OHSU Facts

Oregon Health & Science University is Oregon's only public academic health center and respected nationally as a prominent hub for life-changing research. It educates health professionals and scientists, and provides leading-edge patient care, community service and biomedical research.


Award dollars: $389.6 million
Award dollars from out of state: 91%
Invention disclosures: 151
NIH funding ranking: 28th
Amount of funding focused on clinical trials: $65 million

  • Competitive research awards have more than quadrupled since 1995, the year OHSU became a public corporation.
  • In 2016, OHSU disclosed 151 new innovations, filed 165 patent applications, completed 422 material transfer agreements, had 73 license and option agreements on OHSU technology and 178 non-disclosure agreements with private industry and other partners. In the same time period, OHSU fostered the formation of six new startup companies. OHSU has helped to create 59 companies since 1994.
  • OHSU ranks No. 35 on the Reuters 100: The World's most Innovative Universities 2016.

Researchers at OHSU have:

  • Pioneered personalized medicine to treat cancer.
  • Discovered and developed a vaccine candidate for HIV.
  • Created embryonic stem cells from skin cells for treating various diseases.
  • Discovered and developed the first West Nile vaccine to be tested in humans.
  • Created the first successful artificial heart valve.
  • Pioneered genetic therapies for treatment of the eye.
  • Revealed the human serotonin transporter's structure.

Health care

Patients: 290,194

  • Health care admissions and medical clinics patients: 270,171
    • Pediatrics: 6,822
    • Adults: 203,937
  • Dental clinics patients: 20,023
    • Pediatrics: 3,812
    • Adults: 16,211

Patient visits (includes hospitals and medical/dental clinics): 1,065,800

  • Hospital patient visits: 31,489
    • Pediatrics: 6,822
    • Adults: 22,947
    • Newborns: 1,693
  • Medical clinics: 883,615
    • Pediatrics: 171,996
    • Adults: 711,619
  • Dental clinics visits: 79,209
    • Pediatrics: 9,099
    • Adults: 70,110
  • OHSU/Doernbecher Emergency Room visits: 33,776
    • Pediatrics: 9,783
    • Adults: 22,993
      (Represents individuals who were seen and discharged. The total number of visits including those who became inpatients or were transferred to the Observation Unit and thus counted in other categories is 49,180.)
  • Observation Unit visits: 3,859
    • Pediatrics: 721
    • Adults: 3,135
  • Day Patient/Day Surgery visits: 33,852
    • Pediatrics: 6,231
    • Adults: 27,621

Staffed beds: 573 (145 for pediatrics)
Licensed beds: 576

Patient demographics

  • Health care patients from Oregon: 89 percent
  • Caring for the community: More than one-half of OHSU's health care patient visits were covered via a public payer or were for patients who are uninsured.


OHSU helps to educate 4,566 students and trainees
Students in degree programs at OHSU, including shared programs with others: 3,454
(Includes 770 students enrolled in joint OHSU programs with Portland State University, Oregon State University and Oregon Institute of Technology.)
Interns, residents and postdoctoral fellows: 1,141
Degrees Awarded: 1,257
Faculty: 2,743
Degree and certificate programs: 69

  • Certificate programs: 14
  • Degree programs: 55 (associates through Ph.D.)

National rankings

U.S. News and World Report ranks the School of Medicine No. 2 in family medicine, No. 4 for excellence in rural excellence in rural medicine education and No. 6 in primary care education.

The School of Nursing is ranked No. 8 in midwifery by U.S. News and World Report.

(U.S. News and World Report does not rank dental schools.)

Percentage of OHSU M.D. graduates who continue to practice in Oregon (source: AAMC): 45

Percentage of OHSU M.D. graduates choosing to practice primary care: 44

Community Service

OHSU's net community benefit: $378 million

  • OHSU's total community benefit contribution in 2016: $378 million
  • Care for the underserved: $164.8 million
  • More than one-half of OHSU's patients are either covered through a public payer or are uninsured.
  • OHSU has cared for uninsured and otherwise medical underserved people for more than 125 years.

OHSU has more than 200 community health care programs, reaching out to vulnerable groups in urban areas as well as underserved rural communities throughout the state. OHSU also works to increase the number of primary care practitioners to improve access to health care services and information for all.

