Dr. Gordon Christensen dedicated his career in medicine to the treatment and research of infectious diseases. In addition to his work at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital, Dr. Christensen taught medicine at the University of Missouri (MU). Before joining the Veterans Hospital, Dr. Christensen was credited with the discovery of an overlooked skin bacteria that caused often fatal infections in intravenous (IV) lines and other medical implants. Dr. Christensen knows, first hand, the problems Americans face when seeking access to quality healthcare and in Congress he will seek to find solutions for hard working families.
Gordon and his wife Alice have lived in Columbia, Missouri since 1988. Together they raised two daughters and are active members of their local church.
In the 1990s Dr. Christensen became a Federal whistle-blower and testified before Congress as part of an inquiry into the cover up of murders at the Veterans hospital. Although, he received threats and his professional career was impeded, Dr. Christensen is proud that he stood up for vulnerable Veterans seeking access to health care. In his words, “Some of the people who were hurt are the very same people who we have asked to sacrifice their lives and health to defend us.”
Dr. Christensen was elected by his peers to represent the faculty of the medical school at the University of Missouri and served as Chair of the MU Faculty Council (2003-2005) and Chief of Staff at the University of Missouri Hospital (2008-2009). Dr. Christensen has dedicated a significant portion of his post-research career to working with underprivileged populations in developing nations, traveling to South Africa, Jamaica, Panama, Nicaragua, and Peru to assist local physicians in research and control of infectious diseases.
With so many important decisions about health care before Congress, who better to have a seat at the table than a physician who has spent his career caring for Veterans and their families. Dr. Christensen is outraged by the attitude of self-interest among Republicans in Washington that has lead to the neglect of the real problems facing everyday Americans.
Dr. Christensen is running for Congress to give hard working families a voice and take their message to Washington. He believes that, “It's time that Congress represents the people. If enough like-minded citizens and elected officials work together, we can overcome the partisan gridlock and restore integrity to government. Together we can make it happen.”