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R.J. Gillespie, MD, MHPE

R.J. Gillespie, MD, MHPE

R.J. Gillespie, M.D., M.H.P.E, is a general pediatrician with The Children’s Clinic in Portland, and is the Medical Director of the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership. From 2007 through 2010 he worked as the Medical Director of Quality Improvement for the Children’s Health Alliance, where he designed and implemented QI projects for a network of 110 pediatricians in the Portland metro area. Through this position, he gained experience in developing actionable practice-based quality measures, curriculum design for quality improvement initiatives, and analysis of multiple practice workflows. He has also taught Quality and Efficiency at Portland State University for the Healthcare Management Certificate Program. He served as the lead physician advisor and trainer for the Screening Tools and Referral Training (START) project through the Oregon Pediatric Society, which is a statewide training program designed to improve developmental screening in primary care offices. He additionally designed the curriculum and training program for START’s first expansion module, Screening for Peripartum Mood Disorders. His work in maternal depression earned him a place on the state’s HB 2666 Maternal Mental Health Workgroup, and subsequent recognition with the Postpartum Support International’s Healthcare Leadership Award.

He is actively involved as a member and advisor to a number of local quality improvement initiatives and state policy committees, including the Measurement & Reporting Committee for Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation, Community Health and Quality Committee for the Oregon Medical Association, the Patient Centered Primary Care Home Standards Advisory Committee for the Office of Health Policy & Research, and the Oregon Health Authority’s Metrics & Scoring Committee, which decides quality and incentive metrics for the Coordinated Care Organizations in Oregon. 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.

RJ Gillespie, MD, MHPE
General Pediatrician, The Children's Clinic
Medical Director, Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership.