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Sun, Christina - MS, PhD

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Assistant Professor Community Health, Health Promotion, and Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 450H 506 SW Mill St. Portland OR 97201 Phone: (503) 725-3616
Biography

Christina J. Sun is an assistant professor at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

Her research seeks to improve the lives of communities disproportionately affected by HIV and sexual and reproductive health disparities, including Latino, black, and LGBTQ communities.

Sun’s recent work includes developing and testing behavior change interventions and examining the dissemination and implementation of effective behavioral and biomedical interventions. Her research has found acceptable and feasible ways that social and sexual networking applications on smart phones and other mobile devices can be used to promote HIV testing to men who are at increased risk for HIV. She has also demonstrated the continued long-term health impacts of an HIV intervention for Latino men that has been identified as a “best-evidence” intervention by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has also partnered with three community organizations to study the implementation of the intervention in real world settings.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of California Davis, 2004
M.S., California State University Fullerton, 2007
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 2014

Survival Analysis – BSTA 514

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Biography

This course introduces students to analysis of survival (i.e. time-to-event) data, covering methods for estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression methods for censored data with covariates.  Methods widely used in the health sciences are covered, including Kaplan-Meier (empirical) estimate of the survival function and its associated statistical tests. The Cox proportional hazards regression model is presented in detail, along with some extensions of this model. As time allows, other topics will be introduced including parametric survival models, frailty models and/or models incorporating competing risks.  Power and sample size computations for time-to-event data will also be introduced.  Most assignments will be completed using statistical computing software.  Contextualizing results in the context of health sciences problems and research questions is stressed throughout the course.

Prerequisites: 

A standard pre-calculus course in probability & statistics (e.g. BSTA 511)
A course in applied linear regression models (e.g. BSTA 512)
Calculus is preferred

 

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Teaching and Learning in Health Promotion & Social Work – PHE 626

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Biography

This course focuses on pedagogical theory and practice in professional settings. Students develop skills to design, evaluate, and implement effective curriculum and instruction across settings: academic classrooms, community contexts, and research projects. Topics include educational theory, course design, learning and teaching strategies, assessment, and scholarship of teaching and learning.

Cross Listed with SW 626.

Thesis – BSTA 503

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Biography

Advance permission from the Program Director.

Grade mode: Pass / No Pass.

Todd, Jonathan - PhD

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Assistant Professor
Biography

Dr. Todd holds a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role, Professor Todd’s work includes teaching, collaborating other SPH primary faculty members for research, and mentoring or advising SPH students.

Professor Todd is a Senior Research Associate at OCHIN.

Education, Degrees

B.S., The College of William and Mary, 2003
M.P.H., University of North Carolina
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 2016

TOP: Maternal & Child Health – PHE 410 / 510

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Biography
This course uses a discussion-based format to address maternal and child health as a public health issue. The course will emphasize the importance of the social, political, and economic contexts for maternal and child health. Students will read policy reports, research articles, and more contemporary articles and resources related to maternal and child health issues. In this manner, students will become familiar with both the research and political agenda that dominate the field.
Ultimately, students in this course will be exposed to the major health issues facing mothers and children today and understand how politics and social norms affect maternal and child health.

Graduate students register for the PHE 510 section.

Totten, Annette - PhD, MPA

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Associate Professor Public Health Practice Office OHSU – BICC 529 Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology Biomedical Information Communications Center (BICC) Phone: 503-494-2086
Biography

Dr. Annette Totten has a faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Associate Professor in the graduate level Public Health Practice online programs.

In addition to her commitments to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Totten is an Associate Professor in the OHSU School of Medicine’s Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE). Her research interests include aging, chronic disease, long-term services and supports and research methods. She directs systematic reviews and projects to develop clinical practice guides for a range of topics at the Pacific Northwest Evidence based Practice Center and conducts primary research in primary care related to serious illness, aging and decision making in the Oregon Rural Practice based Research Network.

Townsend, Jamie - BS

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Post-Award Grant Manager Dean’s Office Office OHSU – GH 129 Phone: 503-494-8528
Biography

Education, Degrees

BS Accounting, Portland State University, 2014

Tratnyek, Paul - PhD

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Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health Office OHSU – HRC 356 Phone: (503) 346-3431
Biography

Paul G. Tratnyek is a professor in the School of Public Health. He teaches courses for the M.P.H. in Environmental Systems and Human Health program.

