Kimberly Ryan, M.D. (University of Colorado School of Medicine)
Kim grew up in Temecula, CA. She attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts. While in undergrad, Kim majored in Spanish and played for the Varsity softball team. During that time she spent eight months working in Spain with a urologist and at a clinic for patients with cerebral palsy. She attended University of Colorado for medical school where she was a member of the Global Health Track, worked with Failure to Thrive refugee children, conducted research exclusive breastfeeding with the Nepalese population and was elected to AOA. When she is not in the hospital, Kim enjoys running with her dog, skiing, baseball, and yoga. Kim is excited to explore the Pacific Northwest and continue her training at OHSU.
Rosa Carbonell, M.D. (Saint Louis University School of Medicine)
Rosa was born in Hermosillo, Mexico, but grew up and spent most of her life in Tucson, Arizona. She attended the University of Arizona for undergrad and received a B.S. with a major in Human Physiology and a minor in Molecular and Cellular Biology. After college, she moved to the Midwest and attended Saint Louis University for medical school. During medical school she became especially interested in women’s health issues and working with underserved populations. She founded her school’s chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association and helped run her school’s student-run Health Resource Center for underserved patients in Saint Louis. In addition, she conducted research in endometriosis and volunteered globally on a mission trip to Catacamas, Honduras. When she’s not at the hospital, you can probably find Rosa working out at her favorite CrossFit gym or spending time outdoors hiking or running with her husband and puppy. She also enjoys cooking, baking and trying new foods. She is ecstatic to move to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and continue her training at OHSU!
Portland Favorites: Being able to bike/walk anywhere. Being so close to nature but still being in a big city.
Fun fact: Lover of popcorn and cheese. Most likely to be found with her beloved Yadi (dog) strapped to her chest in a ‘Baby Bjorn.’
Louisa Chatroux, M.D. (Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine)
Louisa is from Ashland, Oregon and received a BS in Sociology at Southern Oregon University. There, she became passionate about reproductive health and advocacy, focusing on reproductive rights of incarcerated women. She attended OHSU for medical school where she was elected to AOA, participated in facilitating a Social Determinants of Health curriculum for medical students, and did an international rotation in Guatemala at a safety net clinic. Outside of school she has loved living in Portland for the incredible skiing, rock climbing and running in the area as well as the amazing food. She has a dog named Galleta who she rescued from Mexico who is an avid runner despite her small size. Louisa is thrilled and honored to be continuing her medical training as a resident at OHSU.
Claire Learmonth, M.D. (Harvard Medical School)
Claire currently calls North Idaho home although she grew up moving every few years and lived in Pakistan, Indonesia and Bangladesh before graduating from high school in the Czech Republic. She studied Latin American Studies at Tulane University after which she served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Guatemala teaching reproductive health and life skills to middle school students. Upon returning to the United States she enrolled in a post-bac program at the University of Vermont, where she was also an EMT and worked as a medical assistant at a Family Practice. During medical school she explored her interests in medical education, global health and LGBT health. Outside of medicine Claire loves to travel and she is especially excited to explore all of the natural hot springs Oregon has to offer.
Portland Favorites: People do not honk when driving.
Described by co-residents as: Cheerful, really cheerful, sometimes too cheerful.
Azadeh Poursaid, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Utah School of Medicine)
Azadeh is from the Rocky Mountains of Salt Lake City. She attended the University of Utah where she completed her B.S. and Ph.D. in Bioengineering followed by her M.D.. Azadeh is passionate about student mentorship and teaching and she is excited to be serving the OHSU school of medicine. She is also passionate about medical device design and aims to bring in fresh ideas from OB/GYN practice to help transform the Gyn operating room. Growing up with the mountains in her backyard, Azadeh loves to spend time in the outdoors hiking and camping. She is excited to explore the Oregon trails and the Oregon coast. She also has a traveling bug and is looking forward to spending some time visiting new places, learning about new cultures, seeing the sites, and trying new foods!
Portland Favorites: It’s a city of festivals!
