Dr. Susan Gurley

Associate Professor and Department Chair of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

BA in Chemistry (1990)
PhD in Chemistry (1994)


Dr. Susan Gurley, MD, PhD, Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. 

“I recruited Dr. Gurley from Duke, where she had distinguished herself across missions,” said Dr. Anderson, OHSU School of Medicine Dean. “She has only continued to excel since arriving at OHSU in 2017, and I am thrilled that she will step up to lead the school’s largest department at this critical time.”  

Dr. Gurley earned her PhD from the University of Mississippi in 1994 and her MD from Washington University School of Medicine in 1998. She did a research fellowship and a clinical fellowship in the Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center.  

Dr. Gurley has a secondary appointment in the Department of Chemical Physiology and Biochemistry, OHSU School of Medicine.  She also serves as a staff physician at the Portland VA Health Care System, is a member of the Graduate Studies faculty in the school, and was recently named associate director of the OHSU MD/PhD Training Program.  She is an active member of the American Heart Association (KCVD Leadership) and the American Society of Nephrology. 

Dr. Gurley studies the pathogenesis of hypertension and diabetic kidney disease.  Her laboratory studies rely on mouse models of human diseases to dissect relevant pathways contributing to hypertension and kidney disease.