Lectureship Events

Our series of lectureship events, named to honor the contributions of leaders in the field of medicine, focus on topics of great interest to practicing physicians, such as physician well-being, leadership and public policy surrounding healthcare decisions.


2017 TFME John Kitzhaber, M.D., Lecture and Dinner on Health Policy

Monday, December 11, 2017 

No host reception 5:45 p.m. – Dinner 6:30 p.m. 

 The Portland Hilton Hotel – Pavilion Ballroom 


Governor John Kitzhaber, M.D.


Guest Speaker

Zubin Damania, M.D. (aka, ZDoggMD, Rapper & Physician)


About our guest speaker:

 Zubin Damania, MD, is an Internist and founder of Turntable Health, an innovative healthcare startup that was part of an ambitious urban revitalization movement in Las Vegas. During a decade-long hospitalist career at Stanford, he experienced our dysfunctional health care system firsthand. Dr. Damania created videos under the pseudonym ZDoggMD as an outlet to find his voice. This launched a grassroots movement – a quarter billion views and a passionate tribe dedicated to improving healthcare for everyone. Dr. Damania delves into the ethical challenges of delivering compassionate healthcare in our dysfunctional medical system, while proposing collaborative ways to revitalize it. He examines, through humor and storytelling, the hope that the future of medicine is a bright one provided that all of us work together for the common goal.

Presenting Sponsor:

Cambia Health Solutions


Online Registration



John Kitzhaber, M.D. Lectureship on Healthcare Policy

Created 1993
The Foundation established this lectureship to honor Dr. Kitzhaber’s nationally recognized contributions to the citizens of Oregon as State Senator and Governor through his pioneering leadership in legislating the Oregon Health Plan. This lectureship focuses on issues related to economics and public policy in healthcare.

John A. Benson, Jr., M.D. & John W. Kendall, Jr., M.D. Visiting Professorship

Created 1996
In 1996, The Foundation and the School of Medicine, OHSU, honored these internist-educators for their exceptional contributions to the profession, the School of Medicine as Deans, and The Foundation by establishing this visiting professorship, which concentrates on medical education.

April 24-25, 2018

Douglas S. Paauw, M.D., MACP,  University of Washington, will be the guest speaker.

John Alsever, M.D. Family Lectureship

Created 2000
In 2000 The Foundation recognized John Alsever, M.D., for his outstanding achievements and valued contributions to The Foundation For Medical Excellence, Salem Hospital and its Medical Staff, Marion-Polk County Medical Society, Mid-Valley IPA, Salem Clinic, Oregon Medical Association, American Medical Association, and the greater health care community. This lectureship focuses on physician well-being and is convened as a lecture permanently associated with The Foundation’s annual conference on physician well-being.

The John Alsever, M.D. Family Lectureship is a part of the Foundation’s annual conference on Physician Well-Being. The 2015 Alsever speaker is Lisa Goren, MS.

William B. Webber Lectureship

Created April 1990
William B. Webber, former Vice President at Tektronix, served as Chairman of The Foundation for three consecutive terms (1986-88). In April 1990, The Foundation honored Mr. Webber’s outstanding contributions by creating this lectureship. This lectureship considers issues related to physician well-being.

The William B. Lectureship is part of the annual Physician Well Being conference.  The 2015 speaker was Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

William E. Drips, Jr., M.D., Lectureship

created 2006
The Foundation for Medical Excellence and the physicians and staff at The Doctors Clinic, Mid-Valley IPA and Salem Hospital established this lectureship to honor the distinguished career of William E. Drips, Jr., M.D. and to recognize his many outstanding contributions to the profession of medicine and to the medical community on a local, state and national level. This annual lecture will feature speakers of national prominence who will address current clinical issues and topics in health care policy to the medical community of the greater Salem area and northern Williamette Valley.

Ralph Crawshaw, M.D. Lectureship

Created 1987
In 1987, The Foundation for Medical Excellence recognized the seminal contributions of this Portland psychiatrist and leader, and his longstanding contributions to Oregon Health Decisions and The Foundation, including the suggestion that there be a Foundation, by creating its first lectureship in his name. This lectureship focuses on public values in healthcare, mainly by editors of healthcare publications.

Solomon D. Menashe Healthcare Leadership Forum

Created 1996
In conjunction with Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon The Foundation established the Solomon D. Menashe Healthcare Leadership Forum to recognize his valued contributions to The Foundation as well as his role as President/CEO and Chairman of the Board of BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. This lectureship is directed at issues surrounding leadership.

David M. Lawrence, M.D. Lectureship

Created 1997
In 1997, The Foundation launched this lectureship in conjunction with Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Lawrence has had a distinguished career in healthcare delivery systems that included serving as the national CEO for Kaiser Permanente. This lectureship focuses on public health and building healthy communities.