Our Current Residents

Our residents originate from several areas throughout the U.S. and beyond. Despite varied academic backgrounds, geographic diversity and career goals ranging from primary care to academic research, our residents share one common goal: to become the best physicians possible.

PGY - 1

Lee Anthony, M.D. 

Lee Anthony, M.D. 

Undergraduate: University of Oregon, biology
Medical school: Oregon Health & Science University

Lee is a 2004 Iraq War veteran and worked as a combat medic instructor with the Oregon Army National Guard where he still dedicates and volunteers his time to this day. He was born in Arlington Heights, Ill. and comes from a family of 10. In his spare time, Lee enjoys running, hiking, fishing, gardening, traveling and spending time with his wife. Lee also speaks Spanish.

Katie Atkins, M.D. 

Katie Atkins, M.D.
1-year Preliminary Program

Undergraduate: Concordia University, biology, psychology
Medical school: Oregon Health & Science University

Katie will add to our history of excellent preliminary interns with MD/PhDs from OHSU who will be entering into Radiation Oncology. She enjoys running and hiking and her collegiate basketball experience will serve her well in our heavily team focused residency program. In addition you can expect some baked goods from Katie as she is an avid baker of desserts.

Caitlin Baran, M.D. 

Caitlin Baran, M.D.
1-year Preliminary Program

Undergraduate: Ithaca College, New York, biochemistry
Medical school: University of Vermont

Caitlin comes to us from Vermont via New York but is originally from Colorado. She is an ardent runner and climber. She has an excellent resume which includes experience in breast cancer outreach in Uganda and neurology research in Ireland. In addition to traveling, Caitlin loves to hike, bike, garden and has completed 2 marathons, a 50K and a 50 miler. Caitlin will be pursuing a career in radiology after her preliminary year and has a strong interest in teaching in that field as well.

Heather Curtis, M.D. 

Heather Curtis, M.D.

Undergraduate: Utah State University, biology, summa cum laude
Medical school: University of Utah

Heather comes to us from University of Utah where she was noted for her enthusiasm, work-ethic and compassion. She has diverse interests which have led her to study literature in London, travel the world, and volunteer extensively with women and children, a homeless clinic in Salt Lake, and orphanages in Tanzania. She enjoys travel, reading historical fiction, the outdoors, and sharing good food and conversation with her family and friends.

Stephanie Griffith, M.D. 

Stephanie Griffith, M.D.

Undergraduate: Oregon State University, biology
Medical school: University of Washington

Stephanie was born in San Diego, Calif., but has lived in the Pacific Northwest most of her life. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband, and their 2-year-old son and love doing all the fun things in the area like the zoo, children's museum and lots of parks. She is very committed to providing care for underserved populations like those struggling with homelessness, socioeconomic barriers to healthcare, and addiction issues. Other interests include hospice/palliative care (which stems from her caregiving background) and critical care.


Maeve MacMurdo, M.D.

Medical school: University of Otago, New Zealand

Maeve just graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand, the alma mater of our own Dr. Elke Lorence and Dr. Patricia Fogarty. Maeve and her Minnesotan husband, Walker, are excited to be moving to Portland. Maeve received high honors in medical school, loves teaching, and lists baking and weight lifting among her hobbies.

Candace Meinen, D.O. 

Candace Meinen, D.O.

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin, biology and chemistry
Medical school: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern

Candace was born in Chippewa Falls, Wis. She has an extensive history of volunteer work at various hospitals, care facilities and with the Boys and Girls Club, in both Wisconsin and Arizona. Candace is an avid photographer and tends to view life through the images she captures. She also enjoys an active lifestyle of the great outdoors, traveling, hiking, swimming, and participating in triathlons.

Justin Moyers, M.D. 

Justin Moyers, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Kansas, chemistry
Medical school: University of Kansas

Justin comes to us from Kansas. He is an accomplished researcher and has published several articles and presented photos. Through his tenure in medical school, he received several scholarships. Justin is also an accomplished trumpet player and played in the Medical Arts Symphony, an orchestra, jazz ensembles, and a marching band. Justin is fluent in Spanish and enjoys running and playing tennis.

