Dr. Mark Backus
MD, FACP, Board Certified General Internal Medicine
Dr. Backus is passionate about providing excellent patient care, and also has an insatiable desire to learn. He finds great satisfaction in providing thorough, comprehensive medical care, and strives to maximize his effectiveness through state of the art electronic medical records. He deliberately schedules fewer patients with longer appointment times in an attempt to provide a relaxed atmosphere and to allow time to adequately address patients concerns.
Dr. Backus grew up in Seattle, Washington and attended Nathan Hale High School, where he was valedictorian and student body president. He received Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Stanford University, graduating with honors in 1989. He completed medical school at Duke University, where he published a peer reviewed basic science paper, and won an AOA (medical honor society) presentation award. He completed his residency at the University of Washington in 1996 and then began private practice in Cheyenne, Wyoming. After practicing in Cheyenne for 3 years, he pursued locum tenens and volunteered medical services to residents in Nepal. He moved to Bend in 2000, practiced at Bend Memorial Clinic for 6 years, and then founded Cascade Internal Medicine Specialists with his partner and friend, Dr. Jeff Absalon. In 2008, he was honored to be elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
He immensely enjoys his three young children and his wife, Diane. Family time is very important to him. When he finds himself with free time, he enjoys his family, and/or a variety of hobbies, including fly-fishing, mountain and cyclocross biking, skate, downhill, and telemark skiing, soccer, and playing violin.