Program Leadership

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

Sima S. Desai, MD, FACP

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Program Director
Vice Chair for Education
Professor of Medicine
Division of Hospital Medicine, OHSU

Dr. Sima Desai is currently the Program Director in Internal Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Medicine and Professor of Medicine.  She graduated from the University of New Mexico (UNM) receiving her BS and BA in Biology and Chemistry respectively.  She then graduated from UNM School of Medicine followed by Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at Oregon Health & Science University.  She was recruited along with her co-chiefs to start the hospitalist program at OHSU and has enjoyed a career in caring for patients and teaching residents and students since that time.  

Her career path has ranged anywhere from being Section Chief of the Hospital Division to being an Associate Program Director before landing her dream job as a program director.  She is currently the Chair of the ACGME Internal Medicine Review Committee, Co-Chair of the OHSU GME Diversity Subcommittee and Chair of the Oregon ACP Program Planning Committee.  Sima’s most recent award is the ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage To Teach Award. Her scholarly interests include residency and medical student education, diagnostic reasoning/cognitive bias and resiliency and well-being. Sima finds joy in being outside, bike commuting, watching her son play baseball and learning new things. 

MD: University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM, 1994 
BS: University of New Mexico, Biology (With Distinction), Albuquerque, NM, 1990 
BA: University of New Mexico, Chemistry, Albuquerque, NM, 1990 

Chief Residency: Oregon Health &Science University, Portland, OR, 1998
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR 1997
Internship: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR 1995

Research Interests

  • Medical Education
  • Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Cognitive Bias

Clinical Interests

  • Hospital Medicine
  • Communication
  • Palliative Care

Associate Program directors

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Erin Bonura, MD

Associate Program Director
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases

Dr. Erin Bonura received her MD from Georgetown University and completed her residency at New York University. Dr. Bonura was Assistant Chief Resident at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Chief Resident at New York University, before coming to OHSU to complete both her Infectious Diseases (ID) Fellowship and an Education Scholar Fellowship through the Samuel L. Wise General Internal Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Bonura also completed the Human Investigator's Program and received a Master's in Clinical Research. She is currently an Associate Professor in the OHSU Division of Infectious Diseases. 

Dr. Bonura is currently an Associate Program Director, and her portfolio includes evaluation, as well as curriculum design and innovation. She serves as Chair of the IDSA Education Committee and Vice Chair of the IDSA Medical Education Community of Practice, and she previously served on the ID Recruitment Task Force and Nominations Committee. Dr. Bonura is recognized as an innovative educator who introduced Team-Based Learning into the ID curriculum offerings and for her numerous conference presentations. She is also Director of the Pre-Matriculation Block and Director of the Microbiology and Immunology Thread for the medical school and serves as Co-director for the Education Scholars Program - a year-long course focused on developing trainees and junior faculty in learning theory and education scholarship. 

MCR, Oregon Health & Sciences University, 2017
MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2006


Samuel L Wise General Internal Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, 2014
Infectious Diseases, Oregon Health and Science University, 2012


Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, 2010
Resident, Internal Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, 2009
Intern, Internal Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2007

Her scholarly interests are in pedagogical methodology, curriculum development and implementation, and the delivery of Infectious Diseases education to learners at all levels. She has received several grants and published a large cross-sectional study through the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA). She mentors learners across the training spectrum from UME to junior faculty in medical education research. Clinically she serves on the General ID service and maintains an active outpatient General ID clinic. 

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Joe Chiovaro, MD

Associate Program Director
Associate Professor of Medicine
Portland VA Medical Center

Dr. Joe Chiovaro graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine with honors and AOA. He completed his residency and Chief Residency at UCSF, receiving an Area of Distinction in Medical Education. Dr. Chiovaro joined the Portland VAMC faculty in 2010 and was Chief of Hospital Medicine from 2015-2018.

He is currently an Associate Program Director and his portfolio includes medical education, educational workshops, and simulation. In addition, he is the curriculum director for the RIFDI project through the Office of Academic Affiliations in Washington, DC. He has been a very active clinician-educator for medical students, residents, and colleagues. Dr. Chiovaro has been recognized by the School of Medicine students, the Chief Residents, and Internal Medicine residents with many different awards - for teaching, volunteerism, and humanism, as well as an impact award. His medical publications range from systematic reviews to case reports and humanistic articles. He is the author of a children's book and has written for the Huffington Post and the Oregonian. Outside of work, Dr. Chiovaro spends most of his time exploring the great Oregon outdoors with his family. 

