Program Leadership

David Jacoby, MD, Program Director

David Jacoby, MD

Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine

Dr. Jacoby has been the director of the OHSU MD/PhD program since 2008. During that time he has overseen a thorough curriculum review, and has made substantial changes to the program including adding MD/PhD specific clerkships. He meets regularly with students on an individual basis and continues his open door mentoring of our students after they've graduated.

Dr. Jacoby has had continuous NIH funding since 1991. In his lab he mentors students (undergraduate, MD, MD/PhD, and PhD), post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty.  His research is focused on airway innervation and eosinophils. He currently serves as Associate Director for Education and Mentoring and Director of the KL2 Training Program in the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI). As Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care, he was Director of the NIH funded T32 research training program in lung biology from 2008 – 2013. He is an active clinician in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and on the Pulmonary Consult Service.

Primary duties in the MD/PhD program include:

  • Program leader
  • School of Medicine leadership liaison
  • Admissions decisions
  • Policy and curriculum development
  • Individual student meetings

Alexis Young, BS, Program Administrator

Alexis Young

Alexis was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She received her B.S. in General Science from Portland State University in 2012. Prior to program administration with the MD/PhD program, Alexis worked for the OHSU Provost Office supporting affiliated offices, and acted as program administrator for the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition. She loves connecting with people from various departments and participating in OHSU activities, events, and resource groups. She gardens, dances, and travels whenever possible. Alexis joined the MD/PhD program as program admin in April 2018.

Primary duties in the MD/PhD program include:

  • Prospective applicant assistance and admissions process management
  • Student support
  • Program development and communication
  • Website maintenance

Associate Director Leadership

Susan Gurley, MD, PhD

Susan Gurley, MD, PhD
Associate Director
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension

Mary Heinricher, PhD

Mary Heinricher, PhD
Professor of Neurological Surgery

Daniel L. Marks, MD, PhD

Dan Marks, MD, PhD
Dean's Office Liaison
Professor of Pediatrics, Senior Associate Dean for Research

Justin Denny, MD, MPH

Justin Denny, MD, MPH
Global Health Opportunity
Associate Professor of Public Health, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension

Adrienne Zell, PhD

Adrienne Zell, PhD
Program Assessment
Assistant Director, Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute

Peter Sullivan, MD, FACP

Peter Sullivan, MD, FACP
Longitudinal Clinical Clerkship
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine

MD/PhD Longitudinal Clinical Clerkship

Mary Samuels, MD

Mary Samuels, MD
Clinical and Translational Research Experience
Professor, Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute

MD/PhD Clinical and Translational Research Experience

MD/PhD Committee 2020-21

Committee Chair

Mary Heinricher, PhD

Student Representatives

Landon Bayless-Edwards
Jacqueline Emathinger
Natasha Warikoo
Gavin Young

Faculty Members