Biography & Education

Biography

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

Awards/Honors

  • 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

Education

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

Specialties

Board Certifications
  • Internal medicine

Reviews

Patient Ratings and Comments
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4.6 out of 5 (60 Ratings, 23 Comments)

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07/03/2017
Provider was nice but I had questions about my R shoulder pain from fall & requested X-ray - He said it's muscular, he didn't even touch my shoulder.
70

06/21/2017
I waited an hour past my appointment before being seen. When I work, get to my appointment on time, and then end up spending over two hours at the doctor, it is difficult on my job.
100

06/20/2017
Waited an hour for a 3 minute visit.
100

06/20/2017
Excellent provider.
100

06/14/2017
My usual Intern was sick and this doctor filled in for him. He was excellent and I would like to have him for my regular doctor.
50

06/13/2017
I visited for an sinus condition and sore throat I was told it was allergies. spring the following weekend I had to go to urgent care and was prescribed an antibiotic due to a sinus infection
100

05/25/2017
Great doctor and person Dr. Schafir!
100

05/01/2017
Dr Schafir is an outstanding and is a model for what all doctors should be!!!!
100

04/28/2017
1) My wait time seemed to be an aberration: the result of one individual patient whose needs tied up the reception staff. I have never before encountered such a delay. 2) Dr. Schafir's assistant was particularly attentive and helpful.
100

04/27/2017
my experience was overwhelmingly positive. Every visit I've made to this team has resulted in incredibl caring, attentive, and knowledgeable doctors. the most significant highlight of my experience is that I never once have gotten the sense that any of my doctors have been in a rush to move on to their next patient. I'm cognizant that they are booked back-to-back, but they consistently make me feel as though my case is the most important thing to them at the moment. I'm tremendously grateful.
100

02/22/2017
Always very responsive and helpful to addressing my health care needs.
100

01/26/2017
Dr. Schafir is the best there is.
100

01/10/2017
Dr. Schafer has exceeded all my expectations for care.
100

01/04/2017
Is the best doctor I have ever experienced - And thank God he is also a teaching physician - What role model of why every doctor should be!!!!
100

01/04/2017
Dr. Schafir has been my dr. for over 14 years. He's great.
100

01/04/2017
Dr. Schafir is one of the best doctors I had in my experience with medical care.
100

12/30/2016
Always in my corner!
90

12/15/2016
I particularly liken that when I contact my physician on the site, I get a response very quickly.
10

11/02/2016
The student was wonderful as is Dr. [...] but the teaching doctors just didn't want to send me to pain management for my sciatica when after 10 min of standing I have to go to bed on most days.
100

10/22/2016
always had very good relations withthis office. DR Schafir is an excellentdoctor
100

10/03/2016
Alexander Schafer is an excellent doctor.
100

09/12/2016
Dr. Schaffer is very caring and thorough. Everyone in office is very friendly.
100

09/05/2016
He knows my health condition very well. Our discussions about my health and what I need to do are excellent.