Biography & Education

Biography

Laura Loertscher, M.D., promotes health rather than simply treating disease. In her practice, she emphasizes preventive care and healthy lifestyle.

She believes 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 hopes to expand her efforts beyond the clinic by teaching young physicians and working with the broader community.

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, with a particular commitment to preventive health

Awards/Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Marquette University, 1999
  • Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, Marquette University, 1999
  • "ACE" Award, 2007

National/Regional Responsibilities:

  • Member of American College of Physicians
  • Society of General Internal Medicine
  • Physicians for Human Rights

Teaching Responsibilities: instructor at Providence St. Vincent internal medicine residency with focus in quality improvement, systems based practice, and preventive health.

Personal Interests: I enjoy time with my husband and 2-year-old son, Diego, as well as travel, hiking, biking, cooking, 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
Phone 503-216-2621
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, Cellulitis, 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, 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, Nausea and Vomiting, Age 12 and Older, Osteoarthritis, Otitis externa, Otitis media, Pain in limb, Peptic ulcer disease without obstruction, Peripheral vascular disease, Pigmented lesions, Pneumonia, Pregnancy, Prostatitis, Psoriasis, Rash, Age 12 and Older, Rhinitis, allergic, Rosacea, Rotator cuff tear, Sebaceous cyst, Shortness of breath, Sinusitis, Skin disease, 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
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