New pediatrician seeking to give coordinated care to patients

by: REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTO: CLIFF NEWELL - Dr. Elizabeth Graff loves children and loves helping them stay healthy with her practice at Olson Pediatric Clinic.Dr. Elizabeth Graff has found a new medical home at Olson Pediatric Clinic in Lake Oswego

The young pediatrician is going out on her own for the first time after serving her residency at Oregon Health and Science University, and Lake Oswego looks like just the right place for her.

“It’s fantastic,” said Graff, who is also a wife and mother. “Residency life is not fun. Now my hours are much better, and I’ll have more time for my family and hobbies.”

Graff is also looking forward to giving her patients a higher level of care that they could not previously obtain.

“I want this office to become the medical home for patients,” she said. “I want to work on that initiative. It’s the biggest goal I have for this year.

“I want to improve care through better coordination of care instead of patients needing to use urgent care and emergency care, which is quite expensive. Clinics all around the state are doing similar things.”

As a medical home, the Olson Clinic will keep electronic records to inform patients when they need to take flu shots or asthma medicine.

“It’s a lot of work,” Graff said, “but it’s so interesting and very exciting.”

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Graff received degrees at the University of Louisville and Emory University in Atlanta. The goal of becoming a pediatrician came early in her life.

“As a kid I liked science, biology and medicine,” she said. “I love kids and have my own kids. A meaningful career is what I wanted for my life, and pediatrics fits the bill. I get to go home at the end of the day and know I made a difference.”

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