New chief medical officer joins The Portland Clinic

Craig Wright, M.D., brings more than 25 years of experience to clinic

For immediate release May 10, 2017
Portland, Ore. —The Portland Clinic will welcome Craig Wright, M.D., to its multispecialty medical group as chief medical officer (CMO) in September 2017. Wright will replace the retiring Jeffrey Cleven, M.D., who has served as CMO for more than 23 years. Cleven originally joined the clinic in 1977, and became the CMO in 1994.

“We believe Dr. Wright’s more than 25 years of experience, leadership and perspective will be a tremendous asset as we work to provide optimal care for our patients while succeeding as an independent group in the current medical/business environment,” said Chris Hyun, MD, executive board chair. “We are excited to have him join The Portland Clinic family.”

“Dr. Wright participated in a comprehensive interview process with our leadership teams, and our executive board unanimously approved extending an offer,” Hyun said.

Wright’s background includes the practice of family medicine in Seattle for more than 10 years before moving into significant medical leadership roles at Providence Health and Services. He rose to become the senior physician leader in Providence’s Oregon region and then moved back to Seattle as the senior vice president of Providence’s Physician Services. He has managed large medical groups in both the Puget Sound and Oregon markets. An interest in developing a healthcare consulting business prompted his departure from Providence in 2015 and a move back to Portland. His consulting practice specializes in physician alignment, value-based reimbursement, quality and consumerism initiatives.

“I’m thrilled to join The Portland Clinic as the chief medical officer and work with the board, CEO Dick Clark, providers and administrative team during this important and exciting time for the clinic,” Wright said. “I am humbled to join the leadership team of an organization with a proud history of providing high-quality, cost-effective care to the community for nearly 100 years. The physician ownership model of governance, along with a meaningful yet nimble size, positions the clinic to respond well to today’s changing healthcare environment,” stated Wright. “I have been impressed with the clinicians along with the vision of the clinic to provide patient-centered care that embraces a shift from volume to value-based reimbursement. I am excited to bring my experience in operating large medical groups, outcome-based performance and leadership development to help position the clinic for an extremely successful future.”

About The Portland Clinic Established in 1921, The Portland Clinic is Oregon’s oldest, private, multispecialty medical group. Today, with sophisticated medical technology, modern spacious facilities and dynamic medical specialists, a personal approach to each patient’s good health remains The Portland Clinic’s primary focus. The Portland Clinic’s six locations serve the greater Portland metropolitan area and care for more than 90,000 patients each year throughout the Northwest. For more information visit and follow us on Twitter (@PortlandClinic) and Facebook (@ThePortlandClinic).