Biography & Education


Personal Statement: I have been privileged to be a part of the medical education staff since 2008.  While having specialty training in infectious diseases, I still very much enjoy general internal medicine and find it challenging and stimulating to incorporate both into my practice.  Above all else, I am passionate about teaching and exploring innovative ways in which this might be done effectively.  The energy and compassion of the residents and staff here make for an exciting and rewarding work environment.

Areas of Academic Focus:

Judicious Antibiotic use

Public health

HIV training

Evaluating Teaching Methods

Recent Publications:

HIV/AIDS Routine Testing Curriculum Guide. July 2008. AIDS Education and Training Center. Co-author.

Jain S, Chen L, Dechet A, et al. An outbreak of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli associated with sushi restaurants in Nevada. Clin Infect Dis. 2008 Jul 1;47(1):1-7.

Dechet A, Yu PA, Koram N, Painter J. Non-foodborne Vibrio infections: an important cause of morbidity and mortality – United States. Clin Infect Dis. 2008 Apr 1;46(7):970-6.

HIV/AIDS Basic Training Curriculum Guide June 2007. AIDS Education and Training Center. Contributing author.

Dechet AM, Scallan E, Gensheimer K, et al. Outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium Definitive Type 104 infection linked to commercial ground beef, northeastern United States, 2003-2004. Clin Infect Dis. 2006 Mar 15;42(6):747-52.

Karen E. Hauer, A Teherani, A Dechet, E Aagaard. Medical students' perceptions of mentoring: a focus-group analysis. Med Teach. 2005 Dec;27(8):732-4.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak associated with egg salad. MMWR 2004; 53 (48): 1132-4.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Outbreak of Salmonella serotype enteritidis infections associated with raw almonds – United States and Canada, 2003-2004. MMWR 2004; 53 (22): 484-7.

Recent Presentations:

Herpes Zoster Management and Prevention, Annual Symposium, 2010

Personal Interests:  My family, including my 1.5 year-old daughter, husband, and dog, as well as extended family; skijoring, hiking, Pilates, and spending time on Mt. Hood.

Areas of expertise

Internal Medicine, infectious disease, HIV primary care

Medical School: University of Washington
Residency: University of California, San Francisco
Chief Residency: San Francisco General Hospital (University of California, San Francisco)
Fellowship: University of California San Francisco, Infectious diseases

Other Post Graduate Training: Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Care Locations

5050 NE Hoyt St.
Suite 540
Portland, OR 97213
Fax 503-215-6727


Board Certifications
  • Infectious disease
  • Internal medicine
Conditions Treated
Abdominal Pain, Age 12 and Older, Abnormal pap, Abrasion, Acne, Alopecia areata, Anemia, Anxiety Disorders, Appendicitis, Arthralgia, Arthropathy, Asthma, Atrial fibrillation, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Back and Neck Pain, Benign prostatic hyperplasia, Bleeding, rectal, Blood in stool, melena, Breast lump, Bronchitis, Burns, Calluses and Corns, Cerumen impaction, Cervical dysplasia, Cervicitis, Chickenpox, Chronic ischemic heart disease, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Congestive heart failure, Conjunctivitis, Constipation, Age 12 and Older, Contact Dermatitis, Contusion, Cough, Croup, Cyst of ovary, follicular, Dehydration, Depression, Diarrhea, Diverticulosis of colon, Dizziness, Dysuria, Eczema, atopic dermatitis, Emphysema, Endometriosis, Epilepsy, Failure to Thrive, Fatigue, Fever, Age 12 and Older, Fibroid uterus, Fibromyalgia, Gas/bloating, Gastritis, Gastroenteritis, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Glucose intolerance, Gout, Headaches, Heart murmur, Heartburn, Hematuria, Hemophilia, Hemorrhoids, Hernia, hiatal, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Hives, Hyperhidrosis, Hypothyroidism, Impotence, Influenza (Seasonal flu), Ingrown toenail, Inguinal hernia, Insect Bite, Insomnia, Keloids, Kidney Stones, Knee injuries, Meningitis, Menopause, Menstruation problems, Moles, Nausea and Vomiting, Age 12 and Older, Osteoarthritis, Otitis externa, Otitis media, Pain in limb, Peptic ulcer disease without obstruction, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Pneumonia, Pregnancy, Prostatitis, Psoriasis, Rhinitis, allergic, Rosacea, Rotator Cuff Tear, Sebaceous cyst, Shortness of breath, Sinusitis, Skin disease, Skin Infections, Skin ulcers, Sprain/strain: ankle, Sprain/strain: neck, Sprain/strain: shoulder/arm, Strep throat, Sun damage, Sunburn, Synovitis/tenosynovitis, Thrombophlebitis, Tobacco abuse, Tonsillitis, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Upper respiratory tract infection (URI), Urinary tract infection, Vaginitis/vulvitis, Venous insufficiency, Warts,