Mitchell V. Brinks M.D., M.P.H.

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Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (125 Ratings, 43 Comments)


  • Ophthalmology

Special focus on

  • Cataract and Intraocular Lenses
  • Comprehensive Ophthalmology
  • Eye Exams (Adult) - Ophthalmology
  • Lens Based Refractive Surgery


  • B.A., University of Oregon, Eugene Oregon 1988
  • M.D., Oregon Health & Science University, Portland Oregon 1992
  • M.P.H., Oregon State University, Corvallis Oregon 2005
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Ophthalmology


Dr. Brinks was raised and educated in the Pacific Northwest. He focuses on bringing advanced technology and high quality eye care to under-served rural communities throughout Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.

His international teaching and research endeavors have taken Dr. Brinks overseas to Cambodia, Bhutan, East Timor, Guatemala, the Marshall Islands, and the Samoas. He completed a masters degree at OSU in international health to support his work with the ministries of health overseas, furthering their vision for eye care in their countries.

While not at work, Dr. Brinks enjoys native forest restoration, surfing, and archery.

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Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (125 Ratings, 43 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

  • Jul 26, 2019

    He's very good listening and guiding with what have to do. Excellent doctor. Thank you.

  • Jul 24, 2019

    Great care! The doctor was straight to the point. He took time to listen, asked great questions, and provided excellent feedback about the reasons I was needing to have a visit.

  • Jul 03, 2019

    Efficient, reassuring and pleasant

  • Jul 03, 2019

    Doctor Brinks is by far, the best ophthalmologist I’ve ever had!!

  • Jun 03, 2019

    All of my questions were answered and a plan implemented for follow up. Everyone was professional and courteous. Very efficient.

  • Jun 02, 2019

    Dr. Brinks is caringm concerned and conservative. He covers all the important questions and his technicians are also excellent. Thank you.

  • May 25, 2019

    Everyone I encountered at this appointment was very kind, helpful, and informative.

  • May 25, 2019

    I felt like I was listened to. I got explanations of why various measurements and procedures were taking place without having to ask. I was not made to feel as if I was wasting Jared or Dr Brinks's time or that I was overreacting to my problem.

  • Apr 22, 2019

    The provider is very friendly, very professional, very direct and a really super good communicator, great bed side manner, and very informative. Just a pleasure to have him as a provider. As well, his staff was also incredibly exceptional.

  • Apr 20, 2019

    I ve had a teally good experience... getting an appointment for return is a little tricky

  • Apr 20, 2019

    As usual with OHSU, everyone I came in contact with exudes their positive attitude towards making sure you receive the best care possible!

  • Apr 18, 2019

    Always very thorough and willing to answer all my questions.

  • Apr 18, 2019

    I was given hope for that my eye would be repaired, fixed. And I didn't have that before.

  • Apr 13, 2019

    I appreciated it and Dr. Mitchell Brinks and I had a very good exam. I would recommend him highly.

  • Mar 20, 2019

    it was pleasent

  • Mar 14, 2019

    Very good experience.

  • Mar 12, 2019

    I liked his clarity and honesty.

  • Feb 20, 2019

    Oh my experience with Dr. Mitchell Brinks has been nothing short of absolutely wonderful. He's he knows, he's brilliant and he then he's done to cataracts surgeries on me and one of my wife and excellent all the time it was also. And last time do the laser surgery outside the cataracts surgery that works out perfectly and just a great man and all he does for people overseas and his teaching and *

  • Feb 18, 2019

    Very knowledgeable, caring, and explained things in an understandable way. Ordered a photo of my eye as a benchmark, which no prior ophthalmologist had done.

  • Jan 07, 2019

    He's a very able physician and I enjoyed it very much.

  • Jan 06, 2019

    Dr. Brinks is thorough, he's a good communicator, he is very patient focused. He is very focused period on looking at all aspects of any constellation that he is trying to understand. He's reassuring and honest and a very good doctor in my opinion. Thank you.

  • Jan 05, 2019

    I could not have had a more positive experience. I called in with a vision impairment and got an appointment the same day. Dr Brinks evaluated me and was able to perform a laser procedure while I was there and corrected my problem. I am estactic and grateful!

  • Dec 23, 2018

    Dr. Brinks was thorough and professional, while still being friendly. We talked briefly about gardening and he commented that he noticed those who garden seem, to have healthier, younger eyes. Dr. Brinks also explains what he going to do and what I needed to do during the exam. I think it is helpful to know what is going on.

  • Dec 23, 2018

    I saw Dr. Brinks. And first of all was very timely I was taking care of immediately and every the lady who did some preliminary test on me was excellent, and then Dr. Brinks was excellent as well. And so I would say nothing, but the best about OHSU. Thank you.

