May 6, 2021 | Chest Wall Deformities: Old Diagnosis, New Evidence

Explore new treatment approaches for chest wall deformities in children and adults in this session led by expert physicians in the field. Oregon Health Forum is pleased to present its first ever Continuing Medical Education (CME) Qualifying Event, offered in partnership with PeaceHealth.
Free of charge, the event is best suited for clinicians who may see patients with these conditions. CME credit is available.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe chest wall deformities, associated syndromes
  2. Review indicated work up including screening for associated connective tissue disorders
  3. Analyze the cardiology perspective on physiology and work up
  4. Discuss surgical repair options and care of adult patients with chest wall deformities


Farzana Molvi, MD, is a pediatrician. She has practiced at Samaritan Pediatrics in Corvallis for the last 17 years and is deeply passionate about serving our communities, especially underserved populations, to promote their health and wellbeing. Dr. Molvi has volunteered and served in leadership roles with many local organizations and nonprofits in the Corvallis community. In her roles as a pediatrician and an active community member, Dr. Molvi has seen the disparities and complex issues that exist in our health care system and she aspires to help create meaningful change. She has recently relocated to Portland and is actively pursuing new opportunities to engage in promoting health equity. In her free time she enjoys running, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her two children.

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Kim Ruscher, MD, MPH, joined the Pediatric Surgery program at PeaceHealth in 2013 upon completion of her fellowship training. Her goal is to provide the area with high-quality surgical care for the youngest patients. Her clinical interests include minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery for the full range of pediatric conditions, including hernias and chest wall deformities. Dr. Ruscher enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her family.

Contact Dr. Ruscher at 541-222-6135.

Garret Zallen, MD, joined PeaceHealth in 2012. Previously he worked at Oregon Health & Science University where he was a practicing pediatric surgeon as well as an assistant professor of pediatric surgery. He is very committed to his charitable work with both Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland, where he treats and performs surgery monthly on patients who can’t afford to pay, and Athletes 4 Cancer, an organization he co-founded in 2007 whose mission is to rebuild and renew the lives of young adult cancer survivors through outdoor adventure.

Contact Dr. Zallen at 541.222.6135

Cardiologist Sudeshna Banerjee, MD, joined Sacred Heart Medical Center’s Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute in 2011 after completing fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She attended medical school at the University of Missouri, and completed her residency at Case Western Reserve University. Her professional interests include interventional cardiology and structural heart disease. “I cherish my relationship with my patients and strive to effectively diagnose and manage their illness,” she says. “Clear communication, ongoing education and mutual respect are vital to this process and integral to a successful treatment plan.” Dr. Banerjee said she chose to join Sacred Heart’s team of cardiac specialists because of the attitude and camaraderie of the physicians, as well as the reputation of the organization. Outside of work, she enjoys outdoor activities, traveling and cooking.

Contact Dr. Banerjee at 541-484-4332

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