Meet Dr. Amy Zhu, Gastroeterologist with The Oregon Clinic


I am Amy Zhu, I’m a gastroenterologist at The Oregon Clinic Gastroenterology – East. I did my medical school at the University
of California Los Angeles, and then I did my internship and residency in internal medicine at Cedar Sinai Medical Center. Following that I came to OHSU for my gastroenterology fellowship. I think the combination of a variety of
factors. I’ve had several family members who were
diagnosed with colon cancer, including my own mother, and in medical
school I was fascinated by GI liver physiology. I was
also fortunate enough to have a mentor who coached in GI research and exposed me
to proceed aspect of the field. So I really think it’s combination of being connected to this field on a personal as well as on an
intellectual level that’s made me a gastroenterologist today, and knowing that I can play a key part in cancer prevention brings me a lot of
personal satisfaction. if I wasn’t a physician, then I would probably teach. I grew up
admiring my grandparents who were both educators, and they have had a great influence my
life. I think being a teacher is an incredibly challenging and rewarding
profession, and I think it’s really unfortunate that a
lot of good teachers are often undervalued and under-appreciated these days. I don’t think I’m going to be very popular
in Portland saying this, but being from LA I am a car person. Being in the car is where I feel the
most comfortable, but I do respect all the cyclists out there, I don’t cut them off, I don’t go to dangerously close to them, and I can fully appreciate the
environmental and cardiovascular benefits of cycling.

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