I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned my undergraduate at Brown University and a medical degree from the University of California San Francisco. However, both my extended family and I have recently moved back to our family’s Oregonian roots. I have always been interested in science and humanitarian pursuits which made medicine a natural career fit for me. I explored healthcare through basic science research in the lab and clinical research in India, but direct patient care is my passion. As doctors, we can often make the biggest difference for people who feel as though they have been forgotten in society, which is why I have volunteered as a suicide hotline operator, been an HIV educator, an acute care clinician for the homeless and a surgical intern at a public hospital in El Salvador at various phases of my life. I also love to work with my hands, reflected variously in my classical piano training, art major in college and current surgical practice.
Urology is a great field because every day is different. There is a nice balance of office work, small procedures and large surgeries. We see patients with specific problems that we can solve without follow-up and others requiring a lifetime doctor-patient relationship, both of which are satisfying to me. Urology is a field at the forefront of technology – we are among the first doctors, for example, to adopt cameras and robots for minimally invasive surgery. I see a nice balance of young and older patients, men and women and life threatening and quality of life threatening problems. I take a personal approach with my patients, collaborating with their other doctors, our support staff and the patients themselves to improve their health. Medicine is a team sport. I enjoy being part of a career that allows me to work with other people in a non-adversarial system to help other people. Specific conditions I particularly enjoy treating include enlarged prostate, urinary stone disease, incontinence, urologic cancers and men’s health care, including no scalpel vasectomy.
I am a crossword fanatic, often getting together with my extended family to solve the Sunday NY Times puzzle over coffee. I also am a glass artist, designing and executing stained glass projects. Recently, I also have been incorporating a glass kiln into my work which allows for traditional stained glass painting and fusing multiple types of glass together. In addition, I enjoy hiking lush forest trails, which are a particular high point of the Portland area. An amateur cheese maker and charcutier, I enjoy cooking and exploring new cultures through food. I am a travel junky and Francophile, though having young children has grounded my flight pattern for a while. It’s a nice trade off; I love giggling with my daughter after impromptu home dance parties. I believe that cultivating a balance between home and work makes me a more empathetic and effective physician.
Dr. Woldrich was elected as a top doctor in Portland Monthly’s 2018 “Top Docs and Nurses” feature.
Locations: Beaverton, Downtown, Northeast, Tigard