Michael Chen graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine in 2000. He received his residency training in family medicine and was chief resident at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. In 2003, he and his wife moved to Portland, where he began a solo “micropractice.”

Continuity of care, taking care of people of all ages, preventative medicine and practical medicine remain the foundation of his practice philosophy. He chose the micropractice model so that he could spend more time with his patients, providing patient education and awareness, and helping them through the medical decision making process.

Michael also has extensive experience working with at-risk children. While in medical school and residency, he performed child abuse evaluations in a clinical setting. That provided the foundation for a five-year period serving during which Michael served as medical director for the Children's Center of Clackamas County, whose mission is to assess and support children who may be victims of abuse or neglect and to coordinate services that help them. He was also the board chair for Family Stepping Stones (now part of Lifeworks, NW), which is a local children's relief nursery in Gladstone, Ore. that helps at-risk families and children.

Michael is married with two kids. He and his family live in Southeast Portland. In his spare time, he  plays violin and guitar, mixes and records music, works with computers, does house renovation projects, cooks and grills, and hikes and travels. He even showed up on the NBC show Grimm playing a detective.

Professional Qualifications

  • Family Physician, The Portland Clinic, LLP, Tigard, 2012-18
  • Consultant and Key Programmer/Developer NOSH (New Open Source Health) Charting System, Portland, 2012-current
  • Family Physician, Paladina Health, Vancouver, WA 2015-17
  • Family Physician, About Family Health, LLC, Portland, 2004-12
  • Medical Director, Children's Center of Clackamas County, Oregon City, 2007-12
  • Staff Physician, Gresham Urgent Care, Gresham, 2004-08
  • Family Physician, The Pearl Clinic, Portland,  2003-04


  • Residency, Family Practice, Hennepin County Medical Center,  Minneapolis, June 2003
  • Internship, Family Practice, Hennepin County Medical Center,  Minneapolis,  June 2001
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2000
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (Minor in Chemistry), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1996

Board Certification

  • Family Medicine, 2003, 2013
  • Additional certification in Advanced Cardiac Support


  • Corey J.M., Brunette A.L., Chen M.S., Weyhenmeyer J.A., Brewer G.J., Wheeler B.C., “Differentiated B104 neuroblastoma cells are a higher solution assay for micropatterned substrates”, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, vol. 75, pp. 91-97, 1997 
  • Wheeler B.C., Corey J.M., Brunette A.L., Chen, M.S. Weyhenmeyer J.A., “Micropatterning B104 Neuroblastoma Cells in Culture. An Assay for Neuronal Pattern Synthesis”, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Annual Conference, Amsterdam (on CD ROM), 1996 
  • Corey, J.M., Chen M.S., Brunette, A.L., Branch, D.W., Weyhenmeyer, J.A., Wheeler, B.C., and Brewer G.J, “Influencing neuronal growth with multibiomolecule patterned substrates,” Society of Neuroscience Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., vol. 22, p. 1717, 1996