Described by co-residents as: Organized, proactive, and generous
Becca Thompson, M.D. (University of California, Los Angeles, Geffen School of Medicine)
Becca was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied yoga prior to attending UC Berkeley for her undergraduate degree, where she majored in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis on infectious diseases. She spent a year teaching and cycling prior to attending medical school at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. During medical school she continued to pursue her passion for teaching by working as an anatomy TA and completing a teaching fellowship in her fourth year. She also worked to put on the first UltraFest ultrasound teaching event at UCLA and was elected to AOA. In her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, drawing and reading novels. She’ll be returning from a 6-week backpacking and bike touring trip in Europe when she moves up to Portland, and is looking forward to exploring the outdoors in the Pacific Northwest with her partner, Chris.
Portland Favorites: I can bike everywhere! And we’re close to the beach, mountains, and wine country.
Described by co-residents: as the team chef
Mercedes William Weisenberger, M.D. (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine)
Mercedes is farm girl from a town of 200 people in northern Wisconsin. She enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard when she was 17 and attended Marquette University on an Army ROTC scholarship where she studied Biomedical Sciences, Biology, and Military Sciences and Leadership. While in ROTC, she was a frequent physical training score leader, captain of the basketball team, and a three-time Women’s Ranger Challenge Champion. Prior to starting medical school, Mercedes commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. She was appointed platoon leader of roughly 25 medics in a Charlie Medical Company throughout her time in medical school where she received the Army Achievement Medal for her dedication to her soldiers. Mercedes was also the clinic coordinator for Share the Health Free Gynecology Clinic and worked on a statewide environmental scan of HPV vaccination uptake and barriers in the State of Wisconsin. She moved here with her husband Zach, and loves spending time outdoors, fitness classes, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her 10-year-old brother who cannot wait to come visit Oregon!
Portland Favorites: Portland is so unique! There is something for everyone here. I particularly like the food scene, easy access to snowboarding/hiking, and that it’s so easy to be fit in this city.
Fun fact: Survives off of ice cream and popcorn.
Aditi Bommireddy, M.D. (Saint Louis University School of Medicine)
Aditi was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. She moved to St. Louis to attend college and medical school at St. Louis University as part of the Medical Scholars Program. In undergrad, she majored in Neuroscience with minors in Public Health and Health Care Ethics. During medical school, she became interested in women’s health after participating in a breastfeeding research study and doula training program. She volunteered at the Health Resource Center, a free clinic that serves the underserved population in St. Louis and was later on the leadership board as the Student Education Coordinator. She was also on the Saint Louis University Hospital Ethics Committee. She graduated from medical school with a distinction in community service and was elected to AOA and Gold Humanism Honor Society. In her free time, Aditi enjoys traveling, trying out new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family. She is looking forward to being back on the West Coast and exploring Portland!
Portland Favorites: The amazing food and beautiful scenery.
Nikki Fennimore, M.D. (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine)
Nikki was born and raised in Galena, Alaska, a remote village of 500 people, which is only accessible by airplane. She was inspired to pursue a career in medicine after growing up in a town where you had to fly 300 miles to see a doctor. She attended Boise State University for her undergraduate degree and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school. Coming from a Native American tribe, she has a passion for working with underserved populations and addressing disparities in health and health care. She is ecstatic to be back on the West coast and her family in Alaska is thrilled that she is closer to home. Outside of medicine, she loves cooking, reading, and snuggling with her rescue cat.
Portland Favorites: Great places to eat, different neighborhoods with varying personalities, my co-residents!
Osii Mbata, M.D. (Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine)
Despite being born in Nigeria and living in several states including Kansas and Oklahoma, Osii calls Macon, Georgia home. For undergrad, he attended the University of Georgia, GO DAWGS! While at UGA, he majored in Environmental Health Science. During that time, he was involved in numerous projects ranging from research in diabetes and ecology to campus-wide sustainability initiatives. Prior to medical school, Osii worked as an assistant football coach and mentored/tutored children. Later, he began medical school at the Medical College of Georgia where he continued his diabetes research. When he is not in the hospital, Osii enjoys working on and driving cars. He also enjoys football, basketball, and hiking/trail riding with his rescue lab/greyhound mix. Osii is excited to train at OHSU and begin the next chapter of his life in the Pacific Northwest.
