Providence medical specialty programs realign

Oct. 16, 2013

Earlier this year, Chief Executive Dave Underriner announced broad changes to Providence’s program leadership and structures. The realignment of Providence’s clinical operations continues, including a structural shift in medical specialty services.

Building on the continued growth and success of Providence’s clinical programs, oversight of some specialty services recently moved from Providence Medical Group to their associated programs headed by Doug Walta, M.D., chief executive of clinical programs, physician strategy, outreach and diversity for the Oregon Region.

Employed specialists now work under the following medical directors within their specialty programs:

Kevin Olson, M.D., recently was hired to the newly created position of executive medical director for Providence Cancer Center. He oversees oncology and hematology subspecialty services and will work closely with Walter Urba, M.D., Ph.D., director of cancer research.

John Zurasky, M.D., is the new medical director for neurology subspecialty services under Providence Brain and Spine Institute. Vivek Deshmukh, M.D., FACS, is the new medical director for neurosurgery services. Mike Schmitt has stepped in as interim executive director for PBSI until a replacement is named for Bonnie Smith, who now heads neurosciences at the system level.

Providence Heart and Vascular Institute medical director Daniel Oseran, M.D., oversees cardiology, electrophysiology and surgical specialties. Former program executive director Kristy Wayson also moved to the system level, where she leads cardiovascular services. Her interim replacement is Jennifer Zelensky.

Obstetrics, gynecology and pediatric specialty services, which once operated within several different clinics, are now aligned under the leadership of John McDonald, M.D., medical director for Providence Women and Children’s Services. Kathy Criswell will continue to serve as the program’s executive director.

“These changes allow for greater integration of specialty services within Providence, and position us as a national leader in tertiary and quaternary care,” Dr. Walta says. “Even more importantly, this new structure continues our commitment to providing patients with exceptional, highly connected care.”

Surgeons outside the Portland area, as well as hospitalists and specialists in infectious disease, rheumatology and dermatology, will remain within PMG. Look for more details regarding these program changes in future issues of Pulse.