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Oregon Health and Science University

Region: Oregon Country: USA

World-Class Resources in Health, Education, and Research
In 1887, the inaugural class of the University of Oregon Medical School met in the school's lone building - a two-room converted grocery store in northwest Portland. From that small school we have grown into a world-class teaching hospital and research center that draws in students, scientists, and patients from across the country and around the world. At the same time, we retain our strong commitment to serving our local community, and to treating each patient as a unique individual.

With a rich diversity of activities happening across our campuses in and around Portland, we know that you can find what you are looking for - whether it is preparing yourself for a future as a health care provider, delving into critical research questions, or looking for a place where you can feel completely confident in the high quality of care you or a loved one receives.

What is OHSU?
OHSU is where healing, teaching and discovery come together to improve human health. The path is long and sometimes arduous, but with a mixture of knowledge, compassion and a clear vision for the future, OHSU is making an impact locally and around the globe.

OHSU is a leading health and research university that strives for excellence in patient care, education, research and community service. As one of the nation's top biomedical research institutions, OHSU attracts leading scientists and top students. The university attracted $358 million in the past year to fund promising studies to add to the body of knowledge about prevention, detection and the treatment of disease. OHSU has more than 3,000 active research projects and disclosed 128 inventions in 2011 alone.

The university is a conduit for learning for more than 2,800 students. Additionally, OHSU educates people through joint programs with other universities, provides training to interns, residents and fellows in postgraduate medical and research training, and delivers continuing education to thousands of health care professionals each year. It is the only place in Oregon that grants doctoral degrees in medicine, dentistry and nursing.

OHSU cares for more than 235,000 patients each year from around the region and takes a leadership role in contributing to solutions involving the health of the state and the nation, such as health care access and transparency, ethics and workforce shortages.

Beyond providing critical health care services, quality education and cutting-edge research, OHSU also is a key economic and social force in the Northwest. With an annual operating budget of $2.3 billion and nearly 14,000 employees, OHSU is Portland's largest employer. Its size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in Oregon.

1997 Planning begins for the Center for Women's Health, and an interim director is named. The center is intended to offer a place where women's concerns can be addressed in a comprehensive, comforting and supportive manner. The center will use a collaborative model that encourages women to actively participate in their care.

The Oregon Cancer Center is established with a grant from the National Cancer Institute of the NIH.

1998 The Mark O. Hatfield Research Center is dedicated. The center houses a variety of basic and clinical research programs that have the potential to spark new therapies. It includes such programs as the Clinical Research Center, the Oregon Hearing Research Center, Doernbecher Children's Hospital Pediatric Research Laboratories, the Bone and Mineral Unit's osteoporosis studies, the Oregon Stroke Center, and the Oregon Cancer Center.

Doernbecher Children's Hospital's new state-of-the-art pediatric medical complex is opened. Built with private funding and bond revenues, Doernbecher provides the widest range of health care services for children in the region.

The Neurological Sciences Institute joins the university as its fifth research unit. NSI researchers conduct research to advance understanding of the brain and neurological disorders. Current areas of research emphasis include movement control, neural development and degeneration, sensory systems, neural plasticity and learning.

The Oregon Regional Primate Research Center becomes an OHSU research unit.

2001 The Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute and Neurological Sciences Institute buildings open on OHSU's west campus.

OHSU's name changes to Oregon Health & Science University as Gov. John Kitzhaber signs legislation expanding OHSU's mission and paving the way for merger with Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology. The merger took place July 1, 2001.

Oregon Cancer Center changes its name to OHSU Cancer Institute.

2002 Oregon Regional Primate Research Center changes its name to Oregon National Primate Research Center.

Marquam Hill is designated a "plan district" by the Portland City council.

2003 OHSU breaks ground for its first building in the South Waterfront District.

OHSU breaks ground for a new research building on Marquam Hill campus.

2004 The Schnitzer Investment Corporation donates nearly 20 acres of riverfront property in South Waterfront to OHSU.

2005 Biomedical Research Building opens on Marquam Hill.

2006 Peter O. Kohler Pavilion opens as state-of-the-art patient care facility on Marquam Hill.

Center for Health & Healing, one of Oregon's greenest buildings and winner of the LEED Platinum award, opens on the South Waterfront by the Willamette River.