Nikolas Robins, M.D. 

Nikolas "Skye" Robins, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Arizona, microbiology
Medical school: University of Arizona

Skye was born in Tucson, Ariz. He has been a medical volunteer in Thailand, a hospice volunteer and has done volunteer research involving bumble bee colonies. He is an avid photographer and has won photo contests. Skye studied at Vaskivouri Music School in Finland for violin, piano and composing. He is also fluent in American Sign Language, Spanish and Finnish. Skye plans to pursue primary care.

Peter Smith,  M.D. 

Peter Smith, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of California, Davis, exercise biology
Medical school: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Peter is finishing medical school in Chicago but is originally from California. He is a dog lover and also loves to garden and grew plants on his deck in Chicago. He played baseball and football in high school and kept up his skills by playing in intramural leagues during college and medical school. He also enjoys cooking. Peter will be pursuing a career in radiology after his preliminary year and plans to use his past and future training to help underserved populations.


Weifang "Wendy" Yu, M.D.

Medical school: Tianjin Medical University, China

Wendy received her medical degree from Tianjin Medical University in China, followed by two years of cardiology training. Due to her exceptional performance, she was invited as an exchange scholar to do cardiovascular research at Harvard. To escape the Boston weather, she and her family moved to San Diego, where she has continued research at UCSD. Wendy is excited to return to clinical medicine. She is the mother of two young girls and enjoys food, yoga and Zumba in her free time.

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PGY - 2


Rhett Butler, M.D.

Undergraduate: Whitman College, English, New York University, Post-Bacc Premed
Medical school: Case Western Reserve University

Rhett comes to us after a former career as a computer programmer and teacher. He has a particular interest in patient care handoffs.


Jacquelyn Dunn, D.O.

Undergraduate: Willamette University, Biology
Medical school: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern

Jackie is a member in the National Guard and is currently the Officer in Charge of her medical, dental and nursing providing education bridging these specialties. Jackies' hobbies include cooking, gardening, hiking and traveling. She plays the piano and is a singer.  



Jason Heino, D.O.
Undergraduate: University of Puget Sound, Biology & Chemistry
Medical school: Michigan State University of Osteopathic Medicine

Jason is a native of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to being an avid backpacker, hiker and runner-having completed several races-he also enjoys to spend time fishing, playing tennis, and skiing. Jason is also active in politics and stays up-to-date with current events.


Laura Holton, M.D.
Undergraduate: University of Colorado, Developmental Biology
Medical school: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Laura was born and raised in Colorado. She has a degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology, comes to us with an extensive background in research, and has presented several posters. She is an avid rock climber and equates it to many of the calculating decisions in life.


Amer Salam, M.D.
Undergraduate: University of Wyoming, Chemistry/Economics
Medical school: University of Washington

Amer's family emigrated from India to Cheyenne, Wyo. Throughout medical school, Amer was extensively involved in research. He loves to snowmobile, fish and just be outdoors. Amer is fluent in four different languages: English, Hindi, Spanish and Urdu.


Roberta Trandev, D.O.
Undergraduate: University of Arkansas, Chemistry & International Business
Medical school: Pacific NW University of Health Sciences

Roberta was born and raised in Lithuania. She came to the U.S. to study on a full volleyball scholarship to University of Arkansas. Roberta is fluent in Lithuanian. She has aspirations to learn how to kite-surf. She has worked extensively with the medically underserved.


Brandon Young, M.D.
Undergraduate: Portland State University, Biochemistry
Medical school: Oregon Health & Science University

Brandon is a native of the Pacific Northwest. He comes to us after a former career as a footwear designer at both Nike and Columbia Sportswear. Brandon takes a particular interest in the complexities of the patient-doctor relationship.

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Michael Bleet, M.D.
Undergraduate: University of Minnesota, Electrical Engineering
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Michael was born and raised in Minnesota where they grow the nicest people on earth. He fits the mold. He is an EPIC and EMR genius and has spent the last year working on an EPIC transition team. Michael has also volunteered his time as a mentor to pre-medical students. Other interests include emerging technologies, stem cell research, diagnostics, genetics, proteomics, interactive education, and philosophy.


