Officers:    
President
Policy & Procedures Chair

Seth Palesch, MD
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Dr. Seth Palesch grew up in Charleston, SC before going to Cornell University, where he obtained his BS in Biological and Environmental Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. He returned to Charleston to get his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Seth then did his internship and residency in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR. He is an active member in the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and is an executive board member for the Oregon Society of Anesthesiologists (OSA).



President-Elect
Education Chair

John Meyer, MD
John Meyer, MD is a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist with the Bend Anesthesiology Group. He practices general, pediatric, and obstetric anesthesiology within the St. Charles health system in Bend and Redmond.

Dr. Meyer is originally from Kansas and moved out west to study engineering, earning his BS in Geological Engineering from the University of Idaho and his MS in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. He worked as a civil engineer in Wyoming for several years before beginning his career in medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Kansas and completed his internship and residency in Anesthesiology from Oregon Health and Science University, where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Meyer has been a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Oregon Society of Anesthesiologists since 2014.

Dr. Meyer lives in Bend with his wife, Ana, and two children. When he’s not working, he enjoys time outside fly fishing, upland bird hunting, skiing and paddling.



Immediate Past President
Public Affairs Chair

DEI Chair
State Government Affairs Chair
Kate Ropp, MD
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Kate Ropp, M.D. is a Board-Certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist with Oregon Anesthesiology Group.  She practices general, pediatric, obstetric and trauma anesthesiology at Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Randall Children's Hospital.  

A native Nevadan, Dr. Ropp attended undergraduate school at Oregon State University and earned her M.D. at University of Nevada School of Medicine.  She and her Oregonian husband moved to Portland for her anesthesiology residency and pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University.  Dr. Ropp has been a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Oregon Society of Anesthesiologists since 2009.  She was her residency class' representative to the OSA, served as Secretary, President-Elect and President for the society, and has been a delegate to the ASA since 2014.

Kate and her husband, Mark, have two young sons and love to plan tropical dive vacations whenever possible.

     
Secretary/ Treasurer
Tammy Carpenter, MD
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Tammy Carpenter is a board certified anesthesiologist with Oregon Anesthesiology Group (OAG). She practices at Northwest Ambulatory Surgery Center. She has been the ASC medical director for OAG since 2017 and she has served on the board of directors since 2017.

Tammy earned a B.S. in Systems Science Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. She married her high school sweetheart and they both took jobs at the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. After a change of heart, she went back to school to complete prerequisites for medical school. After seven years at the University of Chicago, she graduated with an M.D. and two small boys. Moving the family to the Pacific Northwest, she did her training at OHSU.

Tammy has been a member of the OSA since 2007. She has previously served as the secretary to the society and has returned to the role now that both her sons are in college. She is looking forward to serving the society and spending more time in the garden with her chocolate lab.



     
ASA Directors:    
Director
Federal Government Affairs Chair

Christopher Swide, MD
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Christopher E. Swide, M.D., is the Director for Oregon to the American Society of Anesthesiologists Board of Directors. He has served the Oregon Society of Anesthesiologists as President, Treasurer and delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiologists since joining the organization in 1995.
Dr. Swide received his undergraduate degree in Zoology from The University of California, Berkeley and his Master's degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. He earned his MD degree at The University of Vermont College of Medicine after which he completed a Preliminary Medicine program at Mt. Zion Medical Center in San Francisco and his Anesthesiology residency at Oregon Health & Science University. After residency, he proudly served in the Medical Corps of United States Army at the rank of Major. After his military service, he completed a fellowship in Regional Anesthesia at Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA and joined the OHSU faculty in 1995.
He currently serves as the serves as the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and is the Designated Institutional Official for the OHSU School of Medicine. His academic interests are in the area of medical education, educational innovation, and educational outcome measurement. He has been active in medical student and resident education throughout his career. He has served in many educational leadership positions at OHSU within the anesthesiology department as well as the OHSU School of Medicine. His publications include journal articles and book chapters on educational outcomes, educational innovations, regional anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia and patient safety. Dr. Swide's clinical interests include regional anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, and anesthesia for ambulatory surgery.
On the personal side, Dr. Swide lives in Portland with his wife Sharon who is an Internal Medicine physician with Northwest Permanente. They have three grown children. He enjoys cooking, golf, running, bicycling, hiking, fishing, and reading. He is an avid Portland Trailblazer fan and longtime season ticket holder.
  Director
Cobin Solberg, MD
 
Staff:    
Debi Johnson Executive Director
Deborah A. Johnson
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DJ Management and Communications, LLC

Deborah Johnson is an entrepreneur and president of the business development firm DJ Management and Communications (DJMC) that was founded in 2002. She is a strategic innovator for organizations who have static growth and engagement by clients or the community. Projects often involve newsworthy activities bringing multiple clients together for a common cause. 100% of the firm’s business is generated by client referrals.

