Two Things — The John Stull, MD-MPH Alumni Conversation Series
John Stull, M.D., M.P.H., was the inaugural director of the MD-MPH Program for over 20 years. The title of our alumni series comes from a phrase Dr. Stull often used when introducing his thoughts on a topic, whether in email or in person. It represents the thoughtful approach he took to answering and thinking about issues. It was never one thing (problems are rarely monolithic), and never many things - but often two or sometimes three things. It reflects the way he could take a complex problem or issue and distill it into a couple of salient points.
The goal of this series is for alumni to talk about their work in the same context, within the nature of a conversation. The approximate structure is 20 minutes of presenting and 10-15 minutes of dialogue. Check back here for upcoming speakers.
Molly McClain, M.D., M.P.H., completed Family Medicine residency at University of New Mexico. Based on her interest in structural determinants of health, or structural violence, she has focused her outpatient clinical work on people who are gender expansive. Because New Mexico is an under-resourced state with many historically minoritized groups, her focus on gender expansive people of all ages has afforded many teaching experiences including the initiation of the Gender Affirming Care ECHO project, book chapters and many talks across the country. Dr. McClain is now the residency program director for the Family Medicine residency at UNM and works to integrate theoretical and experiential opportunities for residents in anti-oppression and community-based participatory research.
Melissa Wei, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., is a general internist and physician-investigator in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Her research addresses multimorbidity (multiple coexisting chronic conditions), including its measurement, management, prognosis, prevention and policy implications. She developed the multimorbidity-weighted index (MWI) and demonstrated its validity through its ability to predict physical, cognitive and social functioning, disability, health-related quality of life, healthcare utilization, and mortality risk. She is particularly interested in identifying modifiable risk factors that may be translated into clinical and public health interventions to 1) optimize patient care, and 2) prevent or delay multimorbidity onset, progression and complications at the point of clinical care.
Melissa Welker, M.D., M.P.H., is an anesthesiologist, quality improvement lead and recent entrepreneur exploring the space of examining physician career coaching and wellness. She is on a mission to explore what work and personal lives mean to us and how to find the space where both can flourish and teams can thrive. She loves sitting with anyone and discussing big ideas and finding ways to reach impossible goals. She discussed her recent work related to Cordelia’s Crossing, a company she started to redesign what searching for a physician’s career looks like.
Rebecca Marshall, M.D., M.P.H., is an associate professor of child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry at OHSU. She received her bachelor’s degree in English literature at Smith College, a master’s of English literature at Cambridge University, and her M.D./M.P.H. at OHSU, where she also completed adult psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. Clinically, Dr. Marshall works on the child and adolescent psychiatry consultation/liaison service, seeing children and adolescents in the Emergency Department and on the pediatric floors, as well as in the outpatient clinic. She is the director of the Data, Evaluation, and Technical Assistance (DAETA) Program, which contracts with the Oregon Health Authority to develop evaluation and monitoring systems to strengthen youth mental health programs statewide. Dr. Marshall also conducts research on the use of ketamine for adolescent depression and suicidality and has established an outpatient ketamine pathway for adolescents with the department of anesthesia at OHSU. She is the acting president of the Oregon Council for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She lives in the Portland metro area and has three school-aged children.
Amanda Hayman, M.D., M.P.H., grew up outside of Chicago, received her BS in Biology at Tufts University, and completed her MD/MPH degrees at OHSU. After general surgical training at Northwestern University, she underwent colorectal surgical fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester). She is now a colorectal surgeon at the Oregon Clinic and affiliate associate professor at OHSU in Portland, teaching medical students, surgical residents, and colorectal surgery fellows.
She has received awards for compassionate care and teaching excellence, as well as Portland Monthly's "Top Doctor" from 2015-2021. She leverages her passion for surgical quality improvement in a variety of leadership roles, including Providence Oregon's Regional Surgical Quality Officer, Director of Enhanced Recovery, Cancer Liaison Physician for the Commission on Cancer, and Co-Surgeon Champion for the American College of Surgeons' National Quality Improvement Program. She also serves as the Department Chair of Surgery at Providence Portland Medical Center. In her time off, she forces her dog, two daughters, and husband to hike and cook with her.
