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Not currently accepting patients

Ruth Christiansen, PA-C

Not currently accepting patients

  • Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine


  • Family Medicine

Special focus

  • Behavioral and Mental Health
  • Diabetes
  • Geriatrics
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Transgender Care

About me

Ruth Christiansen (she / her / hers) enjoys serving patients of all ages and walks of life, and appreciates being able to help them in their journey to lead healthier and happier lives. She is passionate about preventive medicine, patient education and health equity. Ruth is a primary care provider on the OHSU transgender health care team and one of her favorite parts of her job is gender affirming care. 

Ruth values the opportunity to provide whole family, comprehensive care. She appreciates the uniqueness of each of her patients and finds her partnerships with them inspiring, wonderfully challenging and very rewarding.

Ruth has worked in a range of behavioral and mental health roles. She enjoys supporting and collaborating with her patients to improve their mental as well as physical well-being. Before becoming a physician assistant, Ruth worked in organ transplant medicine and in laboratory science. Because of those experiences, she eagerly helps her patients maintain good diabetic and blood pressure control and likes to encourage them to stay active and eat healthy.

Ruth is always accepting transgender patients or family members of current patients, even if her panel is "closed." Appointments can be made by calling the clinic. 

When she's not working, Ruth loves to travel, read, dance, hike, garden and spend time with her family, puppy and friends.

Languages spoken

  • English

Education and training

    • B.S., 2003, George Mason University
    • P.A.-C., 2010, George Washington University Physician Assistant Program
  • Certifications

    • The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, 2016

Memberships and associations:

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
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Ratings and reviews

Overall: 4.8 out of 5 (69 Ratings, 35 Reviews)

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