Biography & Education

Biography

Dr. Heh Shin Kwak emphasizes empowering her patients to take charge of their dermatology care, whether it’s educational information or the importance of sun protection. “What I enjoy most about being a dermatologist is seeing patients of all ages and especially entire families,” she says. “One of the most satisfying aspects of medicine is seeing multiple family members and being entrusted to their care.”

Dr. Kwak earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan as part of the Integrated Premedical-Medical Program, a rigorous 8-year program which accepted a small number of high school students nationally with early admittance into medical school. During medical school, she completed an NIH research fellowship in dermatology with a focus on clinical trials and translational research.  Dr. Kwak then completed her dermatology training at Stanford University Medical Center, where she served as chief resident.  Dr. Kwak is board certified in dermatology. 

In her free time, Dr. Kwak enjoys rock climbing, hiking, cooking and spending time with her husband, son, and daughter.

 

Areas of expertise

Dermatology

Education

Medical degree: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor
Internship: MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, Ill. 
Residency: Stanford University Medical Center, Calif.

Dr. Kwak is board certified in dermatology.

Languages
  • English

Care Locations

18040 SW Lower Boones Ferry Road
Tigard, OR 97224
Fax 971-712-2120

Specialties

Board Certifications
  • Dermatology

Reviews

Patient Ratings and Comments
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4.5 out of 5 (123 Ratings, 28 Comments)

80

02/18/2017
very nice - but was a bit condescending in her inbasket reply to me. Not sure if it was intentional or not.
90

02/08/2017
The guy at the reception counter was rude and abrupt, more interested in his conversation with other staffers than helping me. I didn't know there would be a [...] copay due before service. Told me someone had called and spoke with me about it, that never happened.
70

01/10/2017
Dr was fine but by the time the referral came through and appointment available the conditions had cleared
100

01/04/2017
Dr. Kwak is a compassionate and caring doctor. She listens, asks me questions and explains the procedure. Then asks me if I have any questions for her. I never feel rushed. She has a gentleness about her that helps puts me at ease. I recommend her highly!
90

01/03/2017
Dr. Kwak is friendly and approachable. [...] noted that she prefers Dr. Kwak's manner to that of her previous [...] dermatologist of several years.
100

12/23/2016
all of the physicians i see at Providence have been wonderful. thank you
100

12/12/2016
dr Kwak and her staff are all very kind
90

11/18/2016
Dr. Kwak is excellent! Very good communicator.
80

11/14/2016
Dr. Kwak was considerate, confident, and seemed extremely capable. Please note that she is a dermatologist, not my regular provider, Dr. [...].
90

10/27/2016
I saw Dr. Kwak several years back & was pleased with her care. In regard to my visit this time, my P.C. Dr. [...] referred her to me, or me to her. I had to wait a few weeks to get in to see Dr. Kwak but she took time to explain what was happening with my skin. [...]
100

09/21/2016
Dr. Kwak explained what my problem was and how it could be taken care of to my satisfaction.
100

09/20/2016
Great service. Quick to response to my request for an appointment for the same day.
90

09/13/2016
Dr. Kwak is smart, a good listener, and is flexible in figuring out alternative solutions.
80

08/31/2016
Dr Kwak was excellent. my only qualm was that I asked for a full body check for skin cancer which she did although her holding back the gallon in various places for modesty I feel like not everywhere was checked thoroughly. Also she did not check my scalp which I realized after I got home.
100

08/18/2016
no problems at this appointment
100

08/02/2016
She took time and educated me on taking care of my skin so I won't get skin cancer again.
90

07/26/2016
I appreciate Dr Kwok and her team being on time personable and caring
80

07/20/2016
The doctor kept trying meds for me until she found me that worked. I am happy this ointment keeps my condition under control.
70

07/05/2016
Would not see me on scheduled visit. Time scheduled was provider's error. And would not see me that day, although I offered to wait or come back. Had to schedule 2 weeks later. Not good.
100

07/05/2016
Dr Kwak is an excellent physician. I was impressed with her ability to quickly and accurately diagnose my condition and provide me with an effective treatment plan that began to work immediately. I was impressed by how quickly her office was able to get me in to see after receiving my referral by fitting me into a spot that opened due to a cancellation. Also, I had to get help with a prescription over a holiday weekend when the clinic was closed and Dr. Kwak was on call for her own patients and got my prescription issue resolved immediately. I am very pleased with the care I received.
50

07/02/2016
I felt rushed out of exam room. Dr. didn't explain my conditions; she just said 3 things in medical terms what my diagnosis was and sent a prescription to my pharmacy. Prescription needs pre-auth from insurance carrier, so prescription still sits at pharmacy waiting for papers to be filled out by Dr. [...] It has been over two weeks since my visit. My condition worsens.
100

06/21/2016
never had a bad experience. I like mychart and promptly receive info when needed.
100

06/06/2016
very thorough and professional but also gentle and personable. Excellent dermatologist!
80

06/03/2016
Prescribes more amount of ointments than needed.
100

06/01/2016
she was wonderful - she made things easy to understand for me, listened to my concerns, and thoroughly talked through all of my options.
80

06/01/2016
very attentive and helpful
80

06/01/2016
It's not the providers fault. She just can't exactly figure out what's wrong with me but has done all the tests she knows to do and she's trying.
100

06/01/2016
much appreciation