Providence Oregon GME welcomes a new director

August 10, 2015

Steven Freer, M.D., chief medical officer, Providence Health & Services-Oregon

Stephen SalernoStephen Salerno, M.D., MPH, has joined the Graduate Medical Education team as regional director of GME and designated institutional official for Providence in Oregon.

The DIO is a critical member of the GME leadership team, responsible for administrative oversight of GME programs to assure regulatory and accreditation compliance. He will assist our Providence residency program directors in program innovation and advancement initiatives and in faculty development. He will also serve as a liaison between Providence and GME programs at OHSU and Legacy Health.

Dr. Salerno brings a range of superb experience to his new role at Providence. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and was commissioned in the U.S. Army. He completed his medicine residency at Madigan Army Medical Center where he received the outstanding graduating resident award.

He holds both a Master's in Public Health from the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Md., and a certificate in medical management from Tulane University. He completed a general medicine fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

As a colonel in the U.S. Army, Dr. Salerno served two combat tours. He received multiple commendations, including the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. He was honored with numerous teaching awards from students, residents, the American College of Physicians, and the U.S. Army during his military service.

Dr. Salerno has a wide and deep history in graduate medical education. He served as associate program director and chief of general medicine as well as director of the medicine residency program at Tripler Army Medical Center. He was also the DIO at Madigan Healthcare System in Tacoma, Wash. Most recently he was the DIO and vice president for medical education for the South Atlantic Division of HCA.

Dr. Salerno served for six years on the internal medicine Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. This gives him an invaluable perspective from within the key accreditation organization for residency programs.

At Providence St. Vincent and Providence Portland medical centers, Dr. Salerno will serve in supervisory roles for medicine residents. He will direct teaching conferences, sharing his clinical and teaching skills as well as his academic knowledge of a wide array of topics in general internal medicine.

We are extremely pleased to have someone of this stature and experience as part of our GME leadership team. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Salerno to Providence, to Portland and back to the Pacific Northwest.