Jackie Powell, M.D. (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Jackie grew up in Madison, WI. She attended Northwestern University where she completed her B.S. in Social Policy while competing on the swim team. During her years as team captain, she co-founded a campus and community-wide fundraiser for breast cancer research, which is still an ongoing annual fundraiser. After graduating, she worked for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services as a program and policy analyst where she developed a strong interest in being a physician with a voice in policymaking. As a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin, she was actively involved in organized medicine through the AMA and Wisconsin Medical Society. She also participated in the global health pathway, which led to a summer of traveling to Nepal to conduct adolescent health research. As co-president of MCW’s AOA chapter, she helped orchestrate a campus-wide career development event for students, and she is looking forward to teaching medical students in her role as a resident at OHSU. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, cooking/baking, and biking. She is thrilled to start residency at OHSU and explore all the hiking and backpacking adventures that the PNW has to offer!
Portland Favorites: Hiking, the mountains, and how dogs are allowed just about everywhere.
Kristin Prewitt, M.D., M.P.H. (University of South Florida College of Medicine)
Kristin grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in English Literature. After enduring many Wisconsin winters, she decided it was time to explore warmer climates. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a dual M.D. and M.P.H. in Epidemiology degree. Kristin is a PGY1 transfer to OBGYN from OHSU’s Family Medicine Residency Program. In her free time, she plays piano, reads, and tries to go trash-free with her kids and two cats.
Justin Singer, M.D. (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine)
Justin was born and raised in Marietta, GA, and completed his undergrad the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in Biology and Political Science. After college, he moved to Dallas, TX, to teach high school science through Teach for America. Here he discovered his passion for teaching and working with all types of learners. He attended medical school at Texas Tech, where he was elected to AOA and graduated with certificates in medical ethics and global health. He worked extensively at the student-run Free Clinic, which is where he first decided on a career in women’s health, and he is passionate about working with underserved populations as well as on LGBTQ health issues. He is thrilled to be training at OHSU and have the opportunity to work with his amazing co-residents and learn all he can. In his free time, Justin loves to swim or be on the water and can be found running by the river. His new goal after moving to Portland is to become proficient in biking and begin competing in triathlons. He is excited to be here and to hike and camp throughout the Pacific Northwest, and he is always ready to try whatever new experiences he can in and around Portland!
Portland Favorites: Being outside, especially in summer!
Mary Solomon, M.D. (Meharry Medical College School of Medicine)
Mary completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta where she majored in Biological Sciences and minored in Psychology. Before beginning her medical training at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, she pursued a Master’s degree in Business Management at the University of British Colombia. Mary is passionate about global health and women's health. In her free time, she enjoys running, baking and spending time with family.
Favorite part about living in Portland: Salt and Straw and the coast
Fun fact: I played football in high school
Wes Urian, M.D. (Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine)
Wes grew up in Ona, West Virginia, and attended the University of Kentucky for undergrad where he received a B.S. in Agricultural Biotechnology with minors in Psychology and Neuroscience. After graduating college, he spent a year in Kentucky working as a scribe at an infectious disease clinic before returning to his home state of West Virginia to attend med school at Marshall University. During his time in medical school, Wes was elected to AOA, was involved in patient advocacy through various roles in the American Medical Association, and volunteered globally on two trips to La Esperanza, Honduras. He also helped develop and teach a telemedicine delivered sexual health curriculum for high school students in a rural county in WV. Outside the hospital, Wes enjoys spending time with his dogs, Rupert and Scooter, hiking, camping, and traveling with his partner, Clint. Wes is thrilled to move to the Pacific Northwest and train at OHSU!
Portland Favorites: How accepting the city is of different lifestyles. Also all of the great hiking spots and natural beauty (like Mt. Hood)!
Kimberley Bullard, M.D., M.P.H. (Oregon Health and Science University)
Kim grew up in Oakland, CA. It was at Hampshire College where she became passionate about reproductive rights and global health, and later worked closely with a cervical cancer prevention nonprofit and family planning providers in El Salvador and the U.S. Before beginning medical school, Kim returned to the West Coast and did a post-bacc at San Francisco State University. She then completed her M.D./M.P.H. at OHSU, during which she co-chaired Med-Students for Choice, was a member of the Gold Humanism Honors Society, and continued to study abortion access in legally restricted settings both in the U.S. and overseas. In her spare time, Kim enjoys interior design, uncovering hidden treasures at estate sales and on Craigslist, traveling, and spending time at home with her partner, daughter, and 20-year-old cat. Although she is still adjusting to the rain, Portland’s spring blossoms and long summer days have entirely won her over. Kim is thrilled to continue her training at OHSU.
