Elizabeth Ryan

Dr. Ryan is a family physician and medical director at Boulder Care in Portland, Oregon. She has worked as adjunct faculty at SUNY Upstate School of Medicine and served on the Public Health Commission for the New York State Academy of Family Physicians. She grew up in Ithaca, New York.

Telehealth Must Stay After COVID-19 to Save Our Patients From Overdose

March 2020. The stakes were enormous and the urgency acute: 1,000 of our patients were about to be pushed into…

June 9, 2020

Ugly Disparities Among My Patients Demand Marijuana Racial Justice

As a doctor in a harm reduction clinic, the racist applications of our marijuana laws are regularly apparent to me.…

December 12, 2018

In Healthcare, Urine Screens for Drugs Are Routinely Used to Justify Cruelty

Jed* is 42, with an athletic build, a finely striped button-down and soft, worried eyes that meet mine reluctantly. I’m…

November 5, 2018

“More Like Retail Than Healing”—Can the Opioid Crisis Bring Health Equity to Our Medical System?

Fifteen years ago, with an EMT colleague and an armed police officer, I arrived as a novice 25-year-old paramedic to…

September 30, 2018