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., FACP
Brill Chair, Department of Medicine

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

Curtis Holzgang, M.D., MACP
Emeritus Faculty, Internal Medicine

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

Tom Chau, M.D., MBA
Internal Medicine

Irene Hendrickson, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Emily Hitchcock, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Nancy Loeb, M.D., FACP
Internal Medicine

Laura Loertscher, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Shelley Sanders, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Alexander Schafir, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Jeffrey Youker, M.D.
Internal Medicine 

See our Subspecialty Faculty

Department of Medicine: Education Faculty

Program Director

Claudia Leonard, M.D., FACP
Program director, Internal Medicine

Personal Statement: Providence St. Vincent was my top choice for teaching and patient care when I moved to Oregon, and continues to be after nearly 20 years. The energy among the faculty, spirit of innovation, and unique clinic design are impressive. We are able to closely mentor residents academically and professionally, model the highest standards of patient care, and teach both the art and the science of medicine. Helping young physicians develop their unique strengths and find joy in the practice of medicine brings the greatest reward. We will help you navigate the complexities of the health care system and the demands of your personal life, while also promoting academic excellence so you can experience the remarkable gift of being someone’s doctor.

Undergraduate: Harvard University, A.B. cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Medical school: Harvard Medical School
Residency: Internal medicine, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston

Awards: 
Spirit of Emile Award Mission Inspiration Award Recipient 2008
Top Doctor in Portland Monthly magazine three times

Areas of academic focus:

  • Women’s health
  • Global health
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Primary care

Regional and national responsibilities:

  • UpToDate, lead reviewer
  • American College of Physicians Volunteerism Committee, member
  • American College of Physicians Oregon Chapter Awards Committee, member
  • American College of Physicians Oregon Chapter Planning Committee, former Chair and member
  • Health Volunteers Overseas Internal Medicine Steering Committee, former Chair and member
  • Health Volunteers Overseas Internal Medicine in Uganda, site director

Recent presentations/workshops:

  • Presentation, Health Volunteers Overseas, OHSU Global Health Fair October 2012 and 2013
  • Facilitator, National ACP Volunteerism Luncheon 2007 and 2009
  • Lecture, “Hypertension Management in Africa” 2014
  • Lecture, “Medication Management of Diabetes” 2014
  • Lecture, “Update in Lipid Guidelines” 2014Lecture, “Fluid and Electrolyte Disorders” 2009-2014
  • Lecture, “Women’s Health Pearls” 2012
  • Lecture, Contraceptive Management in Primary Care 2010
  • Lecture, Preoperative Cardiac Risk Assessment 2009
  • Lecture, “Incorporating Volunteerism into Training: Domestic and International”, American College of Physicians Annual Scientific Session, 2006
  • Lecture, “Preoperative Cardiac Risk Assessment”, Oregon Chapter American College of Physicians Annual Meeting 2005
  • Lecture, “Preoperative Cardiac Risk Assessment”, Oregon Health & Science University Internal Medicine Review Course
  • Grand Rounds, “Current Issues in Osteoporosis” Providence St. Vincent Medical Center 2003
  • Lecture, “Osteoporosis: Current Strategies” Oregon Chapter, American College of Physicians Annual meeting 2002
  • Lecture, Evidence based Medicine; “How to Critically Appraise Systematic Overviews” 2011-present
  • Lecture, Evidence Based Medicine: “How To Critically Appraise Articles on Therapy” 1997-present
  • Lecture, Evidence Based Medicine: “How To Critically Appraise Articles on Diagnosis” 1999-present
  • Workshop, Teaching the Clinical Breast Exam 2003-2011

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Inpatient teaching attending
  • Continuity clinic preceptor
  • Morning report moderator
  • Resident board preparation, instructor
  • Evidence-based medicine, instructor
  • International health, coordinator

Personal interests:
Traveling, hiking and skiing with my husband and three children; gardening and reading when I need solitude.

Chair of Medicine

Steven D. Freer, M.D., FACP
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. FACP
Associate Program Director
Internal Medicine

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, colleagues, and future generations of doctors are duties that all of us accept as part of an unspoken oath. The academically-focused environment at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center fully supports that philosophy, making it the perfect place for me to practice my profession. Though the road will be full of challenges, it will also be full of great satisfaction. You will have mentors who have an understanding of the hurdles facing physicians in training today and can help you navigate them towards your ultimate goal–be it primary care, hospitalist medicine or fellowship. There is no greater joy than watching a young physician develop into the best clinicians they can be, and at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, you will see that joy in the enthusiastic faculty you work with on a daily basis.

Undergraduate:  University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Science, physics; Bachelor of Science, biology
Medical school:   The Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin Ireland
Residency:   Providence St. Vincent Medical Center      
Chief Residency:   Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Awards:

  • Portland’s Top Doctors, Portland Monthly magazine, 2013
  • Award of Excellence for research abstract, Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine Spring Meeting, 2011 Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Kenneth E. W. Melvin, M.D. Award for Excellence in the Practice of Medicine, June 2004
  • First Place Winner, American College of Physicians National Poster Competition, 2004 New Orleans, La.
  • First Place Winner, American College of Physicians Regional Oral Presentation Competition, 2003 Eugene, Ore.
  • Intern of the Year Award, 2002

Areas of academic focus:

  • Care of the hospitalized patient
  • Peri-operative Medicine
  • Improving residency education through better metrics
  • Milestone-based evaluation systems
  • Transitions in care for elderly patients
  • Infectious disease and tropical medicine
  • Simulation-based training for Code Blue disaster management

Grants and research:

  • Readmission reduction
  • Evaluating the effects of fractionated care in the inpatient setting

National/Regional responsibilities:

  • Chair- Clinical Competency Committee
  • Chair- Faculty Development Committee
  • Chair- Hospitalist Education Committee
  • Member- ABIM Consortium for Outcomes in Residency Education
  • Committee member- Informatics Operations Council
  • Reviewer-  ACP National Abstract Competition
  • Judge- ACP National Poster Competition
  • Previous elected member- Medical Executive Committee

Recent presentations/workshops:

  • An Approach to Understanding Acid Base Problems (Workshop)
  • An Approach to Respiratory Failure Questions for the Boards (Workshop)
  • An Approach to Pulmonary Function Test Questions for the Boards (Workshop)
  • An Approach to HIV Questions for the Boards (Workshop)
  • An Approach to Pleural Effusion Questions for the Boards (Workshop)
  • An Approach to Infectious Disease Questions for the Boards (Workshop)
  • Perioperative Medicine Lecture Series- Introduction to Consultative Medicine
  • Perioperative Medicine Lecture Series- Perioperative Cardiac Evaluation for Risk Estimation
  • Perioperative Medicine Lecture Series- Perioperative Cardiac Risk Reduction Strategies
  • Perioperative Medicine Lecture Series- Perioperative Medication Management
  • Perioperative Medicine Lecture Series- Perioperative Endocrine Issues (Diabetes and Steroid Management
  • Perioperative Medicine Lecture Series- Perioperative Pulmonary Risk Reduction

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Teaching attending on the wards
  • Medical student teaching (OHSU third- and fourth-year medical students)
  • Perioperative and consultative medicine curriculum coordinator
  • Resident board preparation instructor
  • Resident board preparation curriculum coordinator
  • Resident career counseling

Personal interests:
Spending time with my family, woodworking, cycling, hiking, rock climbing and mountaineering.



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, resident ambulatory clinic
Internal medicine

Personal statement:
On my first visit to the Providence St. Vincent Residency Program, I remembered thinking this place is ahead of its time. Over a decade later, I witnessed other programs just starting to catch onto ideas we had well established. The strength of our program is innovation. We don’t settle for “what’s always been done”; rather we focus on how to make things better. In a time when medicine is evolving, we want to be firmly at the forefront, designing the changes rather than reacting to how changes affect us.

With the future of medicine being tugged in different directions, we find innovation critical to preserve what we value most: the joy and privilege of being someone’s doctor. We are proud to help shape our residents into forward thinking physician leaders rather than graduate just another good physician.

Undergraduate: Chemistry, Oregon State University, summa cum laude
Medical school: Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine
Chief residency: Providence St. Vincent Internal Medicine Residency

Awards:

  • Top Doctor, Portland Monthly magazine, 2013
  • National Clinical Vignette Abstract winner, American College of Physicians, 2005
  • Outstanding Intern award, Providence St. Vincent Internal Medicine, 2004

Areas of academic focus:

  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Ambulatory medical home
  • Innovation in primary care
  • Integration of technology and patient care
  • Point of care medical reference

Grants and research:

  • Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative

Regional responsibilities:

  • Medical Director, Providence Medical Group-St. Vincent
  • Providence Medical Group Clinical Population Health Workgroup
  • Providence Medical Group Quality Council
  • Epic Ambulatory Physician Clinical Champion
  • Providence Medical Group Teaching Clinics Operations Team
  • POD Leader, Portland InterHospital Physicians Association
  • Co-chair, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization Asian Family Center Advisory Board

