Brian J. Park, M.D., M.P.H.
- Family Medicine
- Special Interest:
- Preventive Medicine
- Accepting Patients:
- English, Korean
"My primary goal in medicine is not simply to address illness, but to help others live happy and fulfilling lives. As a lifelong lover of stories, I feel humbled to have the opportunity to listen to the narratives of my patients, and eventually, to work collaboratively together in altering that narrative towards wellness. Ultimately, I believe good health springs forth from shared partnerships with patients, their families, and their communities."
Brian was born and raised in Minnesota by first-generation Korean immigrant parents. He attended the University of Minnesota for his undergraduate studies, where he majored in Psychology, though he also tried valiantly to start a major in film production. After coordinating care for families of adolescents with Type 2 diabetes in a predominantly-Hispanic neighborhood in Harlem, New York City for three years, Brian returned to the University of Minnesota for medical school. There, he received his M.D. and M.P.H. (Master of Public Health) degrees, the latter with an emphasis on public health policy and health disparities.
These experiences have helped shape Brian’s belief that health and wellness do not occur in the bedside or in the exam room, but out in the homes and communities of patients’ lives. He feels it is an honor and a privilege to be invited into those lives through the expansive and comprehensive care provided within Family Medicine. Patients’ stories have inspired several of his past initiatives, including organizing a University-wide campaign against eliminating Minnesota’s safety-net health insurance, developing community programs and policies to prevent teen pregnancy, and creating/hosting a recurring, live medical storytelling event.
Brian is joining OHSU through their combined Family Medicine/Preventive Medicine program. His past professional, research, and coursework experiences have focused on collaborating with urban underserved populations for improved health and conscientious care. His special interests within the clinic include complex chronic disease management, mental health, adolescent medicine, chemical dependency, and care for individuals experiencing homelessness. Outside of clinical medicine, he hopes to empower patients to advocate on public policies affecting communities and conduct research on narrowing social inequalities through innovative care delivery systems. When he’s not working, you’ll likely see Brian in the community debating a movie, writing about music and medicine (sometimes together), drinking coffee, or cooking a meal for his partner, Alison.
Family Medicine at Richmond
B.A., University of Minnesota - College of Liberal Arts, 2006
M.P.H., University of Minnesota - Medical School, 2014
M.D., University of Minnesota - School of Public Health, 2014
Oregon Health and Science University - Family Medicine & Preventive Medicine