Biography & Education

Biography

Thayer White, M.D., believes that his role as a physician is to help patients understand what is happening to them and to educate them so they can make knowledgeable decisions. "My role is to intervene only when necessary, but to always provide support, education and reassurance," he says.

With a special interest in sports medicine, Dr. White believes that staying fit and active is the key to a long and healthy life. He motivates his patients to stay healthy and works with them to help them improve their well-being.

Dr. White earned his medical degree at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He completed his internship, residency and a sport medicine fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. Dr. White has been the head primary care physician for the Portland Timbers since 2013.

In his free time, Dr. White enjoys running, and spending time with his wife and two children hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.

Areas of expertise

Sports medicine, family medicine, management of overuse injuries

Education
Medical degree: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Internship and Residency - Family Medicine: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
Fellowship - Sports Medicine: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
 
Dr. White is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine.
Languages
  • English

Care Locations

5330 NE Glisan St.
Suite 100
Portland, OR 97213
Fax 503-215-9701

Publications

Specialties

Board Certifications
  • Family medicine
  • Sports medicine

Reviews

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. These comments are the views and opinions of patients and are not endorsed by or necessarily reflect the views of Providence.

4.6 out of 5 (188 Ratings, 49 Comments)

100

10/18/2017
Dr. White is one of the best I have experienced in my 74 years. He is straight forward, easy to communicate with and very specific in his assessment and treatment. He is also direct in suggesting my personal requirements to improve my health and physical condition, which I appreciate.
100

10/18/2017
all good. never have problems with anyone
100

10/18/2017
Dr White and office staff are wonderful
80

10/04/2017
He was good.He listen well before he started talking to me.
100

09/27/2017
We dealt with the two issues quickly and resolved the main singular problem.
100

09/23/2017
Dr. White was great, spent plenty of time with me reviewing all of my concerns and having a healthy discussion about ways to alter my nutrition and exercise regimens.
90

09/20/2017
I have not heard back from Thayer White regarding the results of x-rays taken five business days ago! That is an unacceptably long wait!
60

09/11/2017
Dr. White is more trusted than my PCP who I will never go back to after her actions were inexcusable. [...] After my past year experience with Providence I would not recommend to anyone. I have had one good speech therapist and most others were less than desirable. Dr. White has been okay and at least listens tries to help.
70

09/07/2017
He seems to be an attentive, sincere and caring doctor, which is rare these days.
80

09/07/2017
[...] The main portion of my visit was with a resident/student who then relayed the information to Dr. White - Dr. White seemed very nice, knowledgeable, but no one seems to have the answer to what to do about the chronic pain and inflamation in my feet. I accept that there may not be an answer. The pain will either go away or it won't. It was disappointing to wait three weeks for an appointment that essentially accomplished nothing.
100

09/06/2017
Dr White is a very through, courteous, knowledgeable and empathetic health care provider. He actually listens to what you have to say. I wish more were like him.
90

08/24/2017
Dr. White is an excellent provider!
50

08/23/2017
Provider does not seem interested in me. Provides what is needed but just. Does not "go the extra mile" to ease my way
70

08/14/2017
I'm sure Dr White is an excellent physician, but he had a previous patient who took a long time and was late to see me. I understood that, but it was the end of the day, near closing time, and he seemed to skim over my symptoms. He recommended I go to physical therapy, which I have done before, and I made it clear I needed a recommendation to someone he though was very good. [...] Maybe I'm just being picky, but I'm in great deal of pain and would have like a diagnosis of some kind as to what is causing the pain in my back and legs. Arthritis? blood circulation? weight?
90

07/26/2017
Dr Thayer seems to be very knowledgeable in his field.
90

07/20/2017
Very personable.
100

07/10/2017
Providence has always been great to me and my family. Treats me with kindness and professionalism every time. Dr. White has always been excellent in his field in my case.
100

