James B. Clements, MD

James Clements, MDAssistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Director of Clinical Hospitalist Service
Clinical & Medicine Teaching Services



MD: University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE, 2006
BS: Evangel University, Biology, Springfield, MO, 2002


Chief Residency: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 2011
Residency: Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 2010
Internship: Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 2007

Clinical & Research Interests:

  • Hospital Medicine
  • Provider wellness
  • Mindfulness-based stress management
  • Systems Improvements
  • Bedside teaching
  • Bedside procedures


  • Clinical Skills Lab instructor (medical students)
  • NW Regional Hospital Medicine Conference (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)

Service & Committees:

  • Delegations Protocol Committee
  • NW Regional SGIM, 2017 annual meeting, workshop chair

Quality Improvement Initiatives:

  • Implementation of a Transitions Coordinator for improved coordination of outpatient follow up plans of discharging medical inpatients

Representative Publications:

  1. Karlapudi S, Hinohara T, Clements J, Bakis G. Therapeutic challenges of pancreatic ascites and the role of endoscopic pancreatic stenting. BMJ Case Rep. 21 Aug;2014

  2. Vinik R, Clements J.  Management of the hyperglycemic inpatient: tips, tools, and protocols for the clinician.  Hosp Pract. 2011 Apr;39(2):40-6.

Poster Presentations:

  1. Rubach MP, Clements,J (presenter), and  Teman C. "Between Scylla & Charybdis: Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis Secondary to Disseminated Histoplasmosis." April 2011 National ACP associates clinical vignettes competition winner.  

Honors & Awards:

  • 2017 Dr. Marion L. Krippaehne Humanism Award (OHSU Internal Medicine Residency Program)
  • 2017 Junior Faculty Teaching Award (OHSU Internal Medicine Residency Program)
  • 2014 Faculty Recognition Nominee (OHSU Student Council)
  • 2011 National ACP clinical vignette competition, 1st place oral presentation winner


Dr Clements' interest in medicine as a career path developed through high school and college. He had always been interested in the sciences and had a passion that he wanted to help people throughout his life. Those two interests combined when he entered medical school at the University of Nebraska. During medical school he gravitated towards fields where he could get to know his patients and think broadly about complex problems. He pursed these interests through a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was invited to spend an additional year as a chief resident for the Internal Medicine department at the University of Utah and further developed his love of teaching this craft to medical students and residents. 

He came to OHSU in 2012 as an Internal Medicine hospitalist and has developed a love for this place.  He is constantly reminded of the great group of people (doctors, nurses, technicians, housekeepers, etc.) who are dedicating their lives to helping our patients every day and is proud to be among them. He is involved in teaching, in medical school classes, resident lectures, and on the wards with students and residents which is an activity that brings agreat amount of energy to his practice. His overarching theme is gratefulness for the opportunities this career has given to him. He feels he is able to spend his days helping other people who are in need and passing on these skills to students and residents so that they can provide great care to the patients of tomorrow.  He has become a strong advocate for the wellness of providers so that they are equipped to bring their best selves into work everyday with the aim of delivering compassionate care to each patient.  

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