Meet Dr. Andrew Pedersen, Ear, Nose & Throat Physician
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is the Andrew Pedersen and I am an Ear, Nose and Throat physician with The Oregon Clinic.
What are your areas of focus?
I like basically anything within the ENT field. The things I actually enjoy the most would be anything involving the neck – surgeries around the neck - thyroid surgery, neck surgery, soft tissue surgery of the neck. I enjoy sinus cases as well.
What is your treatment philosophy?
I will do my best to explain the problem to you and once we decide what your problem is, once you understand what the problem is, then we'll go through the various treatment options that you have and we will decide together what is the best option for you.
Do you have a most memorable patient?
This may sound funny but actually it's myself. I ended up having thyroid cancer and it's something that I treat a lot, I've probably been involved with my partners in probably a thousand more thyroid surgeries and ended up having thyroid cancer myself. From a physician standpoint - I thought I did a good job before that - but I think afterwards it's really opened my eyes to try and be more compassionate physician. I think I can better understand what people go through in terms of the anxiety, in terms of waiting for tests and the anxiety of upcoming surgery and how it feels afterwards and those types of things.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of the office?
I like to fish and I fish quite a bit. I enjoy tying flies, so I'll spend a lot of time tying flies in my free time. My hobbies and interests outside the office - again, I fish quite a bit, I run a lot. One of my favorite things is to run on the trails around Portland up in the hills and around Washington Park and those areas. Right now, I spend a lot time with my children and my family. My kids are pretty active in sports and so actually right now I just enjoy helping my kids out and trying to teach them in their different activities that they do and try to help them in school and those type of things. I like to bake, I bake a lot of bread made my own sourdough starter and I do that kind of stuff as well.