Recent presentations/workshops:

  • Medical Education Conference: “Evidence Based Medicine – Primer”, August 11, 2014
  • Medical Education Conference: “Board Review – Evidence Based Medicine”, August 11, 2014 
  • Medical Education Conference: “Board Review – Gastroenterology”, April 28, 2014
  • Medical Education Conference: “Board Review – Renal”, March 3, 2014
  • Medical Education Conference: “Evidence Based Medicine – Therapy II”, October 25, 2013
  • Medical Education Conference: “Evidence Based Medicine – Therapy I”, October 24, 2013
  • Medical Education Conference: “HO 3.0 – The House Officer Guide to the Digital Age 2nd ed.”, October 1, 2013
  • Medical Education Conference: “Evidence Based Medicine – Introduction”, July 16, 2013
  • Medical Education Conference: “Decoding Medicine II – How patients pay for healthcare”, March 22, 2013
  • Medical Education Conference: “Decoding Medicine I – How physicians get paid”, January 28, 2013
  • Medical Education Conference: “Medical Home Primer”, June 28, 2013
  • Epic Physician Workshop: “Surviving Epic in Spokane”, February 5, 2013
  • Medical Education Conference: “COPD Intern Primer”, October 12, 2012
  • Medical Education Conference: “Evidence Based Medicine – Diagnosis II”, August 13, 2012
  • Medical Education Conference: “HO 3.0 – The House Officer Guide to the Digital Age”, August 10, 2012
  • Medical Education Conference: “Evidence Based Medicine – Diagnosis I”, August 6, 2012
  • Medical Education Conference: “Evidence Based Medicine – Introduction”, July 23, 2012
  • Medical Education Conference: “Decoding Medicine III – Update on healthcare reform”, June 16, 2011
  • Medical Education Conference: “Decoding Medicine II – How patients pay for healthcare”, January 10, 2011
  • Medical Education Conference: “Evidence Based Medicine – Practice Guidelines”, November 29, 2010
  • Medical Education Conference: “Decoding Medicine I – How physicians get paid”, October 20, 2010
  • Medical Education Conference: “Evidence Based Medicine – Introduction”, August 23, 2010
  • Medical Education Conference: “Medical Knowledge At Your Fingertips”, September 23, 2009
  • Medical Education Conference: “Evidence Based Medicine – Diagnosis II”, November 8, 2007
  • Medical Education Conference: “Evidence Based Medicine – Diagnosis I”, October 25, 2007
  • Medical Grand Rounds: “Post-Splenectomy Sepsis”, June 19, 2007
  • Medical Grand Rounds: “Aspirin Toxicity” November 28, 2006
  • ACP National Oral Presentation: “Hepatic Hydrothorax in the Absence of Ascites”, April 14, 2005

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Teaching attending on the wards
  • Clinical preceptor
  • Medical student teaching (OHSU third year medical students)
  • Evidence-based medicine curriculum coordinator
  • Resident board preparation instructor
  • Noon conference presenter
  • Morning report moderator

Personal interests:
Spending time out and about with my wife and two young daughters, hiking, biking and scootering, photography, watching sports, fantasy football, video games



Tom Chau, M.D., MBA
Faculty physician, Providence St Vincent Medical Center
Clinical assistant professor, Oregon Health & Science University

Personal statement: I have enjoyed being part of Providence St Vincent’s efforts to build healthier communities. Empowering people to make positive changes in their lives leads to healthier patients while addressing worrying and frustration leads to healthier physicians.

The close, supportive environment of our community-based residency program has allowed me to foster careful information gathering and critical thinking with my residents so they know how to manage patients rather than worry about them. Similarly, residents learn first-hand how the healthcare system operates and how to care for patients within that system rather than trip over stumbling blocks every step of the way. Watching nervous, young graduates blossom into confident, adept physicians has been the greatest reward of practicing and teaching at Providence St Vincent.