City of Portland's Tram begins operating between OHSU's Marquam Hill Campus and South Waterfront.

2008 A gift of $100 million from Phil and Penny Knight helps to form the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

2011 The OHSU/OUS Collaborative Life Sciences Building and Skourtes Tower groundbreaking takes place on the Schnitzer Campus.

2012 A gift of $25 million establishes the Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at OHSU.

Measures of Success
As the only academic health center in Oregon, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) provides a wide variety of unique benefits to local and state residents:

  • Training for healthcare professionals who will serve communities throughout Oregon.
  • Access to high-quality healthcare services, especially for Oregon's sickest and most vulnerable patients.
  • Leading-edge research and development that results in new treatments, technologies and scientific knowledge.
  • Outreach to Oregon residents, some of whom might not otherwise have access to important health information and services.
OHSU commissioned ECONorthwest to evaluate the impacts of OHSU's activities on the metropolitan region (Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Clark counties) and on the state as a whole. The report, which you can download above, describes the results of ECONorthwest's research and analysis for the 2007 fiscal year.

As a community service oriented institution, Oregon Health & Science University:
  • Provides more than 200 community service programs to enhance community-based care, serve Oregon's most vulnerable citizens and provide access to health care education.
  • Creates a pipeline for students to understand and pursue future careers in health and science with more than 40 programs, many targeted at youths in disadvantaged or under served communities.
  • Sends each of its medical students into rural communities for five weeks to train alongside local physicians to learn from, and better understand, the needs of patients and health care professionals in settings outside urban areas.
  • Partners with communities to improve the quality and availability of health care for rural Oregonians through the Office of Rural Health. In the past year the office recruited 14 new health care practitioners to rural communities, saving $350,000 in recruitment costs, and linking them with providers who in many instances are a lifeline for the community.
  • Serves people in Oregon, Alaska and northern Nevada through the OHSU Oregon Poison Center. More than 67,000 calls were made to the center in the past year, with more than half related to poison exposures in children. National studies have shown that every dollar spent for poison center services saves more than seven dollars in health care costs.
  • Answers nearly 33,000 calls from regional health care providers throughout the Northwest seeking expertise from the OHSU medical community through the OHSU Physician Consult Service.
  • Sends students on rural rotations to receive part of their education in under served communities to help ease provider shortages. Studies show that students who received part of their education in rural areas are more likely to practice there in the future.
  • Provides more than 1,000 surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies each year, through the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center. The center is the region's only program and clinic to provide long-term treatment for these disabilities.
  • Screens thousands of pre-schoolers around the state for vision impairment, through a partnership with the Oregon State Elks.
  • Hosts Give Kids a Smile Day, to bring low-income children to the clinic for treatment.
As an educational institution, Oregon Health & Science University:
  • Is the only place in Oregon that grants doctoral degrees in medicine, dentistry and nursing.
  • Is the only academic health center in the nation with a school of science and engineering focused exclusively on human and environmental health.
  • Awards 60 percent of health and science degrees to Oregon residents.
  • Educates more than 2,700 students and trainees.
  • Provides approximately 23,000 health and sciences professionals from throughout the region with continuing education opportunities to expand their knowledge, improve their skills, and gain access to the expertise available at Oregon's only academic health center.
  • Teaches approximately 1,000 interns, residents, fellows and clinical trainees.
  • Partners with approximately 1,100 Oregon teachers to help children better understand science.
  • Tours approximately 3,500 high school and college students on OHSU campuses for them to better understand the university and its offerings.
  • Creates a pipeline for students to understand and pursue future careers in health and science with more than 40 programs.
  • Has nursing campuses in five locations around Oregon to educate students where they live and work. Approximately 800 students are enrolled in OHSU nursing programs.
  • Sends each of its medical students into rural communities for five weeks to train alongside local physicians to learn from, and better understand, the needs of patients and health care professionals in settings outside urban areas.
  • Welcomes 75 dental students into its DMD program each year.
  • Partners with Oregon State University to provide a joint degree in pharmacy through the College of Pharmacy and with Oregon Institute of Technology to provide allied health programs, including clinical laboratory science/medical technology, and emergency medicine technology.
  • Offers a graduate certificate, master's and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical informatics; and grants a master's degree in physician assistant studies through the School of Medicine.
As a health care facility, Oregon Health & Science University:
  • Is the place where patients reap the benefits of world-class knowledge for the most complex, and the most common of health care needs. Without OHSU, many Oregonians would have to travel out of the region for their care. In 2007 there were 665,760 patient visits to OHSU hospitals and clinics.
  • Was awarded the Consumer Choice Award by the National Research Corporation for the past eight years.
  • Sees patients from every county in Oregon. Traveling clinics reach several parts of the state to provide specialized care not available in more remote locations so that people can be cared for in their own communities.
  • Is home to the only Oregon hospital to appear in the 2007 America's Best Hospitals rankings by US News and World Report. The last ranking was the 12th consecutive year OHSU Hospital has been included in the report.
  • Includes the Center for Women's Health, which is designated a National Center of Excellence for Women's Health.
  • Is conducting 200 clinical trials through the OHSU Cancer Institute to help bring new treatments and cures to patients sooner.
  • Saved 100,000 lives through the discovery of Gleevec, an anti-cancer medication developed at the university.
As a research facility, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Is in the top 20 in competitive research funding rankings according to data available from the National Institutes of Health, a national barometer of productivity and excellence in research.
  • Research funding has increased more than seven-fold since 1990.
  • Received received $307 million in research funding in 2007. Nearly 94 percent of these dollars flow into Oregon from out of state.
  • Breakthroughs, innovations or discoveries are announced on average every three days.
  • Is home to approximately 1,500 scientists, who are working on 4,100 basic and applied research projects.
  • Had 132 invention disclosures in 2007, more than in any previous year in the university's history - and four times the number in 2000.
  • Filed 66 US patent applications in 2007.
  • Experienced nearly double the income it received from commercialization of inventions licensed by the university, from $719,800 in 2006 to $1.23 million in 2007.
  • Formed five new start-up companies based on OHSU intellectual capital in 2007.
  • Intellectual capital has led to 64 companies since the early 1970s, with 33 of those companies formed since 2000. Most OHSU startups are based in Oregon.
  • Has license-related income of $14 million.
  • Is home to a 12 Tesla magnet, one of only two of its kind in the world. This magnet enables scientists to have a much closer view to assess functional and molecular properties of diseases non-invasively

