Dr. Rupa Shah - Founder of Oregon Pediatrics

After 34 years, the first and foremost passion remains patient care.

In February 1985, the clinic “Rupa K. Shah, MD, PC”, a pediatric primary care clinic, was founded in Milwaukie, Oregon.  At that time, the staff consisted of Dr. Rupa Shah and one other employee to handle front and back office duties.  On her first day in practice Dr. Shah was delighted to provide care to 18 patients.

The quality of care and compassion provided by Dr. Shah and her expanded staff resulted in a flourishing practice.  By the early 1990’s it had grown to a point that Dr. Shah realized she could use some help.  She also wanted to ease the ever increasing burden on busy parents by being more conveniently located to her growing patient population.  Dr. Rupa Shah and Dr. Bassam G. HadeedSo, in 1995 she welcomed Bassam G. Hadeed, MD to her practice.  She also opened a small secondary location in Clackamas and began doing business as “Clackamas Pediatric Clinic”.

Clinic Expands

Together, Drs. Shah and Hadeed expanded the services offered at the Clackamas locations and went on to open Oregon Pediatrics – NE Portland in August 1999 and Oregon Pediatrics – Meridian Park in September 2004.  At the encouragement of many of her patient families, Dr. Shah closed her Milwaukie office in order to practice full-time at the growing Clackamas location.  The opening of Oregon Pediatrics – Happy Valley in April 2010 has been Dr. Shah’s most recent clinic addition.

Experienced, Diverse Practitioners

As the number of locations increased, so did the need for practitioners. That need has been met over the years by the addition of several pediatric primary care practitioners and one pediatric psychologist and numerous licensed Behavioral Health providers. All of which have come to the practice with outstanding recommendations, skills and dedication to childhood health and wellness.  They represent a great diversity in backgrounds and style of practice.  This diversity allows patients and families to find a provider that best fits the qualities they are looking for in a pediatrician.

Serving in Four Locations

Today the group, generally known as “Oregon Pediatrics”, has grown to consist of the Clackamas, N.E. Portland, Happy Valley, and Meridian Park locations; thirty practitioners and approximately seventy staff.  Collectively, the group actively participates in population health measures to improve patient outcomes, both locally at the state level and nationally.  These measures include topics such as childhood asthma, childhood immunizations and clinical behavioral screenings.  The implementation of EMR (Electronic Medical Records) in November 2008 has enabled Oregon Pediatrics track and monitor these and other important patient care concerns to the highest industry standard.

Passion Remains Unchanged

Dr. Shah continues to see patients daily in addition to serving as Medical Director and Administrator for the entire group.  And while that means very busy days, her first and foremost passion remains patient care.  “Oh, I love it!” she says whenever someone suggests she slow down a bit, after more than 34 years.  So check back with us frequently for updates.  You never know what is coming next …

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