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, biomedical engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., recipient of Richard Johns Award for Academic Excellence in Biomedical Engineering, 2000
Graduate school: Master of Business Administration, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Co., recipient of Dean’s Super Merit Scholarship, 2003
Medical school: M.D., University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO, elected to AOA
Residency: Internal medicine (categorical), UCSD Medical Center, San Diego, CA
Chief residency: UCSD Internal Medicine Residency Program – San Diego VA Medical Center

Areas of academic focus:

  • High value care
  • Computational modeling of healthcare processes
  • Electrolytes and renal tubular disorders

Grants and research:

  • Division of Nephrology, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan

Selected bibliography:

  • Chang CC, Cheng CJ, Sung CC, Chiueh TS, Lee CH, Chau T, Lin SH. A 10-year analysis of thyrotoxic periodic paralysis in 135 patients: focus on symptomatology and precipitants. Eur J Endocrinol. 2013 Oct 1;169(5):529-36.
  • Yang SS, Fang YW, Tseng MH, Chu PY, Yu IS, Wu HC, Lin SW, Chau T, Uchida S, Sasaki S, Lin YF, Sytwu HK, Lin SH. Phosphorylation regulates NCC stability and transporter activity in vivo. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2013 Oct;24(10):1587-97.
  • Chu PY, Cheng CJ, Wu YC, Fang YW, Chau T, Uchida S, Sasaki S, Yang SS, Lin SH. SPAK Deficiency Corrects Pseudohypoaldosteronism II Caused by WNK4 Mutation. PLoS One. 2013 Sep 11;8(9):e72969.
  • Lin SH, Yang SS, Chau T. A practical approach to genetic hypokalemia. Electrolyte Blood Press. 2010 Jun;8(1):38-50.
  • Lin SH, Chiu JS, Hsu CW, Chau T. A simple and rapid approach to hypokalemic paralysis. Am J Emerg Med. 2003 Oct;21(6):487-91.
  • Hsu YJ, Lin YF, Chau T, Liou JT, Kuo SW, Lin SH. Electrocardiographic manifestations in patients with thyrotoxic periodic paralysis. Am J Med Sci. 2003 Sep;326(3):128-32.
  • Lin SH, Chau T. A puzzling cause of hypokalaemia. Lancet. 2002 Jul 20;360(9328):224.

Regional responsibilities:

  • Past committee member, Organizational Efficiency Committee, Providence Medical Group
  • Past committee member, Managing Online Resources Committee, Providence Health & Services - Oregon

Recent presentations/workshops:

  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St Vincent Medical Center, "Ambulatory Treatment of Hypertension.” August 2014.
  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St Vincent Medical Center, "Evidence-based Medicine for the Boards." May 2014.
  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St Vincent Medical Center, “Introduction to the Affordable Care Act.” February 2014
  • Poster Presentation at Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting. “Identification of Learner Needs to Create a Curriculum in High-Value Care.” Denver, CO. April 24, 2013.

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Teaching attending on the wards
  • Clinical preceptor
  • Medical student teaching (OHSU third year medical students)
  • Co-creator of High-Value Care curriculum
  • Resident board preparation instructor

Personal interests:
Hiking, healthy cooking, world travel, non-medical community volunteering

Irene Hendrickson, M.D.
Faculty instructor, Providence Medical Group at St. Vincent

Personal statement:  I’m honored to be among such outstanding faculty here at Providence St. Vincent. I consider my colleagues to be the best visionaries and innovators for teaching the complexity of health care today, starting from the best evidence-based practices and medical knowledge, to new systems such as our medical home clinic model and the unique geographic care of the Accountable Care Unit (ACU) on the wards. My favorite part of teaching here is that I am inspired by the mission of constant service and the commitment to our patients that is universally emphasized. I love taking care of patients, and as your teacher, my goal is for you to have passion and joy in your role as a doctor.

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, biology, University of Portland, Portland, Ore., magna cum laude
Medical school: M.D. Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Neb.
Residency: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, Ore.
Fellowship: Samuel L. Wise Fellowship in General Internal Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Academic Medicine focus

Awards:
Kenneth E.W. Melvin, M.D., Award for Excellence in the Practice of Medicine, Providence St. Vincent Medicine Residency Program
Outstanding Intern of the Year, Providence St. Vincent

Areas of academic focus:

  • ACGME milestones
  • Resident evaluation and advancement tools
  • Persistent pain management
  • Complex clinical case management

Regional responsibilities:

  • Curriculum advisory group, Persistent Pain Project

Recent presentations/workshops:

