Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and Portland State University (PSU) School of Public Health

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Our Faculty

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.

Programs

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Kaufman, Deborah - MA

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Senior Instructor Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 471A Phone: (503) 725-5479
Biography

Debbie sees her role in our undergraduate program as challenging students to critically examine the status quo and create innovative solutions to public health problems. She has been teaching Drug Education and related courses for over a decade, and developed and teaches Marketing Public Health, which is based on her work in public health advocacy prior to coming to academia. Most recently, Debbie has turned her research and critical lens on the impact of weight bias and stigma on the public’s health, and integrating body size diversity into our work on equity, intersectionality and inclusiveness.

Prior to coming to PSU and the School of Public Health, Debbie worked for 17 years in the non-profit community in Portland, including five years in statewide tobacco control advocacy efforts. She also managed the implementation of a Kellogg Foundation grant in support of school-based health care in Oregon. In 2014, she was a Multnomah County Public Health Hero nominee.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Oregon, 1981
M.A., Portland State University, 1996

Kim, Hyunjee - PhD

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Research Assistant Professor
Biography

Dr. Kim has a secondary appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Research Assistant Professor in the Health Systems Management and Policy programs, primarily Health Systems & Policy. In this role, Professor Kim’s work includes guest lecturing and teaching courses, mentoring and supervising SPH students, graduate research assistant or student work opportunities, offer consultations on specific topics of expertise, collaborate on research with SPH primary faculty and/or students, serve on a dissertation committee, and maintain involvement in selected SPH committees.

Professor Kim is a Research Assistant Professor and has a primary appointment in the Center for Health Systems Effectiveness in the OHSU Department of Medicine.

Education, Degrees

 

B.S., Ewha Woman’s University, South Korea, 2004
M.S., University of Michigan, 2011
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2013

King, Valerie - MPH, MD

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

Dr. Valerie King has a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the graduate level Health Management & Policy and Health Systems & Policy programs. In this role her work includes mentoring students and participating on dissertation committees.

In addition to this commitment to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. King is the Director of Research for the Center for Evidence-based Policy (Center) and Professor of Family Medicine at OHSU’s School of Medicine. Currently, she oversees research methods across several clinical evidence, and policy implementation research projects at the Center. The Center conducts systematic evidence and policy reviews, and provides health system design services, and primary research to approximately half of the U.S. states’ Medicaid programs. The Center has served as a training site for PSU and OHSU learners, including doctoral level graduate research assistants and Hatfield Fellows, with Dr. King actively involved in their mentorship and career development. Dr. King maintains a teaching clinical practice devoted to women’s health, maternal and newborn care. She is involved locally, nationally and internationally with teaching and research on women’s health, maternity care, and epidemiological review and guideline methodology. King is also actively involved with the Cochrane Collaboration and is a co-convener of its Rapid Review Method Group.

A cum laude graduate of the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), she also completed residency training in both Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine and a Master’s degree in Epidemiology at UNC. Dr. King was the residency director for the Joint Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine Residency program at OHSU from 2007 until its closure in 2018, and the principal investigator for a residency training grant that instituted advanced improvement science and health policy training into the residency curriculum.

Education, Degrees

B.A., 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 School of Medicine’s 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

Koreishi, Safina - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor
Biography

Dr. Koreishi has an affiliate appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in the Health Systems Management and Policy programs, primarily Health Systems & Policy. In this role, Professor Koreishi’s work includes mentoring or advising PhD students in HSP and teaching classes.

Dr. Koreishi also holds an Adjunct Assistant Professor appointment in OHSU Family Medicine. She holds experiences in health care transformation, health systems development, and has spent her career in underserved medicine and medical leadership.

Education, Degrees

M.P.H., Portland State University, 2009
M.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2005
B.A., Washington University at St. Louis, 2001

Korthuis, Todd - MD, MPH

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Professor Epidemiology
Biography

Dr. Todd Korthuis 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), he serves as Program Director for the OHSU Addiction Medicine Fellowship and Co-Director of the Oregon Addiction Education and Prevention Initiative that provides training and support for rural primary care providers in pharmacotherapy for substance use disorders.

Dr. Korthuis is a general internist, addiction medicine specialist, and clinician scientist. He completed a health services research fellowship and MPH at University of California Los Angeles and began his clinical career treating patients living with HIV and became board-certified in addiction medicine in 2010. His research focuses on improving integration of addiction treatment in diverse health care settings, including primary care, HIV clinic, and rural settings.

Education, Degrees

M.P.H., University of California Los Angeles, 2002
M.D., University of Health Science/Chicago Medical School, 1991
B.S., Azusa Pacific University, 1986

Awards and Honors

2012-2013, Fulbright Scholar award to study integration of HIV and addiction care in Vietnam
2008, Lawrence S. Linn Award for research that improves the lives of people living with HIV

Notes
  • PI for four multi-site, NIH-funded opioid use disorder trials:
    • CTN-0067 CHOICES trial of extended-release naltrexone in North American HIV clinics
    • BRAVO trial of buprenorphine for opioid use disorder in Vietnam HIV clinics
    • Oregon HOPE study to improve engagement in opioid use disorder treatment in rural Oregon counties
    • PROUD-R2 trial to support retention in people with opioid use disorder in rural Oregon, Ohio, and Kentucky
  • Co-PI for the Western States Node of the National Institute of Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network that conducts clinical trials of opioid, methamphetamine, and cocaine use disorders
  • Served as national lead investigator for CTN-0055 and CTN-0067

Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N