Tratnyek’s expertise is in environmental chemistry, especially the fate, effects and remediation of contaminants. Research areas include treatment processes for removing metals and organic contaminants from water, corrosion of iron and other metals, environmental aspects of nanomaterials, and statistical/computational methods for estimating substance properties that are needed for assessments of environmental fate and risk.

He served as a research associate at the Swiss Federal Institute for Water Resources and Water Pollution Control from 1989 to 1991. In 1991, he joined the faculty of the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at the Oregon Graduate Institute, which later became the Department of Environmental and Biomolecular Systems and then the Institute of Environmental Health at OHSU.

Additional information on Tratnyek’s research projects, publications, awards, outreach, etc. are available at the Tratnyek Lab Website, ResearchGate, or Google Scholar.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Williams College, 1980
Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines, 1987

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Urban & Community Health – PHE 546

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Biography

Examines the social factors associated with urban health and quality of life, such as social class, gender inequalities, and racism. Emphasis will be placed upon community development and collective responses to the maintenance of health rather than upon individualized health promotion and disease prevention strategies.

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Values & Ethics in Health – HSMP 573 / 673

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Biography

This course addresses issues and questions regarding values and ethics in health, with particular attention to public health practice and health policy and management. It provides students with opportunities to consider issues in health and social services that challenge values and pose ethical issues, and assists students in addressing these issues in the context of both personal and organizational values and beliefs. Specific course content includes, but is not limited to, ethical issues such as reproductive issues, emerging diseases, product liability, pharmaceutical controls, advertising, occupational and environmental issues, and research dilemmas.

Doctoral students register for the HSMP 673 section.

Vines, Jennifer -

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Affiliate Assistant Professor Health Management & Policy (HMP) and Health Systems & Policy (HSP)
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Dr. Jennifer Vines holds an affiliate faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the graduate level Health Management & Policy and Health Systems & Policy programs. In this role her work includes mentoring students and guest lecturing. 

In addition to this commitment to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Vines is currently the Health Officer for Multnomah County Health Department where she provides physician leadership on a range of public health issues. Her experience at Multnomah County includes serving and serves as the medical lead for the communicable disease programs, including outbreak response, tuberculosis treatment and prevention, and as medical director for the county’s sexually transmitted disease clinic. She also plays an active role in the county’s response to opiate and other substance use disorders and has helped to advocate promoting tobacco and nicotine prevention policies at the local and state levels. 

Her work history includes several years working as a part-time health officer in Columbia County (Oregon) and Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties (Washington). Prior to working full time in local public health, Dr. Vines practiced primary care in a variety of safety net settings in the Portland metro area. Her particular interests include the intersections of public health and clinical care; public health ethics; and using her physician voice to encourage policymakers to consider their broad role in promoting good health through housing, living wage jobs, neighborhood design, and supporting young families. 

Education, Degrees 

B.A., Dartmouth College, 1998 M.D., Brown-Dartmouth Program in Medicine, 2002 M.P.H., Portland State University, 2006 

Awards and Honors 

  • 2016: Multnomah County Chair’s Excellence Award as part of the Air Quality Responder team 
  • 2011: National Public Health Leadership Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
  • 2009: Region IV Public Health Hero Award for work performed in response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic (SW Washington) 

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2016 PI, A Comparative Evaluation of the Single-Dose Efficacy of Oral Delafloxacin versus the Single-Dose Efficacy of an Intramuscular Injection of Cetriaxone in Subjects with Uncomplicated Urogenital Gonorrhea, Multnomah County Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic. 

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Waddell, Elizabeth Needham - PhD, MA

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Assistant Professor and Program Director for MPH in Primary Health Care & Health Disparities, MPH in Public Health Practice, and Graduate Certificate in Public Health programs Primary Health Care & Health Disparities; Public Health Practice; Graduate Certificate in Public Health Office OHSU – CSB Phone: (503) 494-3732
Biography

Dr. Elizabeth Needham Waddell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Director of the online M.P.H. in Primary Health Care & Health Disparities, the M.P.H. in Public Health Practice, and the Graduate Certificate in Public Health programs.

