Shelley Sanders, M.D., believes every person is the author of his or her own health. She works together with her patients to ensure that they have an active role in their treatment.
Dr. Sanders devotes much of her time to improving the health care delivery system. In addition to her role as faculty for medicine residents and students at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, she completed a fellowship from the Innovation Advisors Program through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation in 2012. Her projects include a Modified Early Warning System (MEWS) to identify sick patients in the hospital, an Accountable Care Unit and occasional consultation work for the Oregon Health Authority.
Dr. Sanders earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in New York. She completed her internship and residency at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, where she now serves as faculty. She received her undergraduate degree from Walla Walla College in Washington and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
In her free time, Dr. Sanders enjoys family time, triathlons, windsurfing and gardening.
Personal Statement: I chose St. Vincent for my residency and have stayed on as faculty because I am drawn to the patient-centered culture and the academic rigor of our program. One of my favorite things about St. Vincent is our shared commitment to innovation, iterative change and systems improvement. Change is the future of medicine, and I find it is rewarding and energizing to participate in change supported by our culture of commitment to excellence.
Spirituality and health
- Outstanding Young Physician Award, American College of Physicians, Oregon Chapter, 2014
- Invited Fellow, American College of Physicians, March 1, 2013
- Spirit of Emilie Mission Inspiration Award, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, 2010
- Kenneth E.W. Melvin, MD, 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 Honor Medical Society, 2003
Principles of quality improvement liaison to residents
Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) committee member
Personal Interests: Family, Windsurfing, Poetry, Gardening
Areas of expertise
Sepsis early warning systems