Mid-Columbia Medical Center Announces New Chief Medical Officer

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 surgical education.

“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.