Who We Are

At Oregon Health & Science University, passionate and accomplished medical researchers, doctors and educators work together to provide innovative, world-class care.
As Oregon’s only academic health center, OHSU provides an extensive range of services, from everyday healthcare needs to complex, highly specialized therapies.
Our research breakthroughs spark new treatments. Our knowledge translates into cures and disease prevention. Our education programs teach tomorrow’s healthcare leaders. Our outreach programs improve community health.
Resources. Wisdom. Progress. Learning. It’s all for one person: You. 
The knowledge of all for the care of one.

Healthcare Stats 2011-12 fiscal year

OHSU includes two hospitals (OHSU Hospital and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital) and numerous medical practices that are located on Marquam Hill, at the Center for Health & Healing, and in several neighborhoods in the Portland metro area.

Total patient visits: 876,553

To the hospital: 31,513
Pediatrics, including newborns: 8,608
Adults: 22,905

To the medical clinics: 691,139
Pediatrics: 139,460
Adults: 551,679

To the dental clinics: 90,105
Pediatrics: 12,667
Adults: 77,438

To the OHSU/Doernbecher Emergency Room: 32,486
Pediatrics: 8,036
Adults: 24,450

To the Observation Unit*: 4,465
Pediatrics and newborns: 851
Adults: 3,614

To Day Patient/Day Surgery: 26,845
Pediatrics: 5,183
Adults: 21,662

Total patients: 251,033

To the hospitals and medical clinics: 230,996
Pediatrics: 56,590
Adults: 174,406

To the dental clinics: 20,037
Pediatrics: 4,397
Adults: 15,640

Bed count

Licensed beds: 572
Staffed beds: 544

Patient demographics

Patients from Oregon: 88 percent
Hospitalized patients coming from outside Portland tri-county area: 48 percent
More than a third of hospitalized patients are underinsured or uninsured.

*At OHSU’s Observation Unit patients are monitored, sometimes overnight, when it is uncertain whether they require hospitalization.

  • OHSU is a regional resource for patients from Oregon, southwest Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and northern California.
  • More than 34 percent of OHSU patients come from outside the Portland tri-county metropolitan area.
  • Patients come to OHSU from every county in the state.
  • OHSU is one of two designated Level 1 Trauma Centers in the state and played a pivotal role in the inception of the Oregon Trauma System.
  • The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is the only cancer center between Sacramento and Seattle designated by the National Cancer Institute.
  • OHSU is the only place in Oregon where adults and children can receive bone-marrow transplants.
  • The OHSU Center for Women's Health is one of 20 national Centers of Excellence for women's health.
  • The Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (a partnership between OHSU and Kaiser Permanente) is the home for OHSU’s clinical and translational research, bringing together medical researchers from every arena to share expertise, technologies and ideas. OHSU is conducting more than 700 clinical trials to bring new treatments and cures to patients sooner.
  • OHSU’s Casey Eye Institute is home to the nation’s first research-oriented children’s eye clinic, the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic, established in 1949.
  • The discovery of the anti-cancer medication Gleevec by OHSU Knight Cancer Institute director Brian Druker, M.D., has saved more than 1,000,000 lives.