Marilyn West Butler, M.D.

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Surgery, Pediatrics
Special Interest:
Surgery, General (Pediatric)
Accepting Patients:
English, Spanish (some)

"As pediatric surgeons, our scope of practice is broad and includes not only treatment of congenital anomalies of newborn babies, but also cancers, traumatic injuries, appendicitis, hernias, infections, and problems related to the lungs and intestines. Our focus, however, is always on treating our patients and their parents with respect and kindness, addressing their fears and helping them feel comfortable entrusting their care to us."


Dr. Butler joined the OHSU pediatric surgery practice in 2012, after 15 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she worked at Oakland Children’s Hospital and Stanford University. She shares an interest and expertise with her partners in Minimal Access Surgery, whereby many operations can be performed using incisions as small as a pencil or a piece of spaghetti, allowing children to return to school within only a few days of surgery. Dr. Butler also has an interest in surgery of the neck, including problems with the thyroid and parathyroid glands.

In addition, Dr. Butler is committed to improving the surgical care for children in low- and middle-income countries, having performed volunteer work in Vietnam and China. She founded and serves as Editor of the Global Paediatric Surgery Network. Currently she is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree as a part-time student at Johns Hopkins University.

She relaxes by cooking, hiking, travelling, woodworking, and learning to play the bass guitar.


  • Degrees:
    M.D., Columbia University, New York, NY, 1987
    M.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1981
    M. Phil., University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1982
  • Residency:

    Pediatric Surgery, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX, 1996

    Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY, 1994

  • Fellowship:

    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Center for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, 1992

  • Certification:

    American Board of Surgery: General Surgery, 1995

    American Board of Surgery: Pediatric Surgery, 1998


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