Biography & Education

Biography

Ruth Fischer-Wright, M.D., follows a philosophy founded on giving her patients an active role in their health care. “I view the patient-provider relationship as a team,” she says. “I believe that each encounter with a patient is an opportunity to empower and assist them as they make decisions about their care.”

Board-certified in family practice, Dr. Fischer-Wright completed her medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency at Providence Hospital (now Swedish Medical Center) in Seattle.

A native of the Northwest, Dr. Fischer-Wright was born and raised in Washington’s Yakima Valley. Along with her husband and three children, she enjoys watching and participating in sports and being active in their church.

Areas of expertise

Family medicine

Education
University of Washington School of Medicine

Care Locations

4015 Mercantile Drive, Suite 200
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Phone 503-216-1500
Fax 503-216-1515

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, 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

Reviews

Patient Ratings and Comments
About Our Survey

A provider’s star rating is based on a Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. In this survey, taken after an office visit, patients answer a series of standardized questions and have the opportunity to provide custom comments. Providence strips identifying information from comments so they can be shared without jeopardizing confidentiality or patient privacy.

4.8 out of 5 (314 Ratings, 90 Comments)

90

02/25/2015
30 min wait time.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

02/25/2015
Very Satisfied with my provider Dr Fischer-Wright and her Staff..
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

02/18/2015
Dr. Ruth Fisher/Wright is a thoughtful and caring medical professional. Also a very good communicator and listener!
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

02/18/2015
Love her approachability, thoroughness, response time, and care.
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

02/17/2015
When I made the appointment, I listed 3 things I wanted to talk to her about. We only got to talk about 2 before she started to leave the office (without telling me the appointment was over). I had to ask if we were done, and brought up the 3rd issue, which we really didn't have time to discuss. Dr. and staff are outstanding as far as being helpful, compassionate, listening carefully, and understanding that I needed their help. Wonderful people.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

02/16/2015
Wonderful experience with the provider. Excellent communication both during the visit and afterwards.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

02/16/2015
Really enjoyed Dr. Ruth and Tec. [...]
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

02/15/2015
Gone are the days of private doctor/patient care replaced by team participation.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

02/10/2015
Dr. Ruth is wonderful, always recommend her!
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

02/07/2015
Dr. Fischer-Wright listens well and spends adequate time to address my needs. I don't feel rushed through the system, so to speak. And I appreciate her responsiveness to MyProvidence electronic inquiries or requests.
Providence Health & Services Patient
40

02/04/2015
The appointment was rushed. She asked me the same question three time within 10 seconds. Doctors need to learn to give think time for their patients to respond. They need to slow down and treat their patients with respect, not as objects on an assembly line. The assistant who typed in my medication record made two mistakes regarding dosage. The first mistake I caught in the office. The second mistake I found afterwards. I emailed the doctor. Somebody else replied back and said she would correct the mistake. I doubt the doctor was ever informed. the doctor kept commenting on the dosage of my medication. She was rather obsessed with it. No wonder. The amount was typed in wrong. Overall I had a horrible first time visit and do not wish to return.
Providence Health & Services Patient
70

02/03/2015
2 of the 3 times that I have been in the office- I have been "forgotten". the first time in a treatment room for almost an hour. the second time, in the waiting room- they were never told that I was there. obvious breakdown in communication.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

02/03/2015
Excellent care. PCP has good knowledge of my health care needs.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

02/03/2015
The best provider! She makes me feel comfortable to ask any medical question. She listens and provides information I can understand. Glad to be back with her!
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

01/27/2015
I was looking for a PCP whose general patient-healthcare philosophy reflected my own. Dr Fischer-Wright did a great job (she is the fifth Doc I've interviewed since my pcp retired. The others did not meet my expectations. Dr. Fischer-Wright was recommend to me and I'm pleased to find her.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

01/21/2015
I absolutely love Dr. Fisher- wright, so much so when my husband and I moved to Seaside, Oregon, I still travel in town so I can keep her as my primary care doctor. I've never had such a good doctor before her.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

01/16/2015
I am blessed to be under the care of Dr. Fischer-Wright, and I am greatly appreciative of the support and excellent medical care she has given me. She's marvelous! Thank you.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

01/16/2015
I have several serious problems and the Dr. was aware of each one. She answered all my questions and there was a very positive atmosphere. I felt good when I left.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

