OHSU Facts

Oregon Health & Science University is where healing, teaching and discovery come together. We're committed to advancing science in the lab, to translating our findings into the latest treatments for patients, and to training world-class providers. 

As Oregon's only academic health center, OHSU:

  • Cares for patients.
  • Educates doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and other health care professionals.
  • Conducts extensive research, including clinical trials to test new ways to prevent, detect and treat illness.

OHSU is also Portland's largest employer and a statewide economic powerhouse. Our operations include three campuses, adult and children’s hospitals, and clinics across Oregon. We also have state-of-the-art research facilities, including the 320,000-square-foot Knight Cancer Research Building, which opened in 2018.

Learn more below and in the OHSU Fact Book.

Unless otherwise noted, numbers on this page are from:

  • Fiscal 2018, which ended June 30, 2018
  • The 2017-18 academic year (degrees)
  • The 2018-19 academic year (enrollment)

Employees: 16,478

Students: 4,706 in OHSU degree programs

Health care facilities: 

  • OHSU Hospital
  • OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital
  • Two partner hospitals, Tuality Healthcare and Adventist Health Portland
  • Clinics across Oregon

U.S. News & World Report rankings:

  • Best hospital in Oregon (2018-19)
  • Health care national rankings in six adult specialties and seven children's specialties (2018-19)
  • Education rankings in six programs and more than 10 specialties (2020)

Licensed beds: 576 (OHSU and Doernbecher)

Annual operating budget: $3 billion

Oregon economic impact (2014 study): $4.3 billion and 34,000 jobs

Fundraising: $144 million from 12,200 donors; Onward campaign, launched in 2015, now totals $1.7 billion

Value of OHSU's fiscal 2017 community contributions: $437 million


Hospital admissions and medical clinic patients: 299,850

  • Children: 70,930
  • Adults: 228,920

Dental clinics*: 19,397

  • Pediatrics: 3,759
  • Adults: 15,638

Patient visits:

Numbers reflect individuals who were seen and discharged. Patients who were admitted or transferred to an observation unit are counted in those categories.

Hospital visits: 30,630

  • Newborns: 1,350
  • Children: 6,858
  • Adults: 22,422

Medical clinic visits: 957,641

  • Children: 151,455
  • Adults: 806,186

Dental clinics*: 77,153

  • Pediatrics: 8,438
  • Adults: 68,715

Emergency room visits (OHSU and Doernbecher): 32,615

  • Children: 10,066
  • Adults: 22,549

Observation unit: 4,352

  • Children: 739
  • Adults: 3,613

Day patient/day surgery visits: 36,053

  • Children: 6,853
  • Adults: 29,200


Staffed beds: 556 (145 devoted to children)
Licensed beds: 576

Patient demographics:

  • 90 percent of health care patients from Oregon
  • Health care patients without insurance or covered by a public payer made up more than half of visits.

U.S. News & World Report health care rankings, 2018-19: 

  • Best hospital in Oregon
  • Adult specialties:
    • Cancer, No. 28
    • Cardiology and heart surgery: No. 41
    • Diabetes and endocrinology: No. 39
    • Ear, nose and throat: No. 25
    • Geriatrics: No. 34
    • Nephrology: No. 23
  • Children’s specialties:
    • Neonatology, No. 29
    • Pediatric cancer: No. 41
    • Pediatric diabetes and endocrinology: No. 35
    • Pediatric nephrology: No. 25
    • Pediatric neurology and neurosurgery: No. 36
    • Pediatric pulmonology and lung surgery: No. 41
    • Pediatric urology: No. 28

* Dental clinic numbers are from fiscal 2017.

Award dollars: $462 million

Invention disclosures: 151


  • OHSU ranked No. 52 on the Reuters Top 100: The World's Most Innovative Universities — 2018.
  • OHSU was named among the top 20 research institutions in the world by Nature in 2017.
  • The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute earned the National Cancer Institute’s highest designation for research, Comprehensive Cancer Center, in 2017.


