Clifford Coleman M.D., M.P.H.

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Associate Professor of Family Medicine School of Medicine

Not currently accepting patients

4.7 out of 5 (266 Ratings, 76 Comments)


  • Family Medicine


  • A.B., Dartmouth College, Hanover New Hampshire 1991
  • M.D., Stanford University, Palo Alto California 2000
  • M.P.H., Portland State University, Portland Oregon 2004
  • Residency:

    • Family Medicine residency - OHSU - 2000-2003
    • Public Health & Preventive Medicine residency - OHSU - 2000-2004
  • Certifications:

    • Family Medicine


Dr. Clifford Coleman is a family doctor who specializes in caring for patients with complex medical conditions as well as meeting the growing health needs of underserved populations. He says his patients, their families and his coworkers make him feel privileged to come to work each day.

A national expert whose research focuses in the fields of health literacy and doctor-patient communication, Dr. Coleman also provides training for health care professionals and medical students in these areas. Other topics include culturally responsive care, professionalism and ethics.

Dr. Coleman grew up in Eugene, Oregon. He lives in Portland with his wife, two children and their family dog. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, traveling, hiking and the arts.

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  • English

Memberships and associations

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support

Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (266 Ratings, 76 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Dec 25, 2019

    he listens

  • Dec 19, 2019

    Dr. Clifford Coleman is very thorough and kind and does a lot of one on one care and gets right to the problem of your medical issue.

  • Dec 16, 2019

    I believe that Dr. Coleman is perfect and fine, nice doctor and he does his jobs well and well-informed. Informed me very well. And helped answer many of the questions and assisted me in understanding (INAUDIBLE) regarding health and the concerns. He's a fine doctor. Thank you very much.

  • Dec 14, 2019

    I felt Dr Colman really listen to me and asked me questions about my concerns I agree with his diagnosis I recommend Dr Colman as a doctor he was very through I am satisfied with the care I got and also his medical assistant was helpful

  • Dec 14, 2019

    Dr.coleman is the best Dr.i have ever had and ever will.he really cares and professional at a friendly level he relates to me. I'm not the best patient believe that .he has put up with alot with me and he stays so even I really owe him a lot and he Jas turned my life around in many ways thank you Dr.Coleman for all you do God bless

  • Dec 13, 2019

    He made a awkward visit go good and helped me.

  • Dec 12, 2019

    Clifford Coleman gets a 14 on a scale of 1 to 10. Thank you.

  • Dec 10, 2019

    Hi, I was very happy to see Dr. Coleman cause I had thought he had left and started working up the on the hill at the hospital. I'm glad to see him back in the clinic. So I was very glad to be back with him and to see him again. And yes, I do appreciate it. I appreciate him. Yes, I do very much. Thank you.

  • Nov 16, 2019

    Talk to me about what's going on with me and he asked me what I felt about what's going on and what can we do to help me and he was very helpful with me and explain it what's going on with me. He's a very good doctor. That's what I could say.

  • Oct 23, 2019

    Perfect. Dr Cliff Coleman is awesome.????

  • Oct 23, 2019

    Attentive, thoughtful, sensitive to my feelings, personable and always respectful and professional

  • Oct 17, 2019

    Dr. Coleman is the best doctor I've ever had, he's very, very good doctor, good with everything with me, very thorough. Checks his notes, and goes over his notes with me, (INAUDIBLE), he understands people, (INAUDIBLE) So yeah, I guess I'll be recommending to everybody. And I appreciate HSU as a whole as well. Wonderful people. Good organization, and appreciate all your guys help in the hospital to the clinic, everybody in between, a great that thank you and have a good day. Hope this helps. Thank you, Dr. Coleman.

  • Sep 28, 2019

    My doctor well explaining about my health and suggestion how to preventive.

  • Sep 27, 2019

    Coleman is excellent.

