Meet Dr. Justin Rufener, Ear, Nose & Throat Physician

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Justin Rufener, I'm an otolaryngologist, or also known as an Ear, Nose & Throat physician with The Oregon Clinic.

Why did you choose your specialty?

I really like otolaryngology because it gives me an opportunity to see a variety of problems. There's very interesting anatomy in head and neck region and I get to see patients young and old male or female and help them with both medical and surgical approaches to their problems.

What is your treatment philosophy?

So, my treatment philosophy is that I like to provide a patient with as much information I can about their problem and the potential solutions. In doing so, I hope to be able to educate people so that we can make a decision together about what's the best option for them.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

I think as a physician I'm most rewarded when I'm able to help patients with their problems or find solutions or surgical cures for what they come see me about.

How did you settle in Portland?

I mainly live in Portland because it's close to my family - both my family and my wife's family live nearby - but I also really enjoy the outdoor opportunities in the city itself.

What do you like about living in Portland?

I've always been interested in the outdoors, living in Oregon there's an opportunity to do a lot of things outside. I enjoy mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding and kite-surfing.

What’s your favorite bridge in  Portland?

Well I've done the Providence Bridge Pedal a number of times and it gives you a chance to see the bridges from a different perspective. I have to say I think I like the Fremont bridge the best, at least seeing it from above.

Do you like the coast or the mountains and why?

I really like both the coast and the mountains, but I guess it depends on the time of the year. In the winter I spend my time in the mountains in the summer definitely more time at the coast.

Do you have a favorite sports team?

Well, being from the University of Oregon, I'm definitely a duck at heart.