Patient Stories

OHSU has four missions: teaching, healing, discovery and outreach. But often it's patients' personal stories that tell the most about what makes OHSU so vital to our region. Whether it's excellent care or the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial not available elsewhere, OHSU has changed lives and provided hope. Read on.

Monique Eska Monique Eska
In June 2013, Monique was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, or AML. Her doctors say she is a medical miracle. She says OHSU saved her life.

Ruth Cook Ruth Cook
Ruth Cook wouldn't let health problems slow her down in her 90s, so she turned to OHSU not once but twice for help.

Olsen Family Olsen Family
Grant Olsen received life-saving cancer treatment from Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

Phil Kreitner Phil Kreitner
Phil and his wife watched their parents go through dementia, so they recognized that Phil had some early symptoms. They've teamed up with the Layton Aging & Alzheimer's Disease Center to assess Phil's status, and they're glad to participate in a study to help find a cure.

Katie Knudson Katie Knudson
Katie was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia after her 6th birthday. Today she's 15 and cancer free thanks to Gleevec, a targeted cancer pill developed by Brian Druker, M.D., of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.