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Somnath Saha, M.D., M.P.H.
(Washington CSP 96-98)

Associate Professor of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland VA Medical Center
Portland, Oregon

Somnath Saha is and is Staff Physician at the Portland VA Medical Center; Core Investigator at the Columbia Center for the Study of Chronic, Comorbid Mental and Physical Disorders; and Associate Professor of Medicine, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, and Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University and received his medical degree and post-graduate training in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at the University of Washington, where he obtained a masters degree in public health.

Dr. Saha conducts research focusing on the influence of race and ethnicity in the patient-physician relationship, and its relation to racial disparities in the quality of health care. His current work employs the principles of community-based participatory research and involves both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Dr. Saha has served as a Deputy Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine and was a member of the VA National Ethics Committee Task Force on Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. He is a member of the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center, where he has conducted technology assessments and developed methods to synthesize evidence on cost-effectiveness. He currently serves as Chair of the State of Oregon's Health Services Commission, a group charged with prioritizing health services to enable the creation of a rational and cost-effective benefits package for Medicaid beneficiaries.

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