Refer a patient

For help with a referral, call our Physician Advice and Referral Service at 503-494-4567 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Find a patient referral checklist

Enter a diagnosis in our search tool to find a patient referral checklist. Checklists outline everything you need to complete a referral to OHSU or OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, including:

  • Test and lab results we need
  • Consulting physicians

Enter a diagnosis or treatment to find the checklist you need:

Can’t find a match? We’re continuing to add new checklists. For now, please start your referral by faxing the following to 503-346-6854:

  • Any records that support your referral diagnosis
  • A referral form/notes

Refer a patient

Physician Advice and Referral Service

If you are a licensed, direct-care provider in Oregon , you can call the Physician Advice and Referral line, which OHSU provides for free as a service to the state. OHSU providers can offer:

  • General care condition advice for patients who do not need transfer to OHSU.
  • A few options for treatment considerations.
  • Recommendations for whether a patient would be best served with an OHSU visit (in-person, virtual, telephone).
  • Note: Advice calls do not offer chart review, radiology imaging review or discussions about possible inter-hospital transfers.

Call us at 503-494-4567. Hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily for most specialties.

­When providing advice to you, OHSU physicians are not diagnosing a patient's condition, nor are they providing treatment to a patient. Thus, they are not establishing a physician-patient relationship. All treatment and diagnostic decisions remain with you, the treating provider, when an OHSU physician is providing advice to you.

If you have a patient who may need transfer to OHSU:

Call our Patient Transfer Center at 503-494-7000 or 800-648-6478, 24 hours a day.

If you are calling about a mutual patient:

  • During regular business hours: Please call the clinic directly.
  • After hours: Please call 503-494-8311 to speak with an OHSU operator who can connect you with the appropriate team.

A mutual patient is currently receiving care at OHSU related to their current problem.

The Physician Advice and Referral Service can also help you:

  • Get information about your patient who has been admitted to OHSU.
  • Verify your patient’s appointment.
  • Answer questions about OHSU Connect, our secure web portal for referring providers.

Learn more:

OHSU transfer center

For medical and surgical admissions or transfers, call:

Learn more about patient transfers.

PANDA transport

For immediate ground or air transport of a pediatric or neonatal patient, contact the PANDA Team at:

Learn more about PANDA (Pediatric and Neonatal Doernbecher Transport).

OHSU Connect gives you constant, secure access to your patients’ shared medical records. Reach the OHSU Connect help desk 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Learn more.

Our Provider Relations Team can help you: 

  • Enroll in OHSU Connect, our secure access to your patients’ shared electronic medical records
  • Resolve problems
  • Learn about clinical trials
  • Access continuing medical education

Do you have questions about an OHSU practitioner’s credentials? We maintain a page with verification tools, including a link to a list of the OHSU staff members who are in good standing.

Acting in the patient's best interest is our top concern.

Billing: Most patients who are referred to OHSU Hospital, OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital and other OHSU services are expected to pay directly or through health insurance. Patients are also responsible for paying professional fees in accordance with arrangements made with their attending physicians. Patients may receive two sets of bills:

  • One for hospital/clinic services
  • One or more for professional services from physicians, radiologists, anesthesiologists and other providers.

Financial assistance: When they register, patients may request an ability-to-pay assessment and financial screening. Patients with limited financial means who normally do not pay professional fees may be granted allowances. They may also be qualified for financial aid from community agencies or health care projects: