Biography & Education


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 works to ensure that her patients have an active role in their treatment. She believes that every person is the author of his or her health, and emphasizes shared decision-making between patient and physician.

Dr. Sanders received her undergraduate degree from Walla Walla College in Washington and earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, New York. She completed her internship and residency at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

In her free time, Dr. Sanders enjoys windsurfing, gardening and reading poetry. She also received a master’s degree in theological studies from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

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.

Clinical Interests
Quality improvement
Spirituality and health
Physician well-being


  • 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; 2003

Teaching Responsibilities:
Principles of quality improvement liaison to residents
Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) committee member
Personal Interests: Family, Windsurfing, Poetry, Gardening

Areas of expertise

Internal medicine


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: St. Vincent Medical Center
Chief Residency: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Care Locations

9205 SW Barnes Rd., Suite MT-2800
Portland, OR 97225
Fax 503-216-7488


Board Certifications
  • Internal medicine