Biography & Education

Biography

James Kern, M.D., chose a career in medicine because of a strong desire to help people with illness and health issues. “I feel my most important role as a physician is to interpret symptoms and put into action a plan for diagnosis and treatment,” he says. “It is important to me to be thorough and compassionate to my patients.”     

After receiving a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering at the University of Michigan, Dr. Kern earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Dr. Kern is board certified in internal medicine.

Born in Buffalo, Dr. Kern is married and has two daughters. He enjoys playing golf, as well as other types of exercise.

Areas of expertise

Internal medicine

Education
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine

Care Locations

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

Specialties

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
Services Provided

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.

4.6 out of 5 (175 Ratings, 56 Comments)

100

06/11/2015
Would highly recommend Dr. Kern to family and friends. Entire staff is courtesy and timely.
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50

06/07/2015
Up until recently I have had nothing but good to say about this provider. However, as my care needs seem to be increasing, his attendance to them seem to be decreasing. Sadly, I am quite disappointed in this provider, but doubt that switching to a stranger would prove beneficial. I ask myself if this provider is as competent as I have always thought, or if he just appeared that way because my care needs were routine.
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90

06/02/2015
I have been seeing Dr. Kern for about 12 years now. I am very comfortable with him and am always treated well by him and clinic personnel.
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90

06/01/2015
I am very happy with Dr. Kerns. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and accessible.
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100

05/20/2015
Very professional. Knowledgeable about my situation and needs. I felt understood. In good hands. Safe.
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100

05/06/2015
Dr. Kern is very responsive to my needs and provides the manner of insight that I have been looking for and only intermittently finding in others.
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90

05/06/2015
Good listener
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100

05/06/2015
Dr. Kern is the best provider I have had and have been seeing him for 12 years.
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90

05/03/2015
All visits over the years have been quite satisfactory.
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100

04/29/2015
I find providence to be excellent communicators which makes the medical services more palatable
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04/28/2015
satisfactory experience
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100

04/17/2015
I chose Dr. Kern many years ago because of his willingness to work with my health problems and support me in taking charge of my own health. As a result I am in better health than I was when I met Dr. Kern. My husband is now his patient too.
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100

04/12/2015
Dr Kern gives a very thorough physical exam. He listens to your questions and answers them intelligently. He provides excellent and comprehensive care and is "up" on all the latest medical info.
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90

04/09/2015
It is good and to the point.
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50

04/08/2015
My Dr. Kern, really seems distant, he answers my questions but always seems like he would rather not be bothered with me. [...]
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100

03/22/2015
He is aware of my health history and follows up with reports from specialist I see.
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100

03/22/2015
dr kern is the best
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100

03/17/2015
Doctor and all staff courteous and caring. Not much can be done for old age health issues but doctor keeps trying.
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100

03/12/2015
Always has been good - especially the introduction of MyChart.
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100

03/04/2015
Dr Kern is highly skilled, very knowledgeable, highly competent.
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90

03/02/2015
All experiences very satisfactory.
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50

03/02/2015
Nothing particularly wrong with my provider. He did everything right. He seems anxious or something - can't put my finger on it. The encounters seem odd - not much of a "human" connection. I am not sure I would remain with this guy if I develop any chronic, serious conditions. He'll do for now. I feel sure he is competent.
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100

02/25/2015
Dr. Kern discovered that my blood tests revealed a high level of LDL for my age. He thoroughly explained the risks involved and suggested mess to reduce the risk. He explained all this in a language I could understand.
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100

02/10/2015
I have been a patient of this provide for 28 years and will continue to have him as my primary provider until he retires. He is thorough, clear in his explanation of findings, responds well to questions I may have about diagnosis, treatment, medication, etc.
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100

01/30/2015
Dr. Kern and his staff provided the kind of care and information I had hoped to receive.
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100