MD - University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

Internal Medicine, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

Research Interests

  • Clinical reasoning
  • Diagnostic closure
  • Medical images as an educational tool
  • Evidence-based practice

Clinical Interests

  • Bedside ultrasound
  • Bedside physical exam
  • Evidence-based history taking
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Alan J. Hunter, MD, FACP

Associate Program Director
Professor of Medicine
Division of Hospital Medicine, OHSU

Dr. Hunter has been an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program since 1995. His current portfolio consists of serving as the Portfolio Director, for the Scholarship focus of the residency program. In that role, he is responsible for building, measuring and expanding the residency program's scholarly resources, mentoring relationships and scholarship productivity. Dr. Hunter is also the program liaison to the University MICU rotation, and responsible for oversight of the overall clinical and curriculum experiences offered to the medicine residents. Additionally, Dr. Hunter has a history of leadership in the Department, and served as founder and the prior long-standing Division Head, for the Division of Hospital Medicine. Finally, he has a long history of serving on, and chairing both the Department of Medicine and School of Medicine's Promotion & Tenure Committees. 

MD - University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, 1991
BA - Economics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1982

Internship - Internal Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, 1992
Residency, Internal Medicine - Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 1994
Chief Resident - Internal Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 1995

Research Interests

  • Residency Education
  • Student Education
  • Mentorship/Faculty Development
  • Medical History

Clinical Interests

  • Hospital based medicine
  • Infectious disease
  • Bedside clinical exam
  • Academic advancement
Katie Iossi

Katie Iossi, MD, MPH, FACP

Associate Program Director - Ambulatory Medicine & Primary Care
Associate Professor of Medicine
Portland VA Medical Center

Dr. Iossi graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in Biology and History. She moved to Washington, DC and completed a service year through AmeriCorps at an HIV/AIDS hospice for homeless men, worked on Capitol Hill for a Congressman, and received her MPH in Community-Oriented Primary Care from George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services. In medical school, she was elected to the Gold Humanism Society and Alpha Omega Alpha.  Dr. Iossi completed her residency and chief residency at OHSU and joined the VA as a General Internist, practicing primary care.

Dr. Iossi serves as the Associate Program Director for Primary Care and, in this role, directs the Internal Medicine Residency Primary Care Track and chairs the Ambulatory Residency Advisory Committee. She is engaged in mentorship in primary care and leads residents in panel management and VA based medical home teams. She developed and facilitates a yearly intern communication workshop based on the Vital Talk model with interns during their simulation week. Dr. Iossi has been recognized with multiple residency program Faculty Teaching Awards, Department of Medicine Humanism awards, and VA PROMISE awards for clinical care.  She is a member of multiple societies including being a member of the Oregon ACP Governor's Council and the Health Policy Committee. She has delivered multiple poster presentations, workshops, and presentations at regional and national meetings. 

Dr. Iossi enjoys hiking, listening to NPR, and spending time with friends and family, preferably playing a game of some sort.  

M.D. - University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA, 2008
M.P.H - George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Washington, DC, 2005
B.A. - Washington University in St. Louis, Double Major in Biology and History, St. Louis, MO, 2001

Chief Resident - Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2012
Internal Medicine -  Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2011

Research Interests

  • Teaching communication skills
  • Ambulatory Internal Medicine Education
  • Physician wellness
  • Advocacy

Clinical Interests

  • Patient-centered care
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Behavior Change
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Claire Zeigler, MD, MPH

Associate Program Director - Global Health
Associate Professor of Medicine
Portland VA Medical Center

Dr. Claire Zeigler graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed her residency and chief residency at OHSU. She is an Associate Program Director at OHSU and the director of the residency’s Global Health program.

She serves on the ACP Oregon Planning Committee and the national APDIM Program Planning Committee. Dr. Zeigler is a member of the ACGME Appeals Panel, a subcommittee under ACGME for Governance, Appeals, Policies and Procedures. As Director for Global Health, she develops clinical and non-clinical curriculum to allow residents exposure to underrepresented and vulnerable patient populations locally and internationally.  Residents participate in a longitudinal curriculum that includes journal clubs, lectures and mentorship as well as clinical experiences at IHS sites in Alaska, California and Oregon and local experiences in Portland including correction medicine, care for homeless Veterans, and immigrant and refugee care. She also directs the Global Health Partnership in Botswana, where residents spend a month working on capacity building at a district hospital. She is a clinical educator at the Portland VA, where she works in both primary care and hospital medicine.

