Program Leadership

David Jacoby, MD, Program Director

Dr. Jacoby
David Jacoby, MD

Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine

Dr. Jacoby has been the director of the OHSU MD/PhD program since 2008. During that time he has overseen a thorough curriculum review, and has made substantial changes to the program including adding MD/PhD specific clerkships. He meets regularly with students on an individual basis and continues his open door mentoring of our students after they've graduated.

Dr. Jacoby has had continuous NIH funding since 1991. In his lab he mentors students (undergraduate, MD, MD/PhD, and PhD), post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty.  His research is focused on airway innervation and eosinophils. He currently serves as Associate Director for Education and Mentoring and Director of the KL2 Training Program in the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI). As Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care, he was Director of the NIH funded T32 research training program in lung biology from 2008 – 2013. He is an active clinician in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and on the Pulmonary Consult Service.

Primary duties in the MD/PhD program include:

  • Program leader
  • School of Medicine leadership liaison
  • Admissions decisions
  • Policy and curriculum development
  • Individual student meetings

Daniel Marks, MD, PhD, Associate Director

Dr. Marks
Dan Marks, MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics
Senior Associate Dean for Research, School of Medicine

Dr. Marks is an established clinician-investigator with decades of experience leading studies in the neural control of body composition, diabetes, fetal metabolic programming, and appetite regulation. He is a dedicated mentor focused on providing outstanding training to the students in his lab. He also serves as co-mentor and an additional resource for many of our MD/PhD students. Dr. Marks has had continuous NIH funding for twelve years, with ten additional years as an NIH funded trainee. Dr. Marks has published over 70 peer-reviewed publications, as well as numerous chapters and review articles. 

Primary duties in the MD/PhD program include:

  • Chair the MD/PhD committee
  • Admissions decisions
  • Student mentorship through scientific oversight committees (SOC) and dissertation advisory committees (DAC)
  • Policy and curriculum development assistance

Alexis Young, Program Coordinator

Alexis Young, BS
Alexis Young, BS

Alexis was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She received her B.S. in General Science from Portland State University in 2012. Alexis started working for the OHSU Provost Office in 2013 supporting affiliated offices, and most recently was the program coordinator for the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition. She loves connecting with people from various departments and participating in OHSU activities, events, and resource groups. She loves to garden, dance, and travel when possible. Alexis joined the MD/PhD program as program coordinator in April 2018 and is excited to work more closely with students and the program.

MD/PhD Faculty

Peter Sullivan, MDPeter Sullivan, MD, FACP
Logitudinal Clinical Clerkship Director

Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Hospital Medicine

MD/PhD Longitudinal Clinical Clerkship


Mary Samuels, MDMary Samuels, MD
Clinical & Translational Research Experience Director

Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute

MD/PhD Clinical & Translational Experience

MD/PhD Committee 2018-19

Student Representatives

Rachel Drake
Alexandra Pincus

Current Members