Emily Waterman, MD, MPH
- Family Medicine
- Special Interests:
- Reproductive Health, Preventive Medicine, Nutrition- Family Medicine, Primary Care (Family Medicine), Geriatrics (Family Medicine)
- Accepting Patients:
Emily grew up in Salem, OR, an experience that motivated her to move to a series of cities that were more easily identified as their states’ capitols. She went to college at Brown University in Providence, RI, where her plans to become a Spanish major and avoid a medical career at all costs were soon foiled by her growing love for science. Her tipping point into medicine and public health came during the summer she spent teaching English and sex education to a group of teenagers in a Nicaraguan high school. Emily learned that her students’ very strange ideas about reproductive health, perhaps much like her own, were rooted in a cultural and social context that had to be understood before much could be done to promote healthier behaviors. Returning to college, Emily delved into the world of public health, emerging occasionally to study abroad in Quito, Ecuador; to learn and then teach salsa dancing; to graduate with a degree in neuroscience; and to work as a research assistant at an Alzheimer’s Disease center in Boston, where she also completed her master’s degree in public health at Boston University.In the midst of this somewhat meandering course, Emily realized that she loved working with patients in the clinical setting to promote health and health behaviors. She realized that her diverse interests – from reproductive health to geriatrics to encouraging healthy behavior choices – were all something that could be part of her career as a primary care physician. And perhaps most importantly, she realized that the Pacific Northwest was one of the most beautiful places in the world, and a perfect place to learn to be a doctor! Emily was delighted to return to Oregon to attend medical school at OHSU, and is even more delighted to be staying at OHSU for her residency in Family Medicine.Outside of medicine, Emily loves spending time with her husband, Jeremy; exploring the Northwest’s beaches and hiking trails; playing board games; tooling around in their garden; and learning to tango dance. She has enjoyed her return to Oregonian-hood by honing her culinary skills with predominantly local produce (and chickens named Colin), refining her red wine palate, becoming a coffee snob, bike commuting even in the rain, and regaining an appreciation for random conversations with friendly strangers, who do not exist in New England. She feels incredibly fortunate to be joining the ranks of the amazing OHSU Family Medicine community, and looks forward to the growth and exploration that the next four years will bring!
M.P.H., Boston University, Providence, RI