These programs provide a breadth of services that no other entity in the state can math. A sampling of activities includes:

Facilities and Employees

Employees: 15,642
Capital expenditures: $216.7 million
Square feet of building space: 7.8 million


Number of alumni overall: 39,064 (living)
Alumni living in Oregon: 53 percent

OHSU campuses and connections

Marquam Hill Campus

OHSU has 36 major buildings and eight parking structures overlooking downtown Portland, including:

  • Patient care facilities, such as OHSU Hospital, the Peter O. Kohler Pavilion and Doernbecher Children's Hospital.
  • Some of the most advanced laboratories and scientific equipment available in the world to support the scientists at OHSU.

Portland Aerial Tram

  • The Tram is an efficient and green link between Marquam Hill and the patient care services and educational programs located at OHSU's South Waterfront.
  • Operated by OHSU and owned by the City of Portland, the Tram is one of Portland's most popular tourist attractions.

South Waterfront Campus

  • The OHSU Center for Health & Healing provides patient services in an urban neighborhood along the Willamette River. The center was the first large medical facility in the nation to be awarded LEED platinum certification for its environmentally sustainable design and operations.
  • There are currently three buildings under construction on the South Waterfront, including the Center for Health & Healing South, the Rood Family Pavilion, slated to open in 2019, and the Knight Cancer Institute research building, scheduled to be completed in 2018.
  • In 2004, the Schnitzer family donated a 19-acre parcel of riverside property for OHSU to build an education and research district on the north side of the South Waterfront Campus.
  • In July of 2014, the Collaborative Life Sciences Building and Skourtes Tower, housing the OHSU School of Dentistry, opened. If features classrooms and integrated spaces for students and faculty from OHSU, Portland State University, and Oregon State University.

West Campus

OHSU's Oregon National Primate Research Center and the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute are located on OHSU's West Campus in Hillsboro.

Total space occupied

  • OHSU owns and leases space beyond its campus. Altogether, OHSU occupies more than 7.8 million square feet of space on approximately 350 acres.

OHSU economics and funding

Employees: 15,652

OHSU is one of the state's largest employers, providing family-wage jobs, opportunities for career growth and excellent benefits to thousands of people. (Number reflects fiscal year ending June, 2016, with employee count fluctuating from month to month.)

Annual operating budged: $2.8 billion

OHSU's operating budget is generated mainly from patient care, gifts, grants and contracts. State General Fund appropriations, which made up only 1.3 percent of OHSU's budget in 2106, provide crucial support for educational programs. The annual state allocation for 2016 was $35.7 million.


Gift dollars: $635 million
Gifts: 22,223
Number of donors: 14,375
Total Onward campaign giving: $1.35 billion
(Campaign launched in Oct. 2015)

Private investment in OHSU has risen significantly during the last decade. OHSU's two independent nonprofit foundations, the OHSU Foundation and Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation, secure philanthropic support to advance OHSU's mission. In 2015-16 alone, the foundation raised $635 million, which included a $500 million fundraising campaign to support innovative cancer research. The foundations also oversee the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who participate in community-based fundraising programs and events supporting OHSU.

Economic impact: $4.3 billion and nearly 34,000 jobs
While size in and of itself may not merit distinction, economists conservatively estimate that OHSU is one of Oregon's most valuable economic stabilizers. In fact, few Oregon industries can match its economic impact.

According to a study by EcoNorthwest in 2014 using 2012 data:

  • OHSU's operations generated, directly and indirectly, more than $4.3 billion in total gross output in Oregon.
  • Despite a challenging economy, OHSU's totally economic impact grew 77 percent over the last five years.
  • OHSU supports 33,685 jobs, both at OHSU and in the community.
  • Without OHSU, economic output in Oregon would decrease by $2.4 billion. OHSU's absence would cause many students to seek their education elsewhere, research grants would go to academic health centers in other states, and patients with the most complex health care issues likely would forgo optimal care or go to medical centers out of state.

All data is from fiscal year 2016 with the exception of education statistics, which reflect the academic calendar year, and the philanthropy campaign total.