Meet Brian Applebaum, Gastroenterologist with The Oregon Clinic


I’m Brian Applebaum, I’m a gastroenterologist at The Oregon Clinic. So gastroenterology is a perfect
field for me. It’s a great opportunity to work with
people all ages, all backgrounds, people who are
well and people who are sick. It allows us to take care of screening
exams, help people almost in the capacity of
being their primary care, in getting to know them over years but also when people are really sick and
really in crisis we can sort of swoop in and hopefully save the day. The most rewarding part of my job must be when I have a patient come back
to me whether it’s after a month, after a few
years, and the look me in the eye and they say “Thanks for saving my life.” There is no
greater feeling in the world than that. So my treatment philosophy is to provide the best care that I can
to the whole person, understanding that the science of
medicine and the physical aspect is extremely important, the technology that we can bring an offer’s extremely important, but there’s a person there as well and we need to take care of somebody
emotionally, spiritually, and make sure that they are a part of the treatment
decisions because ultimately it’s their health and their life. The thing that I would suggest a new
patient should know about me that may distinguish me from every other doctor in the world is that
I almost always run on time. So outside of the office I like to spend
time with my family. I like spending time in the outdoors
and also with my hobbies which include drawing and painting. I don’t have a specific bucket list, but travel’s something that
interests me and through all the many years of medical
training I haven’t had opportunities to travel as much as I’d like, so there’s a
lot of places in the world I’d like to go. If I had to pick one dream would
probably be going somewhere in Africa and going on a
safari and seeing all the animals. I landed in Portland sort of through the
the twists and turns of life. I was actually coming to visit a friend and I was looking for jobs as I finished
my training and really had no intention of landing here on a whim I decided to look for jobs and
I found the dream practice. That was a almost eight years ago
now and I couldn’t be happier.

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