Lara A. Clayton M.P.A.S., P.A.-C.

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  • Instructor of Dermatology

Instructor of Dermatology School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (660 Ratings, 209 Comments)


  • Dermatology

Special focus on

  • Atopic Dermatitis (eczema)
  • Dermatology (Pediatric)
  • General Dermatology
  • Melanoma
  • Skin Cancers


  • P.A.-C., University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville Florida 2007
  • Certifications:

    • PA-C, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants


Lara Clayton has been with OHSU since 2013 and focuses on a broad range of adult and pediatric dermatological conditions including rashes, acne, neoplasms, and eczema.  Her special interests include atopic dermatitis and the early detection of skin cancers, including melanoma.

Having over 10 years of experience in pediatric dermatology, Ms Clayton participates in the academic teaching of Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner students at OHSU. She is a member of both the general dermatology and pediatric dermatology teams and enjoys caring for the skin of the entire family.

Ms Clayton is passionate about providing top-quality patient care and uses her knowledge, professionalism, and compassion to effectively treat a variety of dermatological ailments. She builds relationships with her patients by listening to their needs and communicating effective treatment plans.

After receiving her Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) from the University of Florida in 2007, Ms. Clayton trained in pediatric dermatology at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California. She prides herself in her continued dedication to study and learning. 

Ms. Clayton provides care for patients primarily at OHSU Dermatology locations in Lake Oswego, Beaverton, and Center for Health and Healing. In her off-time, Lara enjoys skiing, hiking, running, mountain biking, and spending time with her family.

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Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (660 Ratings, 209 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

  • Oct 03, 2019

    Great information provided with knowledge.

  • Oct 03, 2019

    She was quick, to the point, friendly

  • Oct 03, 2019

    She was patient answering questions and she explained the procedure both before and during the actual procedure.

  • Oct 01, 2019

    Excellent, professional and thorough. I have a high level of confidence in this doctor.

  • Sep 27, 2019

    Professional, competent, courteous. Very pleased.

  • Sep 25, 2019

    Prompt, courteous, and efficient= perfect

  • Sep 24, 2019


  • Sep 24, 2019

    Very quick and friendly group and everything was explained during the whole process. Very confident staff

  • Sep 24, 2019

    And i like to go to the doctor and I will not go because of her. Thank you very much.

  • Sep 20, 2019

    Good "bedside manner", friendly, knowledgeable.

  • Sep 19, 2019

    She was prompt, interested in my symptoms, knowledgeable beyond two previous physicians, careful with treatment, and offered a good explanation.

  • Sep 16, 2019

    Everyone was kind, considerate and professional.

  • Sep 14, 2019

    I always enjoy my time with Laura she is kind and listens well.

  • Sep 10, 2019

    Very fast and thorough

  • Sep 10, 2019

    Friendly, knowledgeable

  • Sep 09, 2019

    I haven't wait that much longer but once I get there they really help me from front desk so I see the doctors and the doctors so nice and plus that would explain everything so our experience was extremely great I'm so thankful and I would really prefer friends and family to visit OHSU all the time. Thank you.

  • Sep 07, 2019

    She was very thorough and explains things well.

  • Sep 06, 2019

    She was very informative and helpful with my problem.

  • Aug 29, 2019

    Very helpful. Gave me good advice.

  • Aug 25, 2019

    Dr. Clayton is very flexible about getting [Name] in to see her when he has a really tight schedule. So she makes room for him, and we really appreciate that. Thank you, Dr. *

  • Aug 25, 2019

    She listened to me, but I felt she was distracted, and I don't think I got all the medicine that I'm going to need to recover from this, but I thought she gave it a good, she did listen to me and she gave it a good try and I hope that it, when I come see her in 3 weeks I'm much better and then I can give you a better feedback. Thank you very much. Bye.

