Ryan Carl Petering M.D.

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Faculty profile
  • Only accepting sports medicine patients at this time.

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (528 Ratings, 209 Comments)


  • Family Medicine
  • Sports Medicine

Special focus on

  • Pediatric Care (Family Medicine)
  • Primary Care Sports Medicine
  • Recreational Athletes
  • Wilderness Medicine


  • M.D., East Tennessee State University, Johnson City Tennessee 2006
  • Residency:

    • Family Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, 2009
  • Fellowship:

    • Primary Care Sports Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, 2010
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Family Medicine, Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine


Dr. Petering sees patients for both primary care and sports medicine. His primary care practice includes patients of all ages and conditions. His focus is on helping patients use exercise and lifestyle changes to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

His Sports Medicine practice includes diagnosis, treatment and preventive approaches to all sports and musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. The running athlete is one of his clinical areas of focus. Additionally, Dr. Petering uses ultrasound for both diagnosis of injuries and for guidance of injections.

Outside of work, he and his family enjoy the great outdoor opportunities that the beautiful Pacific Northwest has to offer. Surf ski and whitewater kayaking, telemark skiing, and camping on Mount Adams are just some of the activities he enjoys.

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Memberships and associations

  • American Academy of Family Physicians

Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (528 Ratings, 209 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

  • Nov 02, 2019

    Very caring, listened to my issues and offered options

  • Nov 02, 2019

    Great patient care but the clinic in the inside is dated and worn and dirty.

  • Oct 26, 2019

    The Dr Petering and the fellow who saw me spent a remarkable amount of time investigating a yet identified post-TKA complication. I appreciate it.

  • Oct 26, 2019

    Dr. Petering was excellent. Very knowledgeable and attentive. Couldn't have asked for better.

  • Oct 18, 2019

    Knowledgable, personable, good communication skills

  • Oct 03, 2019

    My first time at OHSU - Dr. Ryan Petering and his medical staff are very professional and kind.

  • Sep 27, 2019

    Excellent service. Thorough professional comprehensive.

  • Sep 21, 2019

    Very thorough.

  • Sep 20, 2019

    Really enjoyed my experience at OHSU. Convenient, nice facility, friendly people. Angie and Dr. Petering were excellent.

  • Sep 18, 2019

    Ryan is a fantastic PCP. He stays realistic but concerned at the same time.

  • Sep 14, 2019

    Excellent. Dr. Petering was direct and to the point without being arrogant and/or haughty. He asked proper questions and LISTENED when related or historically significant input was provided to him. He was totally professional

  • Sep 14, 2019

    This was just a Consultation,and he answered all my questions.

  • Sep 12, 2019

    Took time to explain the procedure and was very thorough.

  • Sep 12, 2019

    Great service as always

  • Sep 10, 2019

    Dr. Petering is personal & caring & interested in my health

  • Sep 09, 2019


  • Sep 03, 2019

    Dr. Petering does a great job explaining what he's doing. He explains the pros, the cons, the upsides and the risks. He takes all the time that's necessary and does a wonderful job.

  • Aug 31, 2019

    I found him very straight forward, with his recommendations.

  • Aug 17, 2019

    Ryan is very knowledgeable and thorough. Very personable as well. My experience with him was excellent.

  • Aug 17, 2019

    He?s so skilled, understands my goals and provides me with excellent care. He also is very personable.

  • Aug 16, 2019

    So far so good. This was my first time seeing Doctor Petering. Felt good about his confidence to get my back to being active through finding the root cause of my issue in order to correct at the source.

  • Aug 16, 2019

    Dr. Petering did a nice job of listening and taking time with my daughter's appointment. He seemed to really care and explained things very well to her. He has great communication skills and developed a plan for the problem. I was very happy with my visit.

  • Aug 15, 2019

    I like that he is on time usually, and I think he is good at diagnosing things, but I kind of sense I am getting more rote care for ongoing issues. I had an iron level that dropped significantly over 6 months. Because it was still just barely in the normal range, he said "keep doing what you're doing." I think this is unlikely the best course of action. I have one chronic health issue; it was not discussed at my last visit (I brought it up). I have asked in the past for a referral for that chronic issue to a specialist as a "just in case". However, he keeps referring me to the wrong department. I did contact them, out of politeness, and they said they could not treat my issue. So, I would recommend him to someone who needs to figure something out. But I am not sure he is a good fit for me long term.

  • Aug 14, 2019

    Great, and response to all my questions .

  • Aug 13, 2019

    Dr Petering is a ray of sunshine when you're not feeling your best!

