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More than 150 faculty members work within the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. They have a wide range of expertise, from monitoring and assessing health risks and opportunities in populations, to helping build health-supporting social environments through policy, advocacy, and programs. They are educators, advisors, researchers, practitioners and community leaders. They come from backgrounds in quantitative, behavioral, environmental and social sciences, policy and government, exercise and health sciences and anthropology, among many other areas. They all work in collaboration with each other and with community partners, and are especially focused on the training and education of future leaders and practitioners in the public health fields.

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O’Neal, Seth - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – CSB 658 Phone: (503) 494-0300
Biography

Seth O’Neal is an Assistant Professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health. He also holds a visiting faculty position at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru, and is co-director of the university’s Center for Global Health in Tumbes, Peru.

O’Neal is engaged in research to develop cost-effective and sustainable control interventions for neglected tropical infections in resource-limited settings. His primary focus is on Taenia solium, the pork tapeworm, which is an important cause of preventable epilepsy across much of Latin America, Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The parasite also perpetuates poverty in these regions by inflicting financial losses on small landowners due to contaminated pork. Through National Institutes of Health and foundation funding, O’Neal conducts community trials of control interventions, as well as clinical and epidemiological studies. His research explores the biological, environmental, social and cultural factors that drive transmission of the parasite, as these affect control interventions.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Northland College, 1994
M.D., OHSU, 2006
M.P.H., OHSU, 2010
Preventive Medicine Residency, OHSU, 2010

Awards and Honors
  • 2019, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching & Mentorship
  • 2005, Fogarty-Ellison Fellowship in Global Health and Clinical Research, National Institutes of Health
  • 2010, Fogarty Fellowship in International Clinical Research, National Institutes of Health
Notes
  • R01NS080645 (O’NEAL, SETH) Dec 15, 2013 – Nov 30, 2018 NIH/NINDS Optimizing ring-screening strategy for control of Taenia solium infection Role: Principal investigator
  • Swiss Foundation (O’NEAL, SETH) May 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015 Community-based control of cysticercosis Role: Principal investigator
  • R21AI119439 (O’NEAL, SETH) July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017 NIH/NIAID Evaluating corralling and the effect of dung beetles on transmission and control of cysticercosis Role: Principal investigator
  • R21NS069275 (O’NEAL, SETH) Aug 15, 2010 – July 1, 2013 Targeted screening for Taenia solium tapeworms Role: Principal investigator
  • KL2RR024141 (MORRIS, CYNTHIA) Dec 15, 2011 – Dec 4, 2013 Taenia solium infection among refugees from Burma Role: Trainee

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Quiñones, Ana - PhD, MS

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Associate Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – CSB 674 Phone: (503) 494-5889
Biography

Dr. Quiñones is a gerontologist trained in health services organization and policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Her research interests address three main areas: (1) racial and ethnic disparities in age-related changes in health, (2) co-existing chronic disease (multimorbidity), and (3) health care delivery changes designed to improve the management of chronic conditions for vulnerable older adults.

Dr. Quiñones’ work aims to understand disparities in health stemming from differential access to resources for disadvantaged populations and subsequent effects on health and wellbeing throughout the life course. In this stage of her career, her work focuses on the development of and intersection between multimorbidity and disability—and the role that specific multimorbidity combinations play in accelerating poor health outcomes among racially and ethnically diverse groups of older adults.

Dr. Quiñones has a secondary appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Associate Professor in the Epidemiology graduate level programs (MPH and PhD). In this role, Professor Quiñones’ work includes collaborating with other SPH Epidemiology faculty members, and mentoring or supervising Epidemiology students.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Florida, 1998
M.S., University of Minnesota, 2000
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2010

Awards and Honors
  • 2016, Finalist, OHSU Faculty Senate Excellence Award
  • 2016, NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program award
  • 2014, Chair’s Award for Excellence in Research, Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University
  • 2013, American Diabetes Association Thomas R. Lee Award
Notes
  • 7-13-CD-08, 07/01/2013 – 06/30/2018 , Complex Chronic Care Needs of Older Minorities with Diabetes Mellitus  Funder:  American Diabetes Association, Role:  PI
  • R03AG048852-01, 09/30/2014 – 05/31/2017, 3.0 calendar months NIH/NIA (Quiñones) $101,387 Inconsistencies in Chronic Disease Reports Over Time, Funder:  NIH/NIA, Role:  PI
  • PCORI (DeVoe) 10/1/2015 — 09/30/2018 , Accelerating Data Value Across a National Community Health Center Network (ADVANCE) Phase II,  Funder: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Role: Co-Investigator

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Schwarz, Eli - DDS, MPH, PhD

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Professor Epidemiology Office South Waterfront – MDYCOMM Suite 135 Phone: (503) 494-7603
Biography

Dr. Eli Schwarz has a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role his work includes mentoring students and collaborating on research with primary faculty.

In addition to his work in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Schwarz is Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Community Dentistry at the School of Dentistry (SoD) at OHSU. His present focus is on building Dental Public Health capacity in OR through collaborative efforts between the SoD and community organizations, Oregon Oral Health Coalition and local coalitions, the State Oral Health Program, The Primary Care Organization and by assisting in evaluation of public dental health activity outcomes. He is a member of the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Advisory Board; and Dental Director of the Board of directors, Healthshare of Oregon.

