James E. Stempel, MD - Physician and Surgeon in Portland, OR and Portland, OR

Provider Bio

James Stempel, MD, is a board-certified OB/GYN physician and surgeon at Women's Healthcare Associates in Portland, Oregon.

About the Provider

Dr. Stempel cares for women during pregnancy and throughout their lives. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery (MIS), including traditional and robotic laparoscopy. He was one of the first OB/GYN surgeons in Portland to develop and perform laparoscopic supercervical hysterectomy in the mid-90s, a break-through in MIS. For the past 16 years, Dr. Stempel has led annual surgical trips to Guatemala, where he performs surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse among a population of women who are at a far greater risk of developing the condition. This experience has enabled him to develop advanced skills, particularly in the area of vaginal approach surgery, which is the least invasive approach to gynecological surgery.

Dr. Stempel is part of WHA’s urogynecology team specializing in the evaluation and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction, particularly stress and urge incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. In this area of his practice, Dr. Stempel sees women experiencing:

  • Leakage of urine with coughing, sneezing, lifting, running or jumping.
  • Difficulty making it to the bathroom in time, having to urinate frequently, or getting up at night to urinate frequently.
  • Pain with a full bladder or pain urinating.
  • A bulge at the opening of the vagina.
  • Trouble emptying the bladder or having a bowel movement.
  • Pelvic pressure.  

After a consultation and evaluation, Dr. Stempel works with women experiencing these symptoms to decide on a solution that best meets their needs, considering their lifestyle, health goals, cost of treatment and anticipated results. Solutions may include physical therapy, lifestyle changes, medication, or surgical procedures, such as transvaginal slings to correct stress incontinence, robotic mesh suspension to correct prolapse, prolapse repairs performed vaginally, or one of the latest developments in prolapse surgery: the transvaginal mesh kit.

Certifications

  • American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1984

Education

  • Residency:

    OB/GYN, Oregon Health & Science University, 1982

  • Internship:

    OB/GYN, Oregon Health & Science University, 1979

  • Medical School:

    Doctor of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, 1978

  • Undergraduate Degree:

    Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Santa Clara, 1974

Memberships

  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

  • American Urogynecologic Society

  • Pacific Coast Obstetrical and Gynecological Society

  • Oregon Medical Association

Patient Survey Responses

  • Provider Ratings (161)
  • Patient Comments (10)

Advice given to you on ways to stay healthy?

4.64 out of 5

Amount of time spent with you?

4.66 out of 5

Explaining things in a way you could understand?

4.73 out of 5

Including you in decision-making about your treatment plan?

4.75 out of 5

Instructions regarding medication/follow-up care?

4.68 out of 5

Knowledge of healthcare received from other providers?

4.61 out of 5

Knowledge of important information about your medical history?

4.67 out of 5

Taking time to answer your questions?

4.75 out of 5

The thoroughness of the examination?

4.69 out of 5

Willingness to listen carefully to you?

4.72 out of 5
  • 08/20/2019

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    I have had Dr Stempel for my Doc. now for over 30 years. He is such an asset to your office and team. I understand his reason for moving in a slightly different direction, but he will be missed and will be hard to replace. He is an exceptional Physician.

  • 08/15/2019

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    Met the new Dr. for the first time and liked him so much. Knowledgeable and so Kind.

  • 08/13/2019

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    Excellent

  • 06/21/2019

    Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with your provider?

    He is always very professional and very personable.

  • 06/11/2019

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    I have seen Dr Stempel for over 30 years, I could not be happier with him for my GYN, I was sad to find he is older than I am and that one day I may have to find a new doctor. I would recommend him in a split second to anyone. I have always been very happy with all the staff at the Women's Clinic.

  • 05/14/2019

    Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with your provider?

    Dr Stempel has an excellent bedside manner. He sits and answers questions fully. He genuinely acts like he cares.

  • 04/09/2019

    Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with your provider?

    My care team was great!! Belinda, Lyza & Dr Stempel we?re wonderful and took great care of me - thank you for your kindness.

  • 04/02/2019

    Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with your provider?

    Dr Stempel is the most caring and wonderful doctor I could ever have. He listens to my concerns, ask questions, and then he gives me good medical advice what my options are......he's the best!

  • 01/09/2019

    Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with your provider?

    my physician is excellent! I've been with him for over 20 years and his medical assistant was also fabulous and very professional!

  • 01/09/2019

    Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with your provider?

    Love him, called me on his day off. After diagnosis of breast cancer

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