Oregon Health & Science University is Oregon's only public academic health center and respected nationally as a prominent hub for life-changing research. It educates health professionals and scientists, and provides leading-edge patient care, community service and biomedical research.
OHSU’s beginning as an institution dates back to 1887 when the University of Oregon chartered a state medical school.
Campuses and operations
OHSU operates from multiple locations and campuses. Primary locations are in Southwest Portland on the Marquam Hill Campus and in the South Waterfront Central District.
Economics, funding and philanthropy
Annual operating budget: $2.8 billion
State appropriation: 1.4%
Gift dollars: $635 million
Number of donors: 14,375
Square feet of building space: 7.8 million
OHSU is nationally recognized for many of its programs as well as health outcomes research. Learn more.
Patient visits (includes hospitals and medical/dental clinics): 1,065,800
Staffed beds: 573
Licensed beds: 576
OHSU grants the state's only doctoral degrees in medicine, nursing, dentistry and health-focused engineering. Doctoral degrees in pharmacy are also granted, in partnership with Oregon State University. In addition, OHSU provides many specialized research programs unique to the region and educates master's-level, undergraduate and certificate students in a broad spectrum of health and information sciences. Learn more.
People trained through OHSU programs: 4,566
Students in degree programs at OHSU, including shared programs with others: 3,454
Degrees awarded: 1,257
Interns, residents and postdoctoral fellows: 1,141
Number of alumni overall: 39,064 (living)
Number of alumni in Oregon: 53 percent
Startups launched: 6
Invention disclosures received: 151
License agreements and option agreements executed: 104
US patent applications filed on new technology: 43
Centers, institutes and research
OHSU is home to numerous specialized research centers and institutes. Among these are one of the first Clinical and Translational Sciences Award-funded programs, the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute, and one of the strongest MRI magnets in the world, at the Advanced Imaging Research Center.
Award dollars: $389.6 million
Award dollars from out of state: 91%
Invention disclosures: 151
NIH funding ranking: 28th
Amount of funding focused on clinical trials: $65 million
Areas of scientific leadership
OHSU ranks No. 35 on the Reuters 100: The World's Most Innovative Universities 2016. OHSU scientists are known for discoveries in many fields, including:
- Development of Gleevec™, the first targeted cancer therapy of its kind, which helped establish the field of precision cancer medicine;
- Co-invention and surgical implantation of the world’s first artificial heart valve;
- The understanding of fetal/developmental origins of chronic adult diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease;
- Decoding the signals that nerve cells use to communicate;
- Clinical trials of gene therapies to potentially prevent blindness;
- Development of an HIV/AIDS vaccine candidate with the potential to clear an AIDS-causing virus from the body;
- The combination of intravenous microbubbles with molecular targeting for early diagnosis of disease, breaking up blood clots and to deliver drugs and genes to precise anatomical sites;
- Genetic findings to advance the development of autism drugs;
- The use of skin cells from a non-human primate to create pluripotent stem cells.
OHSU leads and participates in hundreds of clinical trials. Learn more about current trials.
OHSU board of directors
OHSU is governed by a 10-member board of directors. Nine members are appointed by the governor of Oregon and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate.
OHSU executive leadership team
Joe Robertson, M.D., M.B.A.
Sharon Anderson, M.D.
Executive Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine
Elena Andresen, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Vice President and Provost
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief of Staff
Mitch Wasden, Ed.D.
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of OHSU Healthcare
All data is from fiscal year 2016 with the exception of education statistics, which reflect the academic calendar year, and the philanthropy campaign total.