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One dinner party. Three transplants. Six lives changed.

By Mark Menotti, Director of Clinical Transplant Services at OHSU More than 100,000 people in America are waiting for a kidney transplant; sadly, about 13 of these patients die every day because there aren’t enough organ donors.  Many kidney patients have someone who is willing to donate, but because of immune system or blood type incompatibilities, they are not able to give a kidney to their loved one. The National Kidney Paired Exchanges were created … Read More

Dine out for life with the OHSU Partnership Project

For it’s 7th year Dining Out For Life comes to Portland on Thursday, April 30, 2015. In the early 1990s, AIDS looked very different than it does today. In Oregon, approximately 350 people were dying a year from AIDS. Today, fewer than 100 Oregonians are dying from AIDS, thanks to a number of advancements: The development of medications successfully fighting the virus Increased testing, so people know their status earlier Systems put into place, linking … Read More

OHSU Casey Eye Institute Collaborates with American Samoa

On April 14, the OHSU Casey Eye Institute community gathered to celebrate our growing collaboration with the health care community in American Samoa. Our initial program with the good people of American Samoa is wrapping up this month as Dr. Benjamin Siatu’u finishes his intensive ophthalmology training in Oregon.  A surgeon from American Samoa, he has spent the last four years at OHSU acquiring the specialized skills needed to provide eye care in this distant … Read More

OHSU Nursing student shows off-the-clock heroism

Driving home from the Portland airport one night not long ago, Christina Carmichael, Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing student on the OHSU Monmouth campus, saw something strange on Interstate-5 near Albany. A flash of pink jacket and then a flip of dark hair popped out from behind an orange construction drum repetitively. Soon she identified it as a woman rocking back and forth. Carmichael immediately assessed the situation and saw a young … Read More

OHSU celebrates Volunteer Week

The word “volunteer” was first used around the year 1600 and comes from the Latin “of one’s free will.” Years later, the state of Tennessee became known as the “Volunteer State,” when – during the Mexican war – a call for 2,800 volunteers brought forth nearly 30,000 men. Every year, hundreds of Oregonians freely offer up their valuable time and resources to support our patients, staff and students. When we make the call, OHSU volunteers … Read More

OHSU celebrates National Doctors Day

In celebration of March 30th as National Doctors Day, we sat down with OHSU’s Dr. Nate Selden to ask what inspired him to become a physician – and what continues to inspire him in his day-to-day life as the Chair of Pediatric Neurosurgery at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Director of OHSU’s Neurological Surgery Residency Program. Below, find an excerpt of Dr. Selden’s post, originally published on our Doernbecher “Healthy Families” blog. What’s the most rewarding part of … Read More

Join us for Nicholas Kristof’s “Pathways to Becoming a Global Citizen”

We are very pleased that New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof, is the speaker for the Fifth Annual Kathryn Robertson Memorial Lecture. The title of Mr. Kristof’s talk is Pathways to Becoming a Global Citizen. Mr. Kristof has received the Pulitzer Prize twice, once for his coverage of Tiananmen Square and again for his coverage of Darfur genocide. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be follow by a reception and book signing. Mr. Kristof and … Read More

March Round-up: Brain Awareness Season and Doernbecher’s “Brave Bots”

Each month, OHSU faculty, staff and students publish exciting new research, academic advice and health stories across the blogosphere. In case you missed them, here is a round-up of some of our top blog posts of the month: Med School Parenting Made Easy With This One Simple Trick! How hard could it be? OHSU School of Medicine student and mom to a toddler, Megan Thruston, shares her study habit secrets and parenting adventures – with a good … Read More

Bite into a healthy lifestyle

Happy National Nutrition Month! Every March we get an entire month to think about and celebrate the food we eat and the choices we make to get and stay healthy. This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” which encourages everyone to make healthy and informed food and physical activity choices every day in order to live the healthiest life possible. We all know by now the importance of following a healthy lifestyle, but … Read More

The magic bullet for heart health?

If you knew there was a “magic bullet” that would reduce your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) by 92% and lower your risk of other cardiovascular risk factors, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, by 66%, would you take it? A recent large, prospective study showed what appears to be the key to drastically reducing the risk for heart disease in women aged 27-44, potentially preventing more than 70% of CHD and … 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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