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 (105 Ratings, 15 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 (105 Ratings, 15 Comments)

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Patient Comments

  • 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

  • Sep 20, 2018


  • 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.

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