01/27/2015
He referred to past history details on the computer while discussing a current problem that has worsened in the past year. He listened to my recollection of other experiences which might be related to the current problem; then incorporated them in his suggested evaluation going forward.
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100

01/21/2015
recommended dr kern to others just testerday
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100

01/14/2015
always very good.
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100

01/04/2015
I have always had excellent care from Dr Kern.
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100

12/30/2014
on a questionnaire provided at check-in time, I indicated that I had been suffering from depression during the past 3 weeks. there was also another mental health question that I answered indicating that I was having mental health issues. I saw Dr Kern look at the questionnaire but he didn't ask me anything anout it. so what was the point?
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100

12/21/2014
This has been our provider for 30 years !!!
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100

12/17/2014
Nothing but good experiences. Perfectly satisfied.
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100

12/16/2014
very thorough, attentive and caring.
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100

12/15/2014
experienced NO negative aspects with this provider. in fact we moved to Beaverton but hesitated to change provider.
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80

12/14/2014
I was impressed that I was able to schedule an appointment so quickly.
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90

12/10/2014
I have been a patient of Dr. Kern's for many years and feel he does all he can for me considering that I am 91 yers old and have issues relatd to aging that are not curable. He takes plenty of time wth me and treats me with courtesy and respect.
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100

12/07/2014
I have had only good experiences. [...]
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100

12/07/2014
I shopped for this provider because I have an unusual medical condition and needed a doctor who would listen because, if treatment is not carefully done, I could die [...]. Most doctors don't really understand my condition. Dr. Kern is knowledgeable, listens carefully, and is extremely careful with what he prescribes for me and to whom he refers me.
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100

11/16/2014
Excellent professional contact, with an affable and non-condescending tenor.
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80

11/12/2014
I was asking about a rash problem [...]. This is A continuing problem. He did not appear to hear me. My 20 minute session was very rushed. I felt that I had to many problems for a visit. [...]
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100

11/11/2014
Dr. Kern spent the time necessary to all my questions and needs
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100

11/05/2014
Dr Kern has always been very helpful and knowledgeable, makes good use of the computer to do research. He listens attentively. I don't feel rushed.
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70

10/23/2014
on my last visit I was referred to a dermatologist, when I called they were booked up until dec. I immediately called dr. kerns office of a new referral.. no response, went to my chart. no response. this has been five days with no info. from dr. kern.
Providence Health & Services Patient
100

10/22/2014
Scheduling is sometimes too far out rather access my doctor as opposed to urgent care [...]
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100

10/20/2014
Dr. Kern is a very sensitive and informative doctor. He listens and always seems to have very balanced replies to my questions.
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100

10/20/2014
Dr Kern had all the information and knew of my complaints after knee surgery. He follows up very well on his patients
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100

10/14/2014
Always very good. Dr. Kern has great ability to listen and focus and prioritize. Extremely experienced and helpful.
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80

10/12/2014
With as many health problems I have been dealing with this year i could not ask for better care and compassion for any Doctor and he remembers what I was there for the previous time,And really listens close to what my concerns are and answers in laymen terms.
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10/08/2014
this was my very first visit with this doctor
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90

09/29/2014
Sometimes forgets that others do not have the same level of information he does. But overall very good.
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100

09/24/2014
Dr Kern is knowledgeable, thorough in his examinations, respects my desire for conservative treatment and is a good listener.
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90

09/17/2014
Provider is extremely through.Found disturbing pulse [...] and arranged ultra sound.
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100

09/09/2014
Dr. Kern is simply one of the best doctors in Oregon. He is attentive, thorough, patient and truly cares for his patients. [...] doctor Kern is available to deal with emergencies, as well as general physical care and pain management. He represents the best of his profession. Simply put, I could not ask for a better health care provider.
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90

08/27/2014
Good listener.
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100

08/26/2014
Always "on top of the latest." Listens carefully to any concerns.
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100

08/19/2014
It has been very good!
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