Dr. Schwarz is a Founding Fellow of the HK Academy of Medicine and a Fellow in the specialty of Community Dentistry in the HK College of Dental Surgeons. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. Previously, he has held professional positions in Australia (Professor and Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney); in the USA (Executive Director of the American and International Associations for Dental Research (AADR/IADR)); in Hong Kong (Professor of Public Health Dentistry and Dean of Dentistry, University of Hong Kong), and in Denmark (Chief Dental Officer, National Board of Health, and Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen).  Professor Schwarz has a D.D.S. and a Ph.D. from University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and an M.P.H. (Cum Laude) from Hadassah Medical School, University of Jerusalem. In 1987, he was conferred the Royal Order, Knight of the Order of Dannebrog, by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Research interests: Oral Health Services Research, Epidemiology, and Preventive Dentistry. More than 100 articles, reports and book chapters, and more than 100 published abstracts and invited presentations.

Education, Degrees

D.D.S., University of Copenhagen, 1972
M.P.H., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1974
Ph.D., University of Copenhagen, 1992
F.H.K.A.M., Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, 1993
F.H.K.C.D.S., Community Dentistry Specialist designation, 2007

Awards and Honors
  • Was conferred the Royal Order, Knight of the Order of Dannebrog, by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
  • Founding Fellow, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
  • Fellow, Community Dentistry, Hong Kong College of Dental Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Dentists
  • Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
Notes

HRSA (Schwarz, Eli) Increasing Oregon’s Oral Health Care Workforce through Innovative Education Models and Prevention Programs 2015-2018

Shannon, Jackilen - MPH, PhD

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Professor Epidemiology, Health Promotion, & Community Health Office OHSU Central Oregon – Community HUB Phone: (541) 728-0665
Biography

Jackilen Shannon is a nutritional epidemiologist who works to understand the distribution and determinants of disease at the population level. Much of her early research focused on translating scientific findings to the medical clinic. In recent years, she has shifted some time toward working to translate medical research to the population at large through community engagement.

At OHSU, she co-developed and expanded an education and research program called “Let’s Get Healthy!” that provides personalized health education to school children and adults. She has also helped build that program internationally, helping to create Let’s Get Healthy!-Global as part of OHSU’s partnership with Bangkok Dusit Medical Services and Mahidol University in Thailand.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Penn State University, 1987
M.P.H., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St.Paul, 1988
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1993
Post-Doctoral Trainee, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Notes
  • 2015-Initiative-Team-Knight-3 (Shannon) 01/01/2016 – 12/31/2016 OHSU/OSU Cancer Prevention and Control Initiative Team Pilot Projects $3,500 Phytanic acid, a branched-chain fatty acid in dairy and risk of cancer
  • 2015-Initiative-Team-Knight-3 (Shannon) 01/01/2016 – 12/31/2016 OHSU/OSU Cancer Prevention and Control Initiative Team Pilot Projects $25,000 Chemoprevention of prostate cancer: Long Non-Coding RNAs and Sulforaphane
  • CDRN-Phase II (DeVoe) 10/01/2015 – 09/30/2018 PCORI $273,376 ADVANCE Phase II:  Accelerating Data Value across a National Community Health Center Network Phase II
  • DeVoe (PI)  02/01/2016 — 01/31/2021  National Cancer Institute ACCESS:  Assessing Community Cancer Care after Insurance Expansions, Role: Co-Investigator
  • U48DP005006-01 SIP 14-011 (Winters / Shannon) 09/11/2014 – 08/30/2018 CDC/SIPs $275,000  Oregon Community Cancer Research Collaborative (OR-CCRC)
  • 3P30CA069533-17S2 (Druker) 07/01/2014 – 06/30/2017 0.6 CM NIH/ National Cancer Institute $94,697 Administrative Supplements to Expand NCI-supported Community Outreach Capacity through Community Health Educators (CHE) of the National Outreach

Sharp, Tyler - PhD, MSc

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Affiliate Assistant Professor Epidemiology
Biography

Dr. Tyler Sharp has an affiliate faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role, his work includes mentoring students and collaborating on research with primary faculty.

In addition to his work in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Commander Tyler M. Sharp, Ph.D., is a Senior Epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dengue Branch in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A native of Bowling Green, Ohio, he attended secondary school in the Chicago area and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Sharp received additional training at Montana State University – Bozeman and the Medical Research Council Division of Virology in Glasgow, Scotland. He completed his doctorate in Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, in the laboratory of Dr. Mary K. Estes where he studied the molecular mechanisms of norovirus pathogenesis. During Dr. Sharp’s graduate study, he received additional training at the National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, Japan.

Dr. Sharp joined CDC in 2010 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer stationed at CDC Dengue Branch. His current public health and research interests are the epidemiology and pathophysiology of emerging infectious diseases, including dengue, Zika, chikungunya, and leptospirosis. Dr. Sharp enjoys international travel, hiking and camping, scuba diving, and avoiding infection with the pathogens he studies (thus far with limited success).

