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 (704 Ratings, 247 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 (704 Ratings, 247 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 22, 2019

    Yes, I would just like to say that I was very happy with Lara my new dermatologist. She listens to me and I had concerned that some of myfeelings would be possibly dismiss that sheet she listens to me and I just really appreciated her time with me.

  • Dec 20, 2019

    Very friendly and personable-

  • Dec 19, 2019

    Lara Clayton is always friendly and professional and takes time. She, yeah, we all like to come see her. Thank you.

  • Dec 18, 2019

    Professional and efficient.

  • Dec 16, 2019

    She identified the issue and resolved it with treatment.

  • Dec 15, 2019

    Lara was a very approachable, and very knowledgeable and very thorough. I appreciate that.

  • Dec 14, 2019

    Good and complete explanation and answers.

  • Dec 13, 2019

    Lara is excellent. She is highly capable and thorough.

  • Dec 13, 2019

    Excellent care

  • Dec 13, 2019

    Very professional, flexible and friendly care.

  • Dec 13, 2019


  • Dec 11, 2019

    Dr. Clayton and her staff were very thorough and professional. They listened to my concerns and addressed them properly. OHSU Dermatology has been a top rated department as long as I've gone there. AAAA++++

  • Dec 04, 2019

    Very nice. Got all the issues taken care of. Thanks!

  • Dec 03, 2019

    Lara Clayton is a very clear communicator and was through in her diagnosis and advice on how to manage my issue.

  • Nov 27, 2019

    Lara Clayton is Very pleasant and knowledgeable. I also saw Kathryn Schwarzenberger - very impressed with information and plan she laid out.

  • Nov 26, 2019

    Very nice , informative and easy to talk to got good check up and prescriptions

  • Nov 23, 2019

    Very warm and personable. Knowledgeable and helpful. Answered my questions and made recommendations. I will come back.

  • Nov 22, 2019

    Very professional

  • Nov 21, 2019

    Laura is kind and the appointment was quick.

  • Nov 21, 2019

    Was great. Parking was easy in the garage. There was very little wait time. The view from the waiting room was breathtaking. And Dr Laura Clayton was absolutely wonderful. Very sweet, knowledgeable and professional. She immedietly put me at ease and made what could have been a very uncomfortable exam a very pleasant experience.

  • Nov 21, 2019

    I mistakenly showed up for my appointment a week early, but the receptionist at check-in made several calls & managed to get me in with another provider in a very short time. Needless to say I was very please as its a 2.5 - 3 hour drive each way to this facility.I was also happy with the service from the provider I did see.

  • Nov 20, 2019

    It was my first time to visit this location and the staff was very professional and listed to my needs. Glad this location for dermatology is near my home.

  • Nov 19, 2019

    Lara Clayton is such a wonderful dermatologist. She helps me feel comfortable and relaxed about a painful awkward condition, listens to my treatment ideas, and seems to really care. It feels like we are a team and it’s really great to leave a medical office feeling empowered and cared for. Thank you!

  • Nov 14, 2019

    She was friendly and helpful. Answered the questions that I had and provided a helpful recommendation.

  • Nov 14, 2019

    Lara had her assistant add me to her schedule for an early follow up. A lesion on the tip of my nose responded quickly to the prescription after 15 days use, will be stopped. She booked me for a follow up on Dec. 20th. Lara takes the time to answer all my questions regarding my skin, which is very important, since I was raised in So. California and spent every summer at the beach. As a result, many hours of sun exposure and many sunburns.

  • Nov 13, 2019

    She listened, was knowledgeable, and communicated information clearly.

  • Nov 13, 2019

    Professional and well kept establishment, staff was lovely and the entire process was very easy.

  • Nov 12, 2019

    She was very professional, very knowledgeable and I think very accurate and with diagnosis and I appreciate it very much. Thank you. Bye.

  • Nov 10, 2019

    Lauren and her staff were extremely professional. They were on time. They were very friendly, answered all of my questions and they all deserve raises.

  • Nov 08, 2019

    They were very efficient. They were very authoritative and they were very explanatory. They went through the procedure really well. I was very comfortable. They were very speedy. They didn't make you wait long. I thought everything about the experience was a 10.

  • Nov 07, 2019

    PA Clayton, has always shown me respect and compassion. She is careful to explain all procedures and actions in language I can understand. It is very easy to get in touch with her through "MY Chart".

  • Nov 05, 2019

    She seems engaged in my situation. I did not have any open sores at the time to show her but she did find a suspicious bump and removed it. I am grateful for that. She is providing me with the needed medications to help battle my disease. I am satisfied.

  • Nov 05, 2019

    Friendly, answered my questions, talked me through what she was going to do, wants to get down to the bottom of what’s going on with me.

  • Oct 31, 2019

    I felt very comfortable in the exam room. Provider was very calm. She listened well to what I was concerned about. She was knowledgeable and gave me solutions.

  • Oct 29, 2019

    Lara was very good at treating my acne with a treatment that had never been recommended to me in a lifelong struggle with acne. The treatment gave very few side effects and has been very effective. She listened to my concerns and also carefully mapped out my many moles for annual monitoring.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    She was very professional. My visit was very satisfactory. She answered all of my questions. My visit was very comfortable, efficient, and I would definitely go back and see her again for any Dermatology needs that I had, or recommend somebody that I knew go see her.

  • Oct 06, 2019

    I really enjoyed my appointments with Laura. She has a way of putting patients at ease that is very much appreciated. She has very good bed side manner and she really knows her stuff.

  • 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 25, 2019

    I thought she was very very good and really respectful. And I believed what she said, which is you won't believe in your doctor and I'm new from the Eugene area and I felt very much at home with her. She I just connected so it was and so is the place there. It's very nice.

  • 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 22, 2019

    We love Laura Clayton and the staff at the LO OHSU dermatology clinic. It is a little hard and takes patience to reach an advice nurse or make appointments, but your phone staff is usually helpful and friendly.

  • Sep 20, 2019

    Lara Clayton is AMAZING. She was so wonderful with my daughter, who was terrified about having her wart frozen off. Dr. Clayton is the best and we are so thankful to be in her care.

  • Sep 20, 2019

    Good "bedside manner", friendly, knowledgeable.

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