Portland Favorites: My bike commute to work and the many craft breweries!
Fun fact: My sister and I are 4 months apart - or - I became friends with another Kim Bullard, Elton John's pianist!
Brianna Byers, M.D. (Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth)
Brianna was born and raised right outside Seattle in Everett, Washington. She studied Biology + Medical Anthropology at the University of Washington, and spent 4 years teaching eighth graders in Chicago before beginning medical school at Dartmouth. Growing up, she spent a lot of time riding horses, training dogs, playing volleyball, and reading books. She still loves all of those activities, but does more book reading than anything else these days. While they are mostly medical texts, she is also trying to read a book from every country. OBGYN has seemed like a good fit for her personality for a long time, and her experiences with the incredible faculty at Dartmouth solidified her desire to practice at an academic hospital. Brianna loves the physiology at the core of this specialty, the challenge presented by the breadth of knowledge an OB-GYN must retain, and the opportunities for advocacy associated with reproductive justice. Right now, she can imagine herself becoming a generalist and working in an academic center such as OHSU so that she can continue to be a part of medical education, which is something she thoroughly enjoys. That being said, she is open to the idea of fellowship, especially MFM.
Portland Favorites: I am most excited about being back in the PNW again! I am looking forward to exploring bookstores, restaurants, coffee shops, and the outdoors.
Fun fact: I’m an oddly good whistler.
Katie Fitch, M.D. (Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University)
Katie grew up in nearby Eugene, Oregon. She attended Bowdoin College where she majored in History, minored in Spanish, and completed a pre-med concentration. After graduating, she returned to Eugene where she spent several years doing research in an auditory neuroscience lab and completed a biology degree at the University of Oregon. During that time, Katie worked as an EM scribe and scribe trainer, as well as a volunteer Spanish medical interpreter at a local clinic for the underserved. She attended medical school at Brown University, where she revived her love of history by creating and teaching a medical history course. She also worked as a peer tutor, volunteer interpreter and occasional freelance artist/cartoonist. Outside of medicine, she enjoys bouldering, hiking, watercolor painting, and is a novice birder. Katie is ecstatic to be returning to my beautiful home state to train at OHSU.
Portland Favorites: I am excited to further explore Portland’s incredible food and beverage scene, hone my city biking skills, and be closer to the great outdoors and my family.
Fun fact: I was scuba certified when I was 12 years old and am now an advanced open water diver.
Ally Gallagher, M.D. (Oregon Health and Science University)
Ally is originally from Sacramento, CA but also claim the Northeast as her own, as she spent her early childhood in Boston, MA and undergraduate years at Dartmouth College. She studied political science, played collegiate soccer and met her husband John, an Oregonian, who introduced her to the beautiful PNW. With their two young daughters and rescue pup, Baker, they have called Portland home for 8 years. Ally enjoys regular trips to the zoo, picnics in the Rose Garden, road-trips to Cannon Beach (clam chowder and cold beer included), leisurely afternoons wandering Powell’s books and long walks/runs through her SW neighborhood. As a medical student passionate about women’s health and education, Ally conducted various cost-effectiveness analyses in operative vaginal deliveries. She also worked as an instructor for Saturday Academy, taught her own acute care curriculum to Portland area high-school students. She looks forward to continued investment in women’s health research, advocacy and education and feels fortunate to be joining such an incredible group of colleagues!
Ally’s favorite part of living in Portland is getting the best of both worlds - a vibrant, approachable city with world-class outdoor adventures at our fingertips! From the Oregon coast, to Mt. Hood, to the myriad of trails only steps from downtown, there is so much to explore on a sunny day. Post outdoor spoils, there are endless impeccable breweries, bakeries, coffee houses and bookstores to enjoy.
Fun fact: Prior to medical school, I worked in Event Marketing & Community Engagement for the Portland Timbers MLS team. In this role, I had the opportunity to meet David Beckham in his final season with the LA Galaxy!
