Passionate, caring and personal, Dr. Pilar Bradshaw believes in family and the ability of parents to embrace the joys and challenges of raising children. Named as 1 of 7 “Favorite Pediatricians” by Parents magazine, she is sensitive and straightforward, treating every child the way she would want her own son or daughter treated, and telling every mother and father what she would want to be told as a parent.
Dr. Bradshaw is a board-certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She began her medical practice in Eugene in 1999 and practices the full spectrum of pediatric medicine, seeing patients from birth to young adulthood.
Her special interests include the treatment of asthma, medically fragile children and adolescent eating disorders.
Curious and highly motivated, Pilar received her medical degree at Oregon Health Sciences University, where she graduated class valedictorian and was vice president of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
At the University of Oregon, Pilar graduated summa cum laude as the female valedictorian with a double major in chemistry and music.
Dynamic and engaging, Pilar loves sharing her knowledge and experience with new parents, by helping them discover the wonders of their child. During her pediatric residency at Oregon Health and Sciences University, she was twice voted the Outstanding Resident Teacher for all medical specialties.
Dr. Bradshaw has embraced education and social media in ways unique to medical practices, with a website that won a national award for content (beating Nike and National Geographic for a Freddy Award in 2009). The site has had over 1,000,000 visits from 97 countries and every state in the USA, and Facebook followers in excess of most other local clinics and hospitals combined. Pilar was the first local pediatrician to embrace the concept of fully integrating behavioral health and social work into a primary care clinic, forming a single seamless team to support the medical, behavioral and social needs of children and families. In the process of building this unique clinic model, she fell in love with and later married case manager Jordan Bradshaw.
As a mother of two, Pilar understands the challenges and rewards of parenthood. Jack and Liesl are her greatest joy in life; they also make excellent on-the-job trainers for their pediatrician mom! Every stage of Jack and Liesl’s life, from newborn to young adult, has given Pilar new insights into the joys, challenges, and puzzles of each phase of childhood and parenthood.
Pilar’s zeal for classical music flourished as a child. Her violin performance studies began at age 4. In 1987, she joined the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra as the youngest instrumentalist in its history. For more than 27 seasons, she performed with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, playing a violin made by her great grandfather. She is a founding member of the non-profit classical chamber music group, Chamber Music Amici.
For more than a decade, Pilar has watched children face medical challenges. Witnessing this has only strengthened her belief in their limitless strength, resilience and positive spirit. She also believes in parents, their ability to shape successful families, and their willingness to embrace the trials and joys of parenthood. Most of all, she believes in God. “I’m a person of deep faith,” Pilar says. “I feel blessed to be a physician who takes care of people’s most treasured gifts, their children. My job has given me so many amazing opportunities to witness miracles and see the grace of God.”
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Eugene, Pilar is an Oregonian at heart. Her first year of college was spent studying violin at the Royal College of Music in London, England. Her original career plan was to run her family’s violin shop in Baltimore, Maryland. Her favorites are: red, summer, chocolate, pinot gris and Starbucks mochas.