  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, 2013 "A Resident’s Guide to Persistent Pain Management”
  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, 2013 "Evidence Based Medicine. Understanding systematic reviews.”
  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, 2012 "Evidence Based Medicine. Understanding therapy articles and randomized controlled trials.”
  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, 2012 "Acute Management of Hyperkalemia and hypokalemia.”
  • Rethinking Breast and Prostate Cancer Screening, Providence Practical Advances in Internal Medicine, Portland, Ore.  April 2010
  • What Me Worry?  Radiation Risk from CT Scanning, Providence Portland Medical Center, Medical Grand Rounds, November 2008
  • What Me Worry?  Radiation Risk from CT Scanning, Providence Portland Medical Center, Radiology Department Meeting, November 2008
  • Malignancy Risks in Imaging, Providence Portland Practical Advances in Internal Medicine, Portland, Ore.  April 2008.
  • Update in Internal Medicine, Medical Grand Rounds, Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, Ore., August 2006

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Clinical instructor – Accountable Care Unit and SIBR
  • Clinical preceptor – medical home attending
  • Medical student teaching (OHSU third year medical students)
  • Primary care clinic curriculum coordinator
  • Resident board preparation instructor

Personal interests:
My husband and my seven kids are my greatest joy. When I’m not cheering them on at all their activities, I enjoy yoga, ballroom dancing, biking, hiking and going to the beach.

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., FACP
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.
Associate program director, Internal Medicine
Affiliate assistant professor, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine

Personal statement: I am tremendously fortunate to have found joy, passion and balance in my career due to the close relationships, innovative flexibility, and academic rigor of a community program. This setting provides the ideal environment to cultivate our learners’ intrinsic drive and curiosity while coaching and role modeling outstanding, patient-centered, high-value medical care.  Each learner brings their unique strengths and personality; my role as an educator is to help them reach their greatest potential by revealing value in their learning and meaning in their work.

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science human biology, Marquette University, summa cum laude
Graduate: Master of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Medical school: Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minn.
Residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
Chief residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

Awards:

  • Attitude, Commitment, and Excellence Award – Mayo Graduate School of Medicine (2007)
  • Research Poster Award - Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (2009)
  • Portland Top Doctors (2012-13)
  • Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) TEACH Program inaugural class (2014)

Areas of academic focus:

  • High-value cost-conscious health care
  • Quality improvement
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Medical education

Selected recent publications:

  • Patel MS, Reed DA, Loertscher LL, McDonald FS, Arora VM.  Teaching Residents to Provide Cost-Conscious Care: A National Survey of Residency Program Directors.  JAMA Internal Medicine.  2014 March: 174 (3): 470-2.
  • Szostek JH, Wieland, ML, Loertscher LL, Duncan DR, McDonald FS, Reed DA.  A systems approach to morbidity and mortality conference.  Amer J Med 123(7): 663-668.
  • Loertscher LL, Halvorsen AJ, Beasley BW, Holmboe ES, Kolars JC, McDonald FS. (2010). Pharmaceutical Industry Support and Residency Education: A Survey of Internal Medicine Program Directors.  Arch Int Med 170(4) 356-362.
  • Loertscher LL, Reed DA, Mueller PS. (2010). Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders: A Guide for Clinicians.  Am J Med  123 (1): 4-9.
  • Loertscher LL, Beckman TJ, Cha SS, Reed DA. (2010). Code Status Discussions: Agreement between Internal Medicine Residents and Hospitalized Patients. Teach and Learn Med 22(4): 251-256

Regional and national responsibilities:

  • SGIM Clinical Practice Innovations Co-chair Annual National Meeting (2013)
  • SGIM Annual Meeting Abstract Reviewer (medical education, clinical innovations)
  • Reviewer American Journal of Medicine, Teaching and Learning in Medicine
  • American College of Physicians (ACP) Oregon Chapter Meeting Planning Committee
  • Providence Regional Continuing Medical Education (CME) Advisory Committee
  • CME Director, Providence St. Vincent
  • Accountable Care Unit Medical Co-director, Providence St. Vincent

Selected recent presentations/workshops:

  • Medical Education Board Review Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, “Endocrinology: Salt, Sugar, Sex.”  September 2014
  • Hospital Quality Council Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, “7W Accountable Care Unit.” August 2014
  • Grand Rounds, Providence Portland Medical Center, “Logic, Intuition, Emotion: How our Patients Make Decisions.” April 2014
  • Medical Education Board Review Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, “Endocrine Tumors.”  March 2014
  • Grand Rounds, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, “Logic, Intuition, Emotion: How our Patients Make Decisions.” February 2014
  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, “EBM Quality Improvement: If I Could Have It My Way.” January 2014
  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, “What is ObamaCare Anyway?” January 2014
  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, “Approaching a Paper on Cost Effectiveness.”  March 2013
  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, “Dementia: Where Do We Go from Here?” February 2013
  • Workshop facilitator, Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) Fall Meeting, “Quality Improvement Curriculum.” October 2011

