Biography & Education

Biography

Laura Loertscher, M.D., promotes health rather than simply treating disease.

She feels that having a strong doctor-patient relationship is essential to effective health care. “I believe in a partnership of communication, honesty and hard work between the doctor and patient,” she says. “I truly listen to the concerns of the patient.”

After earning her medical degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., she completed an internship and residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, where she served as chief resident. Dr. Loertscher is passionate about medical education and works closely with the internal medicine residents.

Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband Jesús and their son Diego.

Personal Statement: A focus on quality as well as a patient-centered approach to clinical practice attracted me to Providence St. Vincent. In addition, their commitment to education and the opportunity to work with both medical students and residents resonated with my interest to participate in teaching in addition to clinical care.

Clinical Interests: Chronic disease management and evidence-based care.

Awards/Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Marquette University, 1999
  • Attitude, Commitment and Excellence Award, Mayo Clinic, 2007
  • Portland Top Doctor, Portland Monthly Magazine, 2013

National/Regional Responsibilities:

  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Society of General Internal Medicine
  • St. Vincent Internal Medicine Residency Faculty
  • Member of Providence Continuing Medical Education (CME) Regional Advisory Committee

Teaching Responsibilities: Faculty at Providence St. Vincent internal medicine residency with focus in quality improvement, evidence-based medicine, and high-value care. Director of CME at Providence St. Vincent.

Personal Interests: Enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her family as well as biking, running, soccer and quilting.

Areas of expertise

Internal medicine

Education

Undergraduate: Marquette University
Graduate: University of Minnesota, MPH
Medical School: Mayo Medical School
Residency: Mayo Clinic
Chief Resident: Mayo Clinic

Care Locations

9205 SW Barnes Rd., Suite MT-2800
Portland, OR 97225
Fax 503-216-7488
Affiliated Facilities

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.

4.7 out of 5 (47 Ratings, 15 Comments)

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06/28/2016
I always feel she takes the time to listen to me, and appears to be truly interested in my well-being.
100

04/24/2016
Dr. [...] said Dr. Loertscher's pre op report was outstanding some of the most thorough he has ever seen.
80

04/21/2016
Good.
90

04/19/2016
Because my weight is normal I feel sometimes my Eating Disorder is not taken seriously by her or the other physicians in the clinic. [...]
100

04/07/2016
Really like the medical student [...].
90

04/03/2016
Was given a test Friday and was supposed to hear back that day or night. Never did. I had to call myself. I had a prescription waiting I never knew about until late Saturday.
100

03/28/2016
Doctor Loertscher is an excellent MD. She listens carefully to what I have to say and values me as a patient. She acts respectfully towards me in a kind way and seeks my input in medical decisions she makes about my reasons for office visits. I could never do without her supportive treatment of me. She is a wonderful person.
100

02/28/2016
I have asked for Dr. Loertscher to be my doctor. I was very pleased with her care and concern for me I moved here only 2 months ago. She is super nice and cares about her patients.
80

02/10/2016
Laura Loertscher listened to my concerns & fears. She was sensitive & reassuring.
100

01/27/2016
My wife and I continually state to others how we enjoy the best in medical care with Dr. Loertscher and her staff.
100

12/31/2015
Dr. Loertscher was wonderful -- lovely smile --
 

11/15/2015
Dr, Loertscher takes the time to listen to me and always greets me warmly. I have recommended her to friends.
 

10/28/2015
I have only good things to say about my experiences!
80

10/03/2015
Dr. Loertscher is a good doctor, but [...] I don't feel I am connecting with her. [...]
100

08/30/2015
They're all very helpful; professional; friendly; caring.