Annual Conference 2021 

Saturday, October 9 | 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Thank you to those who attended this year's OMA Annual Conference! We were so thrilled to have had such great speakers, moderators, sponsors, and engaged attendees!

Congratulations this year's award recipients!

Welcome to all incoming and returning OMA officers!

CME Certificates
For those of you receiving CME credit, certificates were emailed on November 15. If you did not receive your certificate, please email

For those not receiving CME credit, General Education Certificates were also emailed on November 15.

CME Accreditation
The Oregon Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Oregon Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Conference Recordings & Presentations
A full conference recording, as well as recordings of individual keynotes, speeches, and breakout sessions are now available.

Conference Program & Agenda


Keynote Speakers

When It Comes to Your Health, Does Your Zip Code Matter More than Your Genetic Code?

Dr. Iton will provide critical insight to life expectancy and a person's zip code, the subject of one of his Ted Talks.

Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH
Anthony Iton - MD, JD, MPH, is Senior Vice President for Programs & Partnerships at The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation whose mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians.

The Structural, Psychological, and Physical Impact of Racism

Racism is the persistent (historical) pandemic that poses a profound existential and real threat to humanity. This talk will outline the neurobiological and psychological burden of racism as a form of systemic and structural trauma and explore trauma informed practices and approaches as one way to dismantle it and promote healing.

Alisha Moreland-Capuia, MD
Alisha Moreland-Capuia, MD is the Founder and Director of McLean Hospital's Institute for Trauma-Informed Systems Change, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Affiliated Faculty member of the Center for Law and Behavior. She is frequently tapped to advise on matters of medicine, public health, systems change and education.


Derick R. Du Vivier, MD, MBA

Dr. Du Vivier is currently the Senior Vice President of Equity and Inclusion, the Director of the OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion and an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.  He is the co-chair of the Oregon Health Equity Committee. Prior to joining OHSU, he and his family lived in Tokyo, Japan. Based at the Meiji Institute for Global Affairs, he studied global healthcare policy and innovation in the Japanese biotechnology sector. Prior to being awarded a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship, he was part of a practice in Medford, Oregon where he held a number of physician leadership positions including medical staff president. He is an alumnus of the University of Chicago, Emory University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and Duke University. In his private time, he can be found enjoying the outdoors with his wife and three children, in the judo dojo, or traveling.

Breakout Session 1

Understanding Intersectionality: Creating a Safe and Inclusive Healthcare Environment

This session will explore the concept of intersectionality as it applies to our own identities and how it can inform and improve our interactions with diverse patients and colleagues.


Monica DeMasi, MD
DeMasi recently became a Core Faculty Member of the Providence Family Medicine Residency Program, where she is highly engaged in the organization's equity work. Prior to joining Providence, she practiced Family Medicine at Geary Street Clinic and was a Core Faculty Member of Samaritan Health Services’ Family Medicine Residency. She completed her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, her residency at Brown University, and a fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Kathryn Fraser, PhD

Kathryn Fraser, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and the Behavioral Medicine Coordinator at the Halifax Health Family Medicine Residency in Daytona Beach.  She has been teaching, consulting, and presenting nationally in various areas in behavioral health throughout her career.  Her professional areas of interest in include resident professionalism, mentorship, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, treating anxiety, and health behavior change.  She is the immediate past Director of the Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship (BFEF), sponsored by the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM).  She spearheaded the cultural competency/health disparities curriculum in her residency program, and currently leads the Mentoring Work Group of the STFM Oversight Committee for their Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) initiative. In her residency, she is a core member of the Clinical Competency Committee (CCC) and the Facilitating Advancement in Residency Committee (FAIR) for resident remediation.

Climate Change & Greening Healthcare: Finding an Outlet for Change

Many are aware of the dangers posed by climate change for both individual health and the health of society, but it's hard to know exactly what to do to affect change. In this panel, physicians across Oregon share ways they've found to start making an impact.


Stewart Decker, MD (Moderating)
Dr. Decker is a family physician who loves public health. He works with the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, the Sky Lakes Wellness Center, and his local public health department to improve the health of his community in the broadest sense possible. He believes that community development, social norms, and systemic change to our healthcare system are the only equitable solutions to a growing crisis of preventable non-communicable diseases. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, is President of the Oregon Academy of Family Medicine, and is serving as the Medical Director of the Sky Lakes Wellness Center.

Colin Cave, MD
Dr. Cave has been a practicing Otolaryngologist with Northwest Permanente (NWP) since 1994. He is NWP's Medical Director of External Affairs, Government Relations and Community Health. He oversees NWP's Corporate Social Responsibility program and leads their B Corp efforts as the first physician-owned medical group in the world to become a certified B Corp. He authored Northwest Permanente’s Climate Action Plan and led the development of NWP's Environmental Guidelines. He completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, and his residency at Stanford University. He has served as Chairman of the Board for NWP and as president for the Oregon Medical Association, the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland, and the Oregon Academy of Otolaryngology. He is currently a board member for Oregon for Climate Action and for America's Physician Groups, and is an Alternate Delegate to the AMA.