Dr. Waddell’s research explores the intersection between social determinants of health, access to medical care and community-engaged development of health policy. Her portfolio includes projects aimed at understanding barriers and facilitators to implementation of innovative policies and standards into patient care, including medical home and integrated primary care and behavioral health.

She also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Medicine, General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics within the School of Medicine at OHSU. Prior to joining the School of Public Health, Dr. Waddell served as Director of Health Disparities Research at the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network at OHSU, and as a research scientist and unit Director at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1995
M.A., Columbia University, 1998
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2003

Awards and Honors
  • 2016, Finalist, OHSU Faculty Senate Award
  • 2004-2009, National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Fellowship, Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • 2001-2003, Graduate Fellow, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University
  • 1995, Urban Studies Award for Commitment to Social Justice in the City, University of Pennsylvania
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  • Reducing Risk of Overdose after Release from Incarceration (ROAR) (PI: Waddell). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018-2021.
  • Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care (PI: Littenberg/Kessler). Patient Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI), 03/01/16-02/28/20, Role: Cluster Site PI.
  • Western States Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (PI: Sorenson/McCarty), National Institute on Drug Abuse, 09/01/15-08/01/20, Role: Co-I.
  • Behavioral Health Home Learning Collaborative (PI: Waddell). Oregon Health Authority, 06/01/14-12/31/16.
  • Sociomedical Analysis of Chronic Disease and Tobacco Control Initiatives (PI: Thihalolipavan). New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, 03/01/15-06/30/18, Role: Co-Investigator.
  • Eastern Oregon Care Coordination Project (PI: Wadell). Moda Health/Oregon Employee Benefits Board, 03/01/15-06/30/16, Role: PI.
  • Transforming Outcomes for Patients through Medical home Evaluation & Redesign (PI: Dorr). The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, 06/01/14-11/30/15, Role: CSU.

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  • Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative Regional Learning Communities Practice Support (PI: Medcalf/Dorr). TMF Health Quality Institute, 06/01/14-06/30/15, Role: Faculty.
  • Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) Basics Learning Collaborative (PI: Waddell). Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation, 09/01/14-06/01/15.
  • Columbia Gorge Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Project (PI: Davis and Miller). PacificSource Community Solutions, 06/01/14-05/31/15, Role: Study Director.
  • OHSU Faculty Profile

Wallace, Neal - MPP, PhD

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Professor Health Management & Policy, Health Systems & Policy Office PSU – URBN 670L Phone: (503) 725-8248
Biography

Neal T. Wallace is a professor of Health Systems Management and Policy in the School of Public Health. Wallace is a health economist whose research focuses on quantitative evaluation of large-scale health and mental health policy and system interventions using state-of-the-art research designs. Most of his research focuses on state-level policy related to publicly funded physical health and mental health systems. Recent projects include evaluations of Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations, the state’s Patient-Centered Primary Care Home program and implementation costs of integrating primary and behavioral health care in Colorado. He’s also researched Medicaid funding changes in California intended to reduce disparities in children’s receipt of mental health services.

Before his academic career, Wallace worked in the mental health departments of the states of Washington and New York, developing and implementing innovative public mental health interventions and systems of care.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Political Science, University of Michigan, 1982
M.P.P., Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, State University of New York at Albany, 1987
Ph.D., Health Services and Policy Analysis, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, 1999

