Laura Van Houten, MD

Patient Rating:

4.9 Read all reviews

My Specialties:

Obstetrics & Gynecology, Board-certified

My Areas of Focus:

Bloodless Surgery Program, Breast Health, High Risk Obstetrics, Infertility, Obstetrics, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Complete Women's Health


English, Interpreters available for other languages




Emanuel Medical Center, Good Samaritan Medical Center

About Me:

Long dedicated to the health and care of women, Dr. Van Houten enjoys the breadth of practice encompassing both obstetrics and gynecology. Her areas of specific interest include high risk and normal obstetrics, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, vulvar health, adolescent health, and contraceptive management. She seeks to provide women with the knowledge to make informed decisions to facilitate their personal health and well-being. Dr. Van Houten describes herself as an avid reader, crossword puzzle addict, NPR groupie, and dedicated runner. She and her husband are active supporters of the arts and enjoy the Pacific Northwest outdoors with their family including their Jack Russell Terrier, Evie Knievel.

Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
Internship: Oregon Health & Science University
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University
Year I Started Practice: 2005
Hospitals Served: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center

Patient Rating

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Average Rating:  4.9 out of 5.0

  May 5, 2023
I appreciated the high quality care from Dr. Van Houten. For continued pregnancy concerns/questions, I will contact this office because of my positive experience yesterday. The front desk team and nurse were also professional, helpful and kind.

  Apr 20, 2023
Very good experience. My doctor and her assistant were very informative, kind, patient and understanding the entire appointment. 10/10 experience with 5 stars across the board

  Apr 17, 2023
The doctor gave good advice/care but was rushed and didn't take the time to ask me if I had questions.

  Mar 31, 2023
I was on a deadline & they were very understanding & helpful.

  Mar 20, 2023
Dr. Van Houten is always calm and delivers information with good perspective. She is thorough and careful but still not an alarmist, which I greatly appreciate!

  Feb 27, 2023
Too long wait time. Provider is always booked out.

  Feb 10, 2023
Dr. Van Houten is extremely thorough, knowledgeable and personable. I would strongly recommend her to anyone.

  Feb 9, 2023
The reception, nurse, dr and checkout experience all were excellent. I appreciate this so much. The exam room could use a deep clean on walls, around equipment & electrical plugs. I disregarded at that time since I was so nervous about the biopsy I was to have done.

  Feb 7, 2023
Dr. Van Houten is simply the best.

  Jan 20, 2023
All my Legacy providers seem stressed and over challenged and from what I hear they are already underpaid and it is going to get more worse. I know these are challenging times. Legacy leadership is too focused on bottom lines.

  Jan 3, 2023
I loved that she was prepared and knew my medical record/history. She seemed up to date on information about my breast cancer and my medication. That is very reassuring!

  Dec 22, 2022
Complete respect for pronouns and using correct name. Absolute trust in me as a patient, knowing what I need.

  Dec 22, 2022
Very kind and open. Listened and gave thoughtful responses. Efficient and good bedside manner

  Dec 19, 2022
She is awesome!

  Nov 18, 2022
I did not like having a "chaperone" in the room-it felt intrusive, uncomfortable.

  Nov 15, 2022
Routine visit to gynecologist to monitor ongoing medications, gynecological health. Provider always provides excellent, timely summary of visit for my future reference.

  Nov 4, 2022
The only problem I experienced was that I changed information about my medication online prior to the visit and it did not provide the provider with the updated information. It seemed like a system problem, not provider.

  Nov 1, 2022
Doctor was very kind and efficient, knew me and my medical history well. Listened, consulted and advised me.

  Oct 31, 2022
Very pleasant visit. Thank you to all for making that happen.

  Oct 25, 2022
Aura is such a wonderful provider - careful, thoughtful, empathetic, knowledgeable, approachable. One of the 3 best OB/GYNs I've had in years.

  Oct 24, 2022
Wonderful experience, as usual with Dr. Van Houten and her staff.

  Oct 6, 2022
Everyone in this office is simply the best. From the front desk people and nurses to Dawn and Dr Van Houten! They always communicate clearly and treat me with the utmost respect and kindness. I couldn't ask for a better care team! I recommend them to all my friends and family.

  Oct 4, 2022
Provider's nursing staff were also very friendly and helpful.

  Sep 29, 2022
Dr. Van Houten is the best. I never want to see another OB/GYN. She's professional, yet very friendly. She's knowledgeable and listens closely to her patients' concerns.

  Sep 27, 2022
Dr. Van Houten is my favorite provider for my own care and absolutely within the top 10 providers I have worked with over the years. She has mastered the art of practicing medicine within the health care system. She has identified and treated health care issues for me that were missed by other providers years. She is an excellent communicator and patient educator. She exudes a kind and compassionate presence that is very comforting and is an excellent listener. Always look forward to seeing her and appreciate her balanced wisdom in making treatment recommendations. Wish her the best always!!!

  Sep 6, 2022
Dr. Van Houten and team have been excellent throughout my fertility and pregnancy journey. Dr. Van Houten listens and answers questions thoroughly - I feel supported and grateful to have her as a provider.

  Sep 6, 2022
Patient and understanding

  Aug 5, 2022
This was my first visit with Dr. Von Houten and she far exceeded my expectations. I am so thrilled to have her as my new provider.

  Aug 2, 2022
Dr. Van Houten listens and doesn't shame any concerns. She is the best. I only wish it was easier to schedule instead of needing to go weeks out.

  Jul 28, 2022
Very grateful to have found Dr. Van Houten. She is helping me have a much better and less emotionally challenging pregnancy than my last doctor.

  Jun 30, 2022
Dr. Van Houten was very thorough, considerate and patient.

  Jun 28, 2022
She is the good doctor, she is very interesting in my health.

  Jun 13, 2022
My doctor was very professional and clear in her communication. I also felt that she listened to me and cared about my emotional and mental well-being in addition to my physical well-being. This is very important for me, especially as someone undergoing treatment for mental health conditions. Thank you.

  Jun 9, 2022
Dr. Van Houten is an excellent physician. She is thorough, pragmatic, and knowledgeable. I would recommend her to everyone. I barely waited in the waiting room or the exam room. Overall, 10/10 experience in this clinic.

  Jun 7, 2022
Dr Van Houten is always so courteous and listens and provides information necessary. I always recommend her to friends who need an OB/Gyn

  Jun 3, 2022
Clear explanation of the procedure and possible outcomes and treatment options.

  Jun 2, 2022
Dr. Van Houten and her team have been spectacular throughout my entire prenatal relationship with them. Professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and very quick to respond to patient portal questions.

  May 31, 2022
Visits are always very short and somewhat superficial.