Biography & Education

Biography

Tom Chau, M.D., takes a collaborative approach to care. “As a partner in health, I will give my patients the best information and guidance I can,” he says. “At the same time, I ask my patients to be active participants in their own health.”

In his practice, he emphasizes wellness, healthy living and efficient care. “As health is the ultimate goal, I support the safe and prudent use of complementary and alternative therapies when medically appropriate.”

Dr. Chau received his medical degree from the University of Colorado in Denver. He completed his internship and residency at the University of California, San Diego, where he was elected chief resident. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.

Dr. Chau was born in Taiwan and grew up in Boulder, Colo. He is an avid hiker, connoisseur of food and amateur chef of fusion cuisine.

Personal Statement: A music teacher once told me, "The mind is a sponge that can't absorb water if it's clenched too tight. It absorbs best when it's lightly supported." I think Providence St. Vincent is one of those rare places where people are supported to learn and be the best they can be.

Areas of Academic/Clinical Focus:
Process improvement with technology
Algorithms and knowledge engineering
Lifestyle and complementary medicine

National/Regional Responsibilities:
Providence Oregon Online Subscriptions Steering Committee

Teaching Responsibilities:
Clinic preceptor
Ward attending
Morning report moderator

Personal Interests:
Fusion cooking with healthy techniques
Hiking
Exploring all the different festivals around Portland

Areas of expertise

Internal medicine

Education

Undergraduate: Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Masters: University of Colorado, MBA
Medical School: University of Colorado
Residency: University of California San Diego
Chief Resident: University of California San Diego

Care Locations

9205 SW Barnes Rd., Suite MT-2800
Portland, OR 97225
Fax 503-216-7488

Specialties

Board Certifications
  • Internal Medicine
Conditions Treated
Abdominal Pain, Age 12 and Older, Abnormal pap, Abrasion, Acne, Alopecia areata, Anemia, Angina, Anxiety Disorders, Appendicitis, Arthralgia, Arthropathy, Asthma, Atrial fibrillation, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Back and neck pain, Bleeding, rectal, Blood in stool, melena, Breast lump, Bronchitis, Burns, Calluses and corns, Cellulitis, Cerumen impaction, Cervical dysplasia, Cervicitis, Chickenpox, Chronic ischemic heart disease, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Congestive heart failure, Conjunctivitis, Constipation, Age 12 and Older, Contact dermatitis, Contusion, Cough, Croup, Cyst of ovary, follicular, Dehydration, Depression, Diarrhea, Diverticulosis of colon, Dizziness, Dysuria, Eczema, atopic dermatitis, Emphysema, Endometriosis, Epilepsy, Failure to thrive, Fatigue, Fever, Age 12 and Older, Fibroid uterus, Fibromyalgia, Gas/bloating, Gastritis, Gastroenteritis, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Genetic disorders, Glucose intolerance, Gout, Headaches, Heart murmur, Heartburn, Hematuria, Hemophilia, Hemorrhoids, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Hives, Hyperhidrosis, Hypothyroidism, Impotence, Influenza (Seasonal flu), Ingrown toenail, Insect bite, Insomnia, Keloids, Knee injuries, Limb swelling, Localized swelling, Meningitis, Menopause, Menstruation problems, Metrorrhagia, Nausea and Vomiting, Age 12 and Older, Osteoarthritis, Otitis externa, Otitis media, Pain in limb, Peptic ulcer disease without obstruction, Peripheral vascular disease, Pigmented lesions, Pneumonia, Pregnancy, Prostatitis, Psoriasis, Rash, Age 12 and Older, Rhinitis, allergic, Rosacea, Rotator cuff tear, Sebaceous cyst, Shortness of breath, Sinusitis, Skin disease, Skin ulcers, Sprain/strain: ankle, Sprain/strain: neck, Sprain/strain: shoulder/arm, Strep throat, Sun damage, Sunburn, Synovitis/tenosynovitis, Thrombophlebitis, Tobacco abuse, Tonsillitis, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, Upper respiratory tract infection (URI), Urinary tract infection, Vaginitis/vulvitis, Venous insufficiency, Warts
Services Provided

Reviews

Patient Ratings and Comments
About Our Survey

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.7 out of 5 (50 Ratings, 11 Comments)

100

06/24/2015
good
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

06/07/2015
Dr Chau is always very attentive and helpful. Thank you for the excellent care.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

05/20/2015
I was pleasantly surprised just how much time the doctor spent with me.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

05/13/2015
Dr Chau is always a good listener and a good communicator. He grasps situations and conditions very quickly.
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02/25/2015
He wasn't overtly interested in my needs or if he was it wasn't displayed. He seemed rushed and inattentive.
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

02/25/2015
Hey, not his fault. But, it's all about the [...] computer these days, isn't it? In any case, Dr. Chau is a nice guy. And he seems thoughtful and competent.
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

01/28/2015
Dr Chau and the residents have always provided excellent care, set goals to improve my health, and encouragement as well as monitoring to achieve those goals. I've received the most thorough and satisfying primary care with the PMG residency program than with any other PCP.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

09/24/2014
Great Staff and office proceedures. No waiting and on time
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

09/14/2014
Very credible, I trust him.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

09/05/2014
I like that he seems to be very current in his medical knowledge.
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

08/26/2014
My provider is a good listener, waiting for me to finish speaking without interupting. I don't feel rushed to explain how I feel. Other providers didn't seem to want to listen to me, it was like they already had their mind made up before I could finish explaining my symtoms.
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