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Dr. Ellen Michaelson, MD

Primary Care Doctor

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**Please upload your insurance card to ZocDoc. Please check with your insurance to be sure we take your plan. We reserve the right to cancel your appointment if valid insurance w Member ID is not provided at the time of scheduling. We are closed to Medicare. We do not see Workman's Comp or patients with chronic pain.** Dr. Ellen Michaelson grew up in New England. She graduated from Brandeis University and earned her MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and her MFA from Pacific University. She did her training in Internal Medicine and Hematology in New York City. Dr. Michaelson worked at Harlem Hospital on faculty at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. A founding member of the Ethics Committee at Harlem,Dr. Michaelson was an NEW Fellow in Medical Humanities, has done advanced work at the Narrative Medicine Workshop at Columbia University.She also has an MFA in Writing from Pacific University. In Oregon, Dr. Michaelson spent a year in rural practice in the Dalles before moving to Portland. She joined the faculty at OHSU where she saw patients, taught, and was Director of the Anticoagulation Clinic before pursuing her own practice at HealthMax Primary Care. She continues on faculty at OSHU in the Division of General Medicine and is joined by medical students and residents who shadow her and take part in patient care. She is a member of the NW Narrative Medicine Collaborative and the Vice President of the Board. She has made a video on end-of-life care and has published short fiction and essays. Her novel, "From the Love of Strangers" is currently under consideration for publication

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • American Republic Insurance Company

Specialties

  • Primary Care Doctor

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital & Medical Center
  • Providence Saint Vincent Medical Center

Board certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine

Education and training

  • Medical School - University of Massachusetts, Doctor of Medicine
  • State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Residency in Internal Medicine
  • The Mount Sinai Hospital, Fellowship in Hematology
  • Pacific University, Master's in Writing

