Welcome to the OHSU Department of Surgery. We strive for excellence in education, research, scholarship, clinical practice and community service. Through our dynamic, interdisciplinary environment, we stimulate the spirit of inquiry, initiative, and cooperation among diverse students, faculty and administration.
The Donald D. Trunkey Center for Civilian and Combat Casualty Care
We are excited to announce the establishment of our new collaborative trauma research center. It represents an unprecedented commitment to optimizing trauma care through collaborative research efforts in the Portland area. Learn more.
Donate to the Donald D. Trunkey Center for Civilian and Combat Casualty Care
Support our work
You can donate to support our work by mailing a check or visiting our secure website. You may also designate your gift in memory or honor of someone.
Mail a check:
OHSU Foundation, Department of Surgery
1121 S.W. Salmon St., Suite 100
Portland, OR 97205
Message from the Chair
Kenneth A. Azarow, M.D., FACS, FAAP
Mackenzie Professor and Chair
The University of Oregon has been around since 1887 and is one of the oldest medical schools west of the Mississippi. We were part of the Oregon University system until 1995, when OHSU was born as a nonprofit public corporation. The new structure created an opportunity for OHSU to nimbly navigate a very competitive healthcare and research environment without wavering from our mission to serve the educational and clinical needs of Oregon. As a result, OHSU has been on a steady growth curve in research, education, and clinical care over the past two decades, a trend much admired in our community and across the country. The leadership of our physicians and scientists can be captured in three words: imagination, excellence, and focus. As a result of this chemistry, many revolutionary advances in medicine and surgery have started at OHSU, including the first mechanical heart valve, the first percutaneous angioplasty and coronary arteriography with specialized catheters, the first balloon embolectomy catheter, the first kidney transplant in an adolescent, the first use of imatinib for myelocytic leukemia and gastrointestinal stromal tumors, and the first totally endoscopic esophagogastric fundoplication. Many of these innovations started in the Department of Surgery.
The Department of Surgery consists of nine integrated yet independent divisions. In some institutions, departments of surgery are merely “holding companies” for the independent surgical subspecialties. However, our Department of Surgery is held together by a culture of community and a great deal of interdisciplinary collaboration. For example, our liver cancer program spans the divisions of gastrointestinal, oncologic and transplant surgery. The esophageal cancer program brings thoracic surgeons and GI surgeons side-by-side, and our emergency general surgery service is a combined effort of general surgery and trauma surgery and critical care. A “first in the nation” collaboration between otolaryngology and endocrinology brings the skills of both disciplines to the care of the patient with thyroid and parathyroid disease. One might ask how the naturally competitive spirit of surgeons is put aside for the betterment of the patient and institution. This is where leadership comes into play. OHSU is interested in “The knowledge of all for the care of one.” Indeed, we have found that the collective intelligence of individuals from different backgrounds is not only refreshing but brings innovative care solutions to the bedside. Keep Reading