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.

4.5 out of 5 (55 Ratings, 6 Comments)


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

didn't feel doctor was compassionate. felt that my cold was not important and should stop taking anything over the counter for it. I still have cold and it's now [...] days. getting better very slowly
Providence Health & Services Patient

Dr. Schaifer was very belittling. He would not listen to my history of what had happened before. He asked me what I wanted and acted like he was doing it because I asked, not because it was needed. I am a health care provider as well and felt he was very condescending. He was great in calling me with results that day.
Providence Health & Services Patient

Would like my be more proactive with my exam rather than so reactive with only concerns or issues I'm bringing to his attention. [...]
Providence Health & Services Patient

Even when your really sick you can get in the same day
Providence Health & Services Patient