Mackenzie Professor and Surgery Chairman Kenneth Azarow, M.D., FACS, FAAP

Message from the Chair

Kenneth A. Azarow, M.D., FACS, FAAP
Mackenzie Professor and Chair

Welcome to the OHSU Department of Surgery! We are proud of our rich history, robust educational programs and board-certified faculty who lead the field in advanced operative care. Please read on for a closer look at what makes our department so unique.

OHSU Medical School – dating back nearly 135 years

The University of Oregon was established in 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.

Surgery Innovation at OHSU

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 commenced in the Department of Surgery. Keep reading

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Registration now open for the 15th Annual Golf Tournament

15th Annual Department of Surgery Golf Tournament
Join us on October 1 in support of surgical education

Join us for Grand Rounds

All OHSU employees are welcome to join our weekly Grand Rounds conference virtually every Monday from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. 

Catch up on past Grand Rounds presentations in the archives

2020-2021 schedule of speakers

15th Annual Krippaehne Lecture

September 20, 2021

Thank you to Dr. John Mellinger, Southern Illinois University surgery chair, for delivering our 15th annual William W. Krippaehne lecture. 

Character Matters: A Reflection on Personal Formation for the Surgeon

MacKenzie Hall
Spring 2021 On the Cutting Edge Cover Page

Contact us

3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Mail Code: L223
Portland, OR 97239

Campus Location: Mackenzie Hall 3168

Email us

Phone: 503 494-7758
Fax: 503 494-5615

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

The Donald D. Trunkey Center for Civilian and Combat Casualty Care

Join the Trunkey Center this month for key research presentations on traumatic brain injury

  • When: Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 4-5 p.m. PST.
  • Where: Online via WebEx. A calendar invitation with WebEx info will be sent after registration
  • Registration required: REGISTER HERE to attend
  • Learn more: Contact Sarah Biber, Ph.D.
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