Samuel Bullick, D.O.
Undergraduate: University of California San Diego, Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Medical School: Pacific NW University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Sam graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCSD with his BA in biochemistry and cell biology. He rotated with us as a student in the ICU inspiring everyone he worked with to call us to recruit him. Sam is a very active person, subsequently most of his interests are sports and has completed an Olympic-distance triathlon. He loves to travel and has been to Africa, South America, and Europe, and would like to visit Australia.


Natalie Freidin, M.D.
Undergraduate: Monash University, Melbourne, Science
Graduate: Monash University, Melbourne, Pharmacy
Medical School: University of Queensland, Australia

In addition to her delightful accent, she brings an interest in Australian politics and women's rights. Natalie has completed an internship at The Royal Brisbane and Women's Health Hospital in Australia. She decided to continue her residency training in the States where is drawn to the unique challenges of the American health system and where there is more opportunities for subspecialty fellowship training. Natalie is fluent in Hebrew. She was also the captain of her schools touch football team.


Lela Gonzales, M.D.
Undergraduate: Adams State College, Biology & Chemistry
Medical School: University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

Lela was born in Denver, Co. She has a strong interest in health and healthcare disparities. In 2011, Lela was awarded a Merit Scholarship and was nominated into the Gold Humanism Society in 2010. She is fluent in Spanish, a published poet, a runner, and enjoys rock climbing. Another hobby of Lela's is photography. She has donated many of her framed photographs to various silent auctions.

Brian Hanks, M.D.

Brian Hanks, M.D.
Undergraduate: Colorado School of Mines, Chemistry
Medical School: Chicago Medical School

Brian was born and grew up in Colorado and went to Colorado School of Mines where he majored in chemistry. Then he went to Chicago Medical School. He enjoys camping, hiking, snowboarding, cooking, and playing disc golf-where he has participated in regional and national tournaments with the Professional Disc Gold Association. Brian plans to pursue a medical career as a hospitalist.


Abigail Hikida, M.D.
Undergraduate: University of Washington, Molecular, Cellular Developmental Biology
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine

Abby is a Pacific NW native from Seattle, WA. She is passionate about care of the indigent population and plans to pursue a Primary Care. Abby enjoys all outdoor sports, running, basketball, tennis, hiking, and kayaking. She was a youth basketball coach for over 5 years. She is also a baker/cook and has catered weddings and other parties.


Thuy-Tien Pham, M.D.
Undergraduate: University of Portland, Biochemistry
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine

TT is from Hillsboro. At the University of Portland she graduated Cum Laude and was on the Dean's list. She has a passion for longitudinal care and plans to go into Primary Care and serve the Vietnamese community in Hillsboro. She is also fluent in Vietnamese and Spanish. Hobbies of TT include cooking, travel, arts and crafts, animals, snowboarding, tennis and musical theater.


Leela Rao, M.D.
Undergraduate: Wellesley College, Physics
Graduate: University of Wisconsin at Madison, Astronomy
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University

Leela has a background in Astronomy and Physics, and had a prior career as a software engineer. Lela has done research about cancer screening practices in rural communities; was the head of Hematology/Oncology Interest Group at her medical school; and was the vice president of the American Medical Student Association during her second year of medical school. She has a identical twin sister who is also an Internal Medicine physician. Leela also speaks French and Telugu.


Saneea Tanwir, M.D.
Medical School: Baqai Medical & Dental College, Pakistan

Saneea was born in Pakistan, and raised in Portland. She has done extensive international work including 4 years with the non-government organization, Asian Muslims in need. In medical school, she received several distinction awards and was ranked 3rd and 4th in her class during her 2nd and 4th years, respectively. Other languages Saneea speaks includes Urdu, Hindi and Punjab. Her hobbies include bicycling, hiking, rock climbing, cricket, creative writing, poetry, videography and photography. Saneea has a dream to volunteer with Doctors Without Borders.

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