About the Division of Hospital Medicine

OHSU - Portland VA Skybridge

The Division of Hospital Medicine was formally founded in 2005, evolving from our ancestrally linked pre-hospitalist program, commencing in 1995.  This history has significance as it relates to our initial core principles and goals of providing excellence in clinical care and establishing a center of excellence for inpatient teaching and mentorship.  In 1998, we further evolved and expanded into the Department of Medicine Hospitalist Program, then evolved again in 2005 to form the Clinical Hospitalist Service.


Provide outstanding patient care, train exemplary health professionals, and contribute in innovations in health care and education, while improving the health of populations, through collaborative scholarship, quality improvement and community engagement


Be recognized internationally for outstanding contributions and leadership in high-value patient-centered care, clinical education, innovation, process improvement, and population health.


Our Patients, Fulfillment, Professional, Diversity, Teamwork, Community-engagement, Integrity, Fairness, Transparency, Collaboration, Service, Passion, Stewardship, Innovation, Quality improvement, Education, and Effective communication.


We currently have three distinct programs within the Division:

Medicine Teaching Service (MTS)

The Medicine Teaching Service (MTS) consists of faculty whose principle focus is not only the provision of high quality patient care, but also fast-paced, stimulating and challenging education, delivered in a respectful and supportive manner.  The faculty consists of senior and junior faculty clinician educators.  Several members are active in curriculum oversight as Residency Program Directors/Associate Program Directors, Student Clerkship Directors, or active in major medical student curriculum committees.

Clinical Hospitalist Service (CHS)

The Clinical Hospitalist Service (CHS) consists of attending faculty and advanced practice providers as well as learners who can select to rotate on this service.  Providing compassionate and exceptional care to the patient populations it serves is a core value.  The CHS sees patients independently, in co-management and can also provide medical consultation to other services.  Providers serve on a variety of committees and are involved in numerous projects impacting the clinical and educational missions of the institution.

Preoperative Medicine Clinic (PMC)

The Division has been active in inpatient preoperative medicine since 1998, followed by the creation of the PMC in 2008.  We work closely with the Department of Anesthesiology and multiple surgical departments and divisions to provide nuanced, high-quality, patient-centered care before a very wide variety of surgeries offered at OHSU.  We find the cornerstone of high-quality, patient-centered pre-op care to be comprehensive risk assessments.