The Oregon State Hospital Psychiatry Department’s psychiatric practitioners include MDs, DOs, and psychiatric nurse practitioners. With nearly 50 positions over two campuses, the psychiatry staff members provide direct patient care and lead the interdisciplinary teams for each patient unit. On forensic units, they provide expert restoration to fitness and give court testimony for persons adjudicated as guilty except for insanity.
Psychiatry plays an integral role the hospital’s performance improvement efforts. The doctors are the clinical leaders of the hospital, and they drive our emphasis on clinical excellence.
In addition, the Psychiatry Department has a significant commitment to academic pursuits and career development with a strong partnership with Oregon Health and Science University and other local medical schools. Attending psychiatrists regularly host medical students, residents and geriatric and forensic psychiatry fellows. Additionally, staff members have the opportunity to involve themselves in clinical research.
Chief of Psychiatry
Sara Walker, M.D. moved to Oregon to follow her passion for working with people with severe mental illness. A licensed, board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Walker has been treating patients at the Oregon State Hospital since 2006.
She obtained her medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine, completed her residency at Washington University School of Medicine and practiced psychiatry for a year at the Metropolitan St. Louis Psychiatry Center before coming to Oregon.
Since assuming the role of Chief of Psychiatry, Dr. Walker has played an integral part of the hospital’s continuous improvement efforts and collaborates regularly with the leaders of the other clinical disciplines. She is a champion for workforce development and encourages psychiatry staff to take advantage of the hospital’s leadership and learning opportunities.
Interim Chief Medical Officer
Tyler G. Jones, M.D. began his tenure at Oregon State Hospital in 2015 as the deputy chief medical officer for the Junction City campus, moving to Oregon from Washington, D.C, where he served as the Chief of Psychiatry at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital and Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Behavioral Health for the District of Columbia. In 2016, he stepped into the position of Oregon State Hospital’s interim chief medical officer.
A licensed, board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Jones received his medical degree from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, completed his residency at the University of Kentucky, and finished a forensic psychiatry fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital. He is also certified in the subspecialty of forensic psychiatry.
Dr. Jones is dedicated to academics and teaching. He is currently an associate professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University and an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Jones is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and American Association for Physician Leadership.
Since joining the leadership team at Oregon State Hospital, Dr. Jones has led the transformation of its clinical leadership into a collaborative, high performing team. Together they oversee treatment care planning processes, review complex clinical cases, and manage ongoing projects to improve patient care while meeting The Joint Commission and The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services compliance standards.