Biography & Education


Personal Statement: I was thrilled to accept the offer of my position in 1981 and have stayed ever since because I find teaching so rewarding and have found Providence Portland to be incredibly supportive of our training program. As a teacher, I am stimulated in an atmosphere where I am pushed to keep learning by residents' questions, and I appreciate the opportunity to pass on the knowledge, perspective, and wisdom I have gained over the years.

Areas of Academic Focus:

Medical decision-making

Laboratory test selection and interpretation

National/Regional Responsibilities:

Regional Director of Continuing Medical Education, Providence Health & Services

Most Significant Publications:

Powell C, Kendall B, Wernick R, Heffner JE. A 34 year old man with amyopathic dermatomyositis and rapidly progressive dyspnea with facial swelling. Diagnosis: pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous emphysema secondary to amyopathic dermatomyositis-associated interstitial lung disease. Chest 132(5):1710-3, 2007.

Wernick R, Campbell S: Update in rheumatology. Ann Intern Med 1323:125-133, 2000.

Campbell S, Wernick R: Rheumatology update. Ann Intern Med 130:135-142, 1998.

Wernick R, Smith D, Houghton D, et al: Reliability of histologic scoring for lupus nephritis: a community-based evaluation. Ann Intern Med 199:805-811, 1993.

Wernick R, Winkler C, Campbell SM: Tophi as the initial manifestation of gout: report of six cases and review of the literature. Arch Intern Med 152:873-876, 1992.

Wernick R, Smith D: CNS toxicity of low dose weekly methotrexate treatment. Arthritis Rheum 32:770-775, 1989.

Wernick R: Avoiding laboratory test misinterpretation in geriatric rheumatology. Geriatrics 44:61-80, 1989.

Recent Presentations:

Yearbook of Rheumatology. Annual meeting of NW Rheumatism Society, Portland, Oregon. May 9, 2009.

Gout: The 6 Errors to Avoid. Practical Advances in Internal Medicine Symposium, Portland, Oregon. April 2009.

A Consumer's Guide to Testing for Rheumatologic Disease. Providence St. Vincent and Providence Portland Medical Grand Rounds, 2008.

Osteoarthritis: A critical look at newer evidence on therapy. Oregon Health Science University, Medical Grand Rounds, 2006.

Osteoarthritis: Pitfalls in Diagnosis and Therapy. Oregon Geriatrics Association Annual Meeting, 2005.

Update in Rheumatology. Annual national American College of Physicians (ACP) meeting, New Orleans, LA, 1999.

Spine Pain: Facts, Fancy & Fiction. Kuzell Institute Annual Symposium, San Francisco, Calif., 1998.

Rheumatology Update, Annual National ACP meeting, San Diego, 1998.

Teaching Responsibilities:

Attending on the general medicine inpatient service for 2-3 five-week blocks annually

Lead Morning Report two months per year

Directly supervise the rheumatology resident(s) in rheumatology clinic for 3-4 half-days weekly

Precepting rheumatologist on rheumatology rotation 12 months of the year

Available to consult directly with residents in their clinic on their patients

On the rheumatology rotation,conduct two core didactic sessions and one journal club (devoted to learning principles of critical analysis of the literature) weekly with the rheumatology resident(s).

Evidence-based medicine faculty member.

Personal Interests:
Family: my beloved dogs and (unofficial) residency mascots, Bodey and Luke. Hobbies: Well-known Irish folk/bluegrass band, "Whistlin' Rufus" (guitar, harmonica and vocals), song writing, dogs and baseball. Volunteer work: Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) program, Oregon Humane Society, Vancouver Free Clinic.

Areas of expertise


Medical School: Georgetown
Residency: Washington Hospital Center
Fellowship: University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School

Care Locations

5050 NE Hoyt St., Suite 155
Portland, OR 97213
Fax 503-215-6492


Board Certifications
  • Internal medicine
  • Rheumatology
Conditions Treated