07/09/2017
Dr. White is one of the most caring and knowledgeable I have had the pleasure of dealing with. He has helped me with any and all questions, plus provided valuable suggestions to deal with my age and weight.
100

07/05/2017
Dr. White is by far one of the best "providers" I have had and I'm 70 years old.
100

07/03/2017
It was very helpful to understand why I had an episode of extreme knee pain.
80

06/28/2017
Everything was great, except I had to wait in the exam room for over 30 mins. to see the doctor.
70

06/27/2017
there was a lack of communication between me, doctor whites office, and the pain clinic I was referred too. i was told people would be calling me when I had to push the issue with phone calls to find out what was going on. I am a sole income father that needs to get back to work ASAP.
100

06/21/2017
Dr White provided me with essential information about what I need to do to continue healing from an injury and what I should avoid doing. He also gave me a realistic time scale for healing, which helps me plan for the future.
100

06/15/2017
Dr. White is amazing!
100

06/07/2017
He appeared very knowledgeable and was patient/attentive when addressing my health concerns.
100

06/02/2017
I had multiple health questions/concerns which were all answered.
100

05/31/2017
it was the best care provided and I enjoyed my visit
100

05/24/2017
This was my first visit with Dr. White. I had a wonderful experience, and I really am pleased that he is my primary care physician.
50

05/03/2017
He has never listened to my heart, lungs, looked into my ears, throat or tested my reflexes.
100

04/19/2017
Provider was Perfect!
90

04/19/2017
I'd like to have been abvle to discuss statin drugs and side effects with Dr. White. From my research, it appears side effects are too many to interest me--and I do not wish to acquire diabetes as did my brother as a result of statins.
 

04/12/2017
Dr. White knows his job and me as a patient he is very good at his job!
100

03/27/2017
Solid in every aspect.
60

03/22/2017
Recommended to come back at a separate appointment for a "10 minute" discussion about anther issue. So this requires a new appointment, additional cost, travel time, visit time and out of my office time. For 10 minutes when i was already there. Addition cost is the smallest issue, it is the time and hassle that is the challenge for most people.
100

03/15/2017
I feel that I have an entire team working for me at the clinic. My primary care as well as my husband's is through there, my OB, and now my son's pediatric care is all managed by this integrated team. It's great how my primary manages my health through the Providence system and keeps an eye on things even when not in her hands.
100

03/15/2017
Dr. [...] referred Dr. White to me for my procedure. I was very happy with both of them!
100

01/25/2017
Extremely pleased with entire experience. MyChart app is excellent. The history of tests is very useful to me. Also easy to schedule appointments. Dr. White is very personable and professional.
100

01/23/2017
Dr. White is great.
100

01/19/2017
A mystery allergy that didn't show up on a skin test was a tricky one to spot. With all the complaints I had and very little evidence to go on, and all the tests I asked for, Dr. White listened and understood my seriousness to get to the bottom of the issue. He always has calm patience and a good bed-side manner.
100

01/04/2017
Very good listeners. Polite, cooperative, and not pandering.
10

01/02/2017
Dr. White gave clear answers to the questions I had. I really like Dr. White.
100

12/28/2016
Good visit. I'm new to Portland and needed to establish a relationship with a physician.
100

12/28/2016
Dr White is excellent in is approach to my questions. Really appreciate.
100

12/09/2016
Dr. White is an outstanding family doctor.
100

11/26/2016
He always listens and explains options for ttreatment.
100

11/24/2016
we were so fortunate that Thayer was able to see [...] on short notice when he was in crisis. He helped [...] and connected [...] with [...], who was also a great resource.
100

11/12/2016
We have come to Providence from another clinic that seems to focus on how to make money rather than how to provide quality care. All we can say is WOW! Care id the best for all.
60

11/10/2016
Doctor seemed to have either fair patient interaction skills, was having on off day, or had other things on his mind, which made me feel I was just a number he knew the problem and answer, and did not seem to listen carefully to what I was telling him.
100

10/27/2016
Dr. White is great.