Being a Pediatrician is the greatest job anybody could ever have. Not only do I get the pleasure of watching children grow from baby to adult, but I also get to experience the endless variety of ways that parents seek to raise them. I am like a consultant who helps guide you in raising your child the way you want. I embrace the fun of youth, and love getting to know families over the long haul from childhood into adulthood.
Although Dr. Birk started his education as a scientist, he changed course to become a clinician in medical school and has stayed the path. He is a proud graduate of the University of Texas in Austin and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He then went east to Rhode Island Hospital and the Hasbro Children’s Hospital for his internship and residency. Although the east is nice, nothing beats Oregon, so he moved west in 1999. After meeting with all the Pediatric groups in town, Dr. Birk realized that Pediatric Associates of the Northwest was the best group of providers around. He is board-certified and practices in our Portland office.
Dr. Birk prides himself on being involved in the world around him. He helps and supports his neighbors, his spiritual community, his martial arts community, and his pediatric practice community.
Dr. Birk is known to be a fixer. He can fix anything- plumbing, carpentry, electrical, medical, social, etc. He has not found a problem yet that he can’t fix. As a Pediatrician, he is always on the lookout for novel ways to help parents fix the problems that can arise in parenthood.
Outside the office, Dr. Birk loves to read science fiction and historical fiction, and play guitar. He is an avid hat collector and his favorite Portland activity is people-watching at any of the city’s endless variety of street festivals.
Dr. Birk is married and the proud father of two awesome boys. Having children has changed his perspective on all the ups and downs of raising them. He moved here in 1999 following his sister, Mia Birk (Portland’s original bicycle master plan designer!). The rest of his family is scattered over Texas, Nevada, and Canada, but his extended and chosen family includes workmates at Pediatric Associates, his congregation at Synagogue, and his Tae Kwon Do family at Traditional Tae Kwon Do.