Marianne Parshley, MD

Dr. Parshley currently practices internal medicine at Providence Medical Group. She graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire and completed a three-year internal medicine residency at Providence Portland Medical Center, spending an additional year there as chief medical resident. Recently, she completed a graduate certificate in palliative care at University of Washington. Dr. Parshley is a member of the Executive Committee of the Oregon Medical Association, currently serves as a Regent of the American College of Physicians, is a member of the AMA delegation, and is immediate past governor of the Oregon Chapter of ACP. She advocates locally, regionally and nationally through various organizations.

Brian Chesebro, MD
Dr. Chesebro is the Medical Director of Environmental Stewardship for Providence Health Services, and is an anesthesiologist with the Oregon Anesthesiology Group. Through his work he promotes the use of environmentally sustainable equipment in medical practices. He has previously served as the chief medical officer for Oregon Anesthesiology Group and the medical director of anesthesiology and perioperative quality. He completed medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, his residency at University of California San Francisco Medical Center, and an internship at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

Erika Moseson, MD, MA
Dr. Moseson is a pulmonologist and intensivist with Legacy Medical Group. She completed medical school at Cornell University, residency in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco, and fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. She is the past President of the Oregon Thoracic Society, and serves on the board of the American Lung Association of Oregon. She is one of the American Lung Association's Health Professionals for Clean Air and Climate Action, and serves on the Environmental Health Policy Committee of the American Thoracic Society. She runs and hosts the Air Health Our Health podcast to promote healthy air in general, and in particular to educate and advocate around the link between air pollution, climate change, equity and health.

Gender-Affirming Care: Fast


In this session, explore the social and infrastructural determinants of health for trans and gender diverse (TGD) people, seek familiarity with best practices for gender-affirming medical care, and understand the influence of the medical relationship on outcomes for TGD patients.


Olivia Danforth, MD
Dr. Danforth is a Family Physician working for Samaritan Health in Albany, OR. She completed her residency at Samaritan in Spring 2020 and graduated from Rush Medical College in 2017. She was born in San Francisco and returned there following graduation from Haverford College in 2010 to work as a research associate, and volunteer in public health. At Samaritan, she began and continues to maintain an informed-consent HRT practice along with student and resident education on gender-affirming and LGBT primary care. She is a member of the local Gender Health and Community Network and served on the executive board of Trans Lifeline from 2016-2021. Olivia lives in Corvallis with her wife and three cats.

Transgender and Gender Diverse Terminology

Breakout Session 2

Harm Reduction for Those Living Unhoused: The Path Forward

Commissioner Meieran will speak to the current landscape of houselessness in Multnomah County. Though Multnomah County is the largest county in Oregon, many of the issues leading to homelessness, the challenges presented to community - as well as the solutions - are mirrored in counties large and small, urban and rural, across Oregon and the country.


Sharon Meieran, MD, JD
Commissioner Meieran serves as District 1 Commissioner for Multnomah County and is a practicing emergency room physician in the Portland area. She uses her experience on the front line caring for those in crisis to inform her policy and advocacy work. Her key focus areas include behavioral health, housing and homelessness, community safety, and the intersections of these systems. Commissioner Meieran serves on the Board for A Home For Everyone, a coalition of government, nonprofit organizations, business, and philanthropy informing county policy on housing and homelessness. She also volunteers as a physician with Portland Street Medicine, providing care to people living unsheltered. Dr. Meieran graduated from UC Berkeley with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Economics, attended law school at Hastings College of the Law, and subsequently attended UCSF medical school in San Francisco. She completed residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Meieran and her family live in Southwest Portland.

Extension or Engagement: Person-Centered Care, Structural Racism, and Geriatric Services

Using a recent long-term care scenario, Dr.Krulewitch will review structural factors leading to disparities in resources and equity for diverse populations in U.S. nursing homes, and  explore the factors contributing to structural racism that are associated with these disparities.


Harry Krulewitch, MD
Dr. Krulewitch is a Portland geriatrician with a practice in community based long term care. He attended the University of Illinois School of Medicine and interned at Cook County Hospital, Chicago. He completed his family practice residency at the University of Colorado Fort Collins and then was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson fellowship in Family Medicine while earning an MPH at the University of Minnesota. He has enjoyed assisting the startup of community health centers in diverse urban and rural communities and was hired to establish the first national PACE expansion site in Portland Oregon. He is an assistant professor in geriatrics with OHSU Family Medicine. He recently contributed to an OHSU Hartford grant initiative to improve resident physician skills in advance care planning through structured interview training with older adults from diverse communities. He completed the Being With Dying training from the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe New Mexico and has studied with Paolo Freire.

