Special focus on
- LGBT Family Building and Transgender Care
- Third Party Reproduction
- M.D., University of Toronto, Toronto Canada 1989
- Obstetrics and gynecology, University of Toronto, Canada, 1994
- Reproductive endocrinology and infertility, University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 1997
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Fellow, 1994 American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Diplomate, 1998
Dr. Amato specializes in the science of caring for patients with infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, and menopausal issues. Her research interests include stem cells, metabolic-endocrine interactions, and environmental impacts on reproductive health. Dr. Amato finds her work intellectually stimulating and highly rewarding. The science of reproduction and connecting with individuals and families are what inspired her to pursue a career in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Dr. Amato loves the Pacific Northwest and says that OHSU is a great fit for her. In addition to outdoor sports, reading, independent music and film, and ethnic food, Dr. Amato enjoys spending time with her partner and their two dogs.Read more
Memberships and associations
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
4.5 out of 5 (260 Ratings, 50 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.
- Jan 19, 2019
helpful, answered all of our questions with a lot of information. Very kind and receptive to our concerns.
- Jan 13, 2019
She is a great doctor and very nice person. She seems to care.
- Jan 11, 2019
Provider was very professional, knowledgeable, and personable.
- Jan 05, 2019
Dr. Amato is a wonderful doctor, very knowledgeable and gracious. I feel privileged to receive medical care from her.
- Dec 23, 2018
My partner and I think Dr Amato is wonderful! She always makes us feel like our questions and concerns are valid, works hard to ensure we are making informed choices by providing all of the necessary info and does it with genuine kindness. We couldn't be happier with the care we've received.
- Dec 20, 2018
This is a chronic problem at this clinic with imaging appointments - the provider hadn't read my chart, didn't know my history, wasn't sure how I got pregnant, and seemed rushed and uncaring about me. This was particularly stark at this appt, but was at least the 3rd time I've left with the sense that really the embryo was the primary patient, not me.
- Dec 14, 2018
Dr Amato and her staff were kind, pleasant and informative.
- Nov 23, 2018
She was pleasant and was willing to spend the time to answer my questions
- Nov 23, 2018
They were 45 mins late for my appointment and didn't notify me that they had called in a prescription for my appointment. Then when I got there they asked if I had taken the antibiotics before my perceedure. When I said no they asked if I wanted to reschedule.
- Nov 21, 2018
THANK you for making the implantation process of ivf a smooth easy process
- Nov 19, 2018
We really appreciated the information that Dr. Amato shared. She was accessible friendly shared all the information we needed. I feel like she handled what could be like delicate subject matter in a professional and respectful way. I'd be happy to recommend a friend or family member to visit her if they had similar issues.
- Nov 14, 2018
Dr.Amato was very thorough and answered all of our questions. I would highly recommend her.
- Nov 11, 2018
I had a good experience with this provider. Dr Amato listened to me carefully and was able to answer my questions and concerns.
- Nov 10, 2018
Patient and she did a great job explaining everything!
- Nov 02, 2018
I just wish waiting time could be a little shorter, otherwise the Doctor and other nurses were very nice!
- Oct 26, 2018
- Oct 26, 2018
Very knowledgeable and helpful
- Oct 20, 2018
Thank you for making my egg retrieval process Smooth and as easy as it can get
- Oct 19, 2018
Very friendly, made the whole procedure very easy and straightforward.
- Sep 30, 2018
She is great! Very knowledgeable and personable.
- Sep 27, 2018
Dr. Paula Amato was kind, calm, confident and approachable. Her bedside manner was extermely good combined with excellent advice and knowledge to share. This is something I hope to find in any doctor, but during our visit we had an emotinal and difficult topic to discuss and her approach made what could have been extermely difficult almost easy. I am very gratful.
- Sep 12, 2018
I was made to feel very comfortable, and I felt like Dr. Amato respected my questions and was knowledgeable and helpful.
- Sep 12, 2018
She was kind and took her time to learn about me and to explain what the treatment with her would be.
- Sep 11, 2018
I came in for an embryo transfer. The embryologist and the nurse who helped with the imaging were both great. The transfer went smoothly and my fertility doctor thanked the nurse for providing such a great picture to help with a somewhat difficult transfer.After the transfer, we realized we had forgotten our embryo picture in the room and the nurse or receptionist promptly put it in the mail for us.We were very pleased with our experience!
- Sep 11, 2018
She is personable, kind and very knowledgeable. I did not feel rushed.
- Sep 09, 2018
Dr. Amato is so warm and friendly, but also very professional. She always talks us through everything in easy to understand terms, and is very encouraging.
- Sep 04, 2018
Dr. Amato was helpful and explained things in a way that was easy to understand.
- Aug 15, 2018
Great! Dr. Amato answered all our questions. She knew who we were, remembered our story and details. I like how clear and calm Dr Amato is!
- Aug 12, 2018
Wonderful physician, listens intently, took thoughts, questions, and ideas to provide exceptional care.
- Aug 09, 2018
Felt like appointment was rushed, little to no information was given during exam.
