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