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Reedie Physicians Virtual Panels hosted by the Reed Career Alliance

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 5pm to 6:30pm

The Reed Career Alliance (RCA) invites you to a virtual event series with alumni panelists to learn more about Reedie physicians' experiences from Reed to medical school, residency, fellowship, first medical jobs, and established careers. The RCA presents two virtual panels featuring Reedies working in a variety of fields with their medical degrees.​​

Reedie Physicians Panel #1: From Reed Through Fellowship

Thursday, September 30, 2021, 5–6:30 p.m. PDT/8–9:30 p.m. EDT

The road to becoming a practicing physician is long and complicated. Join moderator Jon Bates ’67 and panelists Olivier Ezell ’16, Thomas Hoang ’18, Friederike Keating ’85, Emily Lane ’15, and Duncan Ramsey ’04 as they demystify the process. Applying and getting into medical school is the start of a 6–10 year educational journey. Hear from alumni about their experience in medical school, how they chose their specialty and residency, who pursued a fellowship, what the cost of this career is both financially and interpersonally, and how they landed their first job. 


Reedie Physicians Panel #2: Beyond Your First Job

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 5–6:30 p.m. PDT/8–9:30 p.m. EDT

Congrats! You’re a practicing physician. Now what? Join moderator/panelist Jon Bates ’67 and panelists Catherine Dalton ’98, Brian Martin ’81, Steppe Mette ’78Mika Sovak ’90, and Jane van Dis ’92 as they discuss opportunities and professional paths since leaving Reed. Their careers span the areas of clinical practice, software development, biotech research, hospital administration, and their trajectories are anything but traditional. Panelists will share anecdotes from their diverse career paths including key decisions made along the way, things they wish they knew prior to changing fields, and how their work is influencing social change. They’ll also share how technology has changed the modes of care and what to expect in the future as you navigate your career in medicine. There will be time built in the program for audience participation and Q&A.


Start time:
5:00 p.m. Pacific
6:00 p.m. Mountain
7:00 p.m. Central
8:00 p.m. Eastern

The Reedie Physicians panels are the fifth and sixth installments of the ongoing Career Pathways panel series hosted by the Reed Career Alliance committee of the Alumni Board exploring different career pathways taken by Reedies in a similar field of work. Past panels are available to watch at any time on alumni.reed.edu.

Panel #2–Moderator and Panelist Bios

Jon Bates ’67 (he/him), Former President/CEO, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Portland, OR 

Jon is from St. Louis, and trained as a pediatrician at the Children's Hospital in Boston. Verbal about poor hospital operations, Jon was drafted to the administrative side of academic medical centers for the remainder of his career. He finished as CEO of Arkansas Children's Hospital after 20 years, retiring in 2013. Jon served on admissions committees, residency selection committees, and faculty evaluations. He also possessed the Doyle Owl at one time and was part of a helicopter showing in 1965.

Catherine Dalton ’98 (she/her), Locum tenens physiatrist at C.I. Dalton, MD, LLC, Portland, OR

Dr. Catherine Dalton is a physiatrist based in Portland, OR, working as a locum tenens physician.
Originally from Oklahoma City, she attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma after graduating from Reed. She completed her internship in General Surgery at MCV in Richmond, VA and residency in Physiatry at UAMS in Little Rock, AR. She then took a job in Baltimore, MD before going on her first locum tenens assignment to Palmerston North, New Zealand before returning to the US to complete an interventional spine fellowship at UMass in Worcester, MA.  Although she has had a few other “permanent” jobs, Catherine describes herself as having job ADD, and has found locum tenens allows her to live in the city she loves and work at many different places providing care to patients where they are in need of a physiatrist while seeing many parts of the country. Additionally, she has smaller medicine side jobs as well, including HerpAlert, an asynchronous telemedicine app focusing on herpes treatments.

