OHSU/VA Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Faculty Bios
Lisa Miura, MD, FACP, AGSF
Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Director
Dr. Miura is Associate Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and practices at the VA Portland Healthcare System, running specialty clinics in geriatric assessment, dementia telehealth, and falls. She received her BSN from University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) and medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at OHSU and Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at UCLA. In addition to fellowship program director, she is the clerkship director for the OHSU medical student Geriatric Medicine elective and teaching faculty for the OHSU Internal Medicine Residency program. Her research interests include hip fracture care, falls, dementia, and women’s health issues. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, concerts, cat rescue, and spending time with her family.
Suvi Neukam, DO
Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Associate Program Director
Dr. Neukam is a dual Finnish-American citizen originally from New England where she grew up in New Hampshire and then studied at Middlebury College in Vermont. Before attending medical school in Maine, Dr. Neukam worked at a health care best practice research firm in Washington, DC. During medical school she completed a year-long medical teaching fellowship and also engaged in geriatric research at the University of California San Diego. She completed her internal medicine residency, chief residency and geriatric fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University and is now a geriatrician who sees both primary care and consult patients within the OHSU internal medicine clinic. She has special interests in physical activity and healthy aging along with care planning conversations. When she is not with patients, Dr Neukam enjoys riding her bicycle, amateur piano playing, writing snail mail and using her three children as an excuse to become an expert in arts and crafts.
Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD
Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH, MACP, is Professor and Chief of Geriatrics in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Her research focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle in older adults, with an emphasis on tai chi for fall prevention. She has been part of the investigator team for three randomized trials that showed tai chi reduces falls by at least 50%, among other positive outcomes. She is Director of Integrating Special Populations for the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute, focusing on inclusion of older adults in research and training research teams who study diseases of older adults but have no aging expertise to successfully include older adults in trials. Other research interests include improving primary care of older adults with dementia, interprofessional education and team-based implementation of best practices for care of older adults. She co-directs OHSU’s Healthy Aging Alliance.
Emily Morgan, MD
Emily Morgan was raised in Spokane, WA. She attended the University of Oregon and earned a B.S. in General Science, with minors in Biology and Anthropology. After graduating from college, Emily moved to Portland and began four years of molecular genetics research at Shriners Hospital for Children. She then attended OHSU medical school and stayed on to complete her internal medicine residency, followed by a fellowship in geriatrics. She joined the Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Department at OHSU as a geriatric primary care and consult physician in 2015. In addition to her outpatient work, she became medical director of Mirabella Portland’s skilled and long term care facility in 2017, and heads the OHSU Internal Medicine skilled and long term care team, which expanded to include a second facility in 2018. Outside of medicine, Emily spends as much time as possible with her family, and enjoys running, hiking, and gardening.
Leah Kalin, MD
Dr Kalin is an assistant professor of internal medicine and geriatrics. She completed her internal medicine residency and then geriatric medicine fellowship at OHSU in 2019. She currently serves as a geriatrics primary care provider in the OHSU geriatrics and internal medicine clinic at OHSU and as medical director for a local post-acute and long-term care facility. Her clinical interests include dementia, delirium, polypharmacy, fall prevention, advance care planning, and avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations for her frail older adult patients. Dr. Kalin works closely with medical students, interns, and residents in her practice and enjoys imparting the ways of geriatric medicine on learners. She is an avid reader, skier, and dog mother.
Laura Byerly, MD
Dr Byerly is a clinician educator and geriatrician at OHSU. Dr. Byerly received her medical degree from OHSU, completed internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and completed geriatric medicine and health professions education fellowships at the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco VA Medical Center. As part of OHSU’s geriatrics section, she provides both primary care for older adults within the Internal Medicine Clinic, as well as skilled and longitudinal care in OHSU’s affiliated post-acute and long-term care facilities. Dr. Byerly’s education scholarship roles focus on the curriculum development and evaluation of novel geriatric educational strategies for all levels of learners and she leads the “Teaching to Teach” curriculum within the fellowship program. She also interfaces with fellows through her teaching roles in the OHSU UME and GME communities where our fellows teach medical students and internal medicine residents about geriatric care principles.
