Biography & Education


Personal Statement:  After many years working in university internal medicine and pulmonary-critical care training programs, I must say that it is a reinvigorating experience and exceptional honor to have joined in May 2006 the PPMC faculty as Chair of Medical Education. I previously knew of Providence's national reputation for excellence in patient care and medical education through my work on the American Board of Internal Medicine. But now that I am here working with our dedicated faculty and motivated residents, I can say with first hand knowledge that we have an extraordinary training program. It is best characterized by a passion for teaching and learning and a devotion to patient care and community service. We welcome all medical students with intellectual curiosity and a commitment to compassionate care and professionalism to consider joining our learning environment.

Areas of Academic Focus:

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Pleural Disease

Chest infections

Evidence-Based Medicine

End-of-Life Care

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

National/Regional Responsibilities:

Past President of the American Thoracic Society

Past Member, Executive Committee of the American Board of Internal Medicine

Past Chair of the Pulmonary Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine

Editorial Boards: Chest, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, American Journal of Medicine, Journal of Respiratory Disease, Journal of Thoracic Imaging, Respirology

Associate Editor:  Respirology

Editor-in-Chief:  Pulmonary Review

Selected Publications:

Schunemann H, Woodhead M, Anzueto A, Buist S, Macnee W, Rabe KFHeffner JE. A vision statement on guideline development for respiratory disease: the example of CPOD. Lancet 2009; 373:774-779

Heffner JE, Holgate SC, Celli BR, Niederman M, Daley CL, Jett JR, Stradling JR, Wells Au, Light RW, Tapson VF, Hansell DM, Pronovost P, Le YCG. The Road Ahead to Respiratory Health - Experts Chart Future Research Directions. Respirology. 2009; 14:625-636.

Heffner, JE, Curtis JR. Ethical and End-ofLife Issues for the Care of Patients with Advanced Lung Disease. In: Hodgkins JE, Celli BR, Connors GL, Pulmonary Rehabilitation. 4th ed. Mosby Elsevier. Philadelphia. 2009; 393-405.

Author of 268 journal articles and 79 book chapters

Revised Chapters in Up-To-Date:

  • Heffner JE. Management of malignant pleural effusions (Revision and Update). In: UpToDate, Rose, BD (Ed), UpToDate, Waltham, MA, 2009
  • Heffner JE. Diagnostic Thoracentesis (Revision and update). In: UpToDate, Rose, BD (Ed), UpToDate, Waltham, MA, 2009
  • Heffner, JE. Chylothorax and chyliform pleural effusions (Revision and update) In: UpToDate, Rose, BD (Ed), UpToDate, Waltham, MA, 2009
  • Heffner, JE. Chemical Pleurodesis (Revision and Update). In: UpToDate, Rose, BD (Ed), UpToDate, Waltham, MA, 2009

Author or editor of 20 books including the founding editions of the Pearls Series

Alfred Soffer Award from the journal Chest for editorial excellence, 1997 and 2008

Lifetime Educator Award. St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

President's Award American College of Chest Physicians

Second recipient of the William M. Garnjobst endowed Chair of Graduate Medical Education

Selected Presentations:

ACCP International Conference - Pulmonary and Critical Care Pearls, 2009

ACCP International Conference - Managing Team Conflict in the ICU, 2009

ATS International Conference - Tracheostomy Role in Weaning from Mechanical Ventilation, 2009

Teaching Responsibilities:

Leads morning report

Conducts general internal medicine teaching rounds

ICU Teaching Rounds

Didactic lectures and mentorships

Chest conference

Personal Interests:

Portland provides outstanding opportunities for me to interact with others with a shared passion for acoustic guitar playing, mountain biking, hiking, and international travel. I also enjoy the diverse Portland neighborhood cafes and our gorgeous outdoor setting that helps me attract my two sons and their families for visits from California.

Areas of Expertise

Pulmonary and critical care medicine

Medical School: University of California at Los Angeles Residency: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Chief Residency: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Fellowship: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Care Locations

4805 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213
Phone 503-215-1111


Board Certifications
  • Critical care medicine
  • Internal medicine
  • Pulmonary disease
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