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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, LLC. She continues on faculty at OSHU in the Division of General Medicine and is joined each year by a medical student who shadows her and takes part in patient care.
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.
Verified Patient Reviews
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 because my 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.
Ellen was very kind and personable and seemed concerned about me personally. She was familiar with new treatments available and was very thorough.
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 my medical 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.
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!
She is great, parking is easy. Could not recommend more highly.
Great doctor. Listened to me and promoted great questions to really get at my history. Thorough and personable. Great office staff as well!
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 Terry is also fantastic. Office is in a nice area of town. Would highly recommend!
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 are the 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.
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 very easily. 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.
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 of the things that I would have liked to. It just seemed rushed and judgy.
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 scheduled time). 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.
she likely means well, but can come off as very judgmental and brash
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.
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.
She was great. Really seemed to care about the pain I was in and work with me to solve the issue.
This was a very good initial visit. We are in agreement about how to proceed taking care of my medical needs.
My visit was great; Dr Michaelson asked good questions to better understand my issues.
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 my usual cocktail and I live happily. Not the doctor for me or any living being with a soul.
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.
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. I am super excited to have Dr. Ellen Michaelson MD as my new primary care Dr.