Peter N.T. Reed
MD, MPH, FAAP
With every patient I see, I ask, “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 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 never swam progress to confidently jumping in the pool by summer’s end. He also enjoyed helping parents overcome their own anxieties by empowering them to develop their kids’ skills. Dr. Reed sees pediatrics in a similar light: 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. Dr. Reed advocates for polices that will improve child health through writing, collaboration with other pediatricians, and talking to elected officials.
Dr. Reed grew up in Eugene, Oregon. He went to Carleton College then moved to Boston to pursue a Master of Public Health degree at Tufts University. He completed his medical degree at Duke University and did his residency in pediatrics at the University of Vermont. Dr. Reed is board-certified and practices in our Tigard office.
At work, 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 current with the CDC-recommended vaccine schedule.
When time allows, Dr. Reed enjoys baking bread with his sourdough culture, cross country skiing at Teacup Lake on Mt. Hood, running and biking around Portland, trying out new recipes, and dreaming about his next bike tour vacation.
Dr. Reed and his partner, Sarah, who works in public health, 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, visit the zoo, travel, garden, and cook and share meals together.