  • Sep 24, 2019

    I've always been extremely satisfied with Dr. Coleman. He's a wonderful doctor. He's got a wonderful manner. He's very responsive. He listens to what I'm saying to him and is I'm very comfortable working with him as a healthcare provider.

  • Aug 28, 2019

    Cliff always is pleasant cheerful takes time to speak and treat patients as a person first, In addition he is compassionate intellegent and very informed

  • Aug 18, 2019

    He's the best doctor I've ever had. He sits down and talks to you, and listen to you, and that's why he's usually late sometimes, but he is a darn good care provider doctors.

  • Aug 13, 2019

    He's been my Dr for 10 years. He's a great Dr.

  • Aug 13, 2019

    He's kind, patient, and understanding.

  • Aug 08, 2019

    Absolutely fabulous.

  • Aug 08, 2019

    Dr.Coleman was professional, kind, and amazing.I am lucky to have him as my doctor.

  • Aug 04, 2019

    He was very courtesy, and he waited on me on time, and he listened to what I had to say. And he answered a question I want him to answer for me. I think he's very good doctor.

  • Aug 04, 2019

    Dr. Clifford Coleman is a very thorough doctor and gives you his time and his great knowledge in finding out what's wrong with you without over medicating you and without misdiagnosis. He's a very great doctor, one of the best that I've ever had since the 59 years - thank you Dr. Coleman.

  • Aug 04, 2019

    Dr Coleman has been Nautus' PCP all his life. We could not imagine going to another doctor who did not know him. It was amazing seeing Dr Coleman's expression when he saw how Nautus had grown. They have a very good relationship with each other (and myself).Dr Coleman had a 5th year doctoral student from Japan observing and we felt very comfortable with him there. We will be back when the time is right.

  • Aug 03, 2019

    He going to talk to that anything I need to as information on and he goes out of its way make sure that I understand what he's saying. And he's been my doctor for over 10 years. So I really love them. He's good. And reception is great. When I get in there a friendly answer questions, if I need a print out that I don't have or information about something they'll put it out for me so I can have it for my personal records. I love OHSU.

  • Jul 24, 2019

    Cliff actually listens to me.

  • Jul 21, 2019

    He cares about my health needs. I don?t feel rushed at my appointment.

  • Jul 16, 2019

    He was very cultural, specific. You could tell he cares a lot about the patient. I appreciate going to Cliff Coleman because I've been going to him for over 10, 15 years and he cares a lot and he's culturally sensitive. He thinks about the medicine he's gonna give you. He just ... he don't just say the first thing that comes to his mind. I appreciate him. He cares out of all of the doctors and nurses and providers over there I would pick him any day for my family.

  • Jul 15, 2019

    Arrived for appoint, which was scheduled for 10:10, at 9:20. went back to exam room at 9:50. Dr finally made to our hot, stuffy, room at 11:03. Appointment was quick and over by 11:14. Not sure anything was accomplished except refill for antibiotics. Not the best appointment.

  • Jul 09, 2019

    The man is wonderful. He doesn't miss a thing. He doesn't cut things short. He finds things that other people have misses a long time, major things, life saving things. He treats you right. He treats everyone right. He do ... I think you're getting my just ... I ... I'm a nurse myself, paramedical nursing and I can tell you from both sides of the fence he's just ... it don't get any better. Thank you.

  • Jun 06, 2019

    Hello. Yeah, this is (INAUDIBLE), encouraging Dr. Coleman, he's a great doctor. What more can I say? He's been there for me and has helped me through a lot of stuff, amputated toes to broken back, to a bad hip and he's always had the right cure so far so good. The hospital the same, it's best... the best nurses, doctors there too. They have a good team. They know what they're doing. I appreciate their help. He's a good guy and a good doctor. I recommend them to everyone. But he's pretty busy. Alright. Thank you.

