Joseph P. Stapleton, M.D.

Dr. Stapleton’s Philosophy


Dr. Stapleton has practiced medicine in Portland for over 28 years. He is married with two sons. His interests are travel, photography, cooking and gardening. He and his family have been to Haiti on 4 medical missions.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pain Medicine in Pain Medicine
  • American Board of Anesthesiology in Anesthesia

Medical Degree

  • Oregon Health Science University


  • Oregon Health Sciences University

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pain Management
  • American Board of Pain Management
  • American Medical Association
  • American Pain Society
  • American Society of Interventional Pain
  • International Spine Intervention Society
  • Oregon Medical Association
  • Pain Society of Oregon
  • Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland
  • North American Neuromodulation Society
  • Western Pain Society

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We are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and County Health Departments. 

As with any newly emerging infectious disease, knowledge evolves with time and recommendations are changing rapidly. NWSL is committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, treating only the most urgent surgical needs in the interim.

At this time, NWSL will continue to provide services with temporary enhanced eligibility criteria for elective procedures.  Additionally, NWSL will continue preventative measures already part of our standard practice which include frequent hand washing and facility sanitation methods using hospital grade disinfectants.  Staff will continue to be required to comply with our established illness policy.

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