Medical Education Faculty

Teaching is part of the core mission at PSVMC. Our program is richly staffed with clinicians of exceptional skill from many of the nation's most renowned institutions. We stress a collegial and friendly relationship between residents and faculty, with the highest quality educational experience as our common goal.

Claudia Leonard, M.D.
Program Director

Steven D. Freer, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Brill Chair, Department of Medicine

Imran Mohamedy, M.D.
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Hospitalist

Curtis Holzgang, M.D., M.A.C.P.
Emeritus Faculty, Internal Medicine

Man Tran, M.D.
Medical Director, PMG at St. Vincent

Tom Chau, M.D., M.B.A.
Internal Medicine

Irene Hendrickson, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Emily Hitchcock, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Nancy Loeb, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Internal Medicine

Laura Loertscher, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Shelley Sanders, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Alexander Schafir, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Jeffrey Youker, M.D.
Primary care physician

See our Subspecialty Faculty

Department of Medicine: Education Faculty

Program Director

Claudia Leonard, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Primary Care Physician, Providence Medical Group at St. Vincent

Personal Statement: To Claudia Leonard, MD, an important part of taking good care of her patients is encouraging them to take good care of themselves. "I strive to teach patients about their health or illness, and to involve them in making good decisions about their care," she says. She also emphasizes the importance of treating each patient with respect and concern.

Undergraduate: Harvard University, Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Residency: Beth Israel Hospital

Academic Appointments 

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

Clinical Interests

  • International Medicine
  • Women's Health
  • Evidence-based Medicine

National/Regional Responsibilities

  • National ACP Volunteerism Committee
  • Oregon ACP Awards Committee
  • Former Chair, Oregon ACP Planning Committee
  • Former Chair, Health Volunteers Overseas Internal Medicine Steering Committee
  • Lead Reviewer for UpToDate

Personal Interests: In her free time, Dr. Leonard enjoys hiking and skiing with her husband and their three children.

Chair of Medicine

Steven D. Freer, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Brill Chair, Division of Medicine
Director, Hospital Quality and Patient Safety

Undergraduate: University of California Santa Cruz, summa cum laude
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Residency: Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, 1991

Personal Statement: I personally believe it is a joy and a privilege to be a doctor, especially in a setting where teaching and learning is a priority. At St. Vincent's, we are committed to a residency experience that reflects the joy involved becoming a physician.

Awards/Honors

  • J. David Markham Award for Excellence in Teaching; 2001
  • Division Chiefs Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University; 2000
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Foundations of Clinical Medicine, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University; 1999

National/Regional Responsibilities:

  • Director of Quality Management, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Morning Report Moderator
  • PQI Mentor

Personal Interests: biking, music, backcountry

Associate Program Director

Imran Mohamedy, M.D. F.A.C.P.
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency, Hospitalist

Personal Statement: I was taught early in my medical career that one of the most important responsibilities of a physician is to teach. Teaching patients, teaching colleagues, and teaching future generations of doctors is duty that all of us accept as part of an unspoken oath. The environment at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center fully supports that philosophy making it the perfect place for me to practice my profession.

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: The Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland
Residency: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Chief Resident: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Memberships

  • American College of Physicians
  • Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine
  • Health Volunteers Overseas

Clinical Interests

  • Infectious diseases
  • Disaster management
  • International and tropical medicine
Areas of Academic/Clinical Focus:
  • Improving residency education through better metrics
  • Simulation based education for residency training
  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Curriculum development
  • Transitions from inpatient to outpatient care
National/Regional Responsibilities:
  • Pacific North West Consortium for Outcomes in Residency Education (PNW-CORE), a work group of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
  • Providence Regional Disaster Management Work Groups
Teaching Responsibilities:
  • Inpatient Teaching: Six months out of the year I serve as the attending on one of the ward teaching services
  • Moderating Morning Report: facilitating 3-4 morning reports per month with the various resident teams on the wards, night float, ICU or electives

Personal Interests: Hiking, Rock climbing, Mountaineering, Biking, Woodworking, Cooking

Emeritus Faculty

Curtis R. Holzgang, MS, M.D., MACP
Emeritus Faculty, Internal Medicine Residency
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

Undergraduate: University of Oregon, 1958
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University, 1958-1963
Internship: Oregon Health & Science University, 1963-1964
United States Air Force: 1964-1966
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University, 1966-1968
Chief Resident: Oregon Health & Science University, 1968-1969

ACP Oregon Chapter Laureate Award Winner 2010

Curtis Holzgang, M.D., MACP, is the complete physician, the doctor's doctor, and a master teacher who instructs by example and instills enthusiasm for bedside rounds and deep appreciation for the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Holzgang's abiding interest in medical ethics and his role modeling of its practice led Providence Health & Services to create Providence Center for Health Care Ethics in 2000 and to endow the Curtis R. Holzgang Visiting Scholar Program within it, extending his legacy for future generations. The Oregon Chapter of the ACP recognized Dr. Holzgang with the 2010 Laureate Award for his devotion to, and modeling of, the highest ideals of doctoring and our profession.