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Value in health care curriculum
  • Morbidity and mortality conference
  • Morning report facilitator
  • EBM facilitator
  • Quality improvement project mentor
  • Resident board preparation instructor
  • Teaching attending hospital medicine
  • Clinical preceptor ambulatory medicine

Personal interests:
Running, soccer, cycling and spending time in the beautiful Oregon outdoors with my husband and two young sons

Shelley Schoepflin Sanders, M.D.
Affiliate assistant professor, Department of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University
Faculty instructor, Internal Medicine

Personal statement: I chose Providence St. Vincent for residency because the program philosophy and structure create academic rigor while the faculty mentors embody what it means to be somebody’s doctor. I’ve stayed on as faculty for both these reasons and because I thrive in our environment of continuous innovation.

Our leaders at Providence Health & Services are continually working across five states and 27 hospitals to build better systems for patient care, including the Modified Early Warning System which formed the basis for my fellowship at the Innovation Advisors Program.

Locally, our residents and faculty are creating the first Accountable Care Unit on the West Coast, where patient-centered workflows and collaboration across disciplines truly add up to better care, better outcomes, and lower cost. I love being part of the future of medicine, both as a mentor for residents and as a health systems innovator.

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, Walla Walla College, summa cum laude
Graduate: Master of Theological Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Brandon Honor Scholarship
Medical school: Doctor of Medicine with distinction in research, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Alpha Omega Alpha
Chief residency: Providence St. Vincent Internal Medicine Residency
Fellowship: Innovation Advisor Program, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

Awards:

  • Outstanding Young Physician Award, American College of Physicians, Oregon Chapter, 2014
  • Top Doctor, Portland  Monthly Magazine, 2014
  • 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 Internal Medicine Residency Program, 2006
  • Outstanding Resident Award, Providence St. Vincent Internal Medicine Residency Program, 2006
  • First Place Poster, American College of Physicians Oregon Chapter, 2005
  • Doran J. Stephens Prize, University of Rochester, 2004
  • Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award, University of Rochester, 2004
  • Benjamin Rush Prize in Psychiatry, University of Rochester, 2004
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2003
  • First Prize, American College of Physicians Poster Contest, University of Rochester, 2003
  • Predoctoral Award, Mental Health Collier Research Poster Day, University of Rochester, 2003
  • Marvin J. Hoffman Award in the area of Geriatric Research, University of Rochester, 2003
  • Leah J. Dickstein Award Certificate of Commendation, The Association of Women Psychiatrists, 2003
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine representative at the Associated Medical Schools of New York 22nd Annual Awards Program for Medical Student Research, 2003
  • Genesee Valley Medical Foundation Geriatric Research Fellowship Grant, 2002-2003

Areas of academic focus:

Grants and research:

  • Sepsis physician lead for Providence at the High Value Healthcare Collaborative, supported by a three year grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
  • Stibal, Mel and Schoepflin Sanders, Shelley. An Automated Early Warning System Reduces Incidence of Failure to Rescue and Code Blue Events. American Nurse’s Association Annual Quality Conference February 4-6, 2015.
  • Schoepflin Sanders S, Marsal S, Riley C, Boardman S, Bayley KB, Freer S. An Electronic Modified Early Warning System Can Reduce Mortality. HBR Blog Network. 17 Sept 2013.
  • Smith CS, Morris M, Francovich C, Tivis R, Schoepflin Sanders S, Graham J, Niven A, Kai M, Knight C, Hardman J, Caverzagie K, Iobst W. A multisite, multistakeholder validation of the accreditation council for graduate medical education competencies. Academic Medicine. 2013;88(7):1-5.
  • Sanders SS, Loertscher L, Bayley B.  Building a real-world quality improvement curriculum.  Academic Internal Medicine Insight.  10(4):4-5,7.
  • Sanders ML, Lyness JM, Eberly S, King DA, Caine ED. Cerebrovascular Risk Factors, Executive Dysfunction, and Depression in Older Primary Care Patients. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Feb 2005;14(2):145-52.
  • Schoepflin Sanders ML, Lyness JM, Eberly S. Cerebrovascular Risk Factors, Executive Dysfunction, and Depression in Primary Care Elders. American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry 17th Annual Meeting. Feb 2004. Poster and Abstract.
  • Sanders, SS. “A Summer Dilemma: Poem and Commentary.” Academic Medicine. Jan 2004;79(1):102-103.

