John Kitzhaber is a physician, legislator and two-term Governor of the state of Oregon. He is the past President of the Oregon State Senate where he authored and implemented the groundbreaking Oregon Health Plan, now in its ninth year. His legislative career, which began in 1979, was marked by active leadership in the areas of public education, community development, environmental stewardship and a wide variety of health care issues, including long-term care, resource allocation and uncompensated care.
In January 2003, Kitzhaber began serving as president of the Estes Park Institute, which conducts six annual educational conferences for community hospitals. Dr. Kitzhaber serves as the Director for the Center of Evidence-Based Policy at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. He also holds an endowed chair on health care policy with the Foundation for Medical Excellence, an Oregon-based public, nonprofit educational foundation.
Kitzhaber is an avid fly fisherman and whitewater rafter. He has one son, Logan and resides in Portland, Oregon.