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

4.6 out of 5 (167 Ratings, 17 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.

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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

4.6 out of 5 (167 Ratings, 17 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey

  • Friendliness/courtesy 4.6
  • Explanations about your problem/condition 4.5
  • Concern shown for your questions/worries 4.5
  • Effort made to include you in treatment decisions 4.5
  • Used words you could understand 4.7
  • Amount of time spent with you 4.4
  • Your confidence in care provider 4.7
  • Likelihood of recommending to others 4.5
  • Likelihood of recommending to others 4.4

Patient Comments

  • Jan 17, 2018

    Dr. Selden is amazing! I wouldn't want to deal with anyone else regarding my son's spinal cord

  • Jan 03, 2018

    He didn't seem like he was used to working in a pediatric setting, but his medical skills would be more important to me than interpersonal skills. The resident we saw was excellent with my daughter though.

  • Dec 06, 2017

    our family feels very lucky to have such a kind and knowledgeable doctor caring for our child.

  • Mar 08, 2017

    His reputation as an amazing surgeon helps me overlook his lack of bedside manner.

  • Feb 22, 2017

    Dr. Selden is awesome, it's everything else that makes the experience a headache.

  • Jan 11, 2017

    There exists no reason in the medical realm to use the words "life threatening risks" to surgery in the room with a child. Nor to tell a child about a patient with a similar condition would required use of a wheelchair and a permanent breathing tube. Needless to say, my child was a mess after a visit that was intense enough to begin with it. While I do believe Dr. Selden is 100% competent and knowledgeable in his surgical area, and he did tell us his qualifications numerous times, I think his bedside manner could use a little finesse.

  • Jan 04, 2017

    we were initially visited by a resident for follow up for a possible tethered cord but were told via phone that she actually has a chiari Malformation. the resident hadn't looked at the scan of her brain stem but shared with us that she didn't have a tethered cord but did have a cyst in her lower spine. When Dr. Selden came in, he did a very not thorough exam, and then breezed over all of the information and didn't seem to have much time for us. he didn't acknowledge the tethered cord at all. when we asked him about the cyst his resident pointed out, his response was "my resident said that? He's very new and doesn't know what he's talking about. He's very theoretical" he agreed to bring our daughter's scans back on the screen and then discovered there was indeed a cyst. his next remarks floored me "oh those are a dime a dozen"... he looked at the scan for maybe 30 seconds. Maybe. I understand that he is a recognized professional in his field and that he may have had other more pressing patients but for those few minutes I wanted him to remember that my daughter is OUR CHILD. It maybe routine or a dime a dozen for him, but for us this is all new and scary. His resident was fantastic. Dr. Selden shouldn't write off his students or throw them under the bus that way. Especially in front of his patients. Thanks to that resident we have more information we have had in over a year and can move forward (with a different provider, more informed.

  • Dec 28, 2016

    he didn't give details about the cyst size or how it compares to the last mri. he didn't show us the recent mri either. he was clearly in a hurry to catch up and get on time. not happy at all with the care he provided. .

  • Dec 07, 2016

    Again, outstanding.

  • Nov 16, 2016

    Dr. Seldon was great but the new plastic surgeon was critical of Dr. [Name]'s work (the visible scar) in the room in front of us. It was kind of off-putting.

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