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Change Maker Award



R.J. Gillespie, M.D., M.H.P.E, is a general pediatrician with The Children’s Clinic in Portland. He attended medical school at Oregon Health Sciences University, graduating in 1997, and completed his residency and chief residency at Rush Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois in 2001. He also earned a Master of Health Professions Education from University of Illinois – Chicago in 2007. He has served as the past Medical Director of the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership from 2010-2016, and as the Medical Director of Quality Improvement for the Children’s Health Alliance from 2007-2010. He currently conducts clinical research on assessment of parental Adverse Childhood Experiences, which has been published in Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, Pediatrics, and Pediatric Annals. As a consultant, he educates providers, patients, and policy makers on the effects of ACEs on lifelong health and wellness; and specifically on the effects of parental trauma on child development. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Health Share, the largest Medicaid Coordinated Care Organization in Oregon.