Regional responsibilities:

  • Technical Assistance Bank, specialist in measurement of change, Oregon Council of Clinical Innovators
  • Physician lead, Providence System Collaborative on the Modified Early Warning System (MEWS)
  • Physician participant, Providence System Oregon Region Sepsis Workgroup
  • Physician participant, Providence System Oregon Mortality Reduction Reduction Committee
  • Quality improvement abstract reviewer, Society for General Internal Medicine
  • Chair, Sepsis taskforce, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
  • Co-medical director, 7W Accountable Care Unit, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Recent presentations/workshops:

  • Oregon Council of Clinical Innovators  Presenter, “Tips for Measuring Success.” September 2014
  • Faculty Development Workshop Presenter, “Teaching on the Accountable Care Unit.” September 2014
  • Oregon Council of Clinical Innovators  Presenter, “Ten Pearls for Quality Improvement.” July 2014
  • Plenary Workshop, Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine with co-presenters Laura Loertscher and Bruce Bayley, “Building a Real World Quality Improvement Curriculum.” October 2011
  • Central Partnership Council Presenter, “The patient comes first: How to help MEWS help your patient.” August 2014
  • Hospitalist orientation to the Accountable Care Unit at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, August 2014
  • General Surgery Section Meeting Presenter, “Update on Epic Sepsis Rule at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.” August 2014
  • Hematology/Oncology Department Meeting Presenter, “Caring for Cancer Patients with Sepsis: Update on the Epic Sepsis Rule.” August 2014
  • Rapid Response Team Presenter, “RRT can save lives at St. Vincent using MEWS and Sepsis Rule.” February 2014
  • Resident workshop presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, “Why you’re going to love quality improvement.” August 2014
  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, “Evidence based medicine: Prognosis.” March 2014
  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, “Caring for diabetes in the hospital.” November 2013
  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, “Caring for diabetes in the outpatient setting.” November 2013
  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, “Venous lactate as a critical lab value.” April 2013
  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, “Evidence based medicine: How to use an article on quality improvement.” May 2012
  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, "Hyperlipidemia,” December 2011
  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, “Evidence based medicine: Diagnosis.” August 2010
  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, “Evidence based medicine: Systematic reviews and metaanalyses.” March 2010
  • Grand Rounds Lecturer, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, “The effects of eliminating extended hour work shifts on fatigue, medication errors, burnout, and depression among ICU interns at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.” November 2010
  • American College of Physicians Oregon Chapter Meeting  Poster and Abstract Presenter, “Right Atrial Mass and Pulmonary Embolism: More than Meets the Eye.” Nov 2005

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Quality improvement curriculum coordinator
  • Teaching attending on the Accountable Care Unit
  • Clinical preceptor
  • Medical student teaching (OHSU third-year medical students)
  • Resident board preparation instructor

Personal interests:
Spending time with family, windsurfing, triathlon training, photography, gardening.

Alexander D. Schafir, M.D.

Faculty Instructor, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Clin. Asst. Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health and Sciences University

Personal statement: Humans have always sought healing. It is a privilege and joy to answer that call; to be, everyday, somebody’s doctor. I became a clinician-educator in order to share that enthusiasm with you. I have a particular interest in teaching students and residents about “agendas” during clinic visits: the challenge of discovering our patients’ deep concerns and reconciling those with our own vision of their health needs. In addition, I hope to help you develop your own skills as an educator of students and interns during your residency.   I am proud to be part of an energetic faculty with high standards for ourselves and our residents—a group that views physicians, including residents, as obligate leaders in our rapidly changing field.

Undergraduate school: Princeton University, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, biology, Sigma Psi Scientific Research Society
Medical school: UCLA School of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha, Aesculapians Award for Outstanding Leadership 
Residency: University of Washington, Seattle
Chief residency: University of Washington, Providence Seattle Hospital
Scholar: Harvard Macy Program for Clinician Educators

Areas of academic focus:

  • Teaching residents how to teach
  • Somatization in primary care
  • Physician-patient relationship: creating agendas in the clinic
  • Medical student education

Regional responsibilities:

  • Director, Medical Student Clerkship
  • Chair, American College Physicians (ACP), Oregon Council of Residents and Fellows
  • Planning Committee, Oregon ACP Regional Meeting
  • Medical Student Education Committee, Dept. of Medicine, Oregon Health and Sciences University
  • Coach, Clinic Agenda Setting: Office Visit Video Review
  • Past Board Member, Society of General Internal Medicine, Northwest Region