Katie Hansen, M.D., M.P.H. (University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School)
Katie grew up in Gresham, OR, and will graduate with an M.D./M.P.H. from UT Austin's Dell Medical school. She received her B.S. in Biology from Seattle University and my M.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to medical school, Katie spent time teaching high school science in Bolivia and working both as a medical assistant and a physical therapy tech in Austin. Her primary interests in Ob/Gyn are related to reproductive health and family planning. She founded Dell Med's Medical Students for Choice chapter and went on to serve on the MSFC international board of directors from 2017-2020. During med school Katie worked with the Texas Policy Evaluation Project on research related to postpartum contraception provision among low-income women in Texas. In her free time Katie enjoys running, dance, and exploring the National Parks. She is thrilled to be returning to Oregon for her training at OHSU!
My favorite part about living in Portland is having easy access to spectacular mountains and trails for backpacking, snowshoeing, running, etc... That, and vote-by-mail, a small but definitely underrated perk of living in Oregon!
Fun Fact: I once danced Texas two-step with Justin Long at an Austin honky-tonk.
Alyssa Hersh, M.D., M.P.H. (Oregon Health and Science University)
Alyssa grew up in Portland and earned bachelor's degrees in public health and international studies from Oregon State University. Prior to medical school, she worked at Planned Parenthood as a clinic assistant, which solidified her commitment to pursuing a career in women’s health. Alyssa loves to travel and studied Spanish in Argentina and Ecuador. During medical school, she conducted clinical and epidemiological research in Colombia and Mexico. At OHSU, she completed a joint M.D./M.P.H. program, learning to be a physician with a population health lens. Research was an important focus of Alyssa’s during medical school and she has a special interest in decision analysis. She plans to pursue a career in academic medicine and looks forward to working with medical students as a resident. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys bringing loved ones together to share food and wine, exploring Portland’s famous culinary scene, and walking her dog with her husband, AJ. Alyssa is thrilled to continue training at OHSU!
Favorite part about living in Portland: the incredible food scene!
Fun fact: I used to be a competitive tap dancer
Olivia Nolan, M.D. (Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons)
Olivia was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA, attended UC Berkeley for college, double majored in French and Molecular and Cell Biology. She worked in administration for a research center on campus after graduation, and devoted herself to baking, running, crafting, and volunteering with the Berkeley Free Clinic. This latter interest evolved into a passion for women’s and transgender health and convinced Olivia that her future was in medicine. In medical school, she worked with Q Clinic, a student-run clinic that provides primary care to the LGBTQ+ population in New York City, and learned firsthand the importance of inclusive gyn primary care. Between her work at Q Clinic and my Scholarly Project in trans health, Olivia also discovered an interest in teaching and curriculum development that she hopes to continue to pursue in her career. Her interests also include contraceptive management, trauma-informed care, and advocacy.
Portland Favorites: As a California transplant returning to the West Coast from NYC; I am most excited about the lovely hiking trails around Portland. I’m also excited about getting to eat my favorite vegan BBQ sandwich at Sweet Hereafter!
Fun fact: I used to write a food blog with my best friend about our cooking and baking adventures.
Annie Cathcart, MD PhD She/her/hers
Annie grew up in Spokane, Washington. She graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College with a major in Chemistry before matriculating in the Harvard/MIT MD-PhD program. During her PhD training, she combined her chemistry background and interest in oncology to develop new peptide cancer therapeutics under the mentorship of Professor Loren Walensky. She discovered a love for women’s health in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology medical school program and is thrilled to continue clinical training in OB/GYN and research in Gynecologic Oncology at OHSU. In her free time, Annie loves to spend time with her husband, son, and dog and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. She is ecstatic to return home to the Pacific Northwest for her residency training!
Erin Curtis Nacev, MD MPH She/her/hers
Erin grew up on the Olympic Peninsula in Silverdale, WA. She studied at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, spending her Junior year in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After college, she moved to San Francisco to serve two AmeriCorps terms at a Department of Public Health family health center, where she worked as a health coach and helped start a patient advisory council. During medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she was a member of the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health and spent her clinical years in Milwaukee. Here, she worked with the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center Department of Environmental Health on a longitudinal community project, including her MPH capstone related to lead screening during pregnancy. She also served as President of the International Board of Directors of Medical Students for Choice, sitting on the board from 2018-2021. Her research interests center on reproductive health services, education and policy, and health disparities. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, cooking and baking, walking her lab mix Rosie, and doing crossword puzzles.