Katie Drago, MD
Dr Katie Drago is originally from California and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2011 with her medical degree. She completed residency in Internal Medicine in 2014 and fellowship in Geriatric Medicine in 2015 at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr Drago joined the OHSU Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics in 2015 to develop and run the Inpatient Geriatrics Program, consultative geriatrics care for hospitalized older adults in partnership with medical and surgical providers. The inpatient program has been highlighted in JAGS in October 2018 for providing higher quality care for acutely ill older adults at a lower cost. Dr Drago’s academic interest is in systems improvement focused on the care of hospitalized older adults. She has worked to improve the care for adults with delirium, standardize safe prescribing practices and enhance the care of older adults with acute fragility fractures. This work has also been expanded to other hospitals and health systems in Oregon. Dr Drago works with Dr White-Chu and clinic preceptors to run the geriatrics fellowship’s Population Health Management and Improvement Science curriculum.
Rima Jallad, MD
Dr. Rima Jallad has been a Geriatric staff member at the VA and Assistant Professor of Medicine at OHSU since 1997. She received her Doctor of Medicine from University of Damascus, College of Medicine, followed by Internal Medicine training at West Suburban Hospital, Rush Medical College. She completed her geriatrics fellowship at OHSU in 1997. Dr. Jallad is board certified in Geriatrics as well as Hospice & Palliative Medicine. She has been the Medical Director of the Hospice Palliative Care Unit at CLC since 2000. She is married and has two wonderful children. She enjoys cooking and travelling.
E. Foy White-Chu, MD, CWSP, AGSF
Dr. White-Chu is an Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) and former geriatric medicine fellowship program director (2014-2022). She is also the medical director of the Wound Healing Program at the Portland VA Health Care System (VAPHCS). She graduated from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - Harvard Geriatrics fellowship program in 2009 with a specialization in chronic wound healing and clinician education. She provides consultative care for complex wounds for veterans at VAPHCS and serves as the Chair of the Prevention of Amputations of Veterans Everywhere committee. She is a Health and Aging Policy Fellow (2022-2023) and is working to improve policy implementation at the intersection of health-related social needs and geriatric medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society and serves on the education committee for the Wound Healing Society. Dr. White-Chu strives to simplify the complexity of chronic wound care in older adults for frontline providers in hopes that all older adults can receive timely, appropriate treatments.
Julien Chirouze, MD
Dr Chirouze was born and raised in France, in the quaint region of the Loire Valley. He came to the United States in his twenties. After working for the American Red Cross for a few years in Washington, D.C, Dr Chirouze went to medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and then completed his internal medicine residency and geriatric medicine fellowship at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Dr Chirouze elected to become a geriatrician because he believes older patients have the best stories, and they teach him something about life every day! He currently works at Kaiser in as part of their continuing care team.
Anthony Ohotto, MD
Dr Ohotto is a family physician who graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical school. He completed fellowship in geriatrics and also is board certified in hospice/palliative medicine. He has been caring for geriatric patients since the late 1990s when he was medical director for several long term care facilities on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. More recently he has been in private geriatric practice and medical director for two hospices in Portland, Oregon. Currently he is staff physician with ElderPlace. Most recently he completed medical acupuncture school and can treat his patients with acupuncture in addition to standard western techniques. When not at work Dr Ohotto can probably be found outdoors
Maggie George, MD
Dr George was raised in Austin, TX. She graduated from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a B.A. in History, concentration, Medieval History. She graduated from University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 2002. She completed her internal medicine residency at OHSU in 2005 and Geriatric Medicine fellowship at OHSU in 2006. Since 2006 she has worked at Legacy Good Samaritan as a part of the inpatient Geriatrics program, a 7 day a week service that includes a dedicated hip fracture service and inpatient consultation service. Dr. George likes to joke with her IM residents and Geriatrics fellows that after 7 days of working in the hospital, she is really glad to have a week off to be home with her kids… and after 7 days at home with her kids, she is really glad to be back working in the hospital – it’s a work/life balance!
Shirin Sukumar, MD
Dr Sukumar is the Medical director of Geriatrics for Legacy Medical Group and director of Geriatrics education. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine in 2001 and fellowship in Geriatric Medicine in 2002 at Oregon Health and Science University. She worked on the Oregon coast for 3 years before she joined Legacy in 2006. In her current role she oversees the Legacy Geriatrics assessment clinics (Portland and SW Washington), Geriatric inpatient services, Nursing home and Geriatric psychiatry programs. Her clinical practice is located at Good Samaritan and Meridian Park clinics. She is involved in geriatrics education for Legacy health system which includes provider and staff education as well as oversight of trainees (residents and fellows) who rotate through the Geriatrics service. Dr Sukumar was appointment by the Governor to the Oregon medical board where she served from 2011-2017. She served as chair of the administrative affairs committee, chair of the investigative committee and then Board chair (2016-2017). Outside of medicine, Dr Sukumar enjoys art, nature, walking and spending time with her family.