  • Jun 06, 2019

    As always, takes his time and is very thorough. He explains everything well and is the kindest Dr there at your clinic

  • Jun 06, 2019

    Yeah, this gentleman is one of the best physicians I have never met. I had almost lost hope before I met with him. Now, I found out I have emotions that I didn't know and the man is good. I happen to be a nurse today and I can tell you, the man is exceptional and he thinks the patient and nothing else. I just can't say enough about him. He....everything he does,' I said, I now have hope, something that I've not had for some times, so thank you and I could keep going on, but hopefully you have the point.

  • Jun 05, 2019

    Dr. Coleman was very thorough and very pleasant to work with.

  • Jun 04, 2019

    I've had Dr. Coleman for over 10 years and Dr. Coleman's always been the kind of doctor who will actually listen to you and work with you and it goes out of his way to help find the best way to deal with whatever the issue is at hand at that point in time. I could not ask for a better doctor at all. He's just outstanding.

  • Jun 02, 2019

    Care about your needs, focus on your health wise. Very patient, very... I'd say you all have been my doctor for the last 6... 16 years, so I wouldn't trade them for the world.

  • May 29, 2019

    caring. thorough questioning. thoughtful. eliminated unlikely causes. precautionary X-ray, which revealed an easily treatable remedy.

  • May 28, 2019

    Dr. Coleman is extremely thorough, kind, a very giving individual whom I would recommend to anyone.

  • May 25, 2019

    Dr. Coleman had two medical students with him the day of my emergency appointment. Brooke and Sydney attended to me first and were very compassionate. They gave Dr. Coleman the information he needed to be able to treat me. I had fallen and was bleeding from the middle of my forehead. After examining me Dr. Coleman gave me the choice of putting staples or stitches to close up my wound. I chose stitches which he explained everything he was doing to the medical students (Brooke & Sydney) as me as he went along suturing me. He was competent and made me feel comfortable during the visit and the procedure.

  • May 16, 2019

    Yes Dr Cliff Coleman as the first doctor to diagnose me with the right diagnosis and my medical history and get me on the right track of the right meds and good quality care one on one takes out his time and listens and he's just a really really good doctor and I'm very very very happy to have him as my doctor thank you.

  • May 16, 2019

    Dr Coleman is a wonderful doctor - he listens & he's smart

  • May 09, 2019

    Hi, I absolutely love. Dr. Coleman. He has been my doctor for, since 2008. He is awesome doctor. He's going to go see Dr. Coleman. It's like going to see an old friend. I come a long way from Astoria to Portland because I don't want any of the doctor, just Dr. Coleman because he's awesome and you have a wonderful day. Bye.

  • May 03, 2019

    Very understanding, kind, cares about your needs. And just a very good doctor overall.

  • Apr 16, 2019

    Dr. Coleman has been my primary doctor for at least 10 maybe 15 years and I've always been very satisfied with the way he responds to me. He is courteous and listen to what I have to say and takes reasonable steps to solve my problems and follow up.

  • Apr 13, 2019

    He's way overworked, he's got way too many clients. He's always running late or you can't get an appointment with him for a month to month and a half down the road when you really need to see him. So he needs to get a better schedule and figure out what days he's going to be in the clinic that he's going to be there for his clients or some of us are going to go to other providers there in the clinic.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    I appreciate Dr. Coleman because he is very sensitive. He gives....he thinks and he looks into what's going on with me and I appreciate him very much, his thoughtfulness, his care about my medication..... about my health more than anything. I just appreciate having him for doctor. I very...I feel very, very secure with him.

  • Apr 08, 2019

    He was very good, very patient and took his time and cared about me like I should be treated as a patient.

  • Apr 06, 2019

    Dr. Coleman has been my dr. For 14 yrs. Am very pleased with his care.

  • Mar 17, 2019

    Dr. Coleman is always very supportive and helpful and answers all my questions

  • Mar 07, 2019

    The Richmond Clinic and Dr. Coleman are very helpful in accommodating my son who has disabilities.

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