“The more choices we have at end of life the more opportunity we will have to meet individuals where they are at end of life.”

Dr. David Grube

Episode 28: Dr. David Grube – Compassion & Choices Medical Director

Dr. David Grube was raised in rural Oregon and Alaska. After receiving a BA in natural sciences at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, he graduated from University of Oregon Medical School, now known as Oregon Health and Sciences University. In his third year there, he received an AAMC/USPHS Fellowship to the former Belgrade, Yugoslavia, where he was witness to the 1972 Variola (small pox) outbreak.

A physician of family medicine, David completed his Internship in Tucson, AZ, and became a commissioned officer in the USPHS National Health Service Corps. He has been a leader in the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians and OAFP Foundation. He was stationed in Grand Coulee, WA for three years and moved to Philomath, OR in 1977. He founded Philomath Family Medicine and practiced for 35 years, retiring in 2012.

He was appointed to the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners (Oregon Medical Board) in 2001. After serving seven years,
including two as president, he was chosen OAFP Family Physician of the Year in 1986 and Oregon Medical Association Doctor Citizen of the Year in 2009.

David continues to teach pre-med and medical students. He has lectured nationally on topics such as professionalism, medical ethics, end of life care, and humor in medicine. He has served on his local school and hospital boards, and currently serves on the board of his local hospice. He is a National Medical Director for “Compassion & Choices.”