“Growing up with a special needs sibling had its fair share of ups and downs, but the impact of my experience with autism continues to surprise me every day. My brother and I were blessed to have pediatricians who showed my family that my brother was a child full of potential. With the right amount of faith, care, and love, Adrian would one day blow us all away. From that moment on, I believed those words with all of my heart.
Now, as a pediatrician myself, I get to combine my medical training with my personal experiences to help children grow and thrive, both physically and mentally. From sick to well, from birth to college, I help families navigate changes in health that challenge us all. I get to teach parents skills they can use at home and teenagers skills they can use throughout their transition to adult care. I love that.”
From the time he was little, Dr. Chavis’ parents taught him (without knowing – like all parents do!) how to care for both special needs and typically developing children throughout the various stages of childhood and adolescence. Like many parents raising children with different capabilities, his parents instilled in him the importance of patience, the value of every accomplishment, and bringing out the best in others.
With these life experiences and knowledge, Dr. Chavis was able to get involved in his community, putting his skills to good use and discovering his passion for taking care of others in the process. He would eventually enroll in medical school to turn his passion into a career.
As a pediatrician, Dr. Chavis appreciates the variety of people waiting on the other side of the door for him. No two visits or families are alike, and that makes his days interesting and exciting! From helping teens learn to advocate for their own health and well-being to reassuring new parents they’re doing everything right, he seizes every opportunity to inspire good health by giving people confidence in their own abilities. Teaching children and parents skills to create a happier, healthier future is a pediatrician’s greatest legacy.
A music aficionado, Dr. Chavis is rarely seen without his iPod and might (on occasion) ignore his own advice for maximum headphone volume. Listening to music and taking in live shows – bands or theater – are bigtime stress relievers and a large part of his personality. He knows his way around any dance floor, and can often be found busting a move in hip hop classes around Portland. Evenings are spent with his partner, discussing how much their overweight cats hate their new diet and planning their next travel adventure.
- Board Eligible: American Board of Pediatrics
- Education: MD – Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
- Pediatric Internship: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
- Pediatric Residency: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR