Professional staff

That's not OK
Modern clinical peer review evolves for 21st century health care. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief executive, Clinical Services and Providence Medical Group

In Practice: “He put me back together many times”
Family medicine physician Kristin LeGrand, D.O., helped lead the Crimson Tide to a national championship, but it was the team physician who changed her future.

Wound care, hyperbaric program names medical director
Vascular specialist Alejandro Perez, M.D., will lead services at Providence Portland and Providence St. Vincent medical centers.

Milestones: Preparing residents for medicine 2.0
A new evaluation system with instant feedback and competency-based scoring will help Providence’s residency graduates navigate health care’s new landscape.

How we're redefining clinical peer review
A medical staff leadership retreat lays the groundwork for a new philosophy in Providence’s peer review. – Sharon Kimball, RN, clinical project manager, Quality Management and Medical Staff Services

In Practice: Implanting Oregon’s first subcutaneous defibrillator
Marathoner and cardiac electrophysiologist Scott C. Brancato, M.D., discusses the clinical benefits of this next-generation device, and what drew him from Harvard to Providence. 

Medical director named to Portland’s newest NICU
Neonatologist Fred Baker, M.D., will head clinical services for the neonatal intensive care unit, which opens this summer at Providence Portland Medical Center.

On Doctors' Day, remember why we're here
As health care undergoes tumultuous change, the physician's true purpose holds steady. –Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief medical officer and chief executive, clinical services, Oregon

In Practice: Shelley Schoepflin Sanders, M.D., FACP
The theology student turned M.D. helped bring a novel early warning system to Providence hospitals – an innovation already bearing results

Providence labs name new medical director June Olson, M.D., is the new medical director for Providence Regional Laboratory and Pathology Department in Oregon.

Educator John Heffner, M.D., to retire in June
The popular Garnjobst Chair of Graduate Medical Education leaves a legacy of innovation and a generation of new medical leaders. A national search is on for his replacement.

Providence medical specialty programs realign
Employed specialists in cancer, brain, heart and women's and children's health have moved from Providence Medical Group into their larger program counterparts, a shift designed to better integrate specialty services.

Realigning, consolidating our leadership
As I near the end of my first 100 days as Oregon chief executive, I want to let you know about some leadership changes, including those involving clinical programs and services. – Dave Underriner, chief executive, Oregon Region

Physician profiles
Learn about our colleagues on and off the clock.
Oregon leaders take on new responsibilities
Besides filling positions left by departing and transitioning executives, we're asking some of our other leaders to assume interim oversight for PMG physician practices, pharmacy, med ed, community health and more. – Dave Underriner, chief executive, Oregon Region

Gil Rodriguez, M.D., to retire from PMG
After more than three years of leadership at Providence Medical Group PMG’s chief medical officer for specialists will retire later this summer. – Joe Siemienczuk, M.D., chief executive, Providence Medical Group

Providence executive teams restructured
Rod Hochman, M.D., Providence president and CEO, and Mike Butler, president of operations and services, announce new positions and reporting changes.

Retrospective: Greg Van Pelt's 38-year career
He began as an administrative fellow and rose through the ranks to become chief executive of Providence in Oregon. Throughout, he helped build a medical group, greeted Luciano Pavarotti, was "jailed" for a fundraiser, helped provide a safety net for the poor and vulnerable, and guided the organization through rapid growth and dramatic change. Download this special farewell section from Providence Spirit.

Dave Underriner named region chief executive
The Oregon Region's chief operating officer, Dave Underriner, will become chief executive on April 15. Underriner succeeds Greg Van Pelt, who announced his retirement in February.

2013 Medical Executive Committees
Leaders for all eight Oregon hospitals.

Rural track residency program moves forward
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital will begin a rural-track medical residency program in the Columbia Gorge.

Physician leaders named in Newberg, Portland and Medford
George Weghorst, M.D. is retiring as chief medical officer for Providence Newberg Medical Center after successfully guilding the facility over the past 10 years. Providence names his successor and new quality, safety medical directors elsewhere. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief medical officer, Oregon Region

Southern Oregon's interim chief a familiar face
Larry Bowe, a Providence leader with extensive experience in Oregon, has been named interim chief executive for the Southern Oregon Service Area.

Providence Newberg names chief nursing, operations officer
Yvonne Kirk, who comes from St. Peter's Hospital in Montana, will oversee all clinical services and operations.

Now there are eight – Medford employs hospitalists
Providence Medford Medical Center transitions from contracted hospitalists to those employed by Providence Medical Group. – Carolyn Sites, D.O., senior medical director, Providence Hospitalist Programs