- Aug 07, 2018
Dr Amato is very direct and a good communicator. She makes me feel confident in her care.
- Jul 18, 2018
Paula is very no non-sense, which with such an emotional thing as infertility is very grounding. She doesn't overly reassure, but is still caring and attentive. The only thing I would have wanted more is to have her offer more information without me needing to ask, but I am pretty good at asking what I need to know, so it worked out.
- Jul 17, 2018
Friendly, positive, and to the point.
- Jul 17, 2018
Dr Amato has been my fertility doctor for several years and has always listened, been easy and quick to communicate with and worked with me to find solutions to my fertility issues.
- Jul 15, 2018
My overall experience has been that the communication between the front desk, the financial advisor and the doctor is very poor. I've consistently been given conflicting information including cost of things, appointments, scheduled but then they didn't have me on the schedule. A mandatory consultation after three IUI sessions left me quite confused as I was told when I first started that the chances were around 20% and then told that it was under 10% and more like around 5% chance of getting pregnant. Both times I've needed a referral for a different doctor it's been a hassle.The first time, I ended up just driving back up to OHSU because every time I would call the clinic they said they never got the referral from from OHSU. The last appointment we spent talking to the financial advisor for 15 minutes and decided to go with Clinic that OHSU recommends. Then I got a phone call saying that they don't know where to send the referral. It's just very lacking in communication. Not to mention the fact that I couldn't try IUI this month because I had to do the mandatory consultation so I missed out on taking the Clomid. Overall dr. Amato is a good doctor to work with but the whole system together hasn't worked well for me and it's been a very stressful process in a situation that's already stressful. I have already taken my complaint several times to the head manager and I'm going to be seeking a consultation at another clinic especially after learning the statistics for me getting pregnant are about 5%, if that was the case I don't think anybody would waste 1400 a month on IUI. Needless to say I'm going to get a second opinion and I think OHSU needs to really work on our communication to the patient and make the process a lot smoother.
- Jul 09, 2018
- Jun 22, 2018
Felt a little rushed during exam. It was an IVF appointment and my normal doctor measured each follicle. This doctor did not and she estimated how many and how big they were which is really important when decided when to do the retrieval appointment. I felt like it was not as important to her which was a little surprising to me because my normal doctor puts a lot of emphasis on these values.
- Jun 14, 2018
Instructions about follow-up care would come from primary care provider, not this one.
- May 30, 2018
Not happy with overall experience with Dr. Amato. She's nice but I do not feel confident that she is familiar with my health history, and treats me accordingly.
- May 13, 2018
The provider was courteous and explained the procedures and answered questions well. It all felt very salesly, though, and the statistics were manipulated to appear like we'd have a higher success rate than was realistically true.
- Apr 19, 2018
- Apr 12, 2018
Dr. Amato is very brief in her explanations. As someone going to a fertility clinic for the first time, I felt like she should have given us more information about what to expect and the proceedures.
- Jan 11, 2018
Dr. Amato is my favorite doctor. She is compassionate, knowledgeable and kind. OHSU is lucky to have her.
- Jan 10, 2018
I didn't feel like I was given proper explanation of the pain the procedure would cause, or any information about length of recovery. I was told I might have some spotting, but not that it would last five days, or that I would have cramping for multiple days either.
- Nov 22, 2017
will not recommend this clinic due to billing issues
- Nov 04, 2017
Dr. Amato cares about me as a whole person and thinks about my health holistically. This is rare in a doctor.
- Oct 25, 2017
Dr. Amato has been easy to work with and has a nice practicallity to her approach. My only wish is that she would read my chart a little more thoroughly before making recommendations and consults with me a little more. I felt sometimes I had to ask many questions to get more details about the treatment plan and possible outcomes.
- Oct 23, 2017
I really don't like that I am required to have a mental health visit just because I am using donor sperm. I have already tried for 7 months through Kaiser. Also, it's not exactly a shock that as a lesbian couple we need donor sperm. So to have to spend $250 and for both of us to have to miss work to suddenly process this, when we've already been working on this for awhile, seems offensive. It suggests a heteronormative framework and a lack of respect for the specifics of our situation. Your office seems super fancy when it doesn't need to be, and these kinds of requirements, to me, seem like requiring things to increase income at the clinic in ways that are also offensive.
- Oct 17, 2017
we are so thankful to Dr. Amato and the rest of the medical staff for helping to give us the most important thing in our lives- our child. She is efficient, kind and experienced.
- Oct 05, 2017
I really like Dr Amato. She always explains things in plain English which I really appreciate. She never makes me feel like my questions are a burden or stupid. There is so much to know about IVF and it's all very overwhelming. With that said, I would love it if her approach could include more reassurance. Reassurance that we are turning over every stone. She is very matter of fact about things and often doesn't explain WHY we're doing things a certain way. For example, it would have been nice to know if the dose of ivf meds I was taking are average for my situation, less/more, could we use more to get more eggs, what are the risks, etc. And then, reassure that we are doing exactly what is needed to get the most eggs possible.