Biography & Education

Biography

Laura Donaghu, M.D., believes that every visit with a patient should be a learning experience—for both the patient and herself. “If we listen well to each other, think and make decisions together, the patient-doctor partnership can be a mutually-satisfying and educating experience.”

Though she chose to practice family medicine because of the diversity of people and variety of medical challenges it offers, Dr. Donaghu particularly enjoys caring for women and children. “I feel that my experience as a mother and wife allows me to understand many of the family and parenting issues seen in family practice,” she says.

Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Donaghu earned her medical degree at Oregon Health & Science University and completed her internship and residency at Family Medicine of Southwest Washington in Vancouver, Wash.

Married with three daughters, Dr. Donaghu enjoys running, hiking, knitting and quilting. And, of course, she loves being a mom.

Areas of expertise

Family medicine

Education
Oregon Health & Science University

Care Locations

5050 NE Hoyt St., Suite 454
Portland, OR 97213
Fax 503-215-6429

Specialties

Board Certifications
  • Family 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, Benign prostatic hyperplasia, Bleeding, rectal, Blood in stool, melena, Breast lump, Bronchitis, Burns, Calluses and corns, 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, Hernia, hiatal, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Hives and other allergic reactions, Hyperhidrosis, Hypothyroidism, Impotence, Influenza (Seasonal flu), Ingrown toenail, Inguinal hernia, Insect bite, Insomnia, Keloids, Kidney stones, Knee injuries, Limb swelling, Localized swelling, Meningitis, Menopause, Menstruation problems, Metrorrhagia, Moles, Nausea and Vomiting, Age 12 and Older, Osteoarthritis, Otitis externa, Otitis media, Pain in limb, Peptic ulcer disease without obstruction, Peripheral vascular disease, Pneumonia, Pregnancy, Prostatitis, Psoriasis, Rhinitis, allergic, Rosacea, Rotator cuff tear, Sebaceous cyst, Shortness of breath, Sinusitis, Skin disease, Skin infections, 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

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 (110 Ratings, 36 Comments)

100

03/30/2016
Her assistant that time [...] never smiled to us. I knew she was in a hurry but a smile is some kind of a therapy for patients. [...]
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100

03/28/2016
Dr. Donaghu is thorough, compassionate, and a very good listener.
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100

03/27/2016
Very sweet & I feel she wants to help me.
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100

03/23/2016
Dr. Donahue was thorough, helpful and absolutely great at listening to my concerns and forwarding me to a specialist. All the care I've received at Providence has been exceptional.
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90

03/17/2016
Dr Donaghu is an excellent, caring PCP
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70

03/15/2016
mostly good. no major experiencces
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90

03/15/2016
Dr Donaghu always makes an adequate amount of time to discuss my current medical care needs.
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100

03/02/2016
Laurie Donaghu is excellent.
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100

02/24/2016
Dr. Donaghu was great. [...]
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100

02/18/2016
Laura is an excellent and caring professional.
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100

02/09/2016
As always, Laurie Donaghu is compassionate, informs me on all things regarding my health, and is genuinely a very nice person. She is outstanding. Her medical assistant, [...], was also super nice!
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100

02/02/2016
People in the Providence Health Care Community are always impressed that I'm one of the lucky people who is a patient of Dr. Donaghu's. She's considered to be one of the best!
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01/13/2016
I'm sure she is a great doctor but I came in with a [...] to my wrist and I was never sent to X-ray. She seemed to not really be sure how to treat my injury.
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100

12/24/2015
Dr. Donaghu is a caring, very competent doctor who always explains my health conditions, treatments, and everything pertaining to my care in a manner that I easily understand. I have complete faith in her and do recommend her to others.
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90

12/15/2015
Dr. Donague is a great doctor. I love how rapid she responds to me with results
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90

12/01/2015
super
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100

12/01/2015
Dr. Donaghu is great!
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100

11/08/2015
Dr Donaghu is very thorough, respectful. I like how she will take the time to discuss issues and questions, making sure I understand.
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80

11/04/2015
I had a long wait in the exam room but Dr Donaghu is very thorough and patient.
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100

10/14/2015
Love that she is family care doctor. Easy to get all appointments done in one day!
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100

10/13/2015
Excellent care from my doctor as well as staff.
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100

10/13/2015
love this dr
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100

09/30/2015
A wonderful doctor!
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100

09/29/2015
Very thankful Dr. Donaghu is my PCP. She is the best - knowledgeable, caring, remembers specifics about her patients and it's evident that she truly cares!
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70

08/25/2015
I spent an hour at home completing the personal & family health history forms, and neither the MA nor the provider looked at my paperwork. I waited 45 minutes to see her. She refused a simple blood test, instead saying I needed specialty care when my pediatrician ordered these tests for one of my kids. I did very much appreciate her eating plan suggestion, and felt that she understood my current food plan choices. She also gave me excellent guidelines to shoot for regarding lab references to keep me off medication. And the lab work she did agree to order was all complimentary and provided a good picture of where I need to focus my health-related efforts.
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100

08/24/2015
Dr. Donoghu has been the best Dr. I've had yet at Providence. [...]
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100

08/13/2015
Dr. Donaghu is very caring and does take time to listen to all concerns, even though she has other patients waiting. She always answers all questions I have.
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90

08/11/2015
This dr has always been attentive & thorough. She explains things well. I would & have recommended my dr to others.
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100

08/02/2015
think it's great care! thank you!
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100

07/29/2015
She took the time to listen intently to all my questions, answered them in a way I could understand and involved me in decisions re: my care. I would recommend Dr. Donaghu to anyone.
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100

07/28/2015
Dr. Donaghu is great!
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07/26/2015
Laurie is very personable and professional.
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100

07/21/2015
when I used the find a doctor online help, I identified a doctor that turned out to be too busy to take me for several months. the receptionist that worked with me to make an appt, suggested that Dr. Donaghu had time to see me, so I agreed to see her instead of my original choice. I was very happy with the care Dr. D gave me, and I have decided to designate her as my new primary physician. this is a great outcome of my first experience with Providence!! the receptionist understood that I did not want to wait three months for an appt, and suggested an alternative approach. this alternative lead me to designating a doctor and taking care of my immediate health needs. Thank you Providence team!!!
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100

06/24/2015
All experiences with this provider have been exceptionally good.
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100

06/24/2015
Dr. Donaghu is simply the best.
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80

05/11/2015
1) The wait time is closer to 45+ minutes. 2) I went in for neck problems & she recommended PT and a mental health therapist. I didn't like that answer, I'd already done PT that [...] didn't help. That's why I was reluctant to have her check the same pain.
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