  • Dec 10, 2018

    He was prompt, thorough, and explained my health situation with clarity.

  • Nov 18, 2018

    Dr. Brinkks and the Casey Eye Institute and all of people that work there that I've ever run into are great. Keep up the good work.

  • Nov 16, 2018

    Dr. Brinks and his assistant, Oscar, were very efficient, helpful, and informative, which is something I very much appreciate. I would recommend these folks to anyone. Thank you.

  • Nov 12, 2018

    Dr Brinks listens. Heconsiders what is said before responding. He is respectful and seems compassionate.

  • Nov 01, 2018


  • Sep 29, 2018

    Pleasant and knowledgeable

  • Sep 26, 2018

    Dr. Brinks is staying on top of my vision issues. He has a confident, but gentle manner and I have enjoyed having him as my ophthalmologist. I also like that he is involved with improving vision care and screening for underserved communities throughout the world.

  • Sep 25, 2018

    Only one inconvenience for me: The first appointment was at 11:00 and the second was at 1:05. Long wait between. "My experience was very good!" The appointment staff where very good; I had another appointment at Good Sam after this one and they helped me find the quickest way to that appointment and sent a note to Dr. Brinks who admitted me early so I could make my next appointment . A note on Dr. Brinks: Science is a reduction of the general for more information. like: '"That is a Raven (Nominal Observation); Which is of the Crow Family, which is of the Bird family which generally have feathers, and flight. ) That is a more scientific Observation ."More Information.Dr. Brinks has a unique talent for bringing warmth to the data. He knows that I am a traveler, so he related some of his feelings to me about his participation in the OHSU Third world help projects (Borneo ) as he downloaded all of my tests by 3 other departments of Casey Eye Institute , And proceeded to explain every cross section layer of my eyes and what was healthy and that which was degraded by time and what to expect and how to care for it. "The source of all STRESS is the uncompleted task" . This changes my task of correcting that which can't be changed (Time) to UNDERSTANDING which can be achieved and relieves STRESS. Life goes happily forward in a world of reality (Rocks are hard and water is wet) and not a fantasy world of this should not be happening to me.

  • Aug 20, 2018

    For me, he is the best doctor. He is number one. He is a tremendous doctor. Wonderful.

  • Aug 03, 2018

    He was professional, listened to all my questions and gave me the answers I needed. Appreciate his ophthalmology expertise.

  • Aug 02, 2018


  • Jul 16, 2018

    Dr Brinks was kind to work us in that day, but was very brief and did not provide any explanation for his conclusions. He did not give any guidance for eye care. He was condescending in his attitude, like we should not have come in. I still have symptoms and need to be seen again soon.

  • Jul 11, 2018

    Probably one of the most professional performances I've had considering the problem I've been going through with my eyes and look forward to the next doctor with the same organization.

  • Jul 10, 2018

    I did not see him on this occasion, but all of my sessions in the past have been very positive.

  • Jul 10, 2018

    Dr. Brinks I find to be extremely competent and knowledgeable and also very thorough. And surprisingly actually remembered me from over a year ago. I was able to go over what we had previously done, what we were going to do today, and what things needed to happen for future maintenance, with which I was very impressed. My only issue was with not with the provider specifically, but the clinic itself was supposed to call me to schedule an appointment in a year and literally I had to walk in and schedule my own appointment because I never received that phone call. So if there could be something put into the system to make sure that those timelines are adhered to as people do forget. But I anticipate being able *

  • Jul 09, 2018

    Pleasant, professional, timely.

  • Jul 09, 2018

    It was a bad experience since this was a follow up appointment and he did not know my situation. He did not take the time to read my chart before he saw me. Moreover, there was a lack of communication between him and his team as I was told by both of his medical assistants that they needed to dilate my eyes (which they did) and then proceeded to measure both my eyes because they said that was needed before they could do the surgery. Then, when the doctor came in to see me, (he did not talk to me more than 2 minutes) said that because they had dilated my eyes he couldn’t examine the cataracts as well as determined how advance they were. I was really disappointed because after I told him my situation, he told exactly the same thing as last year. Then, when I called back to reschedule so he could see me without my eyes being dilated and the receptionist stated that Doctor Mitchell Brinks had said to the receptionist that he could not see me because my case was extremely difficult and thus recommended another doctor. Until this point I still don’t have an appointment with the new doctor.

  • Jun 09, 2018

    No communication from provider with my Ultrasound results.

  • Mar 27, 2018

    Dr Brinks is excellent!

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