R.J. Gillespie, M.D., M.H.P.E, is a general pediatrician with The Children’s Clinic in Portland. He attended medical school at Oregon Health Sciences University, graduating in 1997, and completed his residency and chief residency at Rush Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois in 2001. He also earned a Master of Health Professions Education from University of Illinois – Chicago in 2007.
He enjoys working with kids of all ages, but has a passion for improving early childhood health and wellness, with a particular interest in Kindergarten Readiness. He is currently working on assessing parental Adverse Childhood Experiences, and trains other practices and providers regionally and nationally in this process.
Dr. Gillespie served as the founding Medical Director for the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership from 2010-2016, and currently serves on the board of directors for Health Share. He has also advocated for children in multiple state policy committees, including the workgroups responsible for deciding the maternal and child health quality measurements that are used in assessing the care delivered through the Coordinated Care Organizations, and the standards for practices becoming certified as a medical homes under the state’s Patient Centered Primary Care Home Program.
He is fluent in Spanish. He is a Master Gardener with the OSU Extension Service, and also enjoys travel, reading, photography, cooking, and hanging out with his German Shepherd.