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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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Buckley, David - MD, MPH

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Associate Professor Epidemiology & Medicine, Health Promotion, Biostatistics, and Health Management & Policy Office OHSU – EJH 226 Phone: (503) 494-8367
Biography

David I. Buckley is an associate professor at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and in Family Medicine and Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at OHSU.

Buckley’s research addresses various aspects of primary care practice, including disparities in the receipt of clinical preventive services among rural residents and adults with disabilities. He has been funded as a principal investigator by the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and the American Academy of Family Physicians for research engaging clinics and patients to improve cancer screening for people with physical disabilities.

He has recently served as a co-investigator on projects evaluating linkages between primary care clinics and community resources for providing clinical preventive services. Buckley’s research also includes systematic evidence reviews and comparative effectiveness reviews across various health care topics for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, among others.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Anthropology/Mathematics, Northwestern University, 1982
M.D., University of New Mexico School of Medicine, 1993
M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University, 2008

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Gibbs, Brian - MPA, PhD

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Associate Professor Office OHSU – RJH 4365 Phone: 503-494-2558
Biography

Brian Gibbs serves as Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer at OHSU, responsible for diversity initiatives within OHSU’s clinical, educational, and research missions.

Before coming to OHSU and the School of Public Health, Gibbs was associate vice chancellor for diversity for the University of New Mexico Health Science campus. Prior to that, he served as associate dean for diversity and cultural competence at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Early in his career, he spent ten years as the founder and director of the Program to Eliminate Health Disparities at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he was a senior research scientist within the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Eastern Michigan University, 1981
M.P.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1985
Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1995

Awards and Honors

Pew Health Policy Fellow, Brandeis University, 1991

Publications
  • A Novel Measure of “Good” Mentoring: Testing Its Reliability and Validity in Four Academic Health Centers.   Pololi LH, Evans AT, Civian JT, Gibbs BK, Gillum LH, Brennan RT.  J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2016 Fall;36(4):263-268. doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000114.
  • Faculty Vitality-Surviving the Challenges Facing Academic Health Centers: A National Survey of Medical Faculty.   Pololi LH, Evans AT, Civian JT, Gibbs BK, Coplit LD, Gillum LH, Brennan RT.  Acad Med. 2015 Jul;90(7):930-6. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000674
  • Definition, measurement, and health risks associated with sedentary behavior.   Gibbs BB, Hergenroeder AL, Katzmarzyk PT, Lee IM, Jakicic JM.  Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2015 Jun;47(6):1295-300. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000517.
  • Reducing racial and ethnic health disparities: exploring an outcome-oriented agenda for research and policy.   Gibbs BK, Nsiah-Jefferson L, McHugh MD, Trivedi AN, Prothrow-Stith D.  J Health Polit Policy Law. 2006 Feb;31(1):185-218
  • Creating a state minority health policy report card.   Trivedi AN, Gibbs B, Nsiah-Jefferson L, Ayanian JZ, Prothrow-Stith D.  Health Aff (Millwood). 2005 Mar-Apr;24(2):388-96.
  • Reducing health disparities: from theory to practice.   Prothrow-Stith D, Gibbs B, Allen A.  Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2003 Mar;12(3):256s-260s. No abstract available.    PMID: 12646523

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King, Valerie - MD, MPH

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Professor Preventive Medicine Residency Office South Waterfront – Moody Building, Suite 250 Phone: (503) 494-8694
Biography

Valerie King is the director of research for the Center for Evidence-based Policy at OHSU. She oversees research methods and a variety of health services, clinical evidence and policy implementation research projects. The center conducts evidence and policy reviews, provides health system design services and primary research for half of the U.S. states.

She has served on several national clinical practice guideline panels and works to advance robust evidence and guideline methods through alignment with the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation Working Group. She is actively involved with the Cochrane Collaboration, a global network of researchers, professionals, patients and people interested in health. King is also a professor in OHSU’s Department of Family Medicine and maintains a teaching clinical practice devoted to women’s health, maternal and newborn care.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Lewis & Clark College, 1982
M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991
Resident, Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991-1994
M.P.H., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997
Resident, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999-2000

Awards and Honors
  • 2013, Chair’s Award, Outstanding Contribution in Teaching and Mentoring, OHSU Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • 2002-07, Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholar
  • 1998-99, Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy
  • 1995-97, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar

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Lewis, Paul - MD, MPH

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Adjunct Professor Preventive Medicine Residency
Biography

Paul Lewis is the Multnomah County Health Officer and the tri-county health officer for Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. He also is an associate professor in the School of Public Health.

His special interests include the social determinants of health, developmental origins of disease, health communication and good government. His current projects include decreasing opioid-related deaths, planning the emergency medical system for the next generation and improving air quality through health-based regulation.

He joined the OHSU pediatrics faculty in 1996 where he focused on virology laboratory research and launched the region’s first pediatric HIV clinic. In 1997, he became the OHSU hospital epidemiologist, beginning a career pivot to population health that led to his joining the Oregon Public Health Division in 2004.

