Biography & Education

Biography

In her practice, Dr. Summer Lam emphasizes preventive medicine and good communication in order to involve patients in their medical care. She believes that physicians are there to provide patients with the knowledge and support necessary to make sound decisions regarding their health.

"The profession is both intellectually and emotionally satisfying," Dr. Lam says of medicine. "It is one of the few professions that allow for long-term relationships."

After earning her medical degree from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, Dr. Lam completed her internal medicine internship and residency at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.

Dr. Lam was born and raised in Honolulu. She is an avid supporter of the arts who enjoys playing the piano, cooking, and spending time with her husband and son.

Areas of expertise

Internal medicine, preventive medicine, chronic disease, women's health

Education
Medical degree: John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii
Dr. Lam is board certified in internal medicine.
Languages
  • English

Care Locations

Specialties

Board Certifications
  • Internal medicine
Services Provided

Reviews

Patient Ratings and Comments
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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. These comments are the views and opinions of patients and are not endorsed by or necessarily reflect the views of Providence.

4.7 out of 5 (209 Ratings, 63 Comments)

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02/20/2017
Dr. Lam is the first doctor I have ever felt completely comfortable with. she listens to my concerns and works with me. Best doctor ever!
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02/16/2017
This was my first visit with Dr. Lam. A delightful experience. [...]
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02/14/2017
Dr. Lam is a caring, attentive physician.
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02/07/2017
If I had to look for a negative, it would be that appointments are not always on time. However, that may be because of one of the positives, which is that this provider spends as much time as is needed with patients, and never rushes through an appointment. I consider a sometimes late appointment as a small price to pay for that.
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02/06/2017
Dr. Lam is good.
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02/06/2017
I love Dr Lam I drive12one and half because I like this Dr so much.I am saddened that Ihave to find Dr t in Lebanon or.
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01/28/2017
This visit was a "Get to know" my new PCP. Dr. Lam was outstanding. I was most assured after taking to her, that she has my best interests in mind, and that she's really good at her profession. I'm very pleased with what I've experienced thus far.
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01/24/2017
Waiting room & examination room wait time over 45 min. Also wanted to inquire on an existing condition and was cut off.... told me next visit.
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01/18/2017
Dr. Lam is always very attentive and helpful. My wife and I trust her expertise and judgment. Anyone would find this woman to be a fine doctor with great empathy for her patients.
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01/11/2017
Dr. Lam is one of the best doctor I have ever had
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01/10/2017
Dr. Lam is an excellent physician that listens carefully and follows up regarding issues. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
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01/03/2017
I called many, many times they still put me out for a month 3x. Then I scheduled around work. Receptionist changed it to 11:00 a.m. After taking 3 mths. to get in I ended up losing a day of work. Not happy with schedulers.
90

