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Nathan R. Selden, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, FAAP

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  • Mario and Edith Campagna Chair of Pediatric Neurological Surgery
  • Professor of Neurological Surgery, School of Medicine


  • Neurological Surgery
  • Pediatrics

Special focus

  • Neurological Surgery (Pediatric)

Locations and contact

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About me

Dr. Nathan Selden is a pediatric neurosurgeon who cares for premies, infants, children, and adolescents with surgical diseases of the brain and spine. He has advanced training in pediatric neurosurgery and extensive experience in caring for children with brain tumors, epilepsy, synostosis (birth defects of the skull), spina bifida, Chiari malformation, brain and spinal trauma, cerebral palsy with spasticity, hydrocephalus, and vascular malformations.

Dr. Selden grew up in Portland, although he was educated and trained around the world, as far away as Cambridge University in England and Harvard Medical School, before returning home to practice at Doernbecher and raise his family. His lifetime ties to Oregon inform the way he cares for children and their families, seeing each family as a valued part of his own community and each child as one from his own “neighborhood.”

Dr. Selden is chair of the OHSU Department of Neurological Surgery and holds the Campagna Chair of Pediatric Neurosurgery in OHSU’s School of Medicine. As a leader in neurosurgery, he is involved in the education of neurosurgeons here in Oregon and around the world. He has published over 200 articles in medical journals devoted to advanced techniques and new methods of caring for children with disorders of the nervous system, and neurosurgical education. Dr. Selden has been President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, one of the largest neurosurgical professional organizations in the world. He is currently an officer of the Society of Neurological Surgeons, the senior society made up of America’s most distinguished neurosurgeons.

Outside of work, Dr. Selden enjoys exploring the natural beauty of Oregon’s rivers and mountains with his spouse and three children; Italian language, culture, and food; and learning about the history of medicine in the ancient world.

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish (some)

Education and training

    • A.B., 1986, Stanford University
    • Ph.D., 1990, Cambridge University
    • M.D., 1993, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency

    • Neurosurgery, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, 1999
  • Fellowship

    • Pediatric neurological surgery, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, 2000
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, 2011
    • American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2004

Memberships and associations:

  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Past-President
  • Society of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Academy of Neurological Surgery
  • American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons
  • Cambridge Philosophical Society
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
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Ratings and reviews

Overall: 4.8 out of 5 (41 Ratings, 7 Reviews)

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