Peter N. T. Reed MD, MPH, FAAP
With every patient I see, I ask myself, “What does this child need to thrive?” From fostering interests and talents, to setting boundaries that allow for growth and (safe) failure, to building resiliency, to treating illness, to accessing community resources, to vaccinating against disease – each visit gives us an opportunity to help your child lead a healthy and fulfilling life.
Dr. Reed’s interest in working with kids started in high school while teaching swimming lessons. He loved helping kids who had little swimming ability and who were afraid of the water progress to happily jumping in the pool and doing front crawl by summer’s end. He also enjoyed helping parents overcome their anxieties by teaching and empowering them to develop and reinforce their kids’ skills between lessons. During medical school rotations, Dr. Reed found that pediatrics is much the same: most kids have the potential to do well, and what can make the difference is investment and teamwork between the child, the parents, and the medical team. Pediatrics is also a natural fit for his interest in public health and policy. Health is heavily influenced by social factors, such as income, exposure to stress, and even zip code. The ability of policy to affect social change can have a tremendous impact on the lifelong health of a child.
Dr. Reed grew up in Eugene, Oregon. He went to Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he majored in biology. He then moved to Boston to pursue a Master of Public Health degree at Tufts University with a concentration in Health Services Management and Policy. He completed his medical degree at Duke University in 2012 and did his residency in pediatrics at the University of Vermont in Burlington.
Dr. Reed is always ready to talk to parents about getting their baby to sleep, coaxing their toddler to eat, encouraging their grade schooler to show empathy, and pushing themselves to power down their electronics and model an active lifestyle for their children. He is a strong proponent of vaccination and wants to help every family feel good about keeping their children and the community healthy by staying up-to-date with vaccines. Dr. Reed is board-certified and practices in our Tigard office.
Dr. Reed’s public health training and passion for politics has led him out of the exam room and into the public square to advocate for children’s health and wellbeing many times. At the Vermont Statehouse, he urged support for a tax on sugary drinks and for ending the philosophical exemption for childhood vaccines. During residency, he successfully promoted a resolution within the American Academy of Pediatrics to endorse universal paid parental leave policies. In Oregon, he has testified in favor of “Tobacco 21” legislation and participates on the Oregon Pediatric Society advocacy committee. Dr. Reed writes the occasional letter to the editor and, when he has time, publishes a blog, kidsinallpolicies.com, in which he examines the impact of policy decisions on child wellbeing.
Dr. Reed often commutes by bicycle to work – look for his helmet hair during your visit! In addition, he has done the Reach the Beach 100 miler, triathlons, and spends some vacations bikepacking.
Dr. Reed is married to his partner, Sarah, who works in public health. Together, they have two young kids. His children have definitely influenced his practice: If he gives you advice on sleep or eating, you can bet he has tested it on his own kids first! As a family, they like to go for bike rides, play soccer, pick berries, visit the zoo and OMSI, travel, and cook meals together.
Dr. Reed maintains a sourdough culture and bakes bread regularly. He has lived in or visited 48 states. Someday, he’ll get to Ohio and Kentucky. His favorite activity is cross country skiing at Teacup Lake by Mt. Hood. He enjoys cooking and eating foods from around the world – French, Thai, Vietnamese, and Ethiopian. He spends his spare time backpacking, cyclocrossing, cross-country skiing, gardening, baking. At PANW, Dr. Reed feels he has the best colleagues because he can go to anyone with a question or a second opinion on a patient. Everyone is always working as a team to provide the best pediatric care in Oregon.