Physicians for Compassionate Care Education Foundation



Board Members

Dr. Charles Bentz Charles J. Bentz, MD, FACP is the President of PCCEF
He is a general internist in private practice at the Fanno Creek Clinic in Portland, Oregon and has a hospital practice at Providence | St. Vincent Hospital Medical Center, where he authored a "Palliative and End of Life Care" curriculum.  Dr. Bentz also serves as the Medical Director of the Pacific University School of Physician Assistant Studies.



Dr. Ken Stevens Kenneth R. Stevens, MD is the Vice-President of PCCEF.
He is Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. He is also a prolific writer, and past president of PCCEF. His recent publication (Emotional and Psychological Effects of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia on Participating Physicians) is a significant contribution to the literature. 



Dr. William Toffler William L. Toffler, MD is the National Director of PCCEF.
He is a Professor of Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Toffler’s papers and interviews have received national and international recognition. He is also a veteran educator and Director of the largest course in the OHSU’s medical school—Principles of Clinical Medicine. His teaching ability, leadership and innovation in this course were recognized by the STFM Award for excellence in the development of an original educational program.



  Valerie Branch is the Executive Director of PCCEF.



Dr. Thomas Pitre Thomas M. Pitre, MD is an active Board Member of PCCEF.
He is a practicing urologist at the NW Urology Clinic in Portland, Oregon.  Dr. Pitre is past Medical Staff President of Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Past President of the Oregon Urological Society, and continues to serve on the clinical faculty of Oregon Health and Science University. 


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