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Nathan R. Selden, M.D., Ph.D.

Campagna Chair of Neurological Surgery
Director Residency Program, Neurological Surgery
Vice-chairman Education, Neurological Surgery
Admin Unit: SOM-Neurological Surgery Department
Phone: 503 494-4314
Fax: 503 494-7161
Office: Center for Health & Healing
Mail Code: CH8N
Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests:
pain, pain modulation, analgesia, hyperalgesia, neuromodulation, stem cells » PubMed Listing
Preceptor Rotations
Dr. Selden has not indicated availability for preceptor rotations at this time.
Faculty Mentorship
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Nathan Selden was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Oregon, where his father was Vice Chairman of Cardiology at Oregon Health & Science University.  He graduated from Exeter and with Distinction from Stanford. As a Marshall Scholar, he then spent three years at Cambridge University, completing a Ph.D. in neuroscience and rowing for Jesus College.  At Harvard Medical School, he was awarded the John E. Thayer Scholarship and graduated cum laude, in neuroanatomy.

Dr. Selden trained at the University of Michigan and in pediatric neurosurgery at Northwestern University. His post-doctoral work on human basal ganglia anatomy was recognized in 1998 by the American Academy of Neurological Surgery Award.

Dr. Selden is the Campagna Chair of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), as well as residency Program Director and Vice-Chairman for Education of the Department of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Selden’s clinical focus is functional neurosurgery for children, including epilepsy and spasticity. In November 2006, he performed the first implantation of neuronal stem cells in a human patient, as co-Principal Investigator of a trial treating Batten’s Disease. He is also interested in clinical evidence regarding spinal dysraphism and has twice been an author of the Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Guidelines. His work on pain modulatory centers in the amygdala and brainstem has been funded by the NIH, the Oregon Child Health Research Center, and the Cameron Foundation.

Dr. Selden has a significant interest in lifelong neurosurgical education and educational science. He is Chair of the group that in 2012 developed new educational outcomes measures for all 101 ACGME Neurosurgery training programs in the U.S., the neurosurgery Milestones. He is also the founding national Course Director of the Society of Neurological Surgeons PGY1 Resident Boot Camp Courses, which are attended by all U.S. ACGME accredited neurosurgery program residents and are designed to improve safety and quality in training programs. In part for these efforts, Dr. Selden received the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award from the ACGME in 2013.

Dr. Selden is the President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the largest neurosurgical membership organization in the world and has served on the CNS board of directors for the last 9 years.

Dr. Selden is married to his medical school classmate, Dr. Karen Selden, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. His interests include teaching their three children to ski and hike in the Oregon Cascades, mystery novels, and Italian language and culture.