OHSU researchers:

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


Students and trainees: 5,551

  • OHSU students: 2,672
  • Students in the OHSU-Portland State University School of Public Health: 1,491
  • Students in joint programs with Oregon State University: 379
  • Students in joint programs with the Oregon Institute of Technology: 164
  • Graduate medical education residents and fellows: 845

Faculty: 2,874

Degrees and certificates:

  • Degrees awarded: 1,523
  • Degree programs (associate degree through Ph.D.): 57
  • Certificate programs: 11

U.S. News & World Report national rankings, 2020 (announced in March 2019):

Rankings include the following. See the full list.

  • School of Medicine
    • No. 1 in family medicine
    • No. 6 in primary care
    • No. 10 in physician assistant education
    • No. 12 for obstetrics and gynecology
  • School of Nursing
    • No. 4 in nursing-midwifery

OSHU's commitment to care across Oregon communities is unmatched:

  • The net value of OHSU's contributions to the community in fiscal 2017 totaled $437 million.
  • The value of care provided to underserved patients in fiscal 2016 totaled $165 million.
  • OHSU has provided care for uninsured and otherwise underserved people for more than 130 years.
  • We provide more than 200 community health programs in rural and urban areas throughout Oregon.
  • We're working to increase the number of primary care providers to improve access to health care for everyone.

Employees: 16,478

Alumni (fiscal 2017): 39,873, including 21,206 living in Oregon

Capital spending: $417 million

Marquam Hill Campus, Portland:

  • 36 major buildings, including OHSU Hospital, Kohler Pavilion and Doernbecher Children's Hospital
  • Connected to the South Waterfront by the Portland Aerial Tram, which is owned by the city of Portland and operated by OHSU

South Waterfront Campus, Portland:

Three major buildings and two more opening in 2019:

  • The Center for Health & Healing, completed in 2006, was the nation's first large medical facility to earn LEED platinum certification for its environmentally sustainable design and operations.
  • The Robertson Life Sciences Building and Skourtes Tower opened in 2014 on land donated by the Schnitzer family. The complex houses the OHSU School of Dentistry and integrated spaces for students and faculty from OHSU, Portland State University and Oregon State University.
  • The Knight Cancer Research Building opened in 2018. It has 320,000 square feet of labs and collaborative spaces for hundreds of scientists.
  • The Center for Health & Healing Building 2 and the Rood Family Pavilion are opening in 2019.

West Campus, Hillsboro:

This campus houses:

  • OHSU's Oregon National Primate Research Center
  • The Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute

Total space occupied: OHSU owns and leases space beyond its campuses. Altogether, OHSU occupies more than 7.9 million square feet on about 400 acres.

Annual operating budget: $3 billion

  • This comes mainly from patient care, gifts, grants and contracts revenue. Appropriations from Oregon's General Fund of $37 million made up 1.2 percent of OHSU's budget and provided crucial support for educational programs.

OHSU fundraising (philanthropy from our donors):

  • $144 million from 12,200 donors
  • This brings total giving to the OHSU Foundation's Onward campaign, launched in 2015, to $1.7 billion.

Foundations: OHSU’s independent foundations — the OHSU Foundation and the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation — have raised hundreds of millions of dollars to support OHSU missions. They also oversee the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who take part in community fundraising and events to benefit OHSU.

OHSU economic impact: According to a study by ECONorthwest, issued in 2014 and based on 2012 data: 

  • OHSU's operations generated, directly and indirectly, more than $4.3 billion in total gross output in Oregon.
  • OHSU's total economic impact grew 77 percent over the previous five years.
  • OHSU supports 33,685 jobs, both at OHSU and in the community.
  • Without OHSU, economic output in Oregon would fall by $2.4 billion. Students would seek education elsewhere, research grants would go to other academic health centers, and patients with the most complex conditions would go out of state or forgo advanced care.

OHSU Knight Cancer Challenge economic impact: An ECONorthwest analysis in 2015 estimated that OHSU’s $1 billion Knight Cancer Challenge to fund cancer research would:

  • Support 3,400 jobs and $900 million in gross economic output during the construction phase.
  • Create nearly 400 jobs at OHSU and support 450 others outside OHSU.
  • Each year, generate nearly $6 million in income and property tax revenue, and $134 million in economic output.