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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Juliana Bernstein - 2021 OSPA PA of the Year!

Juliana Bernstein is OSPA’s PA of the year. Congratulations Julie!

2021 Quality Improvement Fast Adaptor Award

OHSU Continuing Professional Development and the MOC IV Review Committee has selected the Virtual Visit Implementation in Ambulatory Care for the Quality Improvement Fast Adaptor Award for 2021!

This award recognizes specific projects that have made a difference at OHSU. The Continuing Professional Development Quality Improvement Fast Adaptor Award is specifically focused on projects designed to address emerging medical and public health issues. 

Congratulations  - Daisuke Yamashita, Anthony Cheng, Hetal Choxi, Suzanne Sullivan, David Froelich, Amber Hoffman, Mary Pickett, Craig McDougall, Hayes Bakken, Johanna Warren, Danielle Willard, and  Mark Lovgren....thank you!

Dr. Todd Korthuis Named Measure 109 Advisory Board Member

Todd Korthuis, MD, MPH, addiction medicine section head, was named a member of Gov. Kate Brown's advisory board for implementing Measure 109, The Oregon Psilocybin Services Act. Measure 109 regulates the use of psilocybin as a means of treatment for a multitude of conditions, including PTSD, depression, and addiction.

Read more about Measure 109 in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/18/opinion/oregon-psychedelic-therapy.html

Two DGIM Providers Earn Honors

Brian Chan, MD and Brian Ricci, MD recently received the 2021 NW SGIM Award for Excellence in Clinician Investigation and Clinician Education, respectively. Congratulations, Brian and Brian!

Addiction Section Publishes International Research

Dr. Todd Korthuis, head of the addiction medicine section, discusses OHSU's BRAVO study.

New study examines addiction medicine treatment in Vietnam | OHSU News

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. 

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