Division of general internal medicine


The Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics is a division within the Department of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The Division is comprised of three sections; two at OHSU and one at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The three sections often collaborate on teaching and training activities, research, and clinical care. The Division is home to a group of outstanding physicians, nurse practitioners, researchers, and educators who are dedicated to serving the people of Oregon by providing excellent clinical care, and serving the region and the nation through research and education. It is an exciting time to be involved in primary care, with innovative educational models and health care reform initiatives that are transforming how care is delivered.

The Division has over 50 full time and part time faculty members, and over 180 volunteer clinical faculty located throughout the region. Dr. Katherine Bensching is Division Head and Dr. Elizabeth Allen, MD is Section Chief at the Portland VAMC.

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DGIM news

PA Week 2020

OHSU's new walk-in buprenorphine clinic opened Oct. 28th.  Harm Reduction and Bridges to Care, or HRBR, is now open from 4PM - 7:30PM in the Physician's Pavillion at OHSU's Marquam Hill Campus. 

SGIM Meeting 2019

OHSU was strongly represented at the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Regional Conference in Boise Idaho. Attendees from the Division of General Internal Medicine included Katie Bensching MD, Jonathan Robbins MD, Christopher Terndrup MD, and Ximena Levander MD.

Congratulations, Juliana Bernstein MPAS, Elizabeth Eckstrom MD, MPH, & Kathleen Drago MD on their collaboration with the Center for Health Systems Effectiveness. Their article, "Higher Quality, Lower Cost with an Innovative Geriatrics Consultation Service", has been published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and outlines the success of our inpatient service, both in improving care for hospitalized older adults across several metrics, and in cost savings.

The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) has issued nine grants to help rural communities develop comprehensive approaches to prevent and treat consequences of opioid injection. Congratulations to Todd Korthuis, MD, MPH, Chief of the Addiction Medicine Section of DGIM and Program Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship, for receiving one of eight awards issued. This funding will support the Oregon HIV/Hepatitis and Opioid Prevention and Engagement (OR-HOPE) Study.

Internal Medicine faculty members receive national recognition. Congratulations to Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH, Martha Gerrity, MD, MPH, PhD, Abigail Lenhart, MD, Reem Hasan, MD, Samuel Edwards, MD, and Meredith Niess, MD for having their excellent work recognized by the Society of General Internal Medicine at this years annual conference. See the full list of award and grant recipients here.

Expansion of primary care

In October 2016, OHSU announced that Tuality Healthcare Orenco Station would begin offering services as OHSU Tuality Healthcare, an OHSU operated facility. In February 2017, OHSU Internal Medicine and Family Medicine have collaborated to offer comprehensive primary care services at Orenco Station as well as OHSU's central Beaverton location. In addition to newly added primary care services, OHSU's Beaverton location also offers hematology-oncology services, including radiation oncology.

For contact info and to learn more about all of our clinics, visit our clinic locations page

Employment opportunities

Program Director

OHSU Tuality Healthcare, an Oregon Health &Science University (OHSU) Partner, is launching a search for a Program Director in Internal Medicine. The OHSU Tuality Healthcare Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program Director is a full-time academic position in the Department of Internal Medicine at OHSU School of Medicine and a full-time member of the management team at OHSU Tuality Healthcare. The Program Director will lead the design, development and implementation of a new Internal Medicine residency program at OHSU Tuality Healthcare. See more details and how to apply here.

Clinician Investigator

The Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics is currently recruiting for a Physician Scientist at the Associate Professor or Professor level. The successful candidate will have protected time for research, as well as time devoted to clinical care, and will enjoy substantial institutional support to sustain and grow his/her research program. The incumbent will participate in all activities of the division, the department, and the institution, including teaching medical students, residents, and fellows as appropriate. See more details and how to apply here.

Clinician Educator

The Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics is currently recruiting for a Clinician Educator (Assistant Professor). The Clinician Educator will work as a primary care clinician and participate in clinical based teaching. Faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics participate actively in teaching medical students, residents, fellows, and each other. The faculty member will be expected to participate in continuing education, professional and faculty development and scholarship, as directed. See more details and how to apply here.