Trauma Center Annual Report

Transforming trauma care

Oregon Health & Science University is a Level 1 trauma center in Portland, Oregon, providing tertiary trauma care for the Pacific Northwest. Designated in 1988 by the Oregon trauma systems section of the Department of Human Services, OHSU has a long history of commitment to the care of injured patients, the training residents, and to research. In 2012, OHSU received a three year verification by the American College of Surgeons.

OHSU is able to meet its obligations as a Level 1 trauma center through the skill and expertise of our surgeons, residents nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and ancillary staff. The multidisciplinary teamwork found within OHSU is the overarching factor that leads to successful treatment of seriously injured patients. The resources invested in our program by hospital administration, the expertise and time contributed by our medical school faculty, and the dedication of our health care specialists all result in a broadly based commitment to transforming trauma care.

2019 Annual trauma report


  • Patient Care: The Trauma Service at OHSU treated 3,025 patients in 2019.
  • Injury:  Falls were the most common injury cause for all patients.
  • Age:  The volume of elderly patients rose 9% from last year.
  • Research and Funding: The Trauma Laboratory had another productive year, publishing 47 research papers and receiving $17 million in funding for the year.
  • Fall prevention education: 206 community members participated in fall prevention seminars led by OHSU.
  • Outreach: The OHSU Trauma Team taught Stop the Bleed to 1,777 individuals throughout the state.