Department Chair's Welcome

Susan Gurley, M.D., Ph.D.

Welcome to the Department of Medicine website!

I am greatly honored to lead the Department of Medicine here at OHSU.  I joined the Department in 2018, recruited to lead the Division of Nephrology & Hypertension.  In doing so, I have come to appreciate the many strengths of this Department and was honored to step into the Interim Chair role last Fall (2021).  I’m continually impressed by the accomplishments of our clinicians, scientists, and learners here and am excited for you to meet us virtually here on our webpages.

Continuing our strong tradition, we are expanding our clinical activities, sustaining and building upon our commitment to the highest quality patient care and growing to meet new clinical needs. Our Department was a source of strength and inspiration during COVID-19 surges, and we remain dedicated to caring both for the population of Oregon and for others coming to Portland for cutting edge treatments. 

At the same time, we are exploring new approaches to the diagnosis and management of disease, fostering a vibrant research portfolio and partnering with other clinical and basic science departments, as well as with our Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute. Our physicians and physician-scientists work side by side with basic and translational researchers to better understand the mechanisms of disease and to design and test new treatments. 

Our leadership in education at all levels, from medical students and graduate students, through residents and fellows, to continuing medical education is one of our major strengths. We continue to bolster our involvement in graduate studies and explore new approaches to education, including bold changes in curricula at all levels, as well as the innovative use of simulation. We remain committed to the development of flexible programs that suit a variety of learners with diverse career goals. 

As is the case with all highly successful organizations, our most treasured asset is our people. It is a privilege to lead such an outstanding group of colleagues, students, and co-workers in the Department of Medicine. 

Susan B. Gurley, MD PhD
Chair, Department of Medicine (Interim)
Division Head, Nephrology & Hypertension
Oregon Health & Science University