Pilar H. Buerk MD, FAAP
Every family is unique, and I aim to make medicine work for all. I listen to my patients, then tailor my advice to each family’s specific needs and philosophies. I believe in open dialogues, shared decision-making and preventative medicine. My goal is to help parents raise strong, independent children, who sleep through the night.
Dr. Buerk always knew she wanted to work with kids, and was considering teaching and medicine. She decided on medicine after her freshman year of high school, when she had an amazing biology teacher who got her interested in science. She completed her undergraduate education at Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Dr. Buerk then earned her medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, before moving to the west coast to complete her pediatric residency at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Dr. Buerk is board-certified and practices in our Portland office.
Dr. Buerk started running during her senior year of high school and hasn’t stopped. She has completed a marathon, 6 half marathons, countless 5 and 10ks, and has captained the PANW Hood to Coast team for the last 5 years. You can find her running on the Springwater trail training for events, or sometimes even on her way to or from work.
Much to her teenage son’s dismay, Dr. Buerk loves nutrition. From researching nutrition, to experimenting with plant based recipes, she aims to make healthy eating a central part of her practice and life. She has great tips on how to sneak vegetables into your child’s meals (hello mint chocolate smoothie with spinach!) and she will always agree with any article stating the benefits of dark chocolate.
As a working parent, Dr. Buerk is empathetic to the challenges faced by other working parents. After practicing for 23 years and parenting four children through their toddler and teen years, nothing surprises her. She loves to listen and help families work through the good, the bad, and the funny of all childhood stages.
Also known as “The Converse Doctor”, Dr. Buerk is rarely seen in any shoes other than a pair of low top Chuck Taylors. She enjoys exploring local farmer’s markets, coffee shops, and the Portland Night Market. Her favorite way to celebrate her birthday is with a family camping trip to Lost Lake, where she spends her days paddleboarding and her nights eating s’mores. Dr. Buerk enjoys working at PANW because she loves the people. She cannot imagine a better group of patients, staff, and providers to spend her days with.