01/14/2015
Dr. Ruth Fischer-Wright is the greatest doctor I have had in my life!!! Specifically, I am impressed with her ability to analyze complex problems, I appreciate her proactive approach and her efforts to prevent problems, and I appreciate her compassionate manner and skillful listening abilities to work with a patient as a partner in care. I think you should clone her!!! Everyone should have a doctor like Dr. Fischer-Wright! (Please feel free to give her a raise!)
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

01/14/2015
Dr.Fischer-Wright is a good listener and responds to any concerns I have. She and her staff are thorough. the facility is clean, all employees are cheerful and courteous. The lab tech is superior. Dr.Fischer-Wright takes time to explain anything she recommends, involves my wife in all conversations and insures that all decisions regarding my health are my decisions.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

01/13/2015
Dr. Ruth Fischer Wright was amazing and the best doctor!
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

01/07/2015
Dr. Fischer Wright is thoughtful, perceptive and engaging. This is the reason why she is the physician to my mother and my mother-in-law as well as myself. My husband is contemplating transferring to her practice.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

12/17/2014
Dr. Fischer-Wright is absolutely top notch. She never makes you feel rushed, she listens, she remembers, she is kind, compassionate, knowledgeable and an all-around wonderful person as well as a skilled physician. I would easily recommend her to anyone.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

12/16/2014
Dr. Fischer-Wright is an excellent physician, the best I have ever had. She definitely is a patient advocate for personal health and healthy living. She is very knowledgable in family medicine and preventative care and eager to provide assistance. She has a wealth of resources including literature and speciality information. I felt very respected and understood and was very pleased with her promptness in returning lab results and radiology reports. There is a sign in exam room something to the effect, "How are you easing someone's way today?" A very good experience.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

12/16/2014
Dr. Fischer Wright is extremely sensitive, especially to someone like me, who has a fear an abnormal fear of doctors in general.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

12/10/2014
Dr Fisher-Wright has gone out of her way several times to help with my medical needs. I travel out of the country and experienced several healthy issues and used email to communicate with her which she quickly responded to even during "off" office hours! She is by far the best physician I have ever had (I am 56 years old). I feel blessed to have her!
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

12/09/2014
For me, Doctor Ruth Fischer-Wright is the perfect doctor. She's professional, smart and compassionate. She cares about her patients and their health. Well done, Doctor Ruth, well done and thank you.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

12/07/2014
I absolutely love Dr. Fischer-Wright. I have been seeing her for more that 9 years, and I would not want to see any other doctor.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

11/30/2014
Dr. Fischer-Wright is always attentive, we can discuss my needs openly. She is astute and easily recognizes problems and we discuss treatment and choose the best for me. I often use my chart to communicate and the reply is timely. My one concern is the team effort you have formed at Mercantile. It is confusing and when even the receptionist has to question a patient in detail when calling for an appointment, that is discouraging. I do not believe Providence realized that a patient having to see two or three persons before contact with the doctor can be unsafe. I am aware that many doctors have an assistant, which works well. But initial contact with the doctor is the safest, in my opinion. She has it first hand from the patient, not from a nurse or specialist whom one has never been in contact with. I have a concern about the problem Mercantile has had with my prescriptions. Errors have caused me a bit of stress recently. We have had issues, but dosage, or the wrong one sent to the wrong pharmacy has been an issue.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

11/26/2014
This was my first appointment with this provider. I was very satisfied. She listened to my concerns and provided recommendations for solutions. She also followed up with a referral.
Providence Health & Services Patient
30

11/11/2014
Waiting time was way too long, 45 minutes. My diabetic medication is inadequate. There should be better ones rather than Metaformine since my blood sugar level has been too high and too long. Yet, she has not paid enough attentions to my conditions, it seems.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

11/11/2014
Excellent, top rate medical care! Very professional office, thankful to there.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

10/31/2014
Always concerned about me . Very attentive to my needs. So sweet
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

10/30/2014
Caring office by everyone
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

10/28/2014
Love my healthcare provider! I would like to see only female assistants and staff taking me back to the exam room instead of the male staff I had. He was kind, but it was a bit uncomfortable talking about my female medical concerns with him.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

10/26/2014
Helped me with getting g shots due to traumatic prior experience
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90

10/21/2014
Dr. Fischer-Wright is a warm, understanding and knowledgeable provider. She listens to all my needs and concerns. I am most grateful for all the care she has given me.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

10/21/2014
She was very helpful and easy to talk to.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

10/21/2014
Excellent physician - I refer friends to her often. Staff is also very kind, prompt and receptive.
Providence Health & Services Patient
80

10/18/2014
I know that most doctors are very busy. I communicate through the providence on line portal. They only really frustration is that sometimes it takes longer than 3 days to get a response back to a question or concern. (lab test results were not explained right away, but my doctor is out of the office every friday and I believe the results were given the day before she would have have 3 days off in a row...even so, I still have not yet heard back from her on my last question regarding an episode of hypoglicemia (sp?) on the day she was off. Perhaps I should have called the nurse on duty that day. It was NOT a 9-11 situation, but my sugar level tanked and I did not really recover for almost 1.5 hours later. I have been concerned about my 'health' and want the best possible care, but I also can't afford to go into the office to see her more than 3 times a year. In the meantime, I am still waiting for an email response regarding my experience having the low blood sugar (hypoglycemic) moment last week. I do like dr ruth but it does get old trying to figure out what to do.
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

10/16/2014
On a whole, my experiences with this provider have been positive.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

10/07/2014
THIS WAS MY FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH DR FISHER-WRIGHT. VERY IMPRESSED.
Providence Health & Services Patient
50

10/05/2014
PCP seems to be tired towards the end of the day, less patient, caring or friendly. She may be over loaded with patients?
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

10/05/2014
it took me a while to find a provider in the providence system that I felt good about.
Providence Health & Services Patient
80

10/04/2014
Dr. Fischer-Wright asked me to make an appointment for a follow-up in September when the Flu Vaccine was in. Every time I called the receptionists recommended me to go to the Pharmacy to get the shot. When I pushed because the Dr. wanted me to return, they said they were out of the vaccine. They were suppose to receive some more but they didn't know when and if they would be out. They checked the Dr.'s schedule and said the appointment I made in late September, I should keep because they was getting booked out. When I went in for the appointment, you had two shots available and the Dr. said if I wanted one it was mine. I had the shot.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

10/01/2014
Love my doctor...she takes great care of me and I felt "heard" by her. She is one of the best doctors I have ever seen.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

10/01/2014
She was very accommodating and supportive.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

09/21/2014
Ruth, has been the best physician I have ever had. I have total confidence in her knowledge as a doctor and her compassion as a person. To bad you haven't figured out how to clone her.
Providence Health & Services Patient
80

09/21/2014
My most recent visit was my annual wellness visit. It was poorly organized. I waited 30 minutes before my PCP entered. My required lab work could have been done during this wasted time. My ride was kept waiting due to overtime, so no labs were done, and I must now reschedule those labs, on another date. A real hassle, given ride access difficulty.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

09/10/2014
Very caring
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100

09/09/2014
Never, ever, anything but Great!
Providence Health & Services Patient
60

09/07/2014
My care provider seemed to be having a busy day. She seemed hurried and didn't really offer me much information about what might be wrong with me. I am hoping doctor referrals will provide some answers.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

09/03/2014
Dr.Fisher-Wright is the best doctor I've ever had.
Providence Health & Services Patient
80

09/02/2014
Just switching to Dr. Fischer-Wright after former primary care provider retired. Have enjoyed meeting her and working with her so far.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

09/02/2014
Very gifted and sensitive PCP in all contact with Dr. Ruth F/W! Her medical skill and personal skills are very welcome.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

08/26/2014
Dr Fischer/Wright is efficient, thorough, and respectful of my concerns - always listens carefully and offers solutions to my health issues. She's very responsive to e-mail. That works well for us.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

08/26/2014
Superb job at every level, knowledgeable, resourceful, kind, patient, focused and prompt.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

08/24/2014
I feel truly blessed to have Dr. Ruth Fischer-Wright as my primary care physician. When I went on Medicare 1 year ago, I had to leave my long time primary care provider because he did not accept Medicare. During that year, I went to 2 doctors for minor issues, and did not feel a personal connection with either doctor. In fact, one of the doctors I would not have returned to simply because of the unprofessional office staff.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

08/17/2014
I had many doctors throughout my life, but nobody like dr. Fisher Wright. She is a great doctor and mostly a humanitarian. Her work ethic is incredible. I would nominate her "the doctor of the year in Portland" if I could. Providence should be very happy to have a doctor like her. Thank you for the opportunity to write my opinion.
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

08/13/2014
first appointment with this provider as my primary care physician moved from area. I was happy with the visit but this was not a physical--more a meet and greet appointment so that I have a primary care physician I can turn to as needed
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