Megan Fuerst, MD MPH She/her/hers
Megan is originally from a small town in Ohio and stayed within the Midwest to attend the University of Notre Dame for her undergraduate degree. She frequently worked internationally in Eastern Uganda during her undergrad and completed a 1-year fellowship in South Africa before starting her MD/MPH at George Washington (GW) University. During medical school she directed GW’s student-run free clinic and helped teach sexual education to middle-school students. She was also elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Megan completed her MPH in Epidemiology during medical school so she could take her love of statistics to another level and is excited to continue quantitative research in her OB/GYN career. Her interests include adolescent healthcare, health policy, family planning, and trauma-informed care.
Miriam Hernandez-Zepeda, MD She/her/hers
Miriam grew up in a small town on the coast of Oregon called Brookings. She attended the University of Portland where she double majored in Biology & Spanish and got the opportunity to study abroad in Granada, Spain. Before starting medical school, Miriam worked as a medical scribe at Legacy Health and a barista at Sisters Coffee Company. Miriam has always valued community. She has a special interest in promoting culturally sensitive care and advocating for underserved populations. During medical school, she volunteered with several programs that provided mentorship to underrepresented high school students interested in the medical field, and she also participated in the Virginia Garcia mobile clinics that provided healthcare to farmworkers. Miriam is very excited to be staying at OHSU to begin her career in women's health.
Sarena Hayer, MD MSc She/her/hers
Sarena Hayer was born in England and grew up in Los Angeles. She received her BA in Economics at Barnard College and attended the London School of Economics and SOAS, University of London for graduate school where she studied Medical Anthropology and Gender Studies. She is interested in embodied experiences in accessing reproductive healthcare and technologies, intersections of agency and wellbeing, and disparities in reproductive health outcomes. During medical school, she volunteered at a free clinic providing gynecologic care for uninsured patients, participated in street outreach and medical navigation for patients experiencing homelessness, and completed a qualitative research project on young women’s experiences accessing contraception in Khayelitsha, South Africa. In her free time, you can find her reading, cooking vegetarian dinners, traveling, snowboarding, running, trying to learn how to surf, and spending time with her little brother!
Rachel Madding, MD She/her/hers
Rachel grew up in Burlingame, CA. She attended Middlebury College where she majored in Environmental Studies, Sociology, and Anthropology, minored in global health, and played Varsity soccer. After graduating, she worked as a medical assistant in an OB/GYN office and fell in love with prenatal and postpartum care. She moved to Philadelphia to complete a post-bacc program at the University of Pennsylvania and then attended Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. As a medical student, she spent a summer doing clinical rotations in Medellín, Colombia, and worked as a volunteer Spanish interpreter at Puentes de Salud, a non-profit that provides free healthcare services to underserved populations. She was very involved in curriculum development and is passionate about medical student and resident education. In her fourth year she developed an appreciation for clinical research and studied the impact of COVID-19 on the care of patients with gynecologic malignancies. In her free time, Rachel enjoys running, exploring new places, listening to live music, eating cheese, fluid acrylic painting and walking her dog Charlie. She is excited to return to the West Coast and begin the next chapter as a member of the incredible OHSU OB/GYN community.
Ellie Schmidt, MD She/her/hers
Ellie Schmidt, a Portland native, graduated from Colgate University where she studied economics and played division 1 soccer. After graduation, she was hired by Colgate as an Investment Analyst for the university’s endowment, a post she held for 3 years. Ellie then pivoted to medicine after completing a post-baccalaureate program at Johns Hopkins. In addition to her stint in the world of finance, before medical school, Ellie served as a birth and postpartum doula. Highlights from medical school at OHSU include presenting cost-effectiveness research at SMFM, testifying at Portland’s City Hall in support of access to reproductive healthcare, and playing on an intramural soccer team with her classmates. She is a member of AOA and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. While not at the hospital, Ellie likes to spend time outside, mostly on mountains and on rivers. She feels very fortunate to be continuing her medical training at OHSU.