Meet physician assistant of the year, Lauren Myers

The OHSU Physician Assistant Board is pleased to announce the inaugural OHSU PA of the Year, Lauren E. Myers, M.M.Sc., PA-C, instructor of medicine, OHSU School of Medicine.

Colleagues, support staff, and – most importantly – patients recognize Myers as a “compassionate healer and thoughtful provider.” Myers is described as a “triple threat” in her clinical activities, education and research, all shining brightly on her ability to embody what OHSU’s mission entails and how PAs thrive within a collaborative health care team.

Myers is a faculty member in the the Department of Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. She graduated from Yale University PA School in 2008 and joined OHSU in 2014 after working both in solid organ transplant surgery and internal medicine. Myers’s nomination outlined clear evidence that she has excelled, and continues to excel, in all aspects of OHSU’s mission for excellence in education, research and scholarship, clinical practice and community service.

Myers’s leadership as director of viral hepatitis has proven instrumental in helping support the care of patients affected with chronic hepatitis C. Through her work in helping to develop the ECHO program, Myers has been able to disseminate medical knowledge statewide to providers taking care of patients affected with this illness, bridging the gap for patients unable to visit a tertiary care center.

Myers has also developed and led the Fibroscan Program at OHSU, which provides noninvasive staging of liver disease. The program has been successfully implemented at OHSU Health partner hospitals, including Tuality. In addition to her leadership in these programs, she has utilized her medical insight and problem solving skills to develop a liver cancer surveillance program tool in partnership with the IT department at OHSU. This program tool has been recognized as a model for other cancer surveillance and outcomes programs. Myers has also been committed to the mentorship and teaching of PA students, medical students, and fellow trainees throughout her practice.

The PA Board applauds Myers for her many commendable achievements, and thanks her for her dedication to improving patient care – not only at OHSU, but statewide. The Board recognizes her leadership, research, and continued mentorship and teaching, and is grateful she is part of OHSU and the PA community!

Pictured, top: Myers, center, receiving the PA of the Year award from Emily Jacobsen, PA-C, assistant professor of family medicine and PA Board chair, and Joseph Ahn, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., professor of medicine.