Oregon Health and Science University Degree Programs :


  • Bachelor Degree
  • Fellowships and Residencies
  • Clinical Laboratory Science, in conjunction with OIT
  • Master Degree
  • MD Anaesthesiology
  • MD Anatomy
  • MD Biochemistry
  • MD Community Medicine
  • MD Dermatology
  • MD Emergency Medicine
  • MD General Medicine
  • MD Microbiology
  • MD Paediatrics
  • MD Pathology
  • MD Pharmacology
  • MD Physiology
  • MD Psychiatry
  • MD Radiodiagnosis
  • MD Skin & V.D
  • MD TB & Chest Diseases
  • MS Anatomy
  • MS ENT
  • MS General Surgery
  • MS Ophthalmology
  • MS Orthopaedics
  • Combined Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy
  • Combined Doctor of Medicine, Master of Public Health
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical Research (through Human Investigations Program)
  • Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition
  • Health Care Management
  • Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
  • Radiation Therapy Program
  • Doctorate/PhD
  • PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering
  • PhD Cancer Biology
  • PhD Cell & Developmental Biology
  • PhD Environmental Science and Engineering
  • PhD Molecular & Medical Genetics
  • PhD Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
  • PhD Neuroscience
  • PhD Oregon Medical Physics Program
  • PhD Physiology & Pharmacology


  • Bachelor Degree
  • Physician Assistant

Public Health

  • Master Degree
  • MPH

Video Presentation

Dr. Lisa Silbert, Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. Lisa Silbert of Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Center at Oregon Health & Science University discusses in home continuous monitoring of gait speed: a sensitive method for detecting motor slowing associated with smaller brain volumes and dementia risk.

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