Education, Degrees

Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine, 2010
B.Sc., University of Guelph, 2004

Awards and Honors

2018: Bailey K. Ashford Medal, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, for distinguished work in tropical medicine
2017: Junior Officer of the Year, USPHS, awarded for early career accomplishments and officership

Research Activities
  • Epidemiologic and field investigations of dengue, chikungunya, and Zika viruses in Puerto Rico
  • Sentinel Enhanced Dengue Surveillance System, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Investigation of dengue outbreaks in the United States
  • International investigations of dengue

Snowden, Jonathan - PhD

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Assistant Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – CSB 652 Phone: (503) 494 – 0904
Biography

Jonathan Snowden is an epidemiologist, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health and in OHSU’s Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. He also is an associate editor for the national Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Snowden’s research focuses on sexual and reproductive health disparities. He evaluates methods and concepts to improve causal inference from observational data, and his trans-disciplinary research sits at the intersection of population health science, clinical practice and health care policy.

Snowden aims to frame research questions that are relevant to the affected populations and that  respect the circumstances of people’s lives, so that research results can promote optimal health in the real world. By more clearly defining variations in the continuum of “normal” healthy sexuality and reproduction, his research aims to preserve optimal health as well as prevent and treat disease.

A cross-cutting focus of his research is the clear communication of novel concepts and methodologies.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Stanford University, 2005
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2011

Strnad, Luke - MD

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Assistant Professor
Biography

Dr. Strnad 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 Strnad’s work includes collaborating other SPH primary faculty members for research and mentoring or advising SPH students.

Professor Strnad’s primary faculty appointment resides in the OHSU Division of Infectious Disease.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Seattle Pacific University, 2005
M.D., Loma Linda University School of Medicine, 2010

 

 

Stull, John - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor Epidemiology, Epidemiology & Medicine, Preventive Medicine Residency Office OHSU – CSB 668 Phone: (503) 494-6958
Biography

John Stull is interested in the epistemic aspects of teaching, particularly how the fundamentals of medicine and public health effectively challenge each other and productively live together in the students we train. He serves as director of the M.D./M.P.H. Program, which admits six to seven first-year medical students into a quasi-integrated curriculum where students complete the requirements for an M.D. and a master of public health in epidemiology.

Stull also is program director of the School of Public Health’s Preventive Medicine Residency, a program that has trained a number of physicians currently who are local and state public health leaders in Oregon and Washington.

Stull teaches introductory epidemiology in the M.P.H. and M.D./MP.H. programs and co-teaches an advanced epidemiology course on using epidemiology to develop causal inferences.

Stull practiced full-time general pediatrics until 1996 when he left practice to obtain his M.P.H. at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Illinois, 1974
M.D., Washington University School of Medicine, 1978
M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health, 1997

Awards and Honors
  • 2019, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Award for Faculty of the Year
  • 2019, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Faculty Marshal for OHSU Convocation
  • 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, OHSU Student Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2008, 2004, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Department Chair Teaching Award
  • 2004, OHSU Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

Suhler, Eric - MPH, MD

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Associate Professor Epidemiology Office Casey Eye Institute/VA Portland Phone: (503) 494-5023
Biography

Dr. Eric Suhler has a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Associate Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role his work includes mentoring students, collaborating on research with primary faculty, and guest lecturing in courses.

In addition to his work in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Sulher has a faculty appointment in the OHSU School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology and his primary academic focus is in clinical trials of novel immunotheraputics for inflammatory eye disease.

He graduated from OHSU with an M.P.H. in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics tracks and his thesis on the incidence and prevalence of uveitis in the VA Medical Centers of the Pacific Northwest was awarded as the Outstanding OHSU Graduate School Thesis that year.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Southern Methodist University, 1990
M.D., University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center, 1995
Residency, Ophthalmology, Oregon Health & Science University, 1996-2000
Fellowship, Uveitis and Clinical Ocular Immunology, National Institutes of Health, 2000-02
M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University, 2007

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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

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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
Notes
  • 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

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Young, Jennifer - MPH

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Professor Health Studies, Applied Health & Fitness, Environmental Systems & Human Health, Epidemiology, Health Promotion, Health Promotion & Urban Planning Office PSU – URBN 780A Phone: (503) 789-3005
Biography

Jennifer Young’s expertise lies in public health nutrition with maternal, child and adolescent populations. Her areas of focus include: food insecurity; school health; unhealthy food marketing; obesity stigma; and healthy weight and development. She has worked on nutrition programs, projects and policy at the state and local level.

Young enjoys bringing her work experiences into the classroom as students explore the latest data, research, policy and legislation in action. She also has served as a preceptor for nearly thirty interns, and now works alongside many of them as colleagues in the field.

Young is currently working in a joint position among the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Public Health Division and the Oregon Department of Education to improve nutrition and physical activity in Oregon schools. She is completing a doctoral degree in education at PSU.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of California, Davis, 1982
M.P.H., Loma Linda University, 1986
Ed.D. candidate, Portland State University

Awards and Honors

OHSU, Dietetic Intern Preceptor Service Award

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