GME Staff

GME Staff

Director of Medical Education

Luis Vela, DO, earned a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and a medical degree from Nova-Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in North Miami Beach, Fla. He completed his residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at Garden City Hospital in Michigan and an Upper Extremity Surgery fellowship Tampa General Hospital in Florida.

Dr. Vela is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who treats sports-related and occupational injuries, arthritis and trauma of upper extremities. He specializes in the use of innovative techniques in rotator cuff repair and shoulder arthroscopy, wrist reconstruction and nerve releases.

Dr. Vela also serves as the program director for the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program.


Administrative Director of Medical Education 

Nancy Bell, RN, MPH, began her career as a nurse with education at Emanuel Hospital School of Nursing in Portland, Ore. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and a master’s degree in public health from Oregon State University with a focus in health policy and management.

Nancy joined Samaritan Health Services in October 1979 to manage the general surgery unit. She worked in several clinical units at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center prior to assuming a position in the Professional Development Department.

She is currently the vice president of academic affairs as well as the administrative director of medical education for the Office of Medical Education. Prior to joining Samaritan, she specialized in the care of pediatric and obstetric patients, both in Oregon and Maine, and functioned as a flight nurse in geographically remote areas.

Nancy has taught courses at Linn-Benton Community College and serves as guest lecturer at Oregon State University.