Biography & Education

In her practice, Dr. Irene Hendrickson emphasizes physician-patient communication and preventive medicine. She takes a team approach to care to coordinate patients’ multidisciplinary experience with specialist, therapists, nurses,MA’s and other clinics.

Dr. Hendrickson enjoys educating patients about prevention and helping them manage chronic disease. “I help patients learn about their health and disease, and they set up their own health goals based on their own life values, and it’s my job to help them meet those goals,” she says.

Dr. Hendrickson received her medical degree from Creighton University. She completed her internship and residency at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore. She completed a fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University.
Dr. Hendrickson was born and raised in Portland, Ore. Away from the office she enjoys spending time with her husband and five children.

Personal Statement:  I completed my Internal Medicine Residency at Providence St. Vincent’s, followed by a General Internal Medicine Fellowship at Oregon Health & Sciences University.  During my fellowship, my academic focus was on Medical Education, and I worked on projects around the ACGME competencies and resident self-assessment – areas of interest which I’ve continued to develop.

Joining Providence Portland after my General Medicine Fellowship, I was excited to return to the Providence Health System, where I feel inspired that a mission of service and a commitment to patient care is emphasized at all levels.  I enjoy the education and clinical experience at our intimate community hospital, and I feel that I have a great opportunity here to continue to learn and grow professionally.  I love teaching, and being able to work at PPMC offers the chance for rewarding relationships with our residents.

Areas of Academic Focus:

Evaluation and Assessment in resident education

Medical Education areas including Continuing Professional Development, teaching and learning theory, resident development, residency curriculum, ambulatory education, and quality of medical training environments

Organizational Learning

Clinical quality improvement.

Recent Presentations:

Malignancy Risks of CT scans:  Practical Advances in Internal Medicine, Portland, OR, 2008

Update in Outpatient Medicine:  PPMC Medical Grand Rounds, 2006

Improving Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates in Outpatient Clinical Practice by Implementing Standing Orders. Associates Poster Presentation, American College of Physicians Regional Meeting, Eugene, OR November 2003

Overcoming Barriers To Adult Immunizations: Strategies that work. Panel Discussion, Presenter and panelist, Oregon Immunization Conference, Portland, OR, October 2003

Faculty Development:

Elaborated Knowledge and Diagnostic Reasoning

Teaching Responsibilities:

Teaching Rounds  1 month/year

Medical Student teaching 2 months/year

Day-to-day inpatient attending 3-4 months/year

Outpatient precepting 3 sessions/week

Teaching clinical appraisal, evidence based medicine rotation

Personal Interests:  My husband and my four kids, ages 8, 6, 4, and 3 are my great joy.   We like hiking, biking, camping, and swimming.  With them, I’m learning crafts, model-building, painting and other projects.  I also enjoy movies, books, theology, and going out to restaurants.

Areas of expertise

Internal medicine

Medical School: Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha Nebraska
Residency: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland OR
Fellowship: General internal medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

Care Locations

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


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, 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
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