Alumni Profile: Seth Oliveria '01

Neurosurgeon
The Oregon Clinic

Major: Biology

What are you doing now?
I recently completed my neurosurgery residency and fellowship at the University of Florida and have returned to Oregon as the Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at the Providence Brain and Spine Institute. I specialize in deep brain stimulation and the surgical treatment of epilepsy. 

Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in Idaho and fell in love with Oregon as an undergraduate. My training took my wife Stephanie (Ashmore) '02 and me out of the Northwest for an unanticipated 15 years. We are thrilled to be back in Portland with our family and friends.

How did Linfield help prepare you for your career?
After graduating from Linfield I enrolled in a combined MD/PhD program at the University of Colorado. My career trajectory was directly influenced by the wonderful faculty of the Biology Department, who were not only remarkably invested professors, but also good friends--nearly the entire Department attended our wedding. In particular, I spent many hours with my first research mentor Dr. Michael Roberts. We studied adrenergic receptors from blood vessels in cow tails bought from a McMinnville slaughterhouse. With this simple experimental setup he taught me to be a rigorous researcher and instilled a sense of wonder in scientific discovery. This experience led me to pursue graduate training in neuroscience and ultimately a career in neurosurgery.