Kate Ropp, MD

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.

Seth Palesch, MD
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).

Brian Mitchell MD Immediate Past President
Brian Mitchell, MD
Brian Mitchell, MD is a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist at the VA Portland Health Care System. He is also an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the Oregon Health & Science University.
Brian graduated from the University of Virginia and received a B.S. in Systems Engineering and minor in Biomedical Engineering. He received his MD from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Brian completed a Transitional Year internship at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He then completed his Anesthesiology residency at OHSU where he served as a Chief Resident. At the VA, Brian enjoys teaching OHSU medical students and residents. He is a member of the OHSU School of Medicine Admissions. Brian is also involved in several hospital committees at the VA. Brian has been a member of the OSA and ASA since 2007. He serves as an Oregon Delegate to the ASA.   
Brian lives in SE Portland with his wife, Kate, and young son. Brian is an avid cyclist and year round bike commuter. He enjoys traveling around the PNW with his family and finding the steepest roads to climb on his bike.
Peggy Allen, MD
Peggy Allen, MD, MPA is a board certified pediatric anesthesiologist with Oregon Anesthesiology Group. She practices at Legacy Emanuel and Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland.
Originally from Virginia, Peggy earned her undergraduate degree in international studies and German at George Mason University and a Masters of Public Administration with foci on environmental policy and public budgeting and policy at Virginia Tech. She then discovered medicine and attended Mayo Medical School, followed by an internship at Georgetown, anesthesia residency at Mayo and pediatric anesthesia fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Peggy joined her hometown practice in Virginia for seven years and served as the director of pediatric anesthesia for her group there. She and her husband, Chris, moved to Portland in 2013 and have enjoyed working in and discovering the Pacific Northwest. Her clinical interests include pediatric and obstetric anesthesia as well as quality and peer review.
Peggy was active with the Virginia Society of Anesthesiologists, and has served the Oregon Society of Anesthesiologists as a delegate to the ASA House of Delegates and as OSA treasurer since 2015.
Outside of work Peggy enjoys golf, running, gardening and traveling.

Jeffrey Mako, MD
Jeff Mako, M. D. Is a Board-Certified Critical Care Anesthesiologist with Oregon Anesthesiology Group. He practices general, pediatric and trauma anesthesiology at Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Randall Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Mako is a native Californian who earned his undergraduate degree at Biola University and his M.D. at the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Mako and his family moved to Oregon for his anesthesiology residency and critical care fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University. He has been a member of both the American Society of Anesthesiologists and Oregon Society of Anesthesiologists since 2008. He has served as the OSA’s secretary since 2015 and has been an Alternate Delegate to the ASA since 2016.

Dr. Mako, his wife, Stacey, and their 2 sons love exploring all the Pacific Northwest has to offer and enjoy traveling whenever possible.
Christopher Swide, MD
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.
Debi Johnson Executive Director
Deborah A. Johnson
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.
Executive Committee:    
Norm Cohen MD Norm Cohen, MD For the Oregon Society of Anesthesiologists (OSA), Norman A. Cohen, M.D. has been an OSA Board member since 2007. He has previously served as Secretary, Webmaster, and President. He has represented Oregon on the American Society of Anesthesiologists' (ASA) Board of Directors both as an Alternate Director and as Director. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the OSA in 2016.

After earning both his Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Medicine degrees from The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Cohen completed his anesthesiology training at Duke University, where he served as Chief Resident in 1988-1989 and on Duke's faculty from 1989 to 1990. Dr. Cohen spent over 15 years in private practice before re-entering academics in 2007. Dr. Cohen is a Professor at Oregon Health & Science University, where he serves as Medical Director for Professional Revenue Performance for his department and is a former President of the institution's Faculty Senate. In 2017, he was elected to represent clinical faculty on the OHSU Practice Plan Board and Management Committee. Dr. Cohen also serves OHSU as Medical Director for Clinical Documentation and Coding Integrity for OHSU Healthcare since April 2015. In this role, he is the clinical advisor for the Coding and Documentation Integrity team as well as working closely with OHSU's Quality Management Department on various projects, including mortality and sepsis. In his academic role, he is an adult clinical anesthesiologist, practicing primarily in the ambulatory setting.

For the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Dr. Cohen was the Vice President for Professional Affairs for the ASA from 2011-2013. He is a past chair of the ASA Committee on Economics and Section on Professional Practice and represented anesthesiology at the AMA Relative Value Update Committee from 2000-2008. As Vice President for Professional Affairs, Dr. Cohen's responsibilities included oversight of fourteen active ASA committees, the ASA Legislative Conference, the ASA Conference on Practice Management, division publications including the Relative Value Guide and CROSSWALK, and various webinars and other educational activities and publications. He also had primary responsibility in developing ASA's Accountable Care Organization activities and responses to new payment methodologies. He continues to serve on ASA's MACRA Steering Committee. In recognition for his advocacy work on behalf of anesthesiology, he received the Bertram Coffer Award for Excellence in Government at the 2010 ASA Legislative Conference. In 2016, he was named the recipient of the ASA Distinguished Service Award, presented in October 2017.

Dr. Cohen has lectured at the ASA Annual Meeting, ASA Practice Management Conference, and several regional meetings. He is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and one textbook which focus on anesthesia and medical coding, practice management, and practice evaluation.

Joanne Jene MD 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 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
CA-3 Resident Representative    
Andrew Dilla MD Andrew Dilla, MD Andrew Dilla, MD is a senior anesthesia resident at Oregon Health and Science University.

Originally from Edinboro, Pennsylvania, Dr. Dilla completed both college and medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. He moved to Portland for anesthesiology residency with his wife. Dr. Dilla has been a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Oregon Society of Anesthesiologists since beginning residency in 2015. He currently represents the OHSU residency program within the OSA.

Andrew and his wife Hilary enjoy hiking, canoeing, and camping in the Pacific Northwest with their dog, Samwise. They also enjoy international travel and visit at least one new country every year.