Awards and Honors

2011, Faculty Excellence in Research Award, Oregon Master’s of Public Health

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  • Gelmon (PI), 9/2014-9/2016, Oregon Office of Health Policy and Research, “Phase Three Evaluation of PCPCH Implementation” Role: Co-Investigator
  • 1R01MH100001-01, McConnell/Lindrooth (PI), 9/01/12-8/31/16, NIH/NIMH (Common Fund), Evaluating Coordinated Care Organizations, Role: Co-Investigator
  • 70163, Smith/Rissi (PI), 7/2012-6/2014, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/State Health Access Reform Evaluation, “Achieving the Triple Aim in Medicaid: Evaluating the Access, Quality, Health and Cost Impacts of Coordinated Care Organizations in Oregon”, Role: Co-Investigator
  • 5R21DA031361-02, Wakeland (PI), 6/2011-4/2104, NIDA, The System Dynamics of Pharmaceutical Opioid Misuse, Role: Consultant
  • Rissi (PI), 6/2012-8/2013, Oregon Office of Health Policy and Research, “Evaluation of the Patient Centered Primary Care Medical Home Model”, Role: Co-Investigator
  • Cohen (PI), 2/2011-2/2015, Colorado Health Foundation, “Evaluation of Advancing Care Together (ACT) Program” Role: Consultant

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  • T08HP22556-01-00, Wallace(PI), 9/2011-9/2012, HRSA, Scholarships For Disadvantaged Students, Role: PI
  • R01MH083693-01, Snowden(PI), 5/2010-5/2013, NIMH/NIH, “Can Medicaid Benefits Reduce Access Disparities for Minority Children & Youth?” Role: Consultant
  • 1R01DA020832-01A1, McConnell (PI), 9/2007-8/2010, National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH, Oregon’s Parity Law: Comprehensive Parity in Today’s Healthcare Environment, Role: co-PI

Wheeler, Claire - MD, PhD

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Senior Instructor II Community Health & Health Promotion Office PSU – URBN 471B Phone: (503) 725-8468
Biography

Claire Wheeler teaches several courses for undergraduate and graduate students within the School of Public Health, including the core course, Principles of Health Behavior.

In 2001, Wheeler completed a year-long associate fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Since then, her writing, speaking and scholarly work has been centered on the science and practice of mind-body medicine/psychoneuroimmunology as it informs healthcare at the clinical and community levels.

In addition to teaching, Wheeler has authored two books. The first, “10 Simple Solutions to Stress,” was published in 2007 and the second, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Belly Fat Weight Loss,” was published in 2013.  Wheeler is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop facilitator for continuing educational programs and public events throughout the United States and overseas.

Wheeler joined the faculty at PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs in 2005.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Physiology, University of California at Berkeley, 1985
M.D., Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, 1989
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1999

Awards and Honors
  • 2013/14, PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • 2011/12, PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • 2008, Oregon M.P.H. Program Excellence in Teaching Award

Whetsell, Dixie - MS, IBCLC

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Adjunct Faculty Undergraduate Certificate in Human Lactation Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: (503) 309-3204
Biography

Dixie Whetsell is an adjunct faculty member who began teaching lactation education courses in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in January 2016.  She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who has almost three decades of experience as a lactation educator and consultant.

After earning her M.S. in Community Health, Whetsell became a health educator for a county health department. After obtaining lactation training, she began providing lactation support through clinic and home visits. She later worked as a  lactation consultant in private practice, then for Legacy Health, providing lactation support in a hospital setting for in-patients and out-patients and for hospital staff and resident physicians. In 2003, she began teaching lactation education courses at Portland Community College and was the primary instructor there for 13 years.

Education, Degrees

M.S., University of Oregon, 1992
I.B.C.L.C., International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, 1998

White, Diana - PhD

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Senior Research Associate II PSUCommunity Health

Wiggins, Noelle - MS, PhD

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Adjunct Assistant Professor Health Promotion Phone: (503) 956-8658
Biography

Noelle Wiggins is an adjunct assistant professor of Community Health at PSU, where she teaches Community Organizing for Health, conducts reading and conference courses with master’s and doctoral level students, and mentors Master of Public Health field experience students. Wiggins is also founder and director of the Community Capacitation Center at the Multnomah County Health Department.

Wiggins has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and presented widely at national and international conferences on topics including community health workers, popular education and participatory evaluation. She is a co-founder of the Oregon Community Health Worker Association and a past president of the Oregon Public Health Association. She has consulted on multiple community health worker-related initiatives, including the Community Health Worker-Health Disparities Initiative of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. She also is an appointed member of the Traditional Health Worker Commission of the Oregon Health Authority.

