The Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine today announced it has established the Mario and Edith Campagna Professorship in Pediatric Neurological Surgery - a new academic post that will benefit OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Nathan Selden, M.D., Ph.D., head of the Division of Pediatric Neurological Surgery at Doernbecher, has been named OHSU's first Campagna Professor.
Selden has led Doernbecher's pediatric neurosurgery division since 2000. He also serves as residency program director and vice chairman for education in the OHSU Department of Neurological Surgery. Selden earned a medical degree at Harvard Medical School and a doctorate in neuroscience at Cambridge University. He is an accomplished researcher who has been honored by the American Academy of Neurological Surgery.
"Dr. Selden is one of this country's outstanding pediatric neuroscientists," said Joseph Robertson, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the OHSU School of Medicine. "It is fitting that an endowed professorship made possible by the family of one of Oregon's most accomplished neurosurgeons will be held by another standout in the field."
The professorship has been made possible through a generous $1 million gift from Mario Campagna, M.D., and his wife, Edith, of Medford, Ore. Campagna has been a leader in Oregon neurosurgery for more than 40 years, having founded the largest neurosurgical practice between Portland and San Francisco. He and his wife have long been recognized as civic leaders in the Rogue Valley and throughout the state.
"This professorship represents the first endowed position in pediatric neurosurgery in the state of Oregon," said Robertson. "We are grateful to the Campagnas for their exceptional commitment. This gift will advance patient care, research and education in pediatric neurosurgery into perpetuity." The professorship represents a "significant programmatic development" at the area's premier children's hospital, Robertson said.
Robertson was joined by OHSU President Peter Kohler, M.D., and other OHSU officials at an Oct. 17 ceremony acknowledging the Campagna family's gift and formally appointing Selden to his new position.
The Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that exists to secure private philanthropic support for Doernbecher Children's Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University. The foundation raises funds from individuals, companies, foundations and organizations, and invests and manages gifts in accordance with donors' wishes.