Kelly Caverzagie, MD, to join OHSU School of Medicine

Kelly Caverzagie, MD

Kelly Caverzagie, MD

Kelly Caverzagie, MD, associate dean for educational strategy and the learning environment, and associate dean of continuing medical education at the UNMC College of Medicine, and vice president for education at Nebraska Medicine, will become senior associate dean for education at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, effective Monday, July 15.

“I am extremely proud of, and humbled by, the work that we have done at UNMC and Nebraska Medicine and the ways we have evolved and remained on the leading edge to produce the health professionals of tomorrow to best serve our state and nation,” Dr. Caverzagie said. “My wife and I have also reached a point where we are looking for our next adventure. The OHSU School of Medicine has been a beacon of innovation and creative thinking in medical and biomedical research education. I am honored by this amazing opportunity to join their team and help lead continued growth at OHSU.”

Dr. Caverzagie is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the UNMC College of Medicine, where he also completed a residency in internal medicine. He completed a clinician educator fellowship in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit as an assistant professor and clinician educator before returning to UNMC, where he climbed the ranks to professor by 2019.

Dr. Caverzagie led the development and implementation of the Training the Physicians of Tomorrow Curriculum, UNMC’s first curricular redesign in almost 30 years. From 2017 to 2022, he served as the primary investigator for UNMC’s membership in the American Medical Association ChangeMedEd Consortium. This highly successful multi-institutional collaborative, which was developed to create the medical school of the future, also included OHSU in the founding cohort.

“Dr. Caverzagie is an unrelenting advocate for education and the importance of the clinical learning environment,” said Steven Lisco, MD, chief academic officer for Nebraska Medicine and senior associate dean for clinical affairs of the UNMC College of Medicine. “It has been a pleasure to work with him, and his talents will be missed both at UNMC and Nebraska Medicine.”

Bradley Britigan, MD, dean of the UNMC College of Medicine, thanked Dr. Caverzagie “for all he has done in his role for the college of medicine faculty, staff and students, as well as in working with Nebraska Medicine to enhance the learning environment for our students.”


  1. Jana Wardian says:

    Congratulations, Kelly! I wish you well. Enjoy the adventure.

  2. Mary Jansen says:

    Congratulations Kelly, such a wonderful person and physician.
    You will be missed at UNMC!

  3. Ms. Amy Volk says:

    Kelly, Congratulations and best wishes. You’ll be missed.

  4. Robin Jaeckel says:

    Congratulations on your new position!

  5. Tom O’Connor says:

    Congrats on a great run at UNMC/NM, Kelly. You’ve been a rock star. All the best to you in Oregon.

  6. Jennifer Colella says:

    Thank you for the teaching and leadership! All the best on your new adventure!

  7. Stephen Peters says:

    Always a person to be progressive and forward-thinking. Good working with him on and off over the years.

  8. Lindsey Holmes says:

    Congratulations, Kelly, on your new role with OHSU! They’re so fortunate to have you! Thank you for being a great mentor, leader, and someone to always look up to. Everyone deserves a Kelly, and thank you for your sharing your time, knowledge, and talent with everyone here at UNMC/NM. You will always be appreciated.

  9. Michael Sitorius says:

    Congratulations Kelly. I know you will do a great job in your new position at OSHS. You will be missed at UNMC. I have enjoyed working with you at UNMC and wish you and your family all the best.

  10. Patrick Fuller says:

    Congratulations Dr. Caverzagie! It has been a pleasure to work with you over the past several years. You will be missed. We wish you and your family all the best on your next journey!

  11. Heidi Kaschke says:

    Congratulations and best wishes on this new adventure!

  12. Beth Morris says:

    Congratulations, Dr. Caverzagie! You will of course be missed at UNMC, but as a northwest native, I think you will love Portland and OHSU.

  13. Tyler Scherr says:

    Congrats Kelly – you’re leaving some big shoes to fill!


  14. Patti Marsh says:

    Congratulations Kelly!! I wish you the best in this next chapter. I enjoyed working with you and lucky are those that will be on your team at OHSU. Best Wishes!!

  15. Dawn A Straub says:

    Kelly – congrats! Oregon’s gain is our loss. It has been a pleasure to work with you. Take care and all the best to you and your family.

  16. Alice Schumaker says:

    Kelly, Congratulations on your new position. Oregon is fortunate to have you on its team!

  17. Jay Helvey says:

    Congratulations, Kelly!
    Your leadership through our time together has continued just as it started, literally a deep, powerful bass drum setting the pace in the march of progress. I will miss it.

  18. Carmen Sirizzotti says:

    Congratulations on your appointment as the senior associate dean for education at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

    Best wishes.

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