Biography & Education


Alex Schafir, M.D., has a patient-centered philosophy. “I help people define their own health issues and choose therapies that feel right to them,” he says. “In primary care, the focus is prevention. I implement effective treatments early, and I protect people from unnecessary medical care.”

Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Schafir graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Washington. He is dedicated to medical education. As a faculty member with the Internal Medicine Residency at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Dr. Schafir says, “I want to teach by engaging residents in the highest-quality medical care.”

He and his wife have traveled all over the world, though travel is more challenging nowadays, thanks to their children.

Personal Statement: After twenty years as a medical educator, what keeps me at St. V's is the educational atmosphere. My colleagues here share my belief that adults learners are self-motivated, and that they learn from each other at least as much as they do from us. My job, in addition to caring for patients, is to create a million opportunities for residents to revise and expand their knowledge. As a teacher, I feel lucky to work in a place that delivers such high quality medical care.

National/Regional Responsibilities:
Clinical Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University
Clinical Interests
Patient-doctor relationship

Teaching Responsibilities:
Teaching Residents to Teach
Improving residents' clinic skills via video review


  • Aesculapians Award for Outstanding Leadership: UCLA School of Medicine
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society:, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Sigma Psi Scientific Research Society: Princeton University
  • Bank of America Award for Liberal Arts

Personal Interests: Outside of work, you might find me sea kayaking with my wife, seeking out live jazz, traveling to far places, or unicycling with my two kids.

Areas of expertise

Internal medicine


Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical School: UCLA School of Medicine
Residency: University of Washington
Chief Resident: Providence Hospital, Seattle

Care Locations

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


Board Certifications
  • Internal medicine


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.

4.7 out of 5 (65 Ratings, 9 Comments)


[...] My doctor was not available, but this one stepped in and enabled me to keep the appointment anyway. He did an OUTSTANDING job of actually explaining things beyond what I had previously been told.
Providence Health & Services Patient

Dr. Schafir is a touch on the conservative side. I'll go in thinking I should be referred to a brain surgeon and he'll tell me to take two aspirin and call him in the morning, which fortunately is exactly the treatment needed. I am completely satisfied with the care me and my wife get from this practice. [...]
Providence Health & Services Patient

I love this team of Dr. They are knowledgable respectful and still enthusiastic about medicine. I rarely get the same provider twice but all have been enthusiastic and helpful. Dr Schafir really took time to help me understand what I need to do to successfully handle a very severe leg break [...]. He took his time was transparent but optimistic
Providence Health & Services Patient

Thought there were possible blood clots when at home in the morning and call to see a doctor and got an appointment at 1:30 the same day.
Providence Health & Services Patient

Took all the time needed to resolve my issue.
Providence Health & Services Patient

Best doctor since my family doctor retired.
Providence Health & Services Patient

Dr. Shafer has a great "bedside manner".
Providence Health & Services Patient

Dr Shaffir was very helpful and caring. [...]
Providence Health & Services Patient

Dr. Shafir did an excellent job outlining the options for my care and working with me to decide which option to take.
Providence Health & Services Patient