024. Read the full article on OHSU News.

August 2020: Preventing and responding to COVID-19 in tribal communities

The Northwest Native American Center of Excellence at OHSU recently received a CARES Act grant to address the impact of COVID-19 in tribal communities across Oregon, Idaho and Washington. Read the full article on Research News.

July 2020: Cliff Coleman, M.D., M.P.H., receives Health Literacy Award

June 2020: Navigating a pandemic to provide lifesaving holistic care

June 2020: Behind the scenes at the Richmond Clinic COVID-19 testing tent

May 2020: Miguel Marino, Ph.D., named Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine

January 2020: Heather Angier, Ph.D., M.P.H. is OHSU WAHM's 2020 Emerging Leader

At this year's Women in Academic Health and Medicine conference, Heather Angier, Ph.D., M.P.H., received the Emerging Leader Award. Family Medicine Chair, Jennifer DeVoe, M.D., D.Phil., wrote in her "wildly enthusiastic" nomination, "[Dr.] Heather Angier is clearly an emerging leader in the field of health services research, with a growing reputation nationally and internationally. She is also academically curious, a dedicated colleague, an encouraging leader, and she has research interests and expertise that continue to put OHSU on the national map."