MD: University of Kansas Medical School, 2010
MPH: University of Kansas Medical School

Chief Residency: Oregon Health &Science University, Portland, OR, 2014
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2013
Internship: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2011

  • Global Health Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Resident Wellness
  • Ambulatory and Inpatient Internal Medicine Education

Assistant Program directors

Kyle Kent

Kyle Kent, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Program Director - Curriculum
VA Site Director
Section of Hospital Medicine, Portland VA Medical Center

Dr. Kyle Kent graduated from the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and was thrilled to stay at OHSU to complete his residency and Chief Residency. Dr. Kent joined the VA Portland Health Care System faculty in 2014 and now serves as Site Director for the inpatient ward rotation and Assistant Program Director focusing on curriculum and evaluation. 

In addition, Dr. Kent is a member of the residency program's Core Faculty, a coach for medical students through the College Portfolio Coaching Program, and has served on several planning committees for local and regional CME. As the co-founder of the Residency Curriculum Committee he has led continuous improvement efforts across rotations, directed the revamp of the noon conference curriculum, and spearheaded innovations in rotation evaluations. He has been recognized by medical students, residents, chief residents, and faculty with awards acknowledging his humanism, mentorship, and teaching. His publications and presentations range from transitions of care and heart failure readmissions to curriculum design and evidence based medicine. Outside of work, he enjoys time outdoors and home cooked meals with his family. 

MD: Oregon Health & Science University, 2010
BA: University of San Diego, Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry, San Diego, CA, 2006

Chief Residency: Oregon Health &Science University, Portland, OR, 2014
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2013
Internship: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2011

  • Ward attending best practices
  • Effective feedback
  • Mentorship
  • Curriculum design and assessment
  • Evidence based medicine
  • Transitions of care
Avi O'Glasser

Avital O'Glasser, MD, FACP

Medical Director - Pre-Operative Medicine Clinic
Associate Professor of Medicine
Assistant Program Director - Social Media and Scholarship

Dr. O'Glasser received her BA in Biology at the University of Chicago, where she discovered her passion for the practice of medicine.  She then attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, earning her MD degree in 2007.  She made the transcontinental trek to Portland, OR, for her residency at OHSU, and has been an enthusiastic citizen of the Pacific Northwest ever since.

Upon graduating from residency in 2010, Dr. O'Glasser joined the teaching faculty within OHSU's Division of Hospital Medicine, ultimately shifting her clinical practice from inpatient hospital medicine to outpatient preoperative medicine. She is now the Medical Director of OHSU's Pre-Operative Medicine Clinic. Clinical and research interests include peri-operative medicine, healthcare social media, encouraging use of non-traditional scholarship venues including digital scholarship, and exploring expanded use of the traditional CV to promote equity and diversity. She is also the honorary chief of Perioperative Medicine for Kashlak Memorial Hospital and The Curbsiders. When not at OHSU, Dr. O'Glasser enjoys genealogy research, cooking, gardening, knitting, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children.

MD: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, 2007
BA: University of Chicago, Biological Sciences, Chicago, IL, 2003

Residency: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2010
Internship: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2008

  • Peri-operative medicine
  • Peri-operative medicine education for internal medicine residents
  • Quality improvement
  • Medical history
  • History of medicine
  • Resident scholarship and abstract writing
  • Physician use of twitter (#hcsm)
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Christopher Terndrup, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
School of Medicine
Assistant Program Director - Ambulatory Services

Dr. Christopher Terndrup earned his BA in Liberal Arts from Tulane University in 2008 and remained there for medical school, graduating in 2013. He completed his residency at Johns Hopkins in the Primary Care Leadership Urban Health Track. Dr. Terndrup has taught throughout his life, from math tutoring to MCAT classes, and now bedside clinical teaching for medication students and residents. He was a high school math whiz, and studied Spanish language as an undergraduate. During medical school, he focused his energy on LGBTQ populations and Latinx healthcare. 

Dr. Terndrup joined OHSU as a Clinician Educator, focusing on medical education and quality improvement. He is currently the Assistant Program Director for Ambulatory Medicine and the Medical Director of the Internal Medicine Clinic at Marquam Hill. He has represented the Department of Medicine on multiple committees including the Transgender Health Program, the Heart Failure Best Practices Committee, and the Primary Care Informatics Workgroup. He collaborates on a novel training program for IM residents called WISC- the Wellbeing and Improvement Science Curriculum. Outside of work, Dr. Terndrup enjoys fitness, travel, hiking, and spending time with his amazing dog, Hugo.

M.D., Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans Louisiana 2013
B.A., Tulane University School of Liberal Arts, New Orleans Louisiana 2008

Johns Hopkins Osler Medical Training Program, Urban Health Track, 2016

Research Interests

  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Medical Education
  • Teleheath and Virtual learning
  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

Clinical Interests

  • LGBTQ Care
  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
  • Latinx Care