Ben ColburnM.D.

  • Resident


  • Family Medicine

Special focus on

  • Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
  • LGBTQ Care
  • Palliative Care

I see patients at


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Dr. Ben Colburn is a family physician. He loves to work with Spanish-speaking patients, LGBTQ patients, teenagers, low-income families, and patients facing end-of-life issues. He wants to help his patients live happier, healthier lives on their own terms and enjoys building trust with them. His favorite parts about being a doctor are celebrating his patients’ personal victories, talking openly about challenging topics, and being a reliable ally to the communities he serves.

Dr. Colburn trained in medical anthropology and has worked to address domestic and global health inequities. His mission as a doctor is to co-create healthier, happier communities that celebrate diversity as an asset. His mission when he's not a doctor is to spend as much time creating art and being in nature as humanly possible.

As an undergraduate at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Dr. Colburn worked on public health programs in Mali and Ecuador as well as in Providence. He conducted original thesis research on health issues affecting gender-nonconforming communities in New England that received national recognition. After graduating in 2010, he moved to San Francisco to figure his life out. He briefly joined a health policy think tank working to expand Affordable Care Act coverage, then spent most of the next three years at the University of California at San Francisco researching sudden cardiac death. He also volunteered with several local health services agencies, including: a hospice for patients with HIV/AIDS, a playroom for hospitalized children, a homeless outreach agency, and a public health clinic for sex workers. He also volunteered at a residential LGBTQ retreat center in upstate New York and coordinated a creative arts retreat for homeless LGBTQ youth.

While in medical school at UCSF, Dr. Colburn accidentally fell in love with family medicine's commitment to relationship-building and community engagement. He studied medical Spanish in Guatemala and served on the board of directors for an LGBTQ retreat center in northern California. He also performed at multiple local storytelling events to humanize medicine and rally public support for healthcare activism. In his remaining spare time, he taught himself to paint and ran a small business painting commissioned acrylic pieces.

Dr. Colburn was raised in southern Virginia and attended college in New England, but he is now firmly anchored to the West Coast. When he's not at work, he is an amateur acrylic painter, writer and avid outdoor explorer. He volunteers with a wide range of community organizations and enjoys performing at public storytelling events. Dr. Colburn is thrilled to join the OHSU family as an ally to all of Portland's communities during this period of rapid change. He is excited to work with local leaders of all kinds to help keep Portland weird and, above all, healthy.


  • A.B., 2010, Brown University
  • M.D., 2017, University of California San Francisco


  • French
  • Spanish