  • Aug 13, 2019

    He?s fine and thorough. I always feel like he?s annoyed I?m there or like if I talk it bugs him. I can?t really put my finger on it? he just strikes me more as the dr I?d want to see for sports injuries and not for general medical issues because he lacks empathy a little bit or general interpersonal communication does not ease the dialogue.

  • Aug 10, 2019

    The doctor that I had seen previous to him wanted me to come in once a month for the next 4 to 6 months. Dr. Petering didn't go over anything with me and he brushed me off because I live in Salem and there's not enough clinics down here to get me the help I need, never offering me a clinic up in Portland or Tigard. He said he was going to give me amitriptyline to help me sleep and brushed me off. That was it. It was unprofessional, rude, and emotionally devastating. I don't recommend him.

  • Aug 09, 2019

    Yeah, Dr. Petering is a good doctor and I'm very comfortable with him..

  • Aug 09, 2019

    Dr Petering is always very engaged and thorough in evaluation. Each appointment builds upon the previous one in a positive and productive way.

  • Aug 08, 2019

    He was friendly polite and very thorough in his questions, and he listened very carefully to my answers. This is very important to me. He provided excellent explanation of the procedure, and it went smoothly without pain.

  • Aug 07, 2019

    Dr. Petering is friendly and listens to what the patient has to say.The wait time was longer than normal (20-30 minutes) after making it to the exam room.

  • Aug 05, 2019

    He always listens to me. He always discusses the options. He is just wonderful doctor. Just a wonderful, wonderful doctor. He includes me in all the health care decisions. Explains things in plain language so I can understand what the options are and what the options mean. And then he lets me make the decision on where to go.

  • Aug 01, 2019

    On time, friendly, professional

  • Jul 26, 2019

    Great experience overall. Nice facility. Clear communication and most importantly quality care.

  • Jul 26, 2019

    Honestly, This was the quickest Doctor visit by far. Everything was great well organized and Great Staff Members

  • Jul 26, 2019

    My experience with Dr. Petering was fantastic. He was very thorough and explained things in a way that I could understand. I did not feel rushed at all and felt like he was genuinely concerned with my health. He took the time to explain my treatment plan and made sure to let me know when/if I should follow up. I emailed him later that day to ask a follow up question and received a reply on the same day. I was very impressed and will continue to see him.

  • Jul 25, 2019

    Excellent explanation of procedure and options were provided. Dr Petering was well skilled and the PRP procedure went well

  • Jul 19, 2019

    Dr. Petering is great. He listens and asks questions that allow me to make informed decisions. He explains what he is doing and makes sure I have realistic expectations. I trust him a great deal. It is clear he is an excellent educator based on the skills of his residents and fellows.

  • Jul 18, 2019

    Dr. Petering has great bedside manner with patients. He is kind, patient, informative and advocates for his patients.

  • Jul 17, 2019

    He was weird and harsh. Things he was asking us and the accusations didn?t made any sense. He made us felt bad seeing him. He made me us feel weird. Me and my family has be a part of OHSU for over 10 years and never meet and one like him and experienced the bad treatment. Sorry for the comments but you should know so other patient don?t go through what we have.

  • Jul 15, 2019

    On time always

  • Jul 14, 2019

    I'm completely satisfied with Dr. Petering and I am really have only nice words about him to say, thank you. Is that it?

  • Jul 13, 2019

    Thorough and thoughtful evaluation. Recommendations clear and concise

  • Jul 12, 2019

    I'm very disappointed with my experience with this doctor. My conditions I have multiple conditions which are now worse from having seen him. I'm in a great deal of pain and my doctor is very misinformed about pain medications and doesn't seem able to cope with multiple diagnosis. I have had a terrible experience and I will find another doctor. I will not recommend this Dr. and OHSU for the time being.

  • Jul 12, 2019

    Dr. Petering was very attentive, informative, and gentle. I appreciated that he explained what he was doing, listened attentively, and answered all of my questions.

  • Jul 11, 2019

    The doctor answered all of my questions, was clear in his analysis and very thoughtful.

  • Jul 10, 2019

    Dr. P and staff were great! He fit me into a crazy scheduled and also provided an opportunity to discuss my condition with a specialist. Felt taken well care of.

  • Jul 10, 2019

    Great and timely. I really like the balance between technology and personal experience. My Dr was very clear on understanding my concerns and stating next steps very clearly.

  • Jul 10, 2019

    I appreciate that he worked me into his schedule that day, when the other clinic cancelled my scheduled appointment. He placed orders for special testing, laps and medications. He answered all questions, was polite, and professional.

  • Jul 10, 2019

    Yes, I am very comfortable with the doctor, he explains well what he needs to do.