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
Phone 503-216-2621
Fax 503-216-7488
Affiliated Facilities


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, 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, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Hives, Hyperhidrosis, Hypothyroidism, Impotence, Influenza (Seasonal flu), Ingrown toenail, Insect bite, Insomnia, Keloids, 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