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 (501 Ratings, 147 Comments)


  • Dermatology
  • Pediatrics

Special focus on

  • Dermatology (Pediatric)


  • 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 (501 Ratings, 147 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

  • Jun 13, 2019

    Lara's really good. She's direct and she is helpful, and she seems to do a very good job. Thanks. Bye.

  • Jun 12, 2019

    Friendly staff. Very professional.

  • Jun 06, 2019

    I was very pleased with my experience at OHSU Dermatology. It was very easy for me to make an appointment. I didn't have to wait. I was in....seen within a few days and Dr. Lara was very pleasant. She was very efficient and I felt confident that I was getting good care.

  • Jun 05, 2019

    Engaging, attentive, respectful and nice.

  • May 31, 2019

    I really appreciated how well Laura answered my questions, listened and gave suggestions.

  • May 30, 2019

    Lara Clayton was extremely pleasant and professional,as well as knowledgeable. Rarely have I been toa Dermatologist who has been so thorough. She and her assistant make a wonderful team.

  • May 21, 2019

    My experience with Laura the dermatologist was excellent. She was so professional and very likable very courteous, and my whole experience was very good. Thank you.

  • May 19, 2019

    Her explanation was clear

  • May 18, 2019

    The doctor was very professional and kind & thorough. I would recommend her to anyone. I've had a skin check before, but this one was the best and she took time and seemed to really care. And so yeah, I thought she was great. Thank you. Bye. Bye.

  • May 16, 2019

    Timely appointment, clear, direct advice. Very helpful.

  • May 16, 2019

    My provider was great. She answered all of my questions. Seemed to really fully fully understand the particular medical condition I'm dealing with and was able to convey some of the more difficult aspects of it in a very kind of straightforward and easy to understand manner and I just appreciated bedside manner. I had some tough news to receive and I felt like she was sort of empathetic and you know, that meant a lot so all around really good.

  • May 13, 2019

    She was kind, caring, responsive to my questions and concerns.

  • May 13, 2019

    Lara Clayton, Pa, is thorough, professional, and very personable. She answered all of my questions in terms I could understand and she helped me relax and be at ease with what would typically be a very awkward and uncomfortable exam.

  • May 09, 2019

    pleasant, informative, efficient, friendly

  • May 03, 2019

    Postive, Lara was attentive, provided answers to questions, did a thorough body check and took care of some little issues.

  • Apr 26, 2019

    Listened to my concerns. Took care of all that we talked about.

  • Apr 18, 2019

    I felt very comfortable and confident with this provider.

  • Apr 17, 2019

    I felt that my appointment went very smoothly and that all of my concerns were listened to and directly addressed. She was very thorough in her examination and ended up referring me for a future procedure. I was very pleased with her engagement process. Thank you.

  • Apr 16, 2019

    She was just extremely likable person. She looked me straight in the eye and was. Had a very kind a lot of kindness about her. She was a very good doctor.

  • Apr 15, 2019

    Professional and personable

  • Apr 13, 2019

    Our provider spent plenty of time explaining the diagnosis and instructing me on care and treatment. She addressed all of our concerns and was very pleasant, friendly, and professional.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    She was fast, efficient, but kind and engaging as well.

  • Apr 05, 2019

    Friendly, professional and informative. Thank you.

  • Apr 04, 2019

    She was very friendly & answered all questions in manner that could be understood.

  • Mar 25, 2019

    Dr. Clayton is really fabulous. I appreciate how she interacts with both my kids who are different genders and different ages and she just is very insightful and professional and pleasant and positive and encouraging and helpful. She's great.

  • Mar 23, 2019

    Excellent, thorough service!

  • Mar 22, 2019

    very nice and knowledgeable

  • Mar 22, 2019

    Wonderful bed-side manner. Friendly and professional.

  • Mar 21, 2019

    Pleasant and short.

  • Mar 20, 2019

    She is very good, helped me a lot.

  • Mar 19, 2019

    Positive, appointment started on-time, assistance was prompt, doctor completed her skin check in a detailed and professional manner.

  • Mar 16, 2019

    She was very thorough and had a professional bedside manner

  • Mar 16, 2019

    Lara was professional and patient sensitive. That is, her goal was to do the very best for her patient; best answers, recommendations for the best outcome for her patient.

  • Mar 16, 2019

    Hi there. There was a confusion with scheduling when it came to my son's appointment. And when I came in it turned out I was in the wrong location. However, the doctor said that she could squeeze us in even though she had already been double booked. So she really went above and beyond to make sure that my son got the best of care and we so appreciated her as well as all the staff, the nurse, the reception, everyone was absolutely exceptional.

  • Mar 15, 2019

    She was very nice and knowledgeable.

  • Mar 14, 2019

    Lara and her assistant were welcoming and efficient and gave me confidence in their competence.

  • Mar 14, 2019

    Was on time. MA and PA were helpful and I feel safe in the PA’s hand. She took her time and was ready for my appointment.

  • Mar 13, 2019

    She was very thorough. She was extremely knowledgeable. I appreciated that she did an entire body scan and was able to identify all the lesions and outline a plan. She was very kind and patient during the evaluation

  • Mar 12, 2019

    She's a great doctor. I would definitely refer her to people. Thank you.

  • Mar 09, 2019

    She was very thorough and knowledgeable. Answered all my questions and I look forward to my follow up appt.

  • Mar 08, 2019

    I thought all staff was helpful. They made me feel very comfortable. I thought Lara was very through and had a great bedside manner.

  • Mar 07, 2019

    The staff was amazingly kind and understanding about a very stressful situation

  • Feb 27, 2019

    Answered all my questions...very nice!

  • Feb 27, 2019

    She was very knowledgeable, and she solved my problem I think. The medicine she gave me is working great. She is really nice, easy person to talk to.

  • Feb 24, 2019

    She remembered me from my last visit and previous problem, diagnosed my current one and prescribed a remedy. Hope it works!

  • Feb 18, 2019

    Very good, very good service and attention.

  • Feb 14, 2019


  • Feb 13, 2019

    Hi, I just want to say that Lara Clayton did a wonderful job my daughter. We had great experience. She came in, but as wonderful question was able to diagnose the issue quickly with able to provide us with a regimen to help my daughter in real time. We were able to get medications that day and help improve her skin, you know instantly she was very thoughtful and my daughter is doing wonderfully and I cannot say enough about what a wonderful experience we had. Thank you.

  • Feb 12, 2019

    All around positive experience. Felt heard and was explained everything in thorough detail. Left feeling all my questions were answered.

  • Feb 11, 2019

    She was thorough and good

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