Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program

OHSU has an accredited Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program that is part of a comprehensive Cystic Fibrosis Care Center that provides high-quality, specialized care for those with CF and their families.

Meet Our Staff

Gopal Allada, MD

Gopal Allada

Dr. Allada is an associate professor of medicine and the Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis program. He has served as the program director at OHSU since 2005. He actively participates in clinical research trials for CF therapies as an investigator for the CF Therapeutic Development Network (TDN). He also serves on the national CF Foundation (CFF) center committee which assesses CF centers across the country for accreditation. He serves on the national CFF patient education committee and volunteers on the Oregon Chapter of the CFF board of directors. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking and all things related to University of Michigan sports. 

Jeff Gold, MD

Jeff Gold

Dr. Gold is a professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the OHSU Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center since 2010. He is a recipient of a CF PACE award and has been actively involved in both basic science and quality improvement research for Cystic Fibrosis patients. He currently serves as the Interim Chair for the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and has an active research group focused on safe and effective use of computerized medical records in health care. On a personal note, he is an avid road cyclist and loves all things Blazers!

Aaron Trimble, MD

Aaron Trimble

Dr.Trimble grew up near Anchorage, Alaska, and then headed across the country to attend college in Virginia. After finishing medical school and residency at the University of Virginia, he moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina for fellowship, with a particular interest in cystic fibrosis. Afterward, Dr. Trimble spent an additional year at UNC dedicated to CF clinical research and care. His desire to move back to the Pacific Northwest brought him to OHSU in August 2018. He enjoys cycling, cooking, and spending time with his wife and three young boys.

Virginia Satcher, ANP

Virginia Satcher

Virginia Satcher has worked with our CF team since 2008. She sees CF patients independently, assists with medication issues, sick calls and clinical research. She also sees some of our CF patients while they are in the hospital.

Cori Muirhead, PharmD

Cori Muirhead

Dr. Muirhead graduated from pharmacy school at University of Washington in 2007. After working as a pediatric hospital pharmacist for 5 years, Cori joined the CF team in 2012. She was hired to support both the pediatric and adult CF teams at Doernbecher and OHSU. She has presented research abstracts at the North American CF Conference. Cori enjoys playing soccer and spending time with her kids, Nolan and Sebastian.

Wendy Palmrose, LCSW

Wendy Palmrose

Wendy Palmrose graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara and received a post-graduate counseling certification prior to earning her master's degree from Portland State University, School of Social Work. Upon graduation, she joined the CF center at Doernbecher and OHSU. For over 30 years, Wendy has been dedicated to helping people with CF and their families. She is also an artist, enjoys gardening and reading scientific articles.

Alex Tharp, CSWA

Alexandra Tharp

Alex Tharp graduated from Fordham University, New York City, and received a master's degree in social work. Prior to starting at OHSU, Alex worked as a mental health counselor with both children and adults. She enjoys spending time with her husband and cat, skiing, and being outdoors.

Daniella Gardner, RD


Daniella Gardner graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2008 and completed her Dietetic Internship at OHSU. She has spent most of her career working as an inpatient Dietitian, obtaining a wide range of experience with many different medical conditions. She hopes to provide clear and consistent nutrition guidance in both clinic visits and hospital admissions. Daniella loves to spend her free time hiking with her family and dog.

Nir Modiano MD, PhD


Dr. Modiano joined the CF team in 2016 and specializes in gastrointestinal diseases. Heserves as the Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease program at OHSU. Hereceived funding from a national CF Foundation grant to develop expertise inCF-specific gastrointestinal issues. If there are issues involving your GIsymptoms such as nausea, vomiting, belly pain, changes in your bowel habits,etc., you may be referred to Dr. Modiano's team.

Ellen Desmarais, PT

Ellen Desmarais, DPT graduated from Boston University in 2016 with her doctoral degree in physical therapy. She has been a physical therapist at OHSU for over 2 years now and has spent most of that time in both the inpatient and outpatient settings treating a wide range of patients and medical conditions. Her role in clinic is to provide education and guidance about appropriate exercise prescription and pain management skills for the CF pt. Ellen loves spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and rock climbing.

Kim Keeling Loop, RRT

Kim Keeling Loop

Kim Keeling Loop has been a Respiratory Therapist at OHSU since September 1993. She took over the PediatricPulmonary Function Lab in 2006 and help develop the Special Diagnostics groupin respiratory care.  She has worked on development of educational modelsand protocols for the cystic fibrosis patients. She recently got married andmoved to Saint Helens.  She loves camping, cooking, and most of all, beinga Nana to her 21 month old granddaughter.

Patient Access Specialist

Our Patient Access Specialist staff help schedule and coordinate appointments and can pass on messages to our providers. The PAS staff also assist with prior authorizations and working with insurance companies to get certain testing ordered.


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Adult CF Quarterly Newsletter

Find the most recent CF Newsletter here!

 Archived Newsletters

2018 Vol. 2 Spring Newsletter

2018 Vol. 1 Winter Newsletter


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Adult CF Handbook

Check out the Adult CF Handbook here


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CF Foundation Links

Find out more information on the National CF Foundation.
Find out more information on the Oregon CF Foundation Chapter