  • Aug 23, 2019

    Lara Clayton has been so kind to my daughter and has taken the time to talk with my daughter about her skin condition. Lara and the nurses always answer any question I have with a smile on their face. Lara knew immediately what was going on with my daughter's skin and explained it so it was easy to understand for myself and my daughter. The entire office is always clean and welcoming. Twice we got to our appointment over 40 minutes early and they ended up taking us in for the appointment as soon as they knew we were there.

  • Aug 20, 2019

    They are very kind and understanding.

  • Aug 17, 2019

    extremely nice and made personal connection with my daughter. A+

  • Aug 14, 2019

    OHSU has always been top notch in Dermatology. Detailed and compassionate care was provided by all members during my exam.

  • Aug 14, 2019

    Everything went well.

  • Aug 13, 2019

    Prompt professional and provided A solution to each one of my skin problems.

  • Aug 12, 2019


  • Aug 09, 2019

    She was kind, professional and direct.

  • Aug 07, 2019

    It was done very professionally and efficiently.

  • Aug 07, 2019

    The exam was thorough and she explained the procedure so that I totally understood what was happening.

  • Aug 07, 2019

    Very professional. The visit made me feel comfortable. All of the staff present that day were polite and friendly. I was greeted by my name as soon as I walked theough the door. An overall great experience

  • Aug 01, 2019

    Dr. Clayton was prompt, friendly and informative. She was attentive and caring.

  • Jul 30, 2019

    Excellent. Lara is welcoming, a good questioner & listener, explains thoroughly & is extremely knowledgeable in her field. She also has a very comforting manner which put me at ease & let me focus calmly on the substance of our appointment.

  • Jul 28, 2019

    it was good but felt a little rushed

  • Jul 20, 2019

    Hi. The staff was very pleasant, to deal with Laura was very professional, made us feel very comfortable, and she was very knowledgeable, very thorough. And yeah, I would see her again. She was great. And my wife felt the same way. And your reception people, the nursing staff. Everybody was great as always. Thank you.

  • Jul 19, 2019

    It was a very great experience. Lara Clayton is very very smart and knows the modern day treatment instead of just hacking up you fingernails and I liked her assistant that was there. Also, they're real good pair and they treated us very very well and did a really good job. I recommend anybody and look forward to my next appointment. And I think that OHSU is a very wonderful place and they have really good people. I really appreciate all you did for me and continue to do. I appreciate the call so I can give my thank you. to*

  • Jul 16, 2019

    Katie and Lara were prompt, kind and a pleasure to be with. Explanations were clear and concise.

  • Jul 16, 2019

    Lara was on time, very pleasant, professional, thorough and competent. Her assistant was also very welcoming and professional. I would highly recommend them.

  • Jul 14, 2019

    Lara Clayton was very professional and answered all the questions. I had we had a full discussion of the issue that brought me in and I was very pleased with her demeanor and her presentation and how she handled herself excellent doctor nurse practitioner

  • Jul 13, 2019

    The whole office staff and doctor were so kind and helpful. They answered all my questions. They helped my daughter be more relaxed and not so nervous. Easy to schedule an appointment. All the care the doctor suggested is very easy to understand.

  • Jul 12, 2019

    Lara Clayton is so pleasant and personable- I feel so comfortable coming to see her for a very awkward condition. Thanks!

  • Jul 12, 2019

    Fast service, thorough consultation

  • Jul 12, 2019

    Very welcoming and nice. Makes the visits fast and informative. Great all around.

  • Jul 11, 2019

    Ms. Clayton is always very approachable, kind, and engaging. She is also thorough and instills confidence in her opinions. All OHSU dermatology MDs have been fantastic in my experience, and Ms. Clayton continues with that tradition. In addition, the MA was very professional.

  • Jul 09, 2019

    Front staff, friendly and welcomingDr Lara and nurse very accommodating and knowledgable Didn't feel rushed

  • Jul 09, 2019

    Always professional & clean facility.

  • Jul 05, 2019

    Great very informational

  • Jul 04, 2019

    She was amazing

  • Jul 03, 2019

    Considerate, helpful, friendly. Provided excellent care with options. Follow up already scheduled.

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