Acting as the contracted Executive Director for multiple state and regional (international) medical societies, she is responsible and accountable for all operations of the associations, including achievement of strategic goals, financial objectives, strategic management, planning and research, leadership, administration, membership management, event planning, products and services, public relations, government affairs and grass roots advocacy.
Sabrina Riggs Lobbyist
Sabrina Riggs
 Pac/West Communications

Sabrina Riggs is OSA’s lobbyist, working at Dalton Advocacy where she is Vice President. She is a skillful lobbyist with a background as legislative staff, campaign work, and healthcare advocacy. 2021 marks Sabrina's seventh Legislative Session at the Oregon Capitol. She began her career as staff to a legislator serving on the healthcare committee, which sparked her passion for the issue area. Since then, she went on to campaign work, then worked at a public affairs firm working with patient advocacy coalitions. Later, she went on to lobby at a large firm for several specialty physician groups, working to ensure patient safety and statewide access to specialty providers. Today, she serves as account lead for DA’s healthcare clients, including OSA. Sabrina has built a reputation for delivering positive results for her clients, maintaining strong lines of communication and building important partnerships and coalitions within the House of Medicine. Sabrina earned her Bachelor of Science from Western Oregon University.
Board of Directors:    
Joanne Jene MD Historian
Joanne Jene, MD
Joanne Jene, MD is the current chair of the Oregon Society of Anesthesiologists’ Historical Committee and has served the society in the past as President and as a delegate to the ASA.

Dr. Jene was born in Oregon, receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Willamette University and her MD degree from Oregon Health & Science University where she also completed her residency in Anesthesiology. After residency, she was an attending physician at University of California, San Francisco from 1963-64 before returning to Oregon, as a staff anesthesiologist at Legacy Emanuel Hospital, where she was an active member of the medical staff (from 1964-2009) and a co-founder of the Oregon Anesthesiology Group (OAG) in 1989.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Jene has consistently been active in trying to shape the future of our specialty, serving on the Foundation for Medical Excellence, the credentials committee of Blue Cross of Oregon (now Regence Blue Cross), 2 terms on the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners (now OMB) and participating on volunteer missions with Project HOPE, her greatest reward in service. With Project HOPE, the world’s first hospital ship, Dr. Jene served on eight 2 month rotations (for ship based and four land based) going, by invitation, to developing countries to serve. She currently serves on the Project HOPE Alumni Association as well as the OHSU School of Medicine Alumni Board.

Dr. Jene believes Anesthesiology isn’t, and never has been, a static specialty. It affords the opportunity to interact with myriad individuals from different specialties, tackle challenges daily, and adopt to the changing landscape of medicine through new surgical procedures, anesthetizing locations, and medications. It’s a pleasure for her to continue serving the specialty as both a mentor and historian for the specialty and she hopes OSA members will continue to lead, serve, volunteer and participate in the ever changing world of healthcare.
 
Barry Perlman MD Informatics Chair
Barry Perlman, MD
Barry Perlman PhD, MD is a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist with Northwest Anesthesia Physicians, PC. He practices general anesthesia at Sacred Medical Center at Riverbend.

Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Perlman attended Trinity College, earned a PhD in Pharmacology at Stanford University, an MD at Albany Medical College, and a certificate in Biomedical Informatics at Oregon Health and Science University. He completed an internal medicine residency at Stanford University and an anesthesia residency at University of California San Francisco. Dr. Perlman has been a member of the Epocrates Senior Clinical Board since 2000, and currently is an Epic physician advisor for Peacehealth, chair of the Riverbend Medical Staff Bylaws Committee, and a consultant for SpinFusion. He has been a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Oregon Society of Anesthesiologists since 1995, joined the OSA board in 2018, and serves as chair of the Informatics Committee and a delegate to the ASA.

Barry and his wife Diane have a son at University of Oregon and a daughter gainfully employed, and they enjoy hiking with their labradoodle, cycling, kayaking, and traveling
  Membership Co-chair
Anand Jain, MD
 
  CAC Member
Dave Larsen, MD
 
Robinson Stephen Member at Large
Steve Robinson, MD
 
  Member at Large
Mark Norling, MD
 
  Member at Large
Hunter Alldredge, MD
 
Webmaster
Andrew Dilla, MD
Andrew Dilla, MD is a board certified anesthesiologist with Oregon Anesthesiology Group (OAG). He practices general, pediatric, and trauma anesthesiology at Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Randall Children's Hospital, and Portland Adventist Medical Center. 

Dr. Dilla obtained both his BA and MD from the University of Pittsburgh before moving to Portland for anesthesiology residency at OHSU. His wife Hilary and he love the Pacific NW and are excited to raise a family here. They enjoy travel, camping, hiking, canoeing, and scuba diving.