Personal Statement: Residency should be about good patient care and good education in a pleasant, supportive environment.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, 1969
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, 1974
  • Chief, Medicine Outpatient Clinic; Oregon Health & Science University 1970 - 1976
  • Director, Howard P. Lewis Medical Intensive Care Unit, Oregon Health & Science University; 1975-1980
  • Director, Internal Medicine Residency, Oregon Health & Science University; 1971-1976
  • Chief, Division of General Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University; 1974-1980

Areas of Academic/Clinical Focus:

  • Critical Care
  • General Medicine
  • Physical Diagnosis

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Intensive Care Unit - multidisciplinary rounds
  • Bedside rounds with medical students
  • Faculty participant in Morning Report

Personal Interests: family, golf, fly-fishing, travel, reading

Man Tran, M.D.
Medical Director, Providence Medical Group-St. Vincent

Man Tran, M.D., is board certified in internal medicine. He enjoys helping patients manage and overcome complex health problems. "I truly value the long-term relationships that I have been able to build with my patients," he says.

Personal Statement: There are so many great reasons why I joined PSVMC. If I had to choose one, it would be the people here - ranging from my colleagues and the housestaff, to the medical and support staff. It's hard to leave my girls each morning, but I can't think of a more pleasant place to go to work.

Undergraduate: Oregon State University, summa cum laude
Medical School: Northwestern University - The Feinberg School of Medicine
Residency: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Chief Resident: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Areas of Academic/Clinical Focus:

  • Evidence based medicine
  • Technology in Medical Education

National/Regional Responsibilities:

  • Residency Continuity Clinic, Director
  • Providence Medical Group Quality Council Portland Interhospital Physicians
  • POD Leader Dynamed Reviewer
  • IRCO Asian Family Center Advisory Bard, Vice Chair

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Faculty instructor for inpatient and outpatient medicine.
  • Journal Club organizer and facilitator 
  • EBM Curriculum Coordinator 
  • Morning Report Moderator
  • Noon Conference lecturer 

Personal Interests: I have far too many interests outside of medicine, though currently, most of my time is spent with my two lovely attention craving daughters. First and foremost, I'm a sports fanatic, especially Pac-10 football, NBA, and NFL. I'm also a tech junkie and love to accumulate gadgets. My main hobby is photography which I try to incorporate into my daily life. As much as my family can tolerate it, I grill and BBQ rain or shine.

Tom Chau, M.D., M.B.A.
Faculty Instructor, Providence Medical Group at St. Vincent

Tom Chau, M.D., takes a collaborative approach to care. "As a partner in health, I will give my patients the best information and guidance I can," he says. "At the same time, I ask my patients to be active participants in their own health."

In his practice, he emphasizes wellness, healthy living and efficient care. "As health is the ultimate goal, I support the safe and prudent use of complementary and alternative therapies when medically appropriate."

Personal Statement: A music teacher once told me, "The mind is a sponge that can't absorb water if it's clenched too tight. It absorbs best when it's lightly supported." I think Providence St. Vincent is one of those rare places where people are supported to learn and be the best they can be.

Undergraduate: Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Masters: University of Colorado, MBA
Medical School: University of Colorado
Residency: University of California San Diego
Chief Resident: University of California San Diego

Areas of Academic/Clinical Focus:

  • Process improvement with technology
  • Algorithms and knowledge engineering
  • Lifestyle and complementary medicine

National/Regional Responsibilities:

  • Providence Oregon Online Subscriptions Steering Committee

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Clinic preceptor
  • Ward attending
  • Morning report moderator

Personal Interests:

  • Fusion cooking with healthy techniques
  • Hiking
  • Exploring all the different festivals around Portland

Irene Hendrickson, M.D.
Primary Care Physician, Faculty Instructor, Providence Medical Group at St. Vincent

Undergraduate: University of Portland, Portland, OR
Medical School: Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Residency: Providence St. Vincent's Medical Center, Portland, OR

Personal Statement: I completed my Internal Medicine Residency at Providence St. Vincent's, followed by a General Internal Medicine Fellowship at Oregon Health & Sciences University. During my fellowship, my academic focus was on Medical Education, and I worked on projects around the ACGME competencies and resident self-assessment - areas of interest which I've continued to develop.

