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OHSU announces NCAA basketball team

March Madness is sweeping OHSU. As a new way to introduce Oregonians, and all Americans, to what OHSU offers, OHSU will once again have a basketball team beginning with the NCAA 2018 season. The team name and mascot will throw back to OHSU’s rich athletics department history, naming themselves after the former School of Dentistry’s team, the Yankers. The OHSU Yankers will play in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference at first, which also includes … Read More

This so-called adult life: Managing ACHD

You are probably tired of hearing it, but you’re an adult now. And your life has probably seen a lot of changes. Maybe you moved out of your house, went to college, started a relationship, or got a job…major changes.  Even with all of that on your plate, there’s one other thing you have to manage: your health. Being born with a congenital heart defect means you are no stranger to doctors. And you have … Read More

The seeds of heart disease risk are planted before birth

Heart disease, rare only a century ago, is now the most common cause of death worldwide. Many explanations for this meteoric rise have been put forth, but most have fallen well short of explaining how this once rare chronic disease could kill the equivalent of the population of Portland, Oregon each year. About 25 years ago an English epidemiologist named David Barker found that areas of England with high rates of infant deaths following WWII … Read More

Who’s the snow boss?

Record snowfall proves no match for OHSU’s mission-driven operations Mother Nature walloped the Portland area Jan. 10 with 8 to 12 inches of snow overnight. Heavy, sticky, not-melting-anytime-soon snow. Yet faculty and staff across OHSU responded with acts large and small to care for patients, protect crucial lab experiments and keep students on track, even if remotely. As Oregon’s academic health center and a level 1 trauma center, reliable access to OHSU for patients and … Read More

Giving the gift of human experience

During this season of giving, among the precious gifts celebrated at OHSU is that of body donation, which provides health professions students invaluable experiences in practicing procedures and learning about the human body. Each year, William Cameron, Ph.D., associate professor of behavioral neuroscience, organizes a special reception that brings together families who have donated the bodies of deceased loved ones to science and students across OHSU who have benefitted from this resource in their studies. … Read More

OHSU Partners: Clinical Integration in Action

Fred Williams, M.D. has been a Neurosurgeon at Tuality Healthcare for over a decade. In that time, he hasn’t had a partner to collaborate with – until now. Tuality and OHSU are now formally linked through OHSU Partners. With that collaboration has come a partnership between Dr. Williams and Jeremy Ciporen, M.D., an OHSU assistant professor in neurological surgery, that is serving both of them – and their patients. Tuality Healthcare is a nonprofit, community-based … Read More

Small town collaborations, big health dividends

National Rural Health Day is November 17. OHSU celebrates rural communities and rural health care providers everywhere. Meet a few rural Oregon providers – OHSU graduates – in the story below. Find how OHSU faculty and students are joining forces with rural communities to strengthen local care. By Rachel Shafer and Erin Hoover Barnett Alumni, faculty and students join forces with rural communities to strengthen local care  The elderly woman arrived at the small emergency … Read More

Moving forward: A message from OHSU President, Joe Robertson

This week’s presidential election has caused a sense of vulnerability and concern about the future. The heated and, too often, hateful rhetoric that punctuated the campaign season has made the results of this election feel very personal for many. In several cities, including Portland, this has led to protests that in some cases have become violent, a response that is never constructive and counter to our core values as healers. At times like these we … Read More

NIH Director Collins ignites optimism and collaboration during campus visit

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., spent a day at OHSU sprinkling some fairy dust of possibility that is spurring renewed optimism and new grant applications to fuel the next generation of science at OHSU. Dr. Collins visited on Monday, Oct. 24 to give the 2016 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture, named for his personal mentor, the late U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield. Dr. Collins’s standing-room-only evening lecture at CLSB – “Exceptional opportunities in … Read More

Jake’s story: A senior project from the heart

The Knight Cardiovascular Institute recently hosted a patient forum for over 60 patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a genetic heart condition. At the event attendees heard from experts about the latest treatments, lifestyle recommendations and research for HCM. They also heard from Jake Hansel, a senior at Camas High School recently diagnosed with apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Jake’s senior project focuses on raising awareness of the disease and support for HCM research. Below, Jake shares his story. My … Read More

Why 96,000 Square Miles?

OHSU Health Fair at Pioneer Square.

President Robertson is fond of saying that OHSU has a 96,000 square mile campus, serving Oregonians “from Enterprise to Coos Bay, from Portland to Klamath Falls.”

This blog aims to highlight that breadth. 96,000 Square Miles (96K for short) will focus on the people of OHSU, the Oregonians we serve and the ripple effect of our work in Oregon and beyond.

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