Dr. Hodges is a geriatrician who has spent her career loving the care of older adults and supporting their families. It has been her privilege to journey with them, help them, learn from them, and laugh with them. She has had a part-time practice since joining Providence and the internal medicine residency faculty at Providence Portland Medical Center in 1992. She currently balances that work with teaching young doctors geriatric medicine, and being medical director for the Providence Senior Health program in the Oregon region.
Dr. Hodges has also worn other hats at Providence. In 2005, she joined the staff of Providence Center for Health Care Ethics on a part-time basis as physician-ethicist to deepen her focus on ethics and palliative medicine education. She also expanded her teaching to include Core Curriculum on ethical issues at the end-of-life and cross-cultural issues. In 2011, she received a grant to work on a tool to support families of patients with dementia. That tool turned into a book, Help is Here: When someone you love has dementia, which she co-wrote with Anne Hill, JD, the daughter of one of her patients. In 2014, Dr. Hodges accepted the position of the Bain Chair of Geriatric Medicine for Providence in Oregon. In 2016, she was nationally honored by the Hastings Center Cunniff Dixon Physician award in recognition of her leadership in advancing the art of medicine for patients near the end of life and for their families. Dr Hodges also sits on the Oregon Region Community Ministry Board for Providence Health and Services.
Dr. Hodges is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she majored in religion. After college she studied theology and ethics at Cambridge University in England as a Reynolds Scholar before embarking on her medical training.
Dr. Hodges studied medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, and completed an internal medicine residency at Oregon Health & Science University. She received a master's degree in public health with a focus on medical ethics from the University of Washington, and a certificate in health care ethics from the University of Washington and Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Hodges is currently board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine.