Biography & Education


Dr. Ruben Halperin’s philosophy of care is “progress, not perfection.” He works to improve patients’ quality of life and functionality. “I like to emphasize prevention, exercise and encourage patients to improve their diet and reduce stress in their daily life,” he says.

As an advocate for his patients, Dr. Halperin puts high importance on patient education. “I help patients weed through all the medical information and misinformation they are bombarded with,” he says.

Dr. Halperin earned his medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He completed an internship and residency at UCLA Center for Health Sciences. In addition, he completed a fellowship at Harvard University School of Public Health in Boston, Ma.

Dr. Halperin was born in Los Angeles and is fluent in Spanish. He enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing and rollerblading.

Personal Statement: I’ve spent much of my career as a physician teaching medical students and residents. I love the joys and challenges of teaching; I find that it stimulates me to keep learning and growing as a doctor.

Areas of Academic Focus:

Cardiovascular epidemiology
Cardiovascular risk assessment and reduction
Chronic disease management

Recent Publications:

Halperin RO, Gaziano JM, Sesso HD.  Smoking and the Risk of Incident Hypertension in Middle-aged and Older Men.  Am J Htn 21; 148-52 2008 February
Halperin RO, Sesso HD, Jing M, Stampfer M, Buring JE, Gaziano JM.  Plasma Lipids And the Risk of Incident Hypertension.  Hypertension 47(1): 45-50 2006 January
Halperin RO. Establishing Goals of Care.  Hospital Medicine Secrets. Ch 88. 586-589 November 2006
Recent Presentations:

Teaching Quality Improvement to Residents:  Focus on Inpatient Handoffs, APDIM "Internal Medicine Week" - Workshop, October, 2009
Managing Depression in the Primary Care Setting. Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, Providence Portland Medical Center, July, 2009.
Teaching Systems-Based Practice to Residents: Workshop. Society of General Internal Medicine National Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, April, 2008.
Barriers to Colon Cancer Screening in an Internal Medicine Residency Clinic.  Poster, Society for General Internal Medicine National Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 2007
Prostate Cancer:  Screening and Prevention
Providence Internal Medicine Annual Symposium, Portland, OR  April 2006
Update in General Medicine:  Topics in Prevention.  Providence Portland Medical Center Internal Medicine Grand Rounds.  August 2006
Cigarette Smoking and the Risk of Hypertension. SGIM National Meeting, New Orleans, LA May 2005
Dyslipidemia and the Risk of Incident Hypertension. SGIM National Meeting, Chicago, IL May 2004

Teaching Responsibilities:

Co-director, Population-Based Health
Chronic Pain Advisory Team

Personal Interests: I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, rollerblading and skiing, and indoor ones like playing the violin/fiddle and performing amateur stand-up comedy.
Areas of Expertise

Internal Medicine

Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
Residency: UCLA Center for Health Sciences
Fellowship: Harvard General Medicine Fellowship
  • English

Care Locations

5050 NE Hoyt St., Suite 540
Portland, OR 97213
Phone 503-215-6600
Fax 503-215-7751


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, Benign prostatic hyperplasia, 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, Hernia, hiatal, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Hives, 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, 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