Living and Working in Portland

Where we work

OHSU Hospital

  • 560 beds, Level 1 trauma center
  • The Department of Orthopaedics has 25 faculty members including 21 orthopaedic surgeons and two physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists.
  • Orthopaedic surgeons on the faculty cover all specialty areas. There are three foot and ankle surgeons, three hand and upper extremity surgeons, three spine surgeons, two trauma specialists, three sports medicine specialists, three joint replacement specialists, three orthopaedic oncologists and two pediatric orthopaedic surgeons.
  • The department has more than $2 million in current research grant funding and more than 40 current research projects.
  • The department has its own biomechanics and basic science labs.

Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

  • 151 beds
  • Two pediatric orthopaedists

Portland VA Medical Center

  • 245 beds
  • Six part-time faculty

Legacy Emanuel Hospital

  • 554 beds, Level 1 trauma center
  • Legacy Emanuel has six orthopaedics faculty including two hand and microvascular surgeons, two specialists in foot and ankle and deformity correction, one trauma surgeon and one spine surgeon. 
  • This facility also has its own biomechanics lab.

Shriner’s Hospital for Children

  • 40 beds
  • Shriner’s Hospital has eight faculty. Full-time faculty members include two spine surgeons, two lower extremity surgeons and one general pediatric orthopaedist. Part-time faculty includes two hand and upper extremity surgeons and one general pediatric orthopaedist.
  • This facility has a gait analysis lab and an on-site prosthetics and orthotics lab.

Please note: All of the hospitals listed above, with the exception of Legacy Emanuel Hospital, are located on the OHSU campus and are connected by sky bridges.  Legacy Emanuel Hospital is a seven to 10-minute drive or a 30-minute bike ride from the OHSU campus. 

Where we play


The Columbia River Gorge has multiple hikes and waterfalls within a 30-45 minute drive of downtown Portland. Portland's Forest Park is one of the largest urban forests in the United States with more than 80 miles of trails, fire lanes and forest roads,


The Oregon coast is an hour and a half west of Portland by car and the Columbia River Gorge is 30-45 minutes north east of Portland.


Portland is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the country. There are several bike routes outlined in the city with bicycle lanes painted on the roads.  Many employees commute to the hospital by bicycle. OHSU gives you a discount on your parking if you ride your bicycle to work a certain number of times.


Portland has a very active music scene with performances in a wide range of venues, from coffee shops to large stadiums and concert halls.

Sporting events

Portland is home to the Portland Trailblazers (NBA), Portland Timbers (Major League Soccer), and Portland Beavers (Minor League Baseball).


Mt. Hood is an hour and a half east of Portland by car. Its peak is approximately 11,250 feet high, and the season extends from November to April every year. 

Travel to other cities

To the north, Seattle is three hours away by car, four hours by Amtrak train and four hours by Greyhound bus. Vancouver, British Columbia, is five to six hours north by car. Bend, Oregon, is approximately three hours’ drive to the east. Ashland, Oregon, hosts a Shakespeare festival every summer and is a five-hour drive to the south. 

Other good things about Portland

  • Top ten most fit city in the country (Men’s Health magazine)
  • Best eating destination (Food Network)
  • Best cityscape (CNN)
  • One of the top cities in the U.S. for biking to work
  • One of the top cities in the U.S. for sustainable living
  • One of the top cities in the U.S. for microbrews