Ellen L. Singer, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I was born in Oakland, California and spent most of my childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area. My family moved to Southern California when I was in high school. I attended Johns Hopkins University for two years then transferred to the University of California, Berkeley where I majored in chemistry but also worked tutoring students in English and writing. After graduating from UC Berkeley I worked first at the San Francisco VA Medical Center in a research lab. I then took a job at Lawrence Hall of Science and worked in curriculum design and as a chemistry instructor. In 1986 I moved to Rochester, New York where I attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine. I chose to stay in Rochester for my combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency. My husband completed his MBA in Rochester while I was in residency. We moved to Portland, Oregon in 1995 with our two young sons. My youngest son was born in 2000. I worked at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in internal medicine, pediatrics and primary care until 2001 when I joined Northwest Permanente.
About my practice
I was extremely fortunate to train in a medical community that valued primary care and evidence based community medicine. I also had extensive training in emergency medicine and critical care. My combined internal medicine and pediatrics training allowed me to care for patients of all ages in all care settings. I enjoy caring for patients of all ages.
How I thrive
Each day brings surpise and opportunities to learn and grow. I try to find some quiet time in each day to reflect on this - usually when walking my dog in the early morning or after work. I make an effort to keep in close contact with friends and mentors. I have been on the Neighborhood House board of directors since 2008 and am now board president. I am also a volunteer for many of my boys' hobbies and activities. My husband manages a successful farmers' market that continues our link to our community.