Education, Degrees

B.A., History, Yale University, 1983
Elementary Teaching Certificate with Bilingual/ESL Certification, Western Oregon University, 1986
M.S., Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health, 1997
Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, PSU, 2010

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  • Principal Investigator, Youth Violence-Teen Dating Violence, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, $2,061,435, Period of support: 2016-2021.
  • Principal Investigator, Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $1,125,000, Period of support: 2011-2016.
  • Initiator, Manager, and Co-Grant Writer, Poder es Salud/Power for Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $1,500,000, Period of support: 2002-2006.
  • Co-Investigator, National Community Health Advisor Study, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Period of support: 1995-1997.

Winett, Liana - DrPH, MPH, MCHES

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Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Community Engagement Dean’s Office, Health Promotion Phone: 503-725 8262
Biography

Liana Winett is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Community Engagement at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where she teaches graduate level courses in media advocacy and mass communication for public health. Dr. Winett has served on faculty and as an administrator since 2000. Prior to joining PSU, she was Research Coordinator for the Berkeley Media Studies Group.

Her research includes focus on how science, advocates, and the media talk about developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), childhood obesity, childhood lead poisoning, interpersonal violence, breast, cervical and prostate cancers, California’s Three Strikes incarceration initiative, the anthrax/bioterrorism scares of 2001, Oregon’s Measure 7, major causes of death in Oregon, and H1N1 influenza.

Education, Degrees

Dr.PH., University of California, Berkeley
M.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles
M.C.H.E.S. – Master Certified Health Education Specialist

Winthrop, Kevin - MD, MPH

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Professor Epidemiology & Epidemiology and Medicine Office OHSU – Gaines Hall 135 Phone: (503) 494-5496
Biography

Kevin L. Winthrop, Professor of Public Health, Infectious Diseases, and Ophthalmology at Oregon Health and Science University, is a former staff infectious disease epidemiologist from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination. He has co-authored over 225 publications, many detailing the epidemiologic and clinical aspects of nontuberculous mycobacterial diseases (NTM), tuberculosis, and other infections associated with rheumatic diseases and biologic immunosuppressive therapies. Clinically, he provides regional consultations for mycobacterial diseases and other chronic chest infections and serves as the medical consultant to the Oregon Public Health Division’s TB control program. His Center for Infectious Disease Studies has served as the lead institution and coordinating center for multiple cohort studies and clinical trials. He has served as a primary or senior investigator in many of these clinical and epidemiologic studies, and frequently collaborates with the Pulmonary Department on studies related to bronchiectasis, as well as with the Rheumatology Department on studies related to biologic immunosuppressive therapies. He founded the NTM Research Consortium and associated Clinical Trials Network which facilitate collaborative, multi-site grants and clinical trials among patients with NTM.

He is also a member of the graduate faculty at OHSU, where he mentors public health students, medical students, and physicians in post-graduate training.

Education, Degrees

M.P.H., Epidemiology, University of California at Berkeley, 2003
M.D., Oregon Health & Science University, 1998
B.A., Biology, Yale University, 1993

Awards and Honors
  • 2012, Gary D. Friedman Outstanding Paper Award, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program Division of Research
  • 2010, Richard T. Jones New Investigator Award, Medical Research Foundation of Oregon
  • 2004, Outstanding Unit Citation Award, United States Public Health Service, given for investigation of hepatotoxicity associated with a new tuberculosis treatment. Investigation resulted in new recommendations for the treatment of tuberculosis infection.
  • 2003, Commendation Medal, United States Public Health Service, given for national leadership in the surveillance, prevention and treatment of mycobacterial skin infections in the United States.
  • 2002, Outstanding Unit Citation Award, United States Public Health Service
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  • RO1 FD005401 (Winthrop)   09/01/16 – 07/31/20
  • UM1 AR065705 (Curtis/Winthrop)09/01/14 – 08/01/19
  • ATS Junior Faculty (Henkle/Winthrop) 12/15/16 – 12/14/18
  • HHSN272201200005C (Topham) 12/13/11-12/12/18
  • 1013-OHSU (Winthrop) 05/01/15-04/30/16
  • Arikace TR02-112 4/12/12-11/20/15

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  • CST001_USA4 (Winthrop) 07/15/14 – 06/30/15
  • S-SRA   (Curtis/Winthrop)  7/1/2013 – 6/30/2015