Brian Martin ’81 (he/him), Principal Digital Health Analyst, MITRE, Portland, OR 

Brian works for the MITRE Corp, a 501(c)(3) public interest corporation that operates seven federally-funded research & development corporations (FFRDCs) on behalf of the US government. They employ more than 8,000 engineers and scientists, 60% of whom have masters or doctoral degrees. Brian's efforts focus on the development of clinical artificial intelligence technologies. He is also the clinical lead for a multi-billion dollar US government acquisition of electronic medical records technology.

Steppe Mette ’78 (he/him), Chief Executive Officer, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Health, Little Rock, AR

Stephen (Steppe) A. Mette, M.D., is Chief Executive Officer for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Medical Center and Senior Vice Chancellor for UAMS Health, both in Little Rock. He is a professor of Internal Medicine at the UAMS College of Medicine and serves as chair of the board of directors of the Baptist Health-UAMS Accountable Care Alliance. For the past 15 years, he has worked to create rational, safe, effective, and equitable systems of healthcare delivery through local, regional and national efforts. These include creation of an Accountable Care Organization partnership with a competing health system, leadership in health equity initiatives within the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), partnering with the Commonwealth Fund and Duke Global Health Innovation Center to transfer successful global models of healthcare to a U.S. rural environment, and work with payors, health sciences, and healthcare organizations through the Health Evolution Forum to build effective, scalable, and sustainable models to improve health disparities arising from social inequities. In addition to his full time healthcare career, Dr. Mette has served on numerous governing boards of non-profit healthcare, community, and conservation organizations. Before joining UAMS in 2015, he served as chair of the department of critical care at Maine Medical Center in Portland and as an associate professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He also had an active clinical practice in pulmonary and critical care medicine for nearly 30 years. Dr. Mette completed his internal medicine residency, clinical and research fellowships in the Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Division at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Cornell University College of Medicine in New York City and Reed College in Portland, OR.

Mika Sovak ’90 (she/her), Franchise Head, R&D, AstraZeneca, Germantown, MD 

Dr. Mika Sovak is a medical oncologist at the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca (AZ), where she currently leads a large team responsible for developing a medicine called Enhertu. Her team is developing Enhertu to help treat patients with different types of cancer, including breast, gastric, lung and colorectal cancer.

She’s always been interested in how things worked, and a focus in science came quite naturally. When she went to Reed, majoring in biology was a pretty straightforward decision. However, in high school she also became quite interested in theater and performing, something she continued to pursue at Reed to the point that many people assumed she was a theater major. Ultimately, she chose a career in the sciences, but her experiences in the theater and performing have served her quite well in her career, as she truly believes that communication, and ability to connect with an audience make her career as a scientist more rewarding.  

After graduating from Reed, she took a gap year working as a lab technician at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysics in Frankfurt, Germany. The following year she returned to the States and started the MD/PhD program at Boston University, where she completed the required four years for medical school and took four additional years to complete her PhD in the Immunology/Pathology department. She had always assumed that she would grow up to be a lab rat but found in her third year of medical school that she really enjoyed taking care of patients, decided to pursue a residency program in Medicine at UCSF, and ultimately an oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. This is where she got her first experience conducting clinical trials in oncology, which for her was the best of both worlds in that it combined her interest in research with the practical need to improve the care of patients with cancer.

After graduating, she spent the next few years in academia seeing patients and running clinical trials at the Cancer Institute of NJ/Rutgers. Because of the nature of the trials she collaborated quite a bit with several different pharmaceutical companies and came to appreciate what the ‘dark side’ had to offer. When Genentech first tried to recruit her, she was open to the discussions, especially when two of the interviewers were her former attendings from UCSF and MSKCC! Ultimately, she joined Genentech in 2008, moved to AstraZeneca in 2015, and is grateful and glad to have made the switch from academia to industry. Although this was not what she thought she’d be doing in her career, she really enjoys what she does and the diversity of skills that are required on a daily basis, as well as the tangible link to patient care. Her current job has also allowed her to spend time and energy being a mentor and building strong and collaborative teams where individuals feel valued and can bring their best self to work. Integral to this focus is her belief that diversity must be fostered and valued in order for us to make the best decisions that ultimately affect patients’ lives. 

