Jody Pettit, MD

Internal Medicine

BIO

Please Note:  Dr. Pettit sees patients on a same day basis and cannot be selected as a PCP.

I was born and raised in Decorah, Iowa, an idyllic small college town with Norwegian heritage and river running through it nestled by lovely limestone bluffs.  I completed my Internal Medicine residency at Providence Portland Medical Center after earning a master’s degree in Health and Wellness Administration and a bachelor of science in General Science from the University of Iowa.

A visit to the Pacific Northwest in August 1994 changed my plans from an East Coast to a West Coast life.  It’s truly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  Since that time, my career has been a reflection of my interest in information systems, as I spent a decade working on electronic medical records and information sharing.  I also served as Oregon’s first Health Information Technology coordinator during the Kulongoski Administration.

I consider my role as a physician as a trusted advisor, as ultimately patients play the most important role in their good health.  I espouse the Midwestern sensibilities of practicality, hard work and common sense.  I’m a firm believer in the use of information technology to gather the right information and make the best decisions.  I value good systems and I’m always looking for ways to do our work better.  Medication isn’t necessarily the best treatment option in all cases.  Above all, I feel that good listening is our best diagnostic tool and in careful, thoughtful recommendations that we would give to a friend or family member.  Sometimes the most important thing we can dispense is encouragement.  I am a big fan of tracking your progress, making incremental changes and checking back frequently.

At The Portland Clinic, I provide primary care on a same day basis to offer more schedule flexibility for patients and to support my primary care colleagues.  I like meeting new people and hearing about their lives.  Outside of The Portland Clinic, I also work with the Legacy Internal Medicine Residency Program precepting with residents, which I have thoroughly enjoyed doing so since the late 90’s.

On a personal level, I love to travel and exercise (of the non-extreme variety) is a daily part of my life.   I have loved and lived in Portland for 20+ years.

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We recently received notice that the Solar Eclipse Glasses that our Ophthalmology department has been distributing to (eye) patients 7/25/17 - 8/11/17 have been recalled due to ISO certification uncertainty.  Even though the glasses indicate ISO 12312-2 certified, we have not received confirmation from the supplier that our order was sourced from a recommended manufacturer.  We are strongly advising that you discard and do not use the solar glasses if you picked them up from our Ophthalmology departments located at our Beaverton, Downtown and South offices and use glasses that have been supplied from a reputable vendor to ensure the utmost viewing safety.  (Note:  the Solar Eclipse glasses distributed through our pediatric department are confirmed to be ISO certified).