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
Languages
  • English

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 (189 Ratings, 53 Comments)

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05/25/2016
The nurse in training was a litttle shy of experience to share the type of test the doctor ordered.
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05/24/2016
I have been going to Doctor Kern for 38 years.
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05/22/2016
I was directed to my chart to view recent test results (PAP). The results were abnormal [...]. Prior to this email I was not contacted by the Dr. or his team to explain the abnormal results. This was very upsetting to me. [...] I called the office the next day and left a message explaining that I needed help understanding the PAP test results. When the team member returned my call she was unable to explain the results and then forwarded me to the nurse. The call then went into the nurse's voicemail. When the nurse returned my call (20-30 minutes later) she clearly explained the results and listened to my concerns.
40

05/17/2016
Doesn't listen to what I am actually saying.
100

05/11/2016
excellent care and listened to my needs. Dr. Kern understands my medical condition and is very proactive. i would highly recommend him.
100

05/08/2016
[...] very thorough
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05/07/2016
Dr. Kern always listens to me and I respect his position and experience. It has been a great association for the last 12 or so years.
100

05/04/2016
[...] He has helped me maintain very good health for about 15 years, and I am not always an easy patient. I don't trust the medical system in general but I absolutely trust Dr Kern to assist me with respect. I referred my new husband to him as well. We are both extremely satisfied customers.
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05/03/2016
He insulted me [...]
100

05/03/2016
I have never even had to ask it is all done by the time,I get to the front desk and prints out my appt. on the forms, I get each time. This system works great all my other doctors know I have an appointment when they set me up for an appointment elsewhere. [...]
100

04/27/2016
Dr. James Kern is the BEST, he has been my dr. for almost 20 years.
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04/14/2016
All positive feedback from me regarding Dr Kern. At this visit he did talk about the meds I am taking and did order bloodwork. He is very thorough.
100

04/12/2016
I have been with PMG since its inception. This was the shortest tie spent in the waiting room (however I did hve an early AM appoint,emt). I had only sat down for 30 seconds before being called back. Great job!
100

04/12/2016
Dr Kern is very intelligent, very thorough and understands my need for conservative treatment
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04/11/2016
excellent visit
80

04/05/2016
I would like to talk more with the doctor about ways to improve my health but sometimes seems in a hurry and i feel that i don't want to bother him.
100

04/04/2016
Dr. Kern listens well, respectful, and knowledgeable.
100

03/22/2016
I have always had good experiences with my provider. He always answers my question.
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03/20/2016
Dr. Kern took the time to listen to me and answer questions to the best of his ability.
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03/15/2016
No complaint.
80

03/06/2016
IT WAS GOOD EXCEPT A LITTLE RELUCTANCE TO PRESCRIBE MEDICATION FOR MY CONDITION.
100

03/03/2016
I love Dr. Kern! :) And I tell other people that. [...]
100

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.
100

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!
100

01/26/2016
Not a huge issue, but was surprised I had to wait 45 minutes for blood to be drawn for blood work.
100

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.
 

01/19/2016
I have used Providence since the 50,s. Dr. Kern for over 20 and always a pleasure.
100

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. [...]
100

01/13/2016
Dr. Kern is great, appreciate him very much!
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.
100

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.
90

11/05/2015
Often able to get emergency appointments the same day!
100

11/03/2015
Always had excellent service and care
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.
100

10/27/2015
Dr Kern listened to what l said.
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10/20/2015
Good experience
 

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
100

10/12/2015
VERY HAPPY WITH DR. KERN.
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10/11/2015
Good experience
100

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

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

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.
100

08/18/2015
I've been seeing him for about 30 years. Could not find any better, more considerate, or caring Doctor.
100

08/11/2015
everything went smoothly for our first meeting.the receptionist, [...], was extremely helpful.
90

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 !
 

07/28/2015
First time with Providence, reception was excellent.