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Erica Pettigrew, M.D., J.D.

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Specialty:
Family Medicine
Special Interest:
Health Policy
Accepting Patients:
Yes
Languages:
English

Biography

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Erica grew up with a deep appreciation for the Steelers and Primanti sandwiches. She learned to say "y’all" instead of "yinz" when her family moved to Atlanta, GA, when she was 15. It was there that she grew to love Southern culture. Erica went to the University of Georgia (Go Bulldawgs!!) where she studied history, biology and women’s studies. It was at UGA where she began her involvement in advocacy of women’s rights and LGBT rights. Erica also was bitten by the travel bug during undergrad when she spent a summer in Cuba and another summer in India.

She loved her time in Athens, GA, but she was ready for life’s next chapter when she was accepted to medical school and law school at the University of North Carolina. While her sixth-grade yearbook boldly states that her goal is to become the "first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court," Erica changed her career aspiration after volunteering at the local emergency room (and worrying that Ruth Bader Ginsburg may beat her to it.) Erica couldn’t wait to become a doctor! She couldn’t quite let go of her legal ambition, however, so she decided to earn a law degree as well in order to continue her advocacy work, particularly in reproductive justice. Through this combined educational course, Erica was fortunate to spend a summer studying reproductive health in Sweden and the Netherlands. She returned to Europe for a semester studying international human rights, an amazing experience that has provided her a much broader perspective on critical issues. She also had the privilege of working with inspiring colleagues while serving in leadership within the American Medical Student Association, Medical Students for Choice, and Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Family medicine was a natural choice for further cultivation of her desire to improve quality of people’s lives both on an individual and a systemic level. After six short years of study at UNC, she was ecstatic to match into Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine at OHSU!

Erica’s spare time is spent looking for good bbq & sweet tea around Portland, memorizing hip hop lyrics, and watching Golden Girls marathons. She is (slowly) overcoming her allergy to outside activities and is really excited to explore Portland’s wonderful outdoor offerings. Her interests within her specialty include reproductive health, adolescent medicine, geriatric medicine, and primary care access. Fighting for all people to have access to high quality health care is her passion and guides her career. Erica is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to train at one of the foremost family medicine programs in the world!

Education

  • Degrees:
    M.D., University of North Carolina School of Medicine
    J.D., University of North Carolina
  • Residency:
    OHSU

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