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
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. 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 (228 Ratings, 84 Comments)

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09/23/2017
I'm 62 and she suggested I might have an STD. Very weird!
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09/20/2017
Dr. Summer Lam is the best.
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09/14/2017
i feel. fortunate to have summer lam ad my provider she is very knowledgeable. professional. and compassionate with outstanding communication skills.
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09/11/2017
Susan is very good at explaining anything I ask about.
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08/30/2017
Dr. Lam is compassionate, she has a great sense of humor which I personally love!
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08/24/2017
very pleasant and attentive
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08/23/2017
Dr Summer Lam is THE BEST! I have never had a doctor/medical professional that I have trusted more. She listens attentively and answers any questions completely.
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08/21/2017
Dr. Lam is an excellent Doctor
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08/16/2017
Dr Lam is the best doctor I've ever had. She listens and addresses all my questions. She is wonderful on explaining everything fully. She gives me details of my health.
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08/10/2017
excellent care with Dr. Lam
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08/09/2017
Dr. Lam is amazing in her desire & ability to meet the needs of her patients.
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08/02/2017
Dr. Lam is the best doctor I've ever seen. she cares, listens to your needs, and provides excellent feedback. She works with you and listens to you to provide the best care plan possible.
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07/26/2017
I like her very much.
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07/26/2017
being somewhat unfamiliar and uncomfortable with medical care, she made me feel remarkably comfortable and at ease. I felt she was empathic and competent
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07/19/2017
Dr. Lam was wonderful!! My visit was to determine whether to switch pcp's and I will definitely be choosing Dr. Lam.
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07/05/2017
Dr. Lam always listens, is to the point, and always cheerful
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06/29/2017
Dr. Summer Lam is the care provider that I wish thai I would have had my whole life. She is the best!
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06/21/2017
EXTREMELY difficult to get to see my PCP in a timely manner. Usually need to wait weeks or even months if I want to see Dr. Lam rather than a member of her "team". I have NOT had good experiences with some of her team members including misdiagnosed twice.
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06/15/2017
She listens to my concerns and addresses them or refers me to a specialist.
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06/12/2017
Dr. Lam is great, but I made an appt to see her in Feb., and brought my records from home thinking we could go over a number of test results. When I arrived for the appt they said I was to see the PA for a [...] Wellness check - this was really a waste of my time, and I felt I should have been told about this up front so that I could have made an appt to actually see Dr Lam too. I tried to get another appt, but she was booked way out so I had to see NP [...]. When I went in for appt., they said I had wrong day, but I know I put down date & time when I made appt. When I did see her she ordered a radiology test...when I showed up for that, the technician said it was not the right test for my concern and that [...] wouldn't pay...so I didn't have it. I live in McMinnville, so every appt at Providence takes a good chunk out of my day.
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06/08/2017
Dr. Lam is a fantastic Internist/Primary Care Provider. She is very analytic, has an amazing breadth and depth of medical knowledge, is an excellent communicator, and a caring doctor. I have an autoimmune disease and she is understands how that effects my overall health care needs. She patiently addresses every health issue with rigor and compassion until we both feel comfortable with the outcome. The referrals she has made have been to high quality specialists. For the first time in my adult life I do not feel like I have to be the driving force in my medical care.
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06/07/2017
Dr. Lam is. very thorough, friendly, respectful, informed and willing to listen to my concerns.
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06/06/2017
she is very good.
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06/06/2017
She seems to be running late a lot f the time. I think She has too any patients.
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06/05/2017
The entire team, from Dr. Lam on down are very professional, courteous, and kind. This is amongst the finest medical care I have ever received and I recommend Providence to everyone in my life.
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05/30/2017
Very understanding to my needs. She took her time and did not rush me out.
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05/29/2017
Very much "by the book" but some conditions don't follow the book.
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05/24/2017
wait time has increased. it's hard to see your provider in a timely manner..same week or next week.
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05/24/2017
Dr. Lam is terrific. I couldn't imagine a nicer, more helpful doctor.