01/03/2017
I was suppose to get a prescription to take to the pharmacy, but didn't so I thought they had called it in, but they didn't. Went to pick it up pharmacy received a fax saying I was bringing it in, but not the prescription. I showed them all of the papers I received from the Dr., no prescription. The pharmacy called to have it resent, but the office said they had gave it to me. Pharmacy called me to tell me this and suggested I go back in to the office, which I did. when I got there the receptionist called back to I guess the nurse, and was told that they had sent the prescript in. I told the receptionist the whole story and she told me ,no they sent it in. I asked if they could please send it again and they finally said yes they would. when I got to the pharmacy a half hour later I was told that they had just received it 2 minutes ago. it was a big hassle on my part. I couldn't wait the extra 30 wait because of feeling so sick that I didn't get the meds till the following day.
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01/02/2017
hard to get an appointment
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12/04/2016
it took 4 all portents to get in. they kep.calling me to reschedule. it was a real inconvenience for me, I had to take time off and miss work. you should have paid me a copay. I am a returning patient back into the Providence system. I'm very concerned with this. I have had sooooo many issues in the past. my issues are not with staff, but with Administration. The left doesn't know what the right is doing. I'm scared and reunctant in returning.
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11/25/2016
Very good.
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11/20/2016
The best!
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11/15/2016
Providence Health Care is very satisfactory for me. Dr. Lam seems to be a very thorough person, is friendly, concerned about her patients....that is my experience.
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11/08/2016
Dr. Lam is easy to talk to and listens to my concerns. She always tries to work with me in order to find resolution to my issues.
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11/08/2016
I like Dr, Lam very much.
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11/01/2016
My provider, Dr. Summer Lam, is EXCELLENT. HOWEVER, she is over scheduled & now often late as in up to 45 - 60 min. late. She has been over booked for months. [...]
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10/30/2016
She is easy to talk to and gives good advice. She has her agenda to talk about and is willing to listen to mine also.
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10/25/2016
always excellent!
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10/19/2016
Overall, care has been acceptable or good. I've had some issues with timeliness and/or no phone call regarding test results. I've also had some issues with getting a particular prescription filled. Since it has occurred a few times, causing me distress and anxiety, I feel my medical needs as a patient were not met on those occasions.
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10/18/2016
Dr Summer Lam and [...] and [...] are the BEST! I am very demanding when it comes to my health and I am treated so well that I am extremely grateful that I can trust Dr. Lam with my health. Dr. Lam is very knowledgeable and through and very interested in my well being and health care in every area. Dr. Lam is a top professional and I love and admire her very much.
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10/18/2016
Dr. Lam is very good at listening and making solid recommendations based upon your complaints.
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10/05/2016
Dr Summer Lam is very attentive listener & I didn't feel hurried.
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10/02/2016
The wait time to get an appointment is long.
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09/21/2016
It was not a BAD experience, but I still don't understand why Dr. Lam could not give me a suggestion of some medication to treat a sore on my foot, rather than suggestion I [...] see a podiatrist for this.
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09/20/2016
This was actually my FIRST visit with Dr. Lam. I LOVED her. And, her MA, [...] was also great. My only negative: It took my 5 months to get into Dr. Lam. My previous PCP closed his office very unexpectedly and it took me that long to get a first visit. During that time, I had to go to Immediate Care just to get a statin RX refilled. I understand Dr. Lam couldn't refill it without seeing me. But that was the result of having to wait so long to get in. Also, I love My chart. It will help me a great deal in the future.
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09/18/2016
Dr. Lam is the first doctor I've been to that HEARS me completely.
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09/18/2016
I felt very comfortable with Dr Lam. It was a great experience and initial appointment. I felt she really listened and felt well cared for. I was sad Dr [...] was no longer here but very happy she put me in good hands.
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09/13/2016
First visit with Dr. Summer Lam and I am very glad she is my primary health care provider!
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08/24/2016
I just love my doctor and the care and attention she gives me. in fact now my wife and 2-step daughters go to my doctor as well.
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08/23/2016
The receptionists was able to get in the same day was having ear problems
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08/17/2016
I couldn't ask for any better provider and her assistant.
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08/06/2016
She is a very good Dr. and very good to talk to.
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07/31/2016
Dr. Summer Lam is the best Dr. I have ever had. She is excellent.
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07/26/2016
I felt annoyed that I was asked by the MA and doctor why I was there for a visit. I had previously been called twice by an MA asking the same questions. it seems that the reason should be noted so every person can read through it and address the reason rather than asking me over and over why I'm there.
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07/12/2016
Dr Lam is very caring and helpful to our needs. We have faith in her to take good care of us. He Nurse is very nice to us also [...]
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06/26/2016
This was a first visit after changing providers. She was very nice and seems to know what she is talking about.
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06/22/2016
[...] I am new to using the Providence Medical Group [...] and I am quite frustrated with communications regarding the medical group providers and team I have been communicating with. Both issues are in process and unresolved. 1. Concerns and questions regarding lab work. 2. A plan for medications for cluster (similar to migraines) headaches. [...]
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06/21/2016
All good experiences
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06/21/2016
loved the provider but I got 10 minutes with her because they called to reschedule my appt. and then had booked me to a time where I was double booked accidentally. I had to wait in the waiting room for at least 30 min, and then another 20 min in the room. I finally popped out and said I had to get back to work. My appt. had been rescheduled once already. I also had checked in about 2 weeks prior for a BP check and was forgotten in the waiting room. I waited for 40 min. and then finally had to leave.
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06/19/2016
Dr. Lam & her staff are thorough, patient, kind. I appreciate the desire to treat root causes & not just symptoms.
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05/25/2016
Dr Lam is the most understanding and caring Dr I've ever had the pleasure to know. Since I started seeing Dr Lam, my wife and both my step daughters have started seeing Dr Lam too. excellent Dr.
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05/25/2016
Love my Doctor! I drive 1.5hrs each way just to come to Providence & Dr Lam
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05/17/2016
I cannot compliment Dr. Lam enough for her outstanding listening skills; overall responsiveness to my questions and needs; knowledge; compassion, respect and overall experience. She is delightful and I would recommend her highly. I have confidence in the information she provided me. She is wonderful.
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05/09/2016
During visit another patient had a medical emergency - Provider went to assist - very good.
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05/01/2016
I like Dr. Lam. [...]
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04/19/2016
Summer Lam is the best doctor I've ever seen.
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04/19/2016
Dr. Lam is one of the best internal medicine physicians I have ever had. I had seen her at [...] when she was there and I was very happy to select her when I moved to Newberg and saw that she was now with Providence.
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03/22/2016
We have great trust in Dr. Summer Lam
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03/22/2016
Dr Summer Lam is VERY thorough-I have already recommended her to several people (my mother goes to her now also!)
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03/20/2016
Even though I have been in the providence system when my provider left their practice I had to wait almost 3 months to get an appointment to renew my maintenance prescription.
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03/20/2016
She is sweet, respectful, and seems concerned about my issues. I have only good things to say.
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03/13/2016
Dr. Lam was a very good listener and she accessed my regular doctor's notes, took my health issues seriously (I have a rare disease (1 in 50k) and trusted that I knew my body and my health. She acted on my concerns and made sure I was protected from further infection.
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03/09/2016
Dermatology test appointment almost 2 months out, very disappointing.
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02/14/2016
Dr. Lam has been my doctor for the last 9 years and she is the best health care provider that I have ever had. She always listens to all of my health problems and treats them with absolute perfection. I would recommend her to everybody.
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02/09/2016
I am a new patient of Dr. Lam, and saw her after an appointment with her physician's assistant. I felt the PA had compiled a good profile on my health history so Dr. Lam could immediately address my health concerns. I think I am going to be very comfortable dealing with this practice.
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02/02/2016
I felt that she devoted her full attention to me during the visit. Her responses indicated that she was listening attentively. She is very knowledgeable and was able to cite studies to support her recommendations. She motivated me to continue habits that contribute to good health. She's also personable and strives to make the interaction between physician and patient as pleasant as possible. Very professional!
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01/28/2016
Very good experience with my provider
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01/26/2016
Dr. Lamm is an outstanding doctor and I have recommended her to several people. Some of the members on her "Team" need to take some lessons from her. I trust her and what she says 100% but have real reservations concerning some of the others. If I can't get in to see Dr. Lamm I usually just don't go in, even when I know I should.