OMA Statement on Retirement of OHSU Pres. Robertson

OMA Statement on the Retirement of President Joe Robertson of Oregon Health & Science University

October 19, 2017—The OMA would like to provide the following statement regarding the announcement of the retirement of President Joe Robertson of Oregon Health & Science University.
 
"President Robertson's leadership has been the driving force in the growth and success OHSU has seen in the clinical and research areas," said OMA President Robert Orfaly, MD. "While his leadership drove the engine, it's his passion for the university’s education mission and his investment in the success of the students that will be terribly missed."

OHSU was part of the initial grant awardees for the American Medical Association's Accelerating Change in Medical Education. Under Dr. Robertson's leadership, the School of Medicine worked to transform medical education to ensure that tomorrow's physicians and physician assistants are trained to manage the growing complexities of the healthcare system while maintaining the focus on the patient. 

It's also important to recognize Dr. Robertson's work in the health policy arena. His service on the Oregon Health Policy Board in the early days of the Oregon Health Authority and Coordinated Care Organizations provided an important voice from a provider with hands-on patient experience. 

"OHSU has always been a willing and collaborative partner for the Oregon Medical Association, and Dr. Robertson's commitment to improving the practice of medicine, and in particular supporting rural health providers, has been instrumental in shaping the healthcare landscape over the last decade," said Bryan Boehringer, OMA CEO and Executive Vice President. "Dr. Robertson's service for Oregon's physicians and physician assistants has been impressive, and his contributions will be missed." 

 

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