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Celebrating survivorship at OHSU

In honor of National Cancer Survivors Day (June 4), we’re kicking off a new series highlighting OHSU employees who have personally experienced cancer – and how this unique and deeply personal perspective influences their work here. Thank you Matt, Kara, Christi and everyone who has already shared. Matt McCallum Matt was in the best shape of his life and training for a half marathon when it started: the exhaustion, headaches and body pains. Soon after he was diagnosed with … Read More

Advice for Billy

Last week, Jimmy Kimmel gave an emotional update to the world that his newborn son, Billy, was born with a congenital heart defect that required surgery to correct. As Mr. Kimmel started his monologue, he assured his audience that this story “has a happy ending.” I’d like to assure the Kimmel family that as with this first chapter’s happy ending, many more wonderful and fulfilling chapters in Billy’s life are possible. I know because I also … 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

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

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

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

Food as medicine

By now, we’ve all heard the recommendations for a heart-healthy diet – reduce your saturated fat intake, avoid trans fats, cut back on salt. But did you know there are specific foods you can eat that can help lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol even further? Researchers have created a “portfolio” of cholesterol-lowering foods, that, when eaten together along with a heart-healthy diet, are even more effective at reducing LDL cholesterol than a low-saturated fat diet … Read More

Race for the Cure: a mother’s legacy

For Race for the Cure Team Captain Jill Mason, participating in the Susan G. Komen breast cancer fundraiser and outreach event in Portland each year is a family event inspired by a woman who is dearly loved and remembered. After their mother, Cricket, died of breast cancer in the Spring of 1993, Mason and her sister rallied family members together to participate in the walk the following year. “Cricket’s Crew hasn’t missed a year since … Read More

Healthy summer barbecues and potlucks

Is your summer filling up with social engagements that threaten to derail your healthy diet efforts? Backyard barbecues and potlucks are wonderful, but the typical fare – creamy mayonnaise-based salads, high-fat meats like ribs, and baked goods – isn’t exactly optimal for good health and weight management. Here are my go-to tips for staying on track all summer long. Plan ahead If you bring a dish that is healthy and delicious, you know there will be … 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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