People of Providence - Meet Jill Gelow
Meet Jill Gelow, M.D., MPH, Medical director, Heart Transplant Program, Providence Heart Institute
Education and training:
• Oregon State University: nutrition science
• Oregon Health & Science University: medical degree, master's in public health, fellowship
• Brigham and Women's Hospital: residency
Where did you grow up?
I came to Providence because I believe in the organization's mission and values. The leadership and culture here are unique and allow caregivers to deliver the best possible care. We are constantly evolving and improving how we care for our patients.
What is your dream for Providence in Oregon?
I'd like Providence in Oregon to become a leader in heart transplants for the Pacific Northwest. I want us to provide access to heart transplants for all Oregonians who need this life-saving therapy.
What are your hobbies?
I love to spend time with my son, Haile. We spend a lot of time playing soccer and exploring the outdoors. I also grow dahlias, and I enter the tablescaping contest at the Oregon State Fair every year.
What's a great Providence memory?
Our first picnic (in 2019) for heart transplant patients at Providence was really special to me. To spend time with our patients and their families outside of a health care encounter is truly a privilege. Witnessing the love and dedication the Providence team has for our patients was humbling and inspiring.
Who are your mentors?
I met Dr. Lynn Loriaux during my first year of medical school when he was chief of medicine at OHSU. Because of him, I became a resident in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. My first day there on the advanced heart failure service, I knew I would become a heart failure and transplant cardiologist.
Why does philanthropy matter to your work?
Philanthropy allows us to break down barriers in health care, ensuring all Oregonians have access to the health care they deserve. It also allows us to innovate and improve the health care we deliver every day.
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