I practiced at various sites around the Portland area before finally joining the faculty at Providence St. Vincent's. With Providence, I feel inspired that a mission of service and a commitment to patient care is emphasized at all levels. I enjoy the education and clinical experience at our intimate community hospital, and I feel that I have a great opportunity here to continue to learn and grow professionally. I love teaching, and being able to work here offers the chance for rewarding relationships with our residents.

Personal Interests: My husband and my six kids are my greatest joy. We love all things about Portland and the Pacific Northwest.

Clinical Interests: What I enjoy most about my clinical practice is forming a relationship with my patients, so I can help them set and meet their own health care goals. I emphasize communication and teamwork among specialists, medical assistants, social workers, and, especially, the patient and family.

National/Regional Responsibilities:

  • Member of American College of Physicians
  • Society of General Internal Medicine
Teaching Responsibilities:
  • Wards attending
  • Clinical Preceptor
  • Medical Student Teaching
  • Recent lecture/workshop topics:
    • Managing Chronic Nonmalignant Pain in the Primary Care setting
    • Evidence Based Medicine: Understanding Randomized Controlled Trials
    • Challenging chronic disease management
    • Preventing Communication Errors in Telephone Medicine
    • Rethinking Breast and Prostate Cancer Screening
    • Radiation Risk from CT
    • Malignancy Risks in Imaging

Emily E. Hitchcock, M.D.
Primary Care Physician, Faculty Instructor, Providence Medical Group at St. Vincent

Undergraduate: Swarthmore College
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania
Residency: University of Rochester
Chief Resident: University of Rochester

Dr. Hitchcock believes that the key to improving and maintaining health is a doctor and a patient working together to combine the best medical evidence with that patient's health care needs and value system. "As partners, we can create a personalized health care program that can really work in an individual's life," she says. As a member of Providence Medical Group at Providence St. Vincent, Dr. Hitchcock has the opportunity to both practice this individualized health care approach and pass it on to the medical residents.

Clinical Interests

  • Women's health
  • Preventive medicine

Nancy A. Loeb, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Primary Care Physician, Faculty Instructor, Providence Medical Group at St. Vincent

Undergraduate: University of Iowa
Medical School: University of Iowa College of Medicine
Residency: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Nancy Loeb, M.D., brings healthy doses of experience, energy and enthusiasm to her practice. Her goal is to be an advocate for her patients' medical issues. "I believe in education, a collaborative relationship and honest communication," she says. "This helps patients better understand their medical conditions and options so they can make informed decisions about their care."

Personal Statement: I joined the faculty practice after 10 years practicing as an Internist at Kaiser Permanente in Portland. I had previously taught at the University of Nebraska. What attracted me to this program was the creativity and institutional support. With a smaller faculty in a community program, we have much more freedom to innovate than I experienced in large institutions such as Kaiser and University setting

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine and Emergency Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center; 1982-1986

Clinical Interests

  • Women's health
  • Medical orthopedics

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Director of Ambulatory block rotation

Personal Interest: An Iowa native, Dr. Loeb loves Oregon, which she describes as "heavenly." Her interests outside of medicine include wilderness activities, conservation, friendship and humor.


Laura Loertscher, M.D.
Primary Care Physician, Faculty Instructor, Providence Medical Group at St. Vincent

Undergraduate: Marquette University
Graduate: University of Minnesota, MPH
Medical School: Mayo Medical School
Residency: Mayo Clinic
Chief Resident: Mayo Clinic

Personal Statement: A focus on quality as well as a patient-centered approach to clinical practice attracted me to Providence St. Vincent. In addition, their commitment to education and the opportunity to work with both medical students and residents resonated with my interest to participate in teaching in addition to clinical care.

Clinical Interests:

Laura Loertscher, M.D., promotes health rather than simply treating disease. In her practice, she emphasizes preventive care and healthy lifestyle.

She believes that having a strong doctor-patient relationship is essential to effective health care. "I believe in a partnership of communication, honesty and hard work between the doctor and patient," she says. "I truly listen to the concerns of the patient."

Awards/Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Marquette University, 1999
  • Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, Marquette University, 1999
  • "ACE" Award, 2007
National/Regional Responsibilities:
  • Member of American College of Physicians
  • Society of General Internal Medicine
  • Physicians for Human Rights

Teaching Responsibilities: instructor at Providence St. Vincent internal medicine residency with focus in quality improvement, systems based practice, and preventive health.

Personal Interests: I enjoy time with my husband and 2-year-old son, Diego, as well as travel, hiking, biking, cooking, and quilting.

Shelley S. Sanders, M.D.
Primary Care Physician, Faculty Instructor, Providence Medical Group at St. Vincent
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University 

Undergraduate: Walla Walla College, summa cum laude
Graduate: The Divinity School, Vanderbilt University, MTS
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Residency: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Chief Residency: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Shelley Sanders, M.D., thinks of herself as a health coach for her patients. "As a doctor, my job is to provide tips and coaching so each person can experience the best quality of life possible," she says. She believes that every person is the author of his or her health, and emphasizes shared decision-making between patient and physician.

A Fellowship in quality improvement through the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Advisors Program has shaped Shelley’s career path toward systems-based practices, and she co-leads patient safety projects such as the Modified Early Warning System (MEWS) within St. Vincent and across Providence Health & Services.

Shelley is also the project leader for Providence Oregon’s sepsis mortality reduction project through the High Value Healthcare Collaborative.

Clinical Interests:

  • Sepsis
  • Modified Early Warning System
  • Spirituality and health
  • Physician well-being

Awards/Honors:

  • Spirit of Emilie Mission Inspiration Award, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, 2010
  • Kenneth E.W. Melvin, M.D., Award for Excellence in the Practice of Medicine, Providence St. Vincent Medicine Residency Program; 2006
  • Outstanding Resident Award; Providence St. Vincent Medical Center; 2006
  • First Place Poster Award, American College of Physicians; 2005
  • Alpha Omega Alpha; 2003

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Quality Improvement residency curriculum
  • Co-medical director of Accountable Care Unit

Personal Interests: In her free time, Dr. Sanders enjoys being with her children, windsurfing, triathlon training, and gardening. She also received a master's degree in theological studies from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

Alexander D. Schafir, M.D.
Primary Care Physician, Faculty Instructor, Providence Medical Group at St. Vincent Center
Director, Medical Student Clerkships

Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical School: UCLA School of Medicine
Residency: University of Washington
Chief Resident: Providence Hospital, Seattle

Alex Schafir, M.D., has a patient-centered philosophy. "I help people define their own health issues and choose therapies that feel right to them," he says. "In primary care, the focus is prevention. I implement effective treatments early, and I protect people from unnecessary medical care."

Personal Statement: After twenty years as a medical educator, what keeps me at St. V's is the educational atmosphere. My colleagues here share my belief that adult learners are self-motivated, and that they learn from each other at least as much as they do from us. My job, in addition to caring for patients, is to create a million opportunities for residents to revise and expand their knowledge. As a teacher, I feel lucky to work in a place that delivers such high quality medical care.

National/Regional Responsibilities:

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University

Clinical Interests

  • Patient-doctor relationship

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Teaching Residents to Teach
  • Improving residents' clinic skills via video review
  • Medical Student Director

Awards/Honors

  • Aesculapians Award for Outstanding Leadership: UCLA School of Medicine
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society:, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Sigma Psi Scientific Research Society: Princeton University
  • Bank of America Award for Liberal Arts

Personal Interests:

Outside of work, you might find me sea kayaking with my wife, seeking out live jazz, traveling to far places, or unicycling with my two kids.

jeffreyyoukerJeffrey Youker, M.D.
Primary care physician
Faculty instructor, Providence Medical Group-St. Vincent

Medical school: Loma Linda University
Residency: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Chief resident: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Personal Statement: As a former high school teacher, I see becoming a physician in the St. Vincent Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program as the natural progression in my career that gives me an opportunity to teach others about the things I am the most passionate about. The structure of our residency program has provided me with the ideal opportunity to teach residents, colleagues and those in others areas of the medical field the knowledge and skills that they need to provide excellent patient care.

Clinical interests:

  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Lifestyle medicine with diet and exercise
  • Multi-disciplinary team based care

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the Ambulatory Care Rotation for third year residents
  • Coordinate Geriatrics Rotation for second year residents
  • Morning Report moderator
  • Noon Conference lecturer

Personal interests: Spending time outdoors with my wife and three young sons enjoying Portland by hiking, biking and running.