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05/19/2017
I believe Dr. Larn is an excellent doctor.
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05/16/2017
My former dr. left, I had to wait too long to get an appt. Also, I very much dislike the phone system. On hold for a terrible long time. Would not recommend as readily for those 2 things.
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05/13/2017
love Dr Lam. some of the front desk staff could use some training in professionalism on how not to freak out and tell a patient that has been waiting months on end to see her primary care doctor, that she couldn't see her. all patients should receive a notice or letter when you start seeing a new doctor a year ago that she doesn't do some types of insurance. [...]
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05/11/2017
very congenial, easy to talk with
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05/10/2017
The computer consumes a lot of space.
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05/07/2017
the best care ever
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05/04/2017
ALWAYS HAVE GOOD EXPERIENCE WITH DR.LAM. ASIDE FROM DR. [...]- SHE IS THE BEST HEALTH CARE PROVIDER I HAVE. RECOMMENDED DR. LAM TO ONE OF THE PATIENT WHILE I WAS WAITING IN RECEPTION AREA WHO IS LOOKING FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER,
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05/03/2017
I continued taking my needs and concerns to Dr. Lam because I have found her to be caring and very willing to be understanding. Dr. Lam
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04/26/2017
Always takes plenty of time with me and is very informative.
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04/24/2017
I can't talk because of [...], but Dr. Lam & her staff really go the extra mile to help me!
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04/24/2017
Only complaint, too hard to get in to see her in a timely manner.
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04/23/2017
She is willing to listen and discuss with me until I am satisfied with our conversation.
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04/19/2017
I have now seen Dr. Lam two times (in 6 months for regular appointment). I am not scheduled again, now for 12 months. I have already recommended her to multiple people [...]
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04/17/2017
This was my first visit with Dr Lam. I am very pleased and look forward to having her as my doctor.
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04/04/2017
My care team is very caring and perceptive of my needs
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03/20/2017
[...] we have used the My Chart Message feature on occasion in the last 3 months, with good results.
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03/17/2017
I am a new patient. It took 3 months to get in to see Summer Lam but so worth it. I felt we connected, she was so sensitive to my needs, was focused even and covered all my concerns. I feel assured I will get the best care possible.
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03/16/2017
love Dr Lam very attentive and in tune with your needs.
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03/15/2017
I really like Dr. Lam - She made me feel taken care of an heard. I will be bringing my 17 year old daughter to her.
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03/15/2017
always leave her office feeling refreshed!
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03/05/2017
Very satisfied with Dr. Lam's care.
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03/02/2017
1st visit [...] initial impression very good
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02/21/2017
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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02/17/2017
This was my first visit with Dr. Lam. A delightful experience. [...]
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02/15/2017
Dr. Lam is a caring, attentive physician.
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02/08/2017
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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02/07/2017
Dr. Lam is good.
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02/07/2017
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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01/29/2017
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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01/25/2017
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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01/19/2017
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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01/12/2017
Dr. Lam is one of the best doctor I have ever had
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01/11/2017
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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01/04/2017
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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01/04/2017
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.
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01/03/2017
hard to get an appointment
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12/05/2016
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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11/26/2016
Very good.
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11/21/2016
The best!
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11/16/2016
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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11/09/2016
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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11/09/2016
I like Dr, Lam very much.
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11/02/2016
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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10/31/2016
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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10/26/2016
always excellent!
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10/20/2016
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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10/19/2016
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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10/19/2016
Dr. Lam is very good at listening and making solid recommendations based upon your complaints.
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10/06/2016
Dr Summer Lam is very attentive listener & I didn't feel hurried.
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10/03/2016
The wait time to get an appointment is long.
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09/22/2016
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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09/21/2016
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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09/19/2016
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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09/19/2016
Dr. Lam is the first doctor I've been to that HEARS me completely.
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09/14/2016
First visit with Dr. Summer Lam and I am very glad she is my primary health care provider!