Ralph Fillingame, MD, Family Medicine
Primary Service: Medical Staff
Born in Spokane, Washington, I spent the first 12 years of my life in Seattle before moving to Portland, and then to San Mateo, California, where I completed grades 6–12. I then went to the University of California at Davis, completing my BS in biology before heading to Washington University in St. Louis for medical school. I was married half way through medical school (one of the best and hardest decisions of my life) and we moved to Denver for my residency and first two years of Family Practice. Starting our family there we decided to move back to the West Coast to be closer to family and have been in Eugene ever since. Here we have raised three children who are now married, living in Portland, Seattle, and Houston and starting their own families.
My professional experience in Family Practice has included everything from emergency room work to obstetrics, pediatrics, and gerontology. Perhaps my most interesting position was serving as the Director of Primary Care Innovation at PeaceHealth Medical Group where our team piloted the development of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Medical Home. One of the key lessons of that work is that you the patient, not we the medical providers, are the one who calls the shots and determines your health outcomes. I welcome that partnership.
In my free time I like to hike, bike, ski, snowboard, water ski, wakeboard, spend time with family, and pursue short-term mission trips with high school and college students through University Fellowship Church and Young Life.