Maternal Mortality: Taking Action on a Statewide Level

Drs. Piliod, Solomon, and Mbata will review trends in maternal morbidity and mortality and discuss known contributors to the racial/ethnic disparities in U.S. maternal health outcomes. This breakout session will also review statewide and regional actions to address maternal health & safety.


Rachel Piliod, MD
Dr. Rachel Piliod completed her medical degree at OHSU and her residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Obstetrics and Gynecology before returning to OHSU for fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine. Her medical interests include prenatal diagnosis, fetal anomalies, preterm birth, stillbirth, and hematologic disorders and pregnancy. Dr. Piliod is the Managing Director of the Oregon Perinatal Collaborative, an organization dedicated to improving health outcomes for women and infants in Oregon through statewide quality improvement efforts and policy change. Her academic interests also include the intersections of health policy, clinical outcomes, and access to care. She currently serves on the Oregon Medical Association Legislative Committee and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Health Policy Committee.

Mary Solomon, MD
Dr. Mary Solomon completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta where she majored in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology. Before completing her medical degree and training at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, she pursued a Master degree in Business Management at the University of British Colombia. Currently in OB/Gyn Residency at OHSU, Dr. Solomon is passionate about providing care to underserved communities and equity in medicine. She hopes to pursue a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Osli Mbata, MD
Osii Mbata is an Ob/Gyn resident at Oregon Health & Sciences University. Growing up in the southeast, he received his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Georgia and his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Mbata is currently pursuing a career in Obstetrics & Gynecology, with the goal of specializing in perinatology. He plans to use his career to help address differences/disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality domestically and abroad.

OMA Leadership Presentations

State of the OMA: The Importance of Advocacy and Renewed Focus on Equity in a Pandemic Year

Kevin Ewanchyna, MD
OMA President

Dr. Ewanchyna is board certified in family medicine in both Canada and the United States, and is a vocal advocate and supporter for primary care and public health. Dr. Ewanchyna is the chief medical officer for Samaritan Health Plans and InterCommunity Health Network Coordinated Care Organization, and he serves as the current President of the Oregon Medical Association. In addition to his role as Samaritan Health Plans’ CMO, Dr. Ewanchyna is active in seeing patients at Samaritan Urgent Care Centers, teaching medical students as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Family Medicine for Western University of Health Sciences, and as a teaching physician with Samaritan Health Services Family Medicine Residency program. Dr. Ewanchyna chairs the Best Practices Committee of the Oregon Health Leadership Council and is a regular participant on the Oregon Health Authority’s Quality and Health Outcomes Committee. He was appointed by the Governor's office to serve on the Oregon Health Authority’s Common Credentialing Advisory Group and co-chaired this committee, and he was appointed to serve on the Implementation Committee of the Health Care Cost Growth Target (Senate Bill 889) as co-chair. Dr. Ewanchyna has also been a member of the State’s Health Equity Committee of the Racial Justice Council.

Message from the OMA President: Recognizing Bias as We Seek Collaboration and Manifest Collegiality

Mark Fischl, MD
Incoming OMA President

Dr. Fischl currently practices internal medicine at the Salem Clinic. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology and his medical degree from the University of Washington. Dr. Fischl believes that patients should be given treatment options and expected outcomes with both the physician and the patient deciding the best course of action.

Discussions in Equity

OMA Story Slam: "Hispanic Manic: A Comment on the Lantinx Patient Pain Experience"

Haleigh Prather, MHS
Haleigh Prather is a third-year medical student and AHEC scholar at Oregon Health & Science University. As a Latina woman who grew up in a low-income, single-parent household, her motivation for pursuing medicine stems from an interest in studying (and a history of living through many) social determinants of health. Prather completed her undergraduate education at Vassar College in New York, and earned a Master's in Health Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Johns Hopkins: Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition to her studies, she is part of OHSU's student council, a senior leader with the Women's Leadership Development Program, and is a mentor with the Latino Medical Student's Association. She is currently working on a scholarly project that focuses on development of an educational intervention to decrease rates of pre-operative anxiety among Spanish-speaking children to improve post-operative outcomes. Upon completing medical school, she hopes to go into primary care, either pediatrics or OBGYN.

The Importance of Bringing the National Medical Association to Oregon

Fred Williams, MD
Dr. Williams is a retired neurosurgeon and past president for the Oregon Medical Association. He currently serves as Co-Chair for OMA's Equity Task Force, and was instrumental in bringing a Chapter of the National Medical Association to Oregon: the Cascade Medical Association.

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