Recent presentations/workshops:

  • Resident Teaching Workshops, annually 2002-2014
  • “The One Minute Preceptor”, state-wide OHSU Faculty Development Conference 2014
  • “Understanding Meta Analysis,” Evidence-Based Medicine Residency Lecture 2014  
  • “Dermatology for the Boards: Shoot-on-Site Diagnoses”, Residency Lecture 2013  
  • “Somatization in Primary Care,” Grand Rounds, Providence Portland Medical Center, Providence St. Vincent Med. Center 2013 
  • “Somatization in Primary Care,” ACP, Oregon Chapter Regional Meeting 2012  
  • “Somatization in Primary Care,” Residency Lecture 2009, 2012
  • Hospitalist Teaching Workshop, PSVMC 2011
  • “Analyzing Papers on Prognosis,” Evidence-Based Medicine Residency Lectures 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011.
  • “Sharing the Exam Room with a Computer”, Residency Lecture 2010  
  • “Presentation Skills for Interns,” Residency Coach 2009  
  • Residency Radiology Curriculum, Co-Author, PSVMC 2007  
  • “The Year in Pictures: Great Cases from Your Clinic,” Residency Lecture 2004  
  • “An Internist with Acute Pain and Swelling in the Hand”, Case Author, ACP National Conference 2004  
  • “The Green Man”, Case Author, ACP National Conference, 2004  
  • Schafir A.  Colon Cancer. Leukemia. Lung Cancer. Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Prostate Cancer. Tumors in Younger Adults. In: Internal Medicine Clerkship Guide. Paauw D, Burkholder, L, Migeon M, Eds.  Mosby, 1999 and 2003   
  • The Internist Preceptor: Toward More Skillful Evaluation, Workshop Coauthor, Society of General Internal Medicine National Meeting 1997  

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Clinic preceptor and mentor
  • Inpatient attending, Accountable Care Unit
  • Preceptor, Principles of Quality Improvement
  • Preceptor, Evidence Based Medicine
  • Board preparation instructor

Personal interests:
My family sea-kayaks, travels to far corners, and builds community in our neighborhood. I run long distances and seek out Portland’s jazz. 

jeffreyyoukerJeffrey Youker, M.D., MS
Assistant professor, Internal Medicine

Personal Statement: I enjoy being a faculty instructor at an innovative, academically-focused community residency program becomes it gives me an opportunity to prepare young physicians for the changing future of medicine. As a former high school teacher, I embrace the wide range of opportunities to serve as an instructor of young physicians; whether it is mentoring and teaching in the clinic setting, working with a team on the inpatient wards, or leading discussions and giving lectures at conferences. The innovative focus of this residency program continues to inspire me to find and offer what is best for my patients.

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts, history, Walla Walla College, cum laude
Graduate school: Master of Science, science education, Montana State University
Medical school: Loma Linda University
Chief residency: Providence St. Vincent Internal Medicine Residency
Awards: Most Outstanding Intern

Areas of academic focus:

  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Ambulatory care and geriatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Resident evaluations and advancement tools

National/Regional responsibilities:

  • ACP abstract reviewer
  • ACP Doctor’s Dilemma planning committee

Recent presentations/workshops:

  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, September 2014 “A General Internist's Guide to Thyroid Testing”
  • Medical Education Conference Presenter, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, August 2014 "A Resident’s Guide to the Role of the American College of Physicians”
  • Grand Round Lecturer, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, December 2013, "Morbidity and Mortality: Improving Patient Care Through Continuous Quality Improvement"
  • Nursing Education lecture series, May and June 2013, “CIWA and More . . . Care of the Patient in Alcohol Withdrawal”
  • ACP National Meeting Poster Presentation, April 2013, “A Maddening Case of Confusion”
  • ACP Oregon Chapter Meeting Poster Presentation, November 2012, “A Maddening Case of Confusion”
  • ACP Oregon Chapter Meeting Oral Presentation, November 2011, “Case Series Leads to First Discovery of Enterohemorrhagic E.coli linked to Strawberries and Deer”

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Teaching attending on the wards
  • Clinical preceptor
  • Journal Club facilitator
  • Curriculum coordinator for Geriatrics rotation and Noon Conference coordinator
  • Curriculum coordinator for Ambulatory Care rotation
  • Resident board preparation instructor
  • Evidenced-based medicine instructor
  • Coordinator of rotations with County Health Department

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