Awards and publications

  • NW Narrative Medicine Collaborative, Board Vice President

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1255364972

Office locations

HealthMax Primary Care

1849 NW Kearney St, Suite 201

Portland, OR 97209

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Great experience and bedside manner
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It’s important to formulate your own opinion and not be deterred by a few bad incidents. It’s equally important to ask questions as we know the internet can be a very unforgiving place. But as humans we must acknowledge that notone situation is the same and every experience is subjective. Having said that I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Michaelson despite reading some questionable reviews. So when I arrived and was greeted by a friendly associate I was very relieved. Dr. Michaelson came into the room and began a circuit of questions. A very in-depth questionnaire but necessary as it’s important to establish a good rapport with your PCP. The questions led to a great conversation on a multitude of topics that we shared opinions on and some that we disagreed but all in all the underlying theme was Dr. Michaelson cares and was very attentive to every nuance. This was extremely relieving as I’ve had bad experiences with introductions to providers in the past. I wanted to establish care with a Dr that is efficient and attentive to my concerns as well as helping me with preventative care and Dr. Michaelson has checked all of those boxes. It says a lot about a person when they are willing to sacrifice part of their Friday night to ensure that you are well taken care of. I was able to ask Dr. Michaelson about some of her reviews and she is well aware of them. It shows a lot about her character that she voiced her concerns about the reviews as they do not reflect her work and bedside manner. When you are looking to schedule an appointment let your experiences dictate how you want to navigate not a couple bad examples. Because nothing is as black and white as it seems. I am very happy that I found Dr. Michaelson and will be continuing care with her going forward.
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She was very thorough, interested in treating the whole person rather than symptoms. Great bedside manner, will definitely be back!
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I arrived 5-10 min early and I waited in the waiting room over 20 minutes after my appointment time before my name was called. When Ellen walked in, I didn’t receive a proper greeting. The way she questioned me and pokedfor answers gave me the impression she didn’t trust me and/or wouldn’t help. I could tell that this was not a typical doctor visit. She continued to probe me with questions, questions, and more questions. It felt like we were getting nowhere. I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt and thought she was just trying to get some background info on why I might be there in the first place. When I started informing her of my reasons for the visit, she stopped me and asked me why I was even telling her what I was. Confused, I clearified that I am just letting her know important background information and that my therapist recommended I see a PCP to have some anxiety medication prescribed. She told me that she couldn’t prescribe me anxiety medication without knowing me. Confused again, because I had started to describe this to her, I asked her to cealrify what information she needs. She discussed how people have abused drugs and they continue to abuse drugs. I’m a good person and should not be treated the way she treated me. Unreal. I almost left mid-visit. I’ve never had my blood boil during a doctor visit. A doctor is supposed to make you feel safe, like they care about you, and should want to lead you to the impression that they can help. All I remember thinking during the visit is, “This is a complete waste of my time” and “I better not have to pay for this visit.” I did not feel safe or pleased with my visit and will not step foot in that building again. PS- Ellen weighed me on the scale and said, “you’re not skinny.” Thanks, Ellen!
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My entire experience with Dr. Michaelson was extremely uncomfortable. She did not openly listen to my medical history or reason for the appointment, instead she constantly interrupted me, questioned me and lectured about how primary careworks. As an experienced RN I understand very well that a primary care provider is the most appropriate place to request a medication refill. She seemed irritated the entire appointment, sat on the other side of the room with a laptop in between us and had verbal / physical body language that suggested she hated her job. The only reason I chose to see her was because she had the most open appointment availability.... now I know why. I very rarely write reviews but this information needs to be passed along so others don’t have to feel this uncomfortable.
Less than 3 months ago
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She was not very helpful told me she couldn't help me with my issues.. no energy or compassion.
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She spent a lot of time asking lifestyle questions which is important, but I felt the physical exam was extremely lacking. She also didn’t offer much information about my condition.
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Very nice and thorough, glad I established care with her!
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Really likes her bed-side manner, was very comfortable at all times.
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Not a great appointment - doctor seemed almost inconvenience that I was there, was distant, and didn't seem interested in actually helping me out. If you're looking for bedside manner, I would not book an appointment with this doctor.
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Professional in every aspect, staff was lovely
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She is very nice, this was fast and easy!
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Not super helpful just wanted to push medication on me
Less than 1 year ago
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I had to write this, since some of these reviews are very misleading. I read the negative reviews and decided to go in since I am an optimistic person, and I am glad i did. I saw Dr. Michaelson twice inone week, and I love her! She was sick when I went to see her, and despite her not feeling well, she was in helping others... that says a lot to me about a person. I don’t care for my doctor to look me in the eyes and sympathize with my pain, or give me a hug, so I was just fine with her questioning to get to a resolution. In my experience, she was actually very sincere in wanting to find out the problem and quickly ordered labs and even called me late in the evening to give me the result. Having read the negative reviews, I can say that most of those comments are likely because she is very straight and to the point and makes the decision of what needs to be taken care of - which I personally want my GP to do- but if you want hugs and for the doctor to sit there and sympathize with you, or if you easily feel judged by questions about a healthy lifestyle, you may be heartbroken. I have chosen her as my primary doctor.
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Michaelson was timely, thorough and professional. Glad that I chose her as my primary care doctor.
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Dr. Michaelson was very friendly and thoroughly reviewed my medical background. She also took a holistic approach ensuring she reviewed anything that could be influencing my health before making a recommendation. I felt she was very knowledgeableand conscientious in her approach and am happy to have found a doctor in the area that I can trust.
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Doc Michaelson is great. She went through my whole history, and didn't rush anything. She was very informative and even got me into a specialist appointment right away. I highly recommend her!
