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Our Team

Cristian Slough, MDCristian Slough, MD

Board-Certified Otolaryngologist

Cristian Slough earned his bachelor and medical degrees at the University of Nottingham Medical School in the United Kingdom (UK). Following a General Surgical training rotation at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, he completed his Otolaryngology internship and residency at Oregon Health and Science University. He completed two fellowships at Harvard University School of Medicine, the first as a research fellow in otolaryngology and the second as a clinical otolaryngology fellow specializing in thyroid and parathyroid surgery.

Dr. Slough has published extensively on the treatment of thyroid and parathyroid disorders, including cancer. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Oregon Society of Otolaryngology, and the Royal College of Surgeons (UK).

Dr. Slough is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Medical School:
 University of Nottingham
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
Fellowship: Harvard Medical School

Philip Zald, MDPhilip Zald, MD

Board-Certified Otolaryngologist

A desire to help, heal and contribute to a better understanding of illness and its impact on patients’ lives led Dr. Philip Zald to a career in medicine. As a board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Zald provides compassionate and state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment tailored to individual patients.

Dr. Zald treats conditions affecting the nose and sinuses, the mouth and throat, the ears, hearing and balance, the voice, speech and swallowing, and tumors of the head and neck.

Dr. Zald earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He served his internship and residency at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Dr. Zald is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and an associate member of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.

Dr. Zald loves living in Oregon with his wife and son. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor pursuits such as hiking, backpacking, running and swimming as well as spending time with his family.

Medical School:
 University of Michigan Medical School
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
Fellowship: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Pat Burmeister, MA, CCC-A


Pat Burmeister is always happy to lend an ear – but it won’t be hers. She’s trained as an audiologist to help people who have experienced significant hearing loss.

Board certified, Pat has a Master’s degree in audiology. She initially chose to study deaf education because she had a friend who was deaf, but Pat got bogged down in the educational theory. She gave audiology a try and because it seemed more precise, decided to become an audiologist.

Born in Indiana, she grew up in the Bay Area until junior high, when she moved to Lewiston, Idaho, and graduated from high school there. She then enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado. Pat is married to Lyle, and they have two grown daughters and one grandchild. She finds her job rewarding because she helps people enjoy a better quality of life through better hearing.