People

The OHSU Internal Medicine Residency Program leadership is comprised of faculty from both the OHSU Hospital and the Portland VA Medical Center.  Program leadership currently consists of:

  • Program Director - Dr. Sima Desai
  • Vice Chair for Education - Dr. Thomas Cooney
  • Associate Program Directors
    • Dr. Erin Bonura, Curriculum
    • Dr. Joe Chiovaro, Education and Workshops
    • Dr. Alan Hunter, Scholarship
    • Dr. Katie Iossi, Ambulatory Education/Primary Care
    • Dr. Claire Zeigler, Global Health
  • Assistant Program Directors
    • Dr. Kyle Kent, Curriculum
    • Dr. Avital O'Glasser, Social Media and Scholarship
    • Dr. Christopher Terndrup, Ambulatory Medicine
    • Dr. Robin Tittle, Global Health
  • Directors
    • Dr. Shona Hunsaker, Quality Improvement/Patient Safety
  • Chief Residents 
    • Dr. Shahana Baig-Lewis
    • Dr. Kimberly Chesteen
    • Dr. Patricia Liu
    • Dr. Riana Wurzburger

The program leadership meets weekly to discuss any operational or educational issues and make program changes and improvements when necessary.  Program Directors and Chief Residents teach on the General Medicine Wards at OHSU Hospital and the Portland VA Medical Center and at various conferences and sessions.

Each resident is linked to an Associate Program Director during their training in our program.  Residents meet with their core Program Director bi-annually to review their educational progress and plan out their career pathway.

Dena Dowhaniuk

Dena Dowhaniuk
Education Program Manager
E-Mail: dowhaniu@ohsu.edu

Lynn Washington
Residency Program Technician (Ambulatory)
E-Mail: sanjuanj@ohsu.edu

Jessica De Atley

Jessica De Atley
Residency Program Technician
E-Mail: deatley@ohsu.edu

Marcie Evans

Marcie Evans
Student Program Technician
E-Mail: evanma@ohsu.edu

Our current housestaff originate from all geographical areas of the United States and beyond.  We average 100 housestaff per year (34 per class). 

During a resident's 2nd and 3rd years they can choose to participate in the Primary Care Track or Global Health Track (or both).  Residents may "track" in and out of primary care and global health if their desired career pathway changes.

View the current OHSU IM Resident Housestaff List

Recent Resident Graduate Destinations

Where have past graduates from the OHSU Internal Medicine Residency Program gone?  We have compiled a list of recent graduates and their career or educational destinations after residency.  Destinations are divided into four categories: Fellowship, Hospitalist, Primary Care, Other. 

 View the recent OHSU IM Resident graduate destination list

2019-20 Housestaff Participate in Habitat for Humanity Project

2019 IM Habitat for Humanity

Housestaff volunteers (in no particular order): Scott Warner, Jon Judkins, Ashley Paquin, Max Rusek, Simone Dekker, Sierra Germeyan, Ali Wiggins, Andrew Balster, and Mike Kiefer