Marika Wolfe, M.D., M.P.H., currently works as the Integrated Primary Care Lead Physician and Medical Supervisor for Lifeline Connections in Vancouver, WA. She is double-boarded in family medicine and addiction medicine. She completed her family medicine training and then worked in urgent care and with incarcerated populations for several years. For the past 5 years, she has been working at Lifeline, to develop an integrated model of primary care whereby both addiction treatment services and primary care can be offered simultaneously. She is passionate about mental health and supporting people where they are at.
Amber Moore, M.D., M.P.H., brings 10 years of experience as a clinician educator and innovator in the academic medical setting. In addition to her position as a hospitalist, she has held several leadership roles including Chief Medical Resident, Medical Director of an inpatient medical floor, Core Teaching Faculty member, and Course Director for the high value care and hospitalist electives. Her research and administrative interests are focused on systems redesign to maximize heath care value. As such, she led projects to improve transitions of care, the patient experience and inpatient management of opioid use disorder. She evaluated clinical outcomes and patient/provider satisfaction following a redesign of the inpatient medical wards to improve nurse and physician collaboration and teamwork. As Co-Director of the Extension for Community Health Outcomes-Care Transitions (ECHO-CT) program, Dr. Moore led multidisciplinary, tele-health sessions to improve care transitions for patients discharged to rehab from the hospital. In her current role as Associate Inpatient Physician Director for Operations in the Department of Medicine (DOM) at Massachusetts General Hospital, she led the inpatient response to COVID and oversees capacity and throughput-related initiatives for the DOM.
Elizabeth Martin, M.D., M.P.H., is an assistant professor in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carrell Jr Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She practices Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, and is board certified in both Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
She completed a master’s degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health before completing her medical degree and a master’s in public health at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. She trained in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Stanford and in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington. She has been involved in national leadership as a resident and fellow physician in organizations including the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Association of Academic Physiatrists, and is a member of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Her research interests include improving rehabilitation outcomes and quality of life for children with special healthcare needs. Prior to practicing medicine she worked on the development of an international registry for children and adults with Osteogenesis Imperfecta with the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation. She has a broad range of clinical interests including early diagnosis and intervention for children with cerebral palsy, spasticity and tone management, gait analysis and orthotic prescription, and rehabilitation for children with neuromuscular diseases.
Moira Ray, M.D., M.P.H., is a family medicine and preventive medicine doctor. She works with patients to help them stay healthy and manage conditions as they arise, and to work with them to improve the overall wellness of their family. Dr. Ray earned a dual degree in medicine and public health.
In addition to seeing patients, she is a clinical epidemiologist at the Center for Evidence-based Policy at OHSU. In that role, she helps policymakers use medical evidence to improve the health of populations. When she's not working, Dr. Ray is an avid nature enthusiast and enjoys hiking, biking and walking in the lovely woods of the Pacific Northwest. She also enjoys sewing, quilting and knitting, and can often be found wearing something handmade.
Travis Riddell, M.D., M.P.H., is a pediatrician and the Public Health Officer for Teton County, WY. He attended Stanford University, where he earned his B.S. in Environmental Science. He then completed the MD-MPH program at OHSU, did his pediatrics training at the Boston Combined Residency Program and was a teaching fellow at Boston University and a clinical fellow at Harvard before moving to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he has been for the last 10 years or so.
In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Riddell has a strong interest in pediatric environmental health and has a record of published research among underserved populations in Nepal, China, and the Philippines. He has also worked as a clinician in Nepal and Lesotho, and he now serves at the Teton County Public Health Officer.
