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A letter from Dr. Saul Farris, Chief of Psychiatry


I welcome you to consider Oregon State Hospital as the next step in your career. At Oregon State Hospital, we have time to work with our patients until they are well enough to make a successful transition back to the community. We have comprehensive on-site services, including vocational and occupational rehabilitation, supported education, music and art therapy, a full medical clinic and a dentist office. All these services mean you have the freedom to design a treatment care plan that really helps someone get well, and to me, that's what being a successful clinician is all about.

We have a large psychiatry team with great administrative and financial support. There's a true sense of collegiality amongst the psychiatry staff. We see each other more, and interact with each other more, than the other hospitals where I've worked. We also teach and learn from each other, specifically things like forensic psychiatry, which you might not have learned during your residency training.

In addition to the two gorgeous new facilities, Oregon State Hospital has developed a culture that focuses on continuous improvement and data-driven decision making. These tools empower us, the clinicians who are actually doing the work, to identify and then fix the issues we face. There are plenty of leadership, research and teaching opportunities for people interested in chairing a committee or working with local universities. Other perks include having enough staff to cover leave for vacation and conferences, and the fact that clinicians don't have to worry about billing; the Business Office takes care of that.

Personally, I've called the Willamette Valley my home since 2013 and I truly believe it's one of the hidden gems of our country. We're only a couple of hours away from the ski slopes of Mount Hood and the beautiful coastlines of the Pacific Northwest. There are many other amazing outdoor experiences to be had in Oregon like exploring Crater Lake or the Multnomah Waterfall. We have three major sports teams and tons of live music and arts festivals. Our breweries, vineyards and restaurants are a foodie's delight. Oregon is a simply a great place to live!

Please explore this site to learn more about our programs and opportunities, our staff, and our beautiful state. For more information, or to submit your CV, please contact the Psychiatry Recruiter Michael Lewis, or feel free to contact me directly at or 503-756-8475.


We look forward to hearing from you.

Michael Saul Farris, MD