In 2008, he began serving as health officer for Washington and Clackamas counties. In 2014, he became the Multnomah County Health Officer.

Education, Degrees

M.D., Stanford, 1987
M.P.H., Portland State University, 2013

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Schwanke Khilji, Sara - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor Global Health
Biography

A native of Oregon, Sara Schwanke Khilji’s interests in community health, research, and clinical education have given her the opportunity to serve in a variety of international settings. She has worked largely in Asia, including Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia. and Malaysia. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and completed her residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital with a focus on Primary Care.

Her research interests include women’s health, health policy, and the intersection between human health and migration. She is actively involved in clinical education, and was responsible for developing and implementing the first clinical sub-internship program in Malaysia. When not on clinical service with the Clinical Hospitalist Service, she is based in Thailand coordinating educational collaborations and opportunities with OHSU Global’s partners in Southeast Asia.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Williams College, 2003
M.P.H., Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University, 2007
M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University, 2008

Publications
  • Cooker R, Khan MS, Schwanke Khilji SU, Watson S, Zaw Myo Tun, Yoong J. Emerging Disease Control Priorities in a Transitioning Health System: A Situational Assessment of Tuberculosis Control in Myanmar. Health Policy & Planning. (accepted).
  • Khan MS*, Schwanke Khilji SU*, Saw S, Coker RJ. Evidence to Inform Resource Allocation for Tuberculosis Control in Myanmar: a Systematic Review Based on the SYSRA Framework. 2017 Health Pol Plan 32(1):102-109. *joint first authors
  • Phua KH, Yap MT, Schwanke Khilji, S, Lee HP. Development of Public Health in Countries in Economic Transition: The Higher Middle-Income Countries.  In ‘Oxford Textbook of Public Health, 6th Edition.’ R Detels, M Gulliford, QA Karim, and CC Tan (2015) Oxford University Press.
  • Schwanke Khilji SU, Thorndike, A. Obesity. In ‘Pocket Primary Care’ Kiefer, MM; Chong, CR(2014) Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Schwanke Khilji SU, Chong CR, Sykes D. Folate & Vitamin B12 Deficiency. In ‘Pocket Primary Care’ Kiefer, MM; Chong, CR(2014) Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Schwanke Khilji SU, Simmons L. Breast Disease. In ‘Pocket Primary Care’ Kiefer, MM; Chong, CR(2014) Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Schwarz, Eli - DDS, MPH, PhD

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

Eli Schwarz is professor and chair of the Department of Community Dentistry at the School of Dentistry at OHSU. His research interests include oral health services research, epidemiology and preventive dentistry. He is currently focused on building dental public health capacity in Oregon through collaborative efforts between the OHSU School of Dentistry and community and state organizations. He is also a member of the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Advisory Board.

Previously, he has held professional positions in Australia, Hong Kong, Denmark and the U.S. He was professor and dean of the faculty of dentistry at the University of Sydney, was professor of Health Dentistry and dean of dentistry at the University of Hong Kong, was chief dental officer for the National Board of Health and an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen, and was executive director of the American and International Associations for Dental Research in Alexandria, Va.

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

Stevenson, Ellen - MD, DTMH, MPH

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Adjunct Associate Professor Community Health Office OHSU – CDRC 2221 Phone: (503) 494-6513
Biography

Ellen Stevenson, associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics and adjunct associate professor of Public Health, is a former epidemic intelligence service officer and medical epidemiologist from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has been involved with public health at the local, state and federal government level and has developed policy guidelines and community intervention materials, responded to national and international infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies.

As the associate director for emergency response for the Pacific Northwest Regional Center for Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Diseases, she worked closely with the health departments and universities in the region. Stevenson also is the medical director for Reach Out and Read Oregon, a nonprofit that incorporates books for children into pediatric care and encourages families to read together. She also is on the Childhood Hunger Coalition and serves as the course director for the Childhood Food Insecurity Course.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Brown University
M.D., Brown University School of Medicinee
D.T.M.H., London School Hygiene andTropical Medicine
M.P.H., Harvard University School of Public Health

Awards and Honors
  • 2014, American Academy Pediatrics, Special Achievement Award:
  • 2010, OHSU Bilderback Community Pediatrician Teaching Award
  • 2002, U.S. Public Health Service Crisis Response Award
  • 2001, U.S. Public Health Service Foreign Duty Award
  • 2000, Honor Award Nomination, United States Food and Drug Administration
  • 1999, Fellow Recognition Award, Infectious Diseases Society of America

Suhler, Eric - MD, MPH

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

Eric Suhler is professor of ophthalmology at OHSU with a secondary appointment in the School of Public Health. His primary academic focus is in clinical trials of novel immunotheraputics for inflammatory eye disease.  He has delivered lectures in the School of Public Health on clinical trial endpoints and international ophthalmology and has chaired numerous masters’ thesis committees.

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, 1995
Ophthalmology Residency, OHSU, 1996-2000
Uveitis Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, 2000-02
M.P.H., OHSU, 2007

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