CareOregon SPIRIT
Articles FYI Very Useful Websites Archive Articles FYI Archive Applause! Articles FYI Very Useful Websites Archive - Past Issues

Our Medical Directors

Doug Luther, M.D.
Doug Luther, M.D.

I was raised in Medford, Oregon and graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington before going to OHSU for medical school and a psychiatry residency. Since leaving the Hill in 1993, I have practiced in the Portland area. For a number of years, I worked primarily at Legacy Emanuel on the psychiatry inpatient unit and provided psychiatric consultation to other units. I also had a private practice and worked at an urgent care clinic and in community mental health.

In 2007 I was hired as the medical director for FamilyCare, where I had oversight for all clinical activities and policies, including the physical and mental health contracts for Medicaid and our Medicare Advantage plan. 

I have been active in the Oregon Psychiatric Association for many years, and served as treasurer and president of the organization.

I just recently started at CareOregon, where I will be focused on issues related to mental health and the integration of mental health and physical health. I also will be the primary CareOregon medical director working with Oregon’s Health CO-OP. I was drawn to this company for its reputation as an innovative organization committed to the health and well-being of its members. I am also excited to join a group of talented medical directors, and have enjoyed the spirit of teamwork in my short time here.

I enjoy spending time with my family. My wife is an attorney with Columbia Sportswear, and we have two daughters, ages 8 and 10, who both attend Laurelhurst Elementary School. I coach youth basketball, as well as pursue my other interests – music, exercise, golf, gardening and spectator sports.



Margie Rowland, M.D., chief medical officer


Margie Rowland, M.D.
Margie Rowland, M.D.

Please explain your responsibilities as CareOregon’s chief medical officer.

My primary responsibility is being accountable to our board of directors for all things clinical within our organization. The medical directors report to me, and within Medical Management we have three units: care management; quality improvement; and pharmacy. I also represent CareOregon to state and national organizations from a clinical perspective.

What was your background prior to CareOregon?

I grew up in Connecticut, attended Smith College in Massachusetts and left New England for the first time to go to medical school at the University of Cincinnati. This was at a time when it was still pretty unusual for a woman to go to medical school. In my class of 120 there were just 20 women.

I entered a family medicine practice at Maine Medical Center, then in private practice in Yarmouth. The old family doc in town retired three weeks after I started, so all of a sudden I was the only family physician taking new members. My average patient age jumped to about 85, but I also had a lot of young women who were more comfortable seeing a woman doctor. I did that for about 12 years and had a fabulous experience.

In 1996 I moved from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon. I started with Pacificare, hired by Bart McMullan, who is now CareOregon’s board chair. Then I went to Providence Health Plan as their medical director when Pacificare consolidated its Northwest operations in Seattle.
Read more ...



Our Medical Directors


George Waldmann, M.D.
George Waldmann, M.D.

George Waldmann, M. D., is a 1965 graduate of the University of Oregon Medical School (now OHSU). He interned at Denver General Hospital followed by two years in the United States Public Health Service, Division of Indian Health, on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, Montana. That was followed by a Family Practice residency in Santa Rosa, California. He entered private practice in rural Madras, Oregon, where he remained for the next 27 years. During that time he also served as president of the Oregon Medical Association and as a delegate to the American Medical Association.

In 1997 he left his practice to become carrier medical director for the Part B Medicare program in Oregon and several other western states, retiring in August 2010. In January 2011, he became an associate medical director at CareOregon.

Dr. Waldmann is a charter diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice. He is a regular volunteer physician at the Wallace Medical Concern safety net clinic in the Rockwood area and is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at OHSU. 
Read more ...



Our Medical Directors
Will Kennedy, M.D.
Will Kennedy, M.D.

Q. Please share with us a little about your background prior to joining CareOregon.
A. I grew up in Ohio, where I obtained most of my education.  For the last 11 years, I practiced in different hospice and palliative care capacities, including most recently as the medical director for Adventist Health Hospice. 

Q. What are your primary responsibilities as Medical Director (or Assistant/Associate Medical Director)?
A. I will be highly involved in the COA population and the development of palliative care within our populations. 

What pastimes do you enjoy in your personal time outside CareOregon?
I love to spend time in nature and travelling, especially with my family.    I’m married with two children, ages 7 and 4.  I’m a perpetual beginning guitarist and very interested in gardening and “urban homesteading.”

What do you enjoy most about your position here?
I just started, but I’m very much looking forward to learning and, in time, helping build services and community partnerships for patients with complex, chronic illnesses. 

Don Thieman, MD
Don Thieman, M.D.


Our Medical Directors



Q. Please share with us your background prior to joining CareOregon.

A. I was vice president of medical services for Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon from 1998 through 2004, where I directed medical management, clinical claims review, medical and payment policy, health promotion/quality improvement, and health economics – which included cost and quality analysis.

I graduated from Northwestern University’s Honors Program in Medical Education in Chicago, and completed a family medicine residency at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver.  I then practiced with a Fairbanks, Alaska multispecialty group, the Tanana Valley Clinic, for 16 years, serving as chairman of the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Quality Assurance and Utilization Review committee. I was president of the Alaska State Medical Association and a delegate from Alaska to the AMA Young Physicians section.

In 1992 I joined The Vancouver Clinic as medical director. Before joining The Regence Group, I also served as medical director for Clark United Providers in Vancouver and for PacifiCare of Oregon.

In March 2006 I joined CareOregon as associate medical director.
Read more ...


Amit Shah, MD
Amit Shah, MD


Our Medical Directors


As a CareOregon medical director, Dr. Amit Shah works extensively in the areas of clinical informatics and clinical system redesign. He gathers and analyzes quality measurements to ensure that CareOregon and our CCOs are providing the preventive and ongoing care that meets their needs. He also looks at how well we are meeting the Triple Aim of improving the patient care experience, building healthier communities and reducing costs.

Dr. Shah, who is fluent in Spanish, also serves as the medical director of Neighborhood Health Center. Previous to that, he was medical director of the Multnomah County Health Department and also served on the CareOregon board of directors. 
Read more ...


 
 
Z