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Same as others have reviewed. Told me I needed to see a therapist, which I already have scheduled. Had to switch from Kaiser Permanente due to my new employer's coverage being other than Kaiser. Ended up late to my appointment becausemy car was in an accident the day prior and the bus I waited for never came due to the heat, but she didn't seem to care, and told me "I really need to be on time". Continously told me to put my phone away while she inputted my medical history on her laptop. Apprently doesn't take debit cards because they don't even have a card reader? Had to hand copy my credit card number down. Overall demeanor and attitude was very rude and cold, and kept saying she had "never heard of my medications". Finding a new doctor ASAP.
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Ellen was very kind and personable and seemed concerned about me personally. She was familiar with new treatments available and was very thorough.
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I arrived on time, but had to wait over 30 minutes to be seen. When the doctor showed up, she asked me why I was late. I explained I had been waiting in the lobby for 30 minutes. Before taking mymedical history, she recommended surgery. When I tried to give her family medical history to help diagnose a hereditary condition, she said getting my family medical history "wasn't necessary". She spent more time asking about my finances and living arrangements and trying to be a life coach than on my medical needs. I felt like she didn't listen to anything I said, which resulted in wasting my time. I am looking for a new doctor immediately.
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Loved Dr. Ellen! She was very thorough and really took the time to get to know me and my medical history. Excellent bedside manner and made me feel very comfortable from the start. So happy to have found a good doctor in Portland!
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She is great, parking is easy. Could not recommend more highly.
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Great doctor. Listened to me and promoted great questions to really get at my history. Thorough and personable. Great office staff as well!
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Dr. Michaelson has a very no-nonsense approach to medicine (almost holistic) and takes the time to get to know your medical history. I enjoy going to see her more than any other doctor in the last 10+ years. Her receptionist Terryis also fantastic. Office is in a nice area of town. Would highly recommend!
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My appointment was relatively quick, though she was thorough about making sure she understood all of my health concerns. Be aware that the forms linked on the HealthMax website are out of date; the correct pre-appointment forms to fill out arethe ones available through the web portal. The web portal also provides access to all lab test results. Dr. Michaelson is unafraid to make value judgements about about health factors such as weight, diet, and exercise. This conventional approach works well for me, but I see how combined with her direct and no-nonsense manner it could cause patients with different lifestyle choices and beliefs to feel judged or criticized. I'd characterize Dr. Michaelson's "bedside manner" as efficient, traditional, and professional.
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After reading the many negative reviews on Zocdoc, I proceeded to schedule an appointment in hopes that I would have a positive first visit anyway. Unfortunately, Dr. Michaelson is unprofessional, unnecessarily brash, and loses focus veryeasily. As a positive feature of the appointment, her receptionist was very helpful, thoughtful, and courteous! For my appointment, I brought prior abnormal bloodwork (from a doctor that is unfortunately not covered on my new insurance) that I hoped to discuss with her. As a doctor with a background in hematology, Dr. Michaelson seemed inexperienced and unaware of many of the facts I had discussed with past doctors, and very quickly and aggressively stated the results were completely normal. As they are marked via labwork AND noted by my prior doctor as being very highly abnormal, I pushed her for more explanation, to which she responded "well, it must have been a lab error". As was clear on the paperwork, I was tested twice to ensure it was not a lab error and both were abnormal in varying degrees. Before I was able to request it, she flatly stated she would have absolutely no reason to retest, again, everything was normal. Luckily, I have since been able to find a new doctor who was thorough and curious enough to have me retested. I am now working on a treatment plan with a specialist and am on a long road to incrementally improving a very serious condition. If I were to have taken Dr. Michaelson's disregard and nonchalant feedback seriously, I would have lost very valuable treatment time.
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I was not pleased with her bedside manner. The receptionist in there was extremely courteous though! When I got to the exam room I felt like I was being judged the whole time and didn't get to go over some ofthe things that I would have liked to. It just seemed rushed and judgy.
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she likely means well, but can come off as very judgmental and brash
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The whole visit felt very cold. She spoke with me for about an hour, and seemed to blame me for being late (which I wasn't. I arrived at the exact time, and wasn't asked to show up earlier then the scheduledtime). And she seemed rushed for time. She spent about five minutes total examining me (and by that I mean that after the nursw checked my blood pressure and got my family history, the doctore did the whole deep breath thing and that was it.) I had expressed that I was concerned about my weight and I didn't appreciate the look I received because of it. I'd also mentioned that I was having issues with my feet and she didn't even want to examine them. (Mind you at my job I'm on my feet for over 10 hours a day so this was a real concern for me.) The biggest issue I had was how critical she was about my mental health and how quickly she was to just hand me off to someone else for it. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety ten years ago. I didn't like being on medication for it and when I expressed that she just wrote it off. She said 'well you were a teenager then and your body will react differently now.' Despite the fact that I specifically said that I would rather have alternatives to medicine. She just kept insisting that I needed therapy and spent most of the session talking about it. Over all the appointment felt very cold, rushed, and I felt extremely vulnerable and judged after leaving.
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Didn't seem too interested in what I was saying. Rude approach to my weight gain. Said I needed blood work, but didn't explain why it was necessary.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Michaelson made judgements and rude comments on my level of education and several body shaming comments on my weight. I did not feel comfortable to ask questions. I will not got back to her practice.
More than 1 year ago
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I enjoyed my first visit with Dr. Michaelson. She took the time to thoroughly go over my health background, and did not feel rushed at all. She was very easy to communicate with, and helpful with suggestions and advice.
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She was great. Really seemed to care about the pain I was in and work with me to solve the issue.
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This was a very good initial visit. We are in agreement about how to proceed taking care of my medical needs.
More than 1 year ago
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My visit was great; Dr Michaelson asked good questions to better understand my issues.
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Did what other drs did. Treated me like a problem, want to send me to all kinds of doctors. I want one doctor controlling my meds and pain clinic go extreme and have you on serious medication. I just need myusual cocktail and I live happily. Not the doctor for me or any living being with a soul.
More than 1 year ago
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amazing!
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It was probably one of the best Dr. visits I have ever had. She took the time to get to know me, and my health history, I never felt rushed, and we covered every thing on my list of concerns. Iam super excited to have Dr. Ellen Michaelson MD as my new primary care Dr.
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