My Speaker List

Kelsey Priest, PhD

MD/PhD student at OHSU

“The drug supply is contaminated. As long as we are enacting prohibition-based policies, there will always be this alternative, unsafe, unregulated drug supply that is going to kill people.”

Kelsey Priest is a 7th year MD/PhD student at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The focus of her doctoral studies is on pharmacotherapy policy and practice for persons with opioid use disorder in the hospital-setting.

Before starting the MD/PhD program Kelsey received her Master of Public Health in Health Management & Policy from PSU and worked in clinical research, quality improvement, program development, and management in the fields of neurology, pulmonary and critical care, and public administration. During her MPH, she served as the founding President of the PSU & OHSU Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School Chapter and was the IHI Open School West Coast Regional Leader for three years.

In 2016, during her medical and doctoral studies, Kelsey co-founded OHSU’s Women’s Leadership Development Program (WLDP), a leadership training community for self-identified women in medicine. Kelsey is also a trainer and facilitator for Primary Care Progress’ Relational Leadership Institute in Portland, Oregon.