International medicine has been my lifelong interest. Since my earliest years in medical school, I have conducted research and clinical work in countries around the world.
Research and Service
My early research concentrated on the countries of the former Soviet Union and eastern Europe. I conducted epidemiological research in Russia, Byelorussia, Estonia, and the former Czechoslovakia.
I provided psychiatric services to adults and children in Port au Prince, Haiti.
Specializing in psychiatry for those infected with HIV/AIDS, I also traveled to the slums of Port au Prince, Haiti, where I provided psychiatric services to adults and children.
My clinical work abroad further included medical expeditions to refugee camps in Nepal, Vietnam and Thailand.
After the Allied bombings of Serbia in 1991, I traveled to Kosovo where I contributed to a special report on the region’s mental health conditions.
In the United States, I was Director of Mental Health for many years at a large HIV/AIDS center in New York City. During that time, I supervised a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals, conducted research, and treated HIV/ AIDS patients and their families.
Immediately following the 9/11 attack, I worked at Ground Zero, concentrating on the treatment of stress disorders suffered by those located at the World Trade Center.
Working with patients in such extreme conditions may seem remote from the more familiar challenges of Portland-based patients. Acquiring new perspectives, negotiating cultural boundaries, and recognizing universal trauma within foreign landscapes—these experiences offer insights that enrich and inform my daily clinical work.
Dr. Mary E. Theodore’s Portland, Oregon office is accessible to individuals from Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Milwaukie, Tigard, Cedar Hills, Sellwood, NW Portland, SW Portland, NE Portland, SE Portland and Vancouver, Washington.