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.
Congratulations to AMERSA's 2022 New Investigator Award Winner!
Ximena A. Levander, MD, MCR
Dr. Levander is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Clinician Investigator at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Addiction Medicine Section. Her research interests focus on developing and implementing effective and innovative interventions for delivering evidence-based substance use disorder treatment in a patient-centered approach to people who use drugs. She is currently funded by a Learning Health Systems Science K12 to evaluate utilization of telemedicine for treatment of opioid use disorder and is a member of the OHSU Digital Health prototyping team. She is interested in how to ensure equitable access to addiction treatment using telemedicine and how telemedicine could expand access particularly to those with barriers to care including those living in rural communities, those experiencing homelessness, and women. In her current clinical practice, she splits her time working at the OHSU outpatient addiction and complex pain (ACP) clinic, on the OHSU inpatient addiction consult service (IMPACT), and at a harm reduction low-barrier buprenorphine bridge clinic (HRBR). She received a BS from Vanderbilt University and MD from Weill Cornell Medical College. She completed residency in internal medicine/primary care at University of Washington and fellowships in addiction medicine and Samuel Wise General Internal Medicine Clinical Research at OHSU.
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An OHSU addiction study was recently cited in the New York Times.
A direct link to the study is here
DGIM's HRBR clinic in the news
Read about the wide impact of OHSU's bridge clinic: https://news.ohsu.edu/2022/05/13/ohsu-on-demand-buprenorphine-clinic-reaches-every-corner-of-oregon
Dr. Jane Zhu discusses the future of telehealth for mental health care
Originally published on April 4, 2022: Please view the article here.
Dr. Todd Korthuis: Fentanyl is fueling a surging public health crisis in Oregon
Originally published in the Oregonian on March 13. Please view the article here.
OHSU model reduces opioid prescribing
Innovative review board model helps create culture of safe prescribing
Internal medicine clinicians have sharply reduced the amount of opioids prescribed though innovative use of a review board comprising a team of health care professionals from various disciplines to ensure patients’ needs are being met.
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.