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, 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 and other allergic reactions, 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, Moles, Nausea and Vomiting, Age 12 and Older, Osteoarthritis, Otitis externa, Otitis media, Pain in limb, Peptic ulcer disease without obstruction, Peripheral vascular disease, Pneumonia, Pregnancy, Prostatitis, Psoriasis, Rhinitis, allergic, Rosacea, Rotator cuff tear, Sebaceous cyst, Shortness of breath, Sinusitis, Skin disease, Skin infections, 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.

4.5 out of 5 (181 Ratings, 48 Comments)

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02/15/2016
My provider is very good care.
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02/09/2016
Dr Kern is fairly new to me as my provider. He has addressed more things in the few months that my prior PCP just passed off. I'm getting things taken care of.
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02/07/2016
Experiences are always excellent.
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02/02/2016
My [...] died recently and my care provider began my appointment with sincere questions concerning my welfare!
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01/26/2016
Not a huge issue, but was surprised I had to wait 45 minutes for blood to be drawn for blood work.
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01/24/2016
Could not do a better job, I even got my blood test results back the same day and doctor phoned my pharmacy prior to calling me. give me all the time I need for questions and concerns. My appt. was on a Monday am, We were snowed in they called me at 6 AM and cancelled then called back by 9 am to reschedule for 2 days later could not ask for better service. Staff and doctor. Thanks so much.
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01/19/2016
I have used Providence since the 50,s. Dr. Kern for over 20 and always a pleasure.
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01/14/2016
[...] He agreed to advise me on managing my health and has done a stellar job. I am healthier now than I was 20 years ago, partly because I don't fear a critical, uncaring doctor. I have a good one. [...]
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01/13/2016
Dr. Kern is great, appreciate him very much!
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90

12/27/2015
I am always happy with my visits and the seamlessness that occurs beteen patient and providers
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12/22/2015
I had fallen and experienced trauma to my [...]. Dr. Kern provided the advice and medication I need to get through this I am confident he did everything possible to get me back on my feet. I just need to take his advice and the medication.
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12/15/2015
He has been exceptional in dealing with my issues and my husband's
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12/06/2015
Dr. Kern is arrentive, present, hold himself and his patients accountable, presents solutions in a clear, concise manner. He LISTENS. He cares, and you can speak candidly. My pain is chronic [...]. He has managed my bloos pressure spikes from pain and addressed pain with both pysical therapy and a limited drug regimine. [...] he is both incredibly bright and represents the best of his profession. As does [...], his nurse. [...] His staff is to be commended. I have recommended them often.
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90

11/05/2015
Often able to get emergency appointments the same day!
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11/03/2015
Always had excellent service and care
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80

11/02/2015
I saw this provider because my usual provider was on vacation. This current provider spent extra time with me trying to determine the reason for my symptoms. I think he went over and above what I expected and helped put my concerns in perspective.
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10/27/2015
Dr Kern listened to what l said.
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10/20/2015
Good experience
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10/13/2015
very good; couple times felt tests should be run but they tend to wait and see if meds of some sort work 1st
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10/12/2015
VERY HAPPY WITH DR. KERN.
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70

10/11/2015
Good experience
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09/29/2015
Dr. Kern is an excellent care provider.
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09/13/2015
total satisfaction.
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90

09/04/2015
very attentive & concerning attitude.
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100

08/25/2015
Dr. Kern understood my needs and the required care immediately. He made adjustments that have proven to be exactly what was needed. This has not been my experience with other providers in the past. I have a great deal of confidence in him.
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08/25/2015
I have been going to Dr. Kern for more than 30 years (I think). He treats me and my husband. We are very satisfied with his care and his concern for us.
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08/18/2015
I've been seeing him for about 30 years. Could not find any better, more considerate, or caring Doctor.
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08/11/2015
everything went smoothly for our first meeting.the receptionist, [...], was extremely helpful.
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08/10/2015
Dr. Kern was very helpful [...]
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08/02/2015
At 87 I'm still walking, talking, and enjoying older age. Thanks to you guys !
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07/28/2015
First time with Providence, reception was excellent.
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07/06/2015
i've had this provider for over 20 years that is how good my experiences have been !!!!
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07/05/2015
I'm surprised at the remarkable change for the better.
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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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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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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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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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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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