Biography & Education


Shelley Sanders, M.D., believes every person is the author of his or her own health. She works together with her patients to ensure that they have an active role in their treatment.

Dr. Sanders devotes much of her time to improving the health care delivery system. In addition to her role as faculty for medicine residents and students at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, she completed a fellowship from the Innovation Advisors Program through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation in 2012. Her projects include a Modified Early Warning System (MEWS) to identify sick patients in the hospital, an Accountable Care Unit and occasional consultation work for the Oregon Health Authority.

Dr. Sanders earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in New York. She completed her internship and residency at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, where she now serves as faculty. She received her undergraduate degree from Walla Walla College in Washington and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

In her free time, Dr. Sanders enjoys family time, triathlons, windsurfing and gardening.

Personal Statement: I chose St. Vincent for my residency and have stayed on as faculty because I am drawn to the patient-centered culture and the academic rigor of our program. One of my favorite things about St. Vincent is our shared commitment to innovation, iterative change and systems improvement. Change is the future of medicine, and I find it is rewarding and energizing to participate in change supported by our culture of commitment to excellence.

Clinical Interests
Quality improvement
Spirituality and health
Physician well-being


  • Outstanding Young Physician Award, American College of Physicians, Oregon Chapter, 2014
  • Invited Fellow, American College of Physicians, March 1, 2013
  • Spirit of Emilie Mission Inspiration Award, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, 2010
  • Kenneth E.W. Melvin, MD, Award for Excellence in the Practice of Medicine, Providence St. Vincent Medicine Residency Program; 2006
  • Outstanding Resident Award; Providence St. Vincent Medical Center; 2006
  • First Place Poster Award, American College of Physicians; 2005
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2003

Teaching Responsibilities:
Principles of quality improvement liaison to residents
Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) committee member
Personal Interests: Family, Windsurfing, Poetry, Gardening

Areas of expertise

Internal medicine
Quality improvement
Sepsis early warning systems


Undergraduate: Walla Walla College, summa cum laude
Graduate: The Divinity School, Vanderbilt University, MTS
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Residency: St. Vincent Medical Center
Chief Residency: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Care Locations

9205 SW Barnes Rd., Suite MT-2800
Portland, OR 97225
Fax 503-216-7488


Board Certifications
  • Internal medicine


Patient Ratings and Comments
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4.9 out of 5 (44 Ratings, 12 Comments)


She is a wonderful physician [...].

Took 3 phone calls to make appointment for wellness check up.

She is excellent.

Dr. Sanders is a superwoman with great talent care and character.

Poor scheduling at front desk & I had to ask why appointment wait time.

once Doctor, even though I had more questions that I had written down, has said she had another appointment and if I needed to I should make another appointment. very irritating.Times she seems rushed. I realize she has a schedule and needs to see so many patients during the day but it gives the impression she doesn't really care.

Dr. Saunders is an exceptional physician, I am so fortunate to have her as my dr.

Dr. Sanders is an extraordinary doctor who I put complete trust in -

I always know that Dr. Sanders with her inclusive approach to medicine puts my health needs first. She understands the interplay between the physical, social, and mental aspects of a person's well-being. Always respectful, she listens to my concerns and works with me to develop the best regiment for my situation.

Wonderful doctor, just perfect.

Excellent care and listener.

Dr.s Anders and her office are the best