The Dalles, Oregon, Jan. 2, 2019–Serene Perkins, M.D. will begin
serving as Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s chief medical officer,
effective Jan. 3. A highly respected surgeon, Dr. Perkins brings extensive
experience in patient care, surgical education, and administrative leadership.
Prior to joining MCMC, Dr. Perkins served multiple roles at Legacy Health
in Portland, including director of Surgical and Clinical Research at Legacy
Research Institute, co-director of the institute’s Cancer Research
Initiative, director of the Legacy Institute for Surgical Education and
Innovation, and program director of the Legacy Tumor Bank.
Dr. Perkins is also the founder and director of S.C.A.L.P.E.L.(The Surgeon’s
Consortium for the Advancement of Leadership, Peace and Education through
Laparoscopy), a nonprofit that promotes international collaboration in
“Dr. Perkins’ experience in patient care, surgical education,
and administrative leadership will help ensure MCMC patients receive the
highest quality care without leaving the Gorge. She will be a key member
of the Executive Leadership Team and I look forward to working with her,”
said Dennis Knox, MCMC CEO and President.
Dr. Perkins is dedicated to strengthening the relationship between medical
staff and hospital executives and MCMC’s relationship with OHSU.
“This is an amazing opportunity to connect and collaborate with patient
care teams in a beautiful part of the world,” said Dr. Serene Perkins.
“MCMC has remarkable medical and executive staff committed to providing
the most outstanding care in the region. It is an honor to join such an
experienced team with a passion for excellence.”
Board certified in general surgery, Dr. Perkins received her M.D. at The
Chicago Medical School and completed her residency in general surgery
at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and Fairview Hospital/Cleveland
Clinic Health Systems.
She completed fellowships in molecular genetics and cell and tissue transplantation
at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, and hepatobiliary and pancreatic
surgical oncology and organ transplantation at University of Toronto.