R. Samuel Hopkins, MD

Areas of Focus: 
General Medical & Surgical Dermatology
Skin Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment
Mole Assessment & Management
Rashes (including Eczema & Psoriasis)
Acne & Rosacea

About Me

I try to approach each patient as an individual and wish to understand their care needs and goals. I hope my experience and guidance will lead to improved health and quality of life for each person.

- R. Samuel Hopkins, MD

Dr. Hopkins joined The Oregon Clinic Portland Dermatology in July 2013 after spending three years as full time Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Associate Residency Program Director at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Sam grew up in Portland, graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, and then matriculated to the University of Virginia for medical school, graduating in 2006 with induction to both Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Medical Honor Societies. He completed his Dermatology residency at OHSU in 2010 where he served as Chief Resident. He is board certified in dermatology and served as president of the Oregon Dermatology Society from 2017-2018. He also continues in his role as Assistant Professor of Dermatology at OHSU as an adjunct faculty member.

Additionally, while at OHSU Dr. Hopkins developed a focused interest in skin problems affecting transplant recipients, and continues to run a specialty clinic at OHSU dedicated to these patients. He finds that balancing private practice and academic dermatology has been professionally enriching because it keeps him fresh and engaged as a physician, and the collective experience he has gained allows him to take better care of his patients.

Dr. Hopkins was drawn to the field of dermatology by the range and complexity of conditions that are managed and recognizing how impactful helping improve these conditions is on the patient’s quality of life. He enjoys forming meaningful, therapeutic relationships with his patients.

Other Interests: 

Dr. Hopkins grew up in Portland and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. He enjoys the great food, culture, the great outdoors, and engaged citizens (he even likes the rain.) When not working, he spends time with family and friends, plays and writes music, stays active, and follows the Timbers and Blazers with homegrown spirit.

My Work

Office Locations: 
Hospitals Served: 
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Areas of Focus: 
General Medical & Surgical Dermatology
Skin Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment
Mole Assessment & Management
Rashes (including Eczema & Psoriasis)
Acne & Rosacea

Education & Honors

Board Certification: 
Education & Training: 
  • Chief Resident, Department of Dermatology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2010
  • Resident, Department of Dermatology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2007-2010
  • Intern, Providence Portland Medical Center Department of Internal Medicine, Portland, OR, 2007
  • MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA, 2006
  • BA, Biochemistry, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, 2001
  • President, Oregon Dermatology Society, 2017-2018
  • Co-Director, Oregon Health & Science University High-Risk Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Clinic, 2013-present
  • Portland Monthly Magazine, "Top Doctors", 2020
  • Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism in Medicine Honors, University of Virginia Medical School, 2005
  • Omicron Delta Kappa, The National Leadership Honor Society, University of Virginia Chapter, 2005
  • Pfizer-Center for Global Health Scholar Award in Infectious Disease, University of Virginia, 2005
  • Early Clinical Investigator Grant, OHSU Medical Research Foundation, 2009-2010
  • Medical Dermatologic Society Mentorship Program Award Recipient, 2009
  • Leitenberger, JJ., Abdelmalek M, Wang RC., Strassfeld L, Hopkins RS, Two cases of trichodysplasia spinulosa responsive to compounded topical cidofovir 3% cream, JAAD Case Reports, Nov 2015, Volume 1, issue 6, S33-35
  • Halvorson SAC, Gilbert E, Hopkins RS, Liu H, Lopez C, Chu M, Martin M, Sheppard B. Putting the pieces together: necrolytic migratory erythema and the glucagonoma syndrome. J Gen Intern Med. (2013), DOI 10.1007/s11606-013-2490-5
  • Winthrop KL, Varley CD, Sullivan A, Hopkins RS. Happy Buddha? Clin Infect Dis. (2012) 54(11): 1670-1671.
  • Shaw A, Jack A, Liu H, Hopkins RS. Neoplastic/Paraneoplastic dermatitis, fasciitis, and panniculitis. Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America. (2011) Nov;37(4):573-92.
  • Garrett GL, Hopkins RS, Leitenberger JJ, Arron ST, et al. Incidence of and Risk Factors for Skin Cancer in Organ Transplant Recipients in the United States. JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(3):296-303. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.4920
Other Activities: 
  • Member, Oregon Dermatological Society
  • Member, American Academy of Dermatology
  • Member, Oregon Medical Association