OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

About Us

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is known worldwide for its contributions to the fight against cancer. It is the only center in Oregon designated by the National Cancer Institute - an honor reserved for the top cancer centers in the U.S. We have more than 500 research scientists, healthcare professionals and staff working every day to heal patients and discover new ways to treat cancer.

Our Vision

We’ve made a promise to the people of Oregon to make the state’s death rate from cancer the lowest in the U.S. Our commitment to fulfilling this goal powers all we do - pushing us to learn more about what causes cancer and how it can be stopped. With over 200 clinical trials in progress, we are searching for new cures, standards of care, treatments and therapies for cancer.

Our History

The Oregon Cancer Institute was founded in 1992 by Dr. Grover Bagby. In 1997, OHSU became the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Clinical Cancer Center between Seattle and Sacramento. Dr. Brian Druker, developer of the groundbreaking cancer drug Gleevec, became director in 2007. Dr. Druker is JELD-WEN Chair of Leukemia Research, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and winner of the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for contributions to cancer care and treatment.

In 2008, we were renamed the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute in acknowledgement of Phil and Penny Knight, who gave a transformational gift of $100M for cancer care and research.

Oregon's Only Academic Health Center

The spark that cures cancer will come from a crucial combination of intelligence, research and discovery. As the only academic health center in Oregon, OHSU has always been a place where knowledge and excellence come together. Coupled with being the only place in the state designated by the National Cancer Institute, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is one of the nation’s top cancer centers, attracting a powerful concentration of the top minds in cancer research and medicine.

As a national leader in translational research, OHSU is well-known for its ability to turn discoveries into treatments. Our scientists are making unprecedented advances in cancer research with more than 1,000 research projects under way. Among healthcare providers in the region, we are responsible for the largest number of Phase 1 clinical cancer trials, and have more than 200 trials currently in progress. As mysteries are solved, our scientists work to transform these discoveries to new cures, standards of care, treatments and therapies for patients in Oregon and beyond.

Our Future

Amazing things happen every day at OHSU.  But without volunteers and generous gifts from the community, these simply wouldn't be possible.

You too can make a difference by supporting the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute with your financial support.  Help us improve the health and well-being for all Oregonians - and all of our patients by making a gift today.

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