08/13/2014
Ruth is wonderful. She is very understanding, compassionate and informative. She is the best Dr. I have ever had.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

08/12/2014
I also see Dr. [...]. Both doctors are remarkably sensitive, caring, compassionate people and spend a great deal of time talking through medical problems and recommending courses of action. No matter how awful I felt when I arrived, I always feel reassured and better when I leave. I'd never want other doctors to see as primary providers.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

08/12/2014
Really like communicating with my provider through the patient portal.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

08/06/2014
I loved the fact that I didn't have to come back to have my blood test done. They were able to take care of it that day.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

08/05/2014
She is really an excellent provider, kind, good listener, able to manage my care, and over all shows concern for me.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

08/05/2014
Dr Fischer-Wright is always very kind and listens to what I have to say. I have never had a bad experience with her or any of her staff.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

08/03/2014
Best Doctor ever!!!!!!!
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

07/30/2014
compasionate, understanding, intellectual, articulate, caring. I just wish someone could do something about my pain. But she is trying. She understands how to talk to someone with ADD. She is quite and respectful of my PTSD. Never demeaning like my previous doctor.
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

07/30/2014
As a new patient, I was thrilled with my first experience with my new care provider! Dr. Fischer-Wright asked all the important questions and addressed each of my questions with care and pro-active responses. The staff was all very kind and thoughtful and careful as they interacted with me.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

07/30/2014
I compliment her so much, still have no time for me. But I still go on complimenting her to anyone that will listen. she is the Grateful Dead of medicine!
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

07/27/2014
I have had excellent care from my care provider. I am extremely satisfied.
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100

07/27/2014
I am very pleased with my doctor and her staff.
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

07/24/2014
I was referred by 2 of my friends, and I was fairly satisfied with Dr. Fischer-Wright. Her sensitivity to my needs and explaining the prognosis of my conditions, she is worthy to be praised.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

07/23/2014
Introductory appt. to establish care
Providence Health & Services Patient
90

07/23/2014
This was my first appointment with Dr. Ruth Fischer - she struck me as very professional and efficient, she touched on all heath topics I wanted to talk about, ordered all necessary test, called the pharmacy, and referred me to specialists. Test results were promptly posted on line. Looking forward to a long time and positive experience in the care of Dr. Fischer. Thank you.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

07/23/2014
Dr. Fischer-Wright is one of the top doctors in my life. I really appreciate her expertise and concern.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

07/22/2014
I cannot adequately express how much I appreciate Dr. Ruth's compassionate manners and the time she spends with me making me feel as though I am her only patient. In today's environment this is not commonly experienced.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

07/15/2014
excellent care, thanks
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

07/15/2014
Very personable and very understanding.....huge compfort
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

07/08/2014
great provider, great office
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

07/06/2014
Very knowledgeable and well thought out care plan.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

07/05/2014
Since I was establishing a PCP and new to Providence under OHP (had prior private coverage under different providers), this was my first visit into the system. I did not know my PCP prior, and found that Dr. Fischer-Wright is an excellent physician as far as I am concerned. I felt the care and treatment, and her ordering of certain lab/radiology work to rule out or determine why I had certain complaints what exactly what was needed at this time. I even felt better leaving the clinic because I was moving toward some type of answer to the problem. I know it sounds melodramatic, but this kind of care is a wonderful thing, and I am very appreciative. Thank you.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

07/02/2014
Dr. Fischer-Wright is the best physician I have ever had. Both her knowledge of health issues and easy bedside manner make her extremely easy to work with. I will and have recommended her to others. She's great.
Providence Health & Services Patient
80

07/02/2014
PCP has been excellent, but the male nurse is not. He could be a little less intimidating.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

06/29/2014
Dr Fischer Wright is the best doctor I have ever had. She is attentive, caring, extremly knowledgeable and always follows up with me. She is a 100 on a scale of 1-10!
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

06/25/2014
I appreciate that Ruth consistently communicates lab results, answers questions in a very efficient manner following appointments. I use the electronic charting system and find it seamless.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

06/25/2014
Very satisfied with care provider
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

06/25/2014
Excellent in supporting patient needs. Great supporting staff.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

06/18/2014
She has always met and exceeded my expectations. I have never left her office feeling that she dismissed or overlooked something.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

06/17/2014
I feel very comfortable talking to Dr. Fisher-Wright about anything, I feel she listens well and is efficient
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