Nathan R. Selden M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.

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Faculty profile
  • Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Professor of Neurological Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (135 Ratings, 34 Comments)


  • Neurological Surgery
  • Pediatrics

Special focus on

  • Neurological Surgery (Pediatric)


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


Dr. Selden is the Campagna Professor and Chair of the OHSU Department of Neurological Surgery. After 15 years at Doernbecher-OHSU as Head of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, he was appointed department chair in 2016.

Dr. Selden 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, hydrocephalus, spina bifida, Chiari malformation, synostosis (birth defects of the skull), brain and spinal trauma, cerebral palsy with spasticity, 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.

As a leader in neurosurgery, Dr. Selden is involved in the education of neurosurgeons here in Oregon and around the world. He has published over 140 articles in medical journals devoted to advanced techniques and new methods of caring for children with disorders of the nervous system and neurosurgical education.

Visit the Department of Neurological Surgery's website for information about academics, conferences.

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  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish (some)

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

Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (135 Ratings, 34 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Sep 26, 2019

    Dr. Seldon was very professional and friendly.

  • Aug 31, 2019

    It was truly an excellent experience. Thank you.

  • Aug 29, 2019

    It was great! We felt very comfortable. We felt heard. Dr. Seldon was just wondering explaining everything to us and options and risks.

  • Aug 21, 2019

    Dr. Seldon was wonderful and gave my family the confidence we needed to be able to trust a doctor and move forward with treatment. I also really appreciated his thorough attention to my son and his needs as he made his decisions. Really grateful

  • Aug 19, 2019

    Dr. Selden save my daughter's life. He was confident and knowledgeable. And I knew that whatever answers he provided. I could be certain of that.

  • Aug 17, 2019

    Our experience with Dr. Selden was amazing. We felt very put a ease, by our consultation with him. We had all our questions answered thoroughly, in ways we understand, and we felt confident in his ability to take care of our child, and in his level of attention, and care for our child. He gave us hope in a situation where we were only knowing fear. So we love him. Thank you.

  • Aug 15, 2019

    Hi, this is (INAUDIBLE) grandmother, she, the doctor was very good. I really liked him, gave us the answers we needed and with a smile and we were on our way.

  • Aug 08, 2019

    Very knowledgeable and put our minds at ease when possible regarding our son's surgery

  • Aug 08, 2019

    I just felt that the appointment was rushed like he, he was wanting to leave the room before we could ask all our questions like he really never asked us if we had any questions which we did. But then, just because we felt rushed that he was pretty much standing by the door ready to leave. We didn't get to ask him.

  • Aug 03, 2019

    Everyone was really nice to my daughter

  • Jul 13, 2019

    Dr. Selden listened to me and my mom. He was very respectful of my concerns, answered all of our questions. He was so personable and just did a really good job handling a 15 year old girl's emotions and my mom and I were very impressed that he told us to go home and write down any other questions we think of and we can discuss them all at our next visit. He took a scary situation and made it less scary.

  • Jun 22, 2019

    I appreciated how promptly they responded and understood we were on a tight timeline due to an upcoming move. The office staff was particularly helpful and communicative.

  • Jun 13, 2019

    Very friendly, on time, great experience

  • May 31, 2019

    Good quick and to the point

  • May 31, 2019

    Awesome doctor!!!

  • Apr 13, 2019

    We met Dr. Selden in 2009. When our 13 year old was diagnosed with (INAUDIBLE) and Dr. Selden has been very supportive and is always been more than we've even asked. He's a great doctor.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    I feel he's very skilled in his craft. Trust his expertise. Could do the scheduling a little better. We always wait an hour or so for him; don't like that part and I realize it's a teaching Hospital and situation, but when the resident comes in and talks to a child, it's a little odd when they use only medical terms when they're talking to the child and don't speak in lay terms; kind of weird. Other than that though, it's good experience and just Dr. Selden wholeheartedly.

  • Feb 08, 2019

    Our experience with Dr. Selden as a physician was good. However we waited two hours to see the doctor to only meet with him for a 5 minute appointment that could have been appropriate (from my perspective) via phone, email, or virtual visit.

  • Feb 08, 2019

    All the doctors and practitioners we met with have been competent and kind.

  • Jan 27, 2019

    Hi, Dr. Selden is just very knowledgeable. And he was really personable. Also this time when we visited actually sharing something about own personal things too, which just made it a good visit and interacted really well with my daughter who's a teenager. So we just appreciated that and also appreciate his expertise and professionalism.

  • Jan 06, 2019

    Dr. Selden just truly cares about his patients and is absolutely amazing.

  • Dec 31, 2018

    Unfortunately, had a long wait time, but was not the office's fault, as a surprise health commission inspection occurred that day. However, it was disappointing that no one checked on us or informed us during the hour-long wait. Front office staff was somewhat unresponsive, but medical staff was friendly and helpful.

  • Nov 15, 2018

    I'm very ... And I really appreciate that he took the effort in time that was really needed during the appointment.

  • Nov 15, 2018

    Dr. Selden with so warm and kind with us and our daughter and we're so grateful for his expert level of care.

  • Nov 02, 2018

    Dr. Selden was great - even with the fact that he was delivering scary news about our daughter?s treatment plan. He took time to explain the options, rationale and next steps.

  • Oct 19, 2018

    Very informative, frank and knowledgeable

  • Oct 04, 2018

    My experience was good my daughter surgery was great doctor are good in there job thank you all

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  • Aug 31, 2018

    friendly, efficient, knowledgable, leader, trustworthy

  • Aug 09, 2018

    It was very good, my visit, the doctor cared for my son very well. Okay.

  • Jul 30, 2018

    Dr Selden went out of his way to make sure I understood and was comfortable with the care plan. He took the time to review the MRI result with me (and showed me the image during the visit). At the conclusion of our visit, I felt as though all of my questions were answered.

  • Jul 28, 2018

    We had to wait for so long and only neede a two minute conversation. Our appt was scheduled for 11:35 and we checked in at 11:00. We were brought back to the room by 11:50 and did see Dr. Seldon until 12:35 after I went out and asked to just be called for the follow up because we were very late for checking into our next procedure at Doernbecher. It was a very stressful experience and even though I told every person I interacted with that we had another appt to get to, it wasn?t until we had waited an hour passed our scheduled appt time that we were seen.

  • Jul 28, 2018

    Gave me the answers I needed and was great with my 5 month old son.

  • Jul 21, 2018

    Hi. This is?provider was good and friendly. However, it wasn't?there wasn't really needed to see the doctor, so, (INAUDIBLE).