Sharon Anderson, M.D., appointed to position of interim chair of the Department of Medicine

April 26, 2013

Dr. AndersonSharon Anderson, M.D., has accepted the position of interim chair of the Department of Medicine. Lynn Loriaux, M.D., Ph.D., has decided to step down from his current position as interim chair, a role he assumed in August 2012, after serving 18 years as department chair.

"I am grateful to Dr. Loriaux for his history of service and leadership in our school," said Mark Richardson, M.D., MBA, dean, OHSU School of Medicine. "Dr. Loriaux, who is also a professor in the Department of Medicine, intends to expand his involvement in education and the history of medicine. He will continue in his role as head of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Clinical Nutrition."

The Department of Medicine is the largest in the School of Medicine, with about 260 primary faculty members, 11 divisions, and more than 300 affiliate community faculty members. Currently more than 200 residents and fellows are housed within the department's educational programs, and its faculty members are deeply involved in all aspects of the School of Medicine education programs. The department's research funding is the largest in the School of Medicine.

Dr. Anderson is an active clinician, educator and researcher, and is nationally recognized both for distinguished accomplishments across all our mission areas, and for her strong leadership. Dr. Anderson currently serves as chief of medical service at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In a message to VA staff, Tom Anderson, M.D., chief of staff, shared the news of this leadership transition, noting that Dr. Anderson will be transitioning the bulk of her VA responsibilities to Ken Scalapino, M.D., PVAMC Rheumatology section chief, who will serve as acting chief of medical service while a search for a permanent chief is undertaken. 

The leadership transition will be finalized in June 2013.

A member of the OHSU faculty since 1991, Dr. Anderson is a professor in the Department of Medicine and a member of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension. Dr. Anderson previously served as associate dean for faculty development in the School of Medicine and was instrumental in initiating lasting efforts to improve faculty recruitment, retention, promotion and career satisfaction.

Dr. Anderson received her M.D. from Louisiana State University Medical Center. After internal medicine residency training at OHSU, she completed her clinical nephrology training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (formerly Beth Israel Hospital), and her research training at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

"Health care reform and other external factors have sharpened the need for near-term strategic repositioning of the Department of Medicine," said Dean Richardson. "And while I will appoint a committee to begin a search for a new chair in due course, in the interim, I appreciate Dr. Anderson's willingness to step into this strategically important leadership role now."

An initial goal will be to help lay the groundwork for a forward-looking evolution of the department in ways that ensure continued and expanded opportunities for faculty success and satisfaction. Dr. Anderson's long association with the Department of Medicine and her leadership experience give her a unique perspective on the strengths and challenges the department faces in today's environment.

"I am confident that Dr. Anderson will provide strong and innovative leadership to the Department of Medicine," said Dean Richardson. "Please join me in welcoming her to this leadership role in the OHSU School of Medicine."