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
Services Provided


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.

4.5 out of 5 (53 Ratings, 15 Comments)


I have been to several doctors, and none of them explained or acknowledged any of what I was talking to them about with my health issues. I felt very reassured about what was going on with my health issues with this doctor. it felt very good to have a doctor explain my health issues to me and explain to where I really understood.
Providence Health & Services Patient

I did not want to be weighed but the girl said I had to. when I got my paperwork the weight was right there for me to see. so much for keeping it a secret from me
Providence Health & Services Patient

The only complaint I have is when I've asked for an x-ray of my [...] I get excuses of why they aren't needed. I get a prescription for physical therapy. I'd like to know what the problem is and go from there instead of guessing it might be this or that and order physical therapy when they aren't sure what's inside first.
Providence Health & Services Patient

Irene Hendrickson REALLY listens and makes me feel that she has all the time I need!
Providence Health & Services Patient

I chose Dr. Hendrickson as my care provider after moving to Portland from Seattle last fall and have found her to be very sensitive to my needs. While I'm only basing my assessment on two visits, in both instances, I left very satisfied.
Providence Health & Services Patient

We had a short, very efficient, visit concerning a lingering cold I was having. Doctor's suggestions helped to clear it up, but I am still having a mild sore throat.
Providence Health & Services Patient

I think that Dr Hendrickson is a very good physician. The most appointment I had was asking for help with pain management since my pain physician had retired. She listened and together we put together an action plan. I was most happy with the outcome of this visit. She spent significant time with me unlike I had with any physician in this practice to date.
Providence Health & Services Patient

Dr Irene Hendrickson and the office staff did an excellent job.
Providence Health & Services Patient

We spent so much time discussing my digestive issues and answering [...] questions that Dr. Hendrickson really didn't have time to examine me. This happened with Dr. [...] last year, too so I haven't had a breast exam, abdominal exam, look at my ears, eyes, nose and throat for two years. This used to be a routine part of an annual physical exam. Is there a change in protocol for what an exam includes? Next year I am not going to engage the doctor in much discussion and hopefully, I will get a full physical.
Providence Health & Services Patient

Very Satisfied.
Providence Health & Services Patient

Introductory first visit was a very positive experience
Providence Health & Services Patient

Dr Hendrickson is a very warm compasionate Dr. She makes me feel I am well taken care of.
Providence Health & Services Patient

Dr. Hendrickson is always cheerful, which I enjoy, but more importantly, she is knowledgeable and communicates well while taking my needs into consideration.
Providence Health & Services Patient

Dr. Hendrickson spent more time with me than I expected. She answered all my questions and seemed to listen very carefully. She explained things as to why she was going to do this and why she was going to do that. She is a good physician.
Providence Health & Services Patient

I felt very good about Dr. Hendrickson, whom I met for the first time on this visit, since I'm new to the area and Providence. She listened carefully to my concerns and gave thoughtful responses, including information that I hadn't considered previously. I felt that decisions we made about my future care were made jointly, rather than her imposing what she thought onto me. I very much appreciated that. I also had a positive reaction to the receptionist [...] who was very welcoming and kind and who, after my appointment, retrieved some forms I had left in the examining room. I felt less positive about the woman who took me back to the examining room at the outset. She didn't introduce herself, nor did she have a visible badge on, so I don't know what her position was. She asked me to verbally give her information about medication allergies that I had written on a form so she could put it in the computer, but then wrote part of the information down incorrectly. On a couple of occasions, she checked her appearance in the mirror in the examining room, which seemed to indicate that what she was doing with me was not her primary concern.
Providence Health & Services Patient