Jane van Dis ’92(she/her), Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Dr. Jane van Dis is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Rochester. She is Co-Founder of Equity Quotient a consultancy for equity analytics both in and outside of healthcare. She co-founded OB Best Practice (in partnership with OBG Project), co-founder of Diana Consulting, and co-founder of TIME'S UP Healthcare. She was recently Advisor and Medical Director to MavenClinic, the nation's first unicorn digital health start-up for women's health. She assists in the administration of the non-profit OB Mom Group – a group of 5300+ women ObGyns. She advises multiple healthcare startups (Modern Fertility, Bobbie, FLEX, Biorithm), advises FemTechLab in London, and is a Lead for the FemTech Fund II at Portfolia. Dr. van Dis is a national expert and speaker on equity in healthcare and she is a single mom to twins Brooklyn and Miles. Follow her on Twitter @janevandis.

Panel #1–Panelist Bios

Olivier Ezell ’16 4th-year medical school student, OHSU

Born in Austin, TX, Oli moved to Portland to attend Reed in 2012 and has been in Oregon ever since. Originally a physics major, they jumped ship into biology after learning that biology is super gross and way more relevant to our day-to-day than astrophysics. After graduating, they moved down to Eugene to work with White Bird Clinic’s crisis center as well as their community health clinic. They also participated in festival medicine events, including Renn Fayre. They started at OHSU in 2018 and have been involved with queer student organizing, near-peer education projects, and separately from school, action medic organizing with the Portland EWOKS. They hope to be a climate change doctor and are interested in applying principles of disaster medicine towards the climate crisis. They are applying into emergency medicine. 

Thomas Hoang ’18 4th-year medical school student, OHSU

Thomas grew up in Vietnam and immigrated to the U.S in 2007 when he was eleven years old. He attended grade school in Portland and started at Reed College in 2014. While at Reed, Thomas pursued a wide range of interests, including playing violin in a quartet and the Reed College orchestra, driving the college van on Gray Fund Trips and Outdoor Odysseys, and learning tango through the PE classes, among others. Thomas spent the summer doing research, first at Reed after receiving the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, followed by time at the OHSU Primate Center and the Providence Cancer Research Center. Thomas took the MCAT at the end of his junior year and applied to medical school that summer. He went on to start medical school right after graduating from Reed College. At medical school, Thomas extracurricular activities include leading the Anesthesiology Interest Group and mentoring other medical students as a Student Advisor.

Friederike Keating ’85 Professor of Cardiology, University of Vermont

Dr. Keating majored in biology at Reed. She is a cardiologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center and an associate professor at the Larner College of Medicine at UVM in Burlington, VT. Dr. Keating also serves as the director of the nuclear cardiology division and associate director of the cardiac care unit.

Emily Lane ’15 Pediatric Resident, UC Davis

Emily was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and moved to Portland to start at Reed College in 2011. At Reed, Emily was a house advisor and a leader of Honor Council, and majored in interdisciplinary biology-psychology. After graduation, Emily stayed in Portland and worked as a research assistant at the Oregon National Primate Research Center for two years. She started medical school at OHSU School of Medicine in 2017, where she engaged in research about medical genomics, palliative care, and mobilization of medical students for crisis circumstances, as well as starting several advocacy initiatives. Emily matched into pediatrics residency at UC Davis and is presently involved in local advocacy around black children’s all-cause mortality, as well as research projects about the foster care system and heart defect repair in neonates. She is married with a six-month-old daughter. 

Duncan Ramsey ’04 Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

Dr. Ramsey majored in mathematics at Reed. He is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, specializing in musculoskeletal oncology, complex reconstruction, and other general orthopaedic care. He completed a fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard in Boston. He holds Master’s degrees in public health and mathematics as well as his medical degree.

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