Chris Hoffman, M.D., M.P.H., is an Associate Professor and clinician scientist in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research uses implementation science and behavioral health methods and is focused on the HIV and TB treatment and prevention continua, primarily in low- and middle-income countries. For the past 15 years he has focused on questions regarding HIV testing, anti-retroviral therapy (ART) initiation, and TB prevention among people with HIV, primarily in South Africa. This work has included implementing ART and TB screening in correctional facilities, increasing linkage to care following testing at mobile and community venues, and seeking to improve transitions in care from ART in correctional facilities to the community, and from in-hospital to post-hospital care. His implementation science work has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, United States Agency for International Development, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Fund, and the UK Department For International Development.
Maureen Baldwin, M.D., M.P.H., is associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the OHSU School of Medicine. She co-directs the Interdisciplinary Hematology-Gynecology Adolescent Clinic, “Spots, Dots, and Clots” and is the clinical director of the Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic at the OHSU Center for Women’s Health. Dr. Baldwin is the site Principal Investigator for OHSU in the multi-center TRIOS Study, investigating unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss. She is also involved in the Early Pregnancy Biomarkers Study, which exploring placental biomarkers that could be used to detect pregnancy location and viability in the setting of early abnormal pregnancy. She has expertise in randomized trials, implementation research, and systematic review. Her research has been nationally recognized.
Brianna Muller, M.D., M.P.H., graduated from the OHSU M.D./M.P.H. program in 2018. Desiring full-scope family medicine training coupled with a focus on community medicine and health equity, she headed to residency at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and is currently a third year resident. She will be heading to work on the Navajo Nation next year to do primary care, inpatient medicine, obstetrics, and emergency medicine in Shiprock, New Mexico. Her interests include migrant health, addiction medicine, addressing structural determinants of health in the primary care setting, qualitative research, and implementation science.
Molly Rabinowitz, M.D., M.P.H., is dedicated to health equity, LGBTQ rights and racial justice in clinical medicine and beyond. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, she earned her undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies from Columbia University, then worked in community public health in Guatemala and in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood before attending medical school at OHSU and earning her M.D./M.P.H. She is currently a pediatric resident at UCSF, with plans to pursue a career in pediatric primary care and antiracist public health advocacy.
Sylvia Peterson-Perry, M.D., M.P.H., is a 3rd year family medicine resident at Swedish First Hill Family Medicine Residency in Seattle. She is looking forward to moving back to Portland this summer, although job and career plans are still TBD! She's hoping to practice full-spectrum family medicine in a community clinic, ideally less than full time to allow for some room to focus on public health work - especially around quality improvement and advocacy.
Emily Carter, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of pediatrics and associate program director of Neonatal-Preinatal Medicine Fellowship at OHSU. She returned to OHSU for a Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship and joined the faculty in 2019. As a trained epidemiologist her research interests are in health services research, specifically studying the effects of variability in neonatal practice on infant health outcomes. She has ongoing collaborations on neonatal health outcomes with California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (CPQCC) and researchers across OHSU - in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the School of Public Health. In the future, Dr. Carter hopes to improve the care of neonates in Oregon through collaborations with our regional NICUs.
Brigit Hatch, M.D., M.P.H., is an associate professor of Family Medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine. She has a broad range of interests in research, health care policy and health systems work, including impacts on health outcomes among vulnerable populations, health care disparities and care of vulnerable populations, treatment of substance use disorders, and women’s preventive and reproductive health care including access, disparities, & cost-effectiveness.
Jennifer Ross, M.D., M.P.H., works as a faculty member in the Departments of Global Health and Medicine (Infectious Diseases) at the University of Washington. Her research, based at the International Clinical Research Center (ICRC), focuses on modeling and evaluating interventions to reduce morbidity and mortality from HIV and HIV co-infections. She works with the Global Fund Prospective Country Evaluation team to apply sub-national HIV, TB, and malaria burden estimates and disease control program activity information toward an improved evidence base for national program implementers and Global Fund policymakers. Previously, she was a NIH Fogarty Global Health Research Fellow investigating HIV co-infections in Uganda. Dr. Ross also serves as an attending physician at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.