About OHSU: Fast facts

Oregon Health & Science University is Oregon's only academic health center and distinguished nationally as a research university dedicated solely to advancing health sciences. OHSU focuses on discoveries to prevent and cure diseases, on education that prepares the health care and health science professionals of the future, and on patient care that incorporates the latest advances. 

Unless otherwise noted, numbers on this page are from:

  • Fiscal 2018, which ended June 30, 2018
  • The 2017-18 academic year (degrees)
  • The 2018-19 academic year (enrollment)


OHSU’s beginning as an institution dates back to 1887 when the University of Oregon chartered a state medical school. 

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Facilities and people

  • Employees: 16,478
  • Capital spending: $417 million

Marquam Hill Campus, Portland:

  • 36 major buildings, including OHSU Hospital, Kohler Pavilion and Doernbecher Children's Hospital
  • Connected to the South Waterfront by the Portland Aerial Tram, which is owned by the city of Portland and operated by OHSU

South Waterfront Campus, Portland:

  • The Center for Health & Healing, completed in 2006, was the nation's first large medical facility to earn LEED platinum certification for its environmentally sustainable design and operations.
  • The Robertson Life Sciences Building and Skourtes Tower opened in 2014 on land donated by the Schnitzer family. The complex houses the OHSU School of Dentistry and integrated spaces for students and faculty from OHSU, Portland State University and Oregon State University.
  • The Knight Cancer Research Building opened in 2018. It has 320,000 square feet of labs and collaborative spaces for hundreds of scientists.
  • The Center for Health and Healing Building 2 and the Rood Family Pavilion opened in 2019.

West Campus, Hillsboro:

This campus houses:

  • OHSU's Oregon National Primate Research Center
  • The Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute

Total space occupied: OHSU owns and leases space beyond its campuses. Altogether, OHSU occupies more than 7.9 million square feet on about 400 acres.

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Interactive map of Marquam Hill and South Waterfront locations.

Economics, funding and philanthropy

  • Annual operating budget: $3 billion
  • Oregon economic impact (2014 study): $4.3 billion and 34,000 jobs
  • Gift dollars: $144 million from 12,200 donors; Onward campaign, launched in 2015, now totals $1.7 billion
  • Value of OHSU's fiscal 2017 community contributions: $437 million

Health care

OHSU is nationally recognized for many of its programs as well as health outcomes research. 


  • OHSU Hospital
  • OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital
  • Two partner hospitals,  Tuality Healthcare and Adventist Health Portland
  • Clinics across Oregon

Hospital admissions and medical clinic patients: 299,850

  • Children: 70,930
  • Adults: 228,920

Dental clinics (fiscal 2017 numbers)

  • Pediatrics: 3,759
  • Adults: 15,638

Patient visits

  • Hospital visits: 30,630
  • Medical clinic visits: 957,641
  • Dental clinics: 77,153 (fiscal 2017 numbers)
  • Emergency room visits (OHSU and Doernbecher): 32,615
  • Observation unit: 4,352
  • Day patient/day surgery visits: 36,053

Staffed beds: 556 (145 devoted to children)

Licensed beds: 576

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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.

Students and trainees: 5,551

  • OHSU students: 2,672
  • Students in the OHSU-Portland State University School of Public Health: 1,491
  • Students in joint programs with Oregon State University: 379
  • Students in joint programs with the Oregon Institute of Technology: 164
  • Graduate medical education residents and fellows: 845

Faculty: 2,874

Degrees awarded: 1,523

Alumni (fiscal 2017): 39,873, including 21,206 living in Oregon

Technology transfer

  • Startups launched: 6
  • Invention disclosures received: 131
  • New license and option agreements on OHSU technology: 122
  • US patent applications filed on new technology: 40

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Centers, institutes and research

Award dollars: $462 million

Invention disclosures: 151

See a full list of OHSU’s research operations.

Areas of scientific leadership


  • OHSU ranked No. 52 on the Reuters Top 100: The World's Most Innovative Universities - 2018.
  • OHSU was named among the top 20 research institutions in the world by Nature in 2017.
  • The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute earned the National Cancer Institute's highest designation for research, Comprehensive Cancer Center, in 2017.

OHSU scientists are known for many discoveries, including:

  • The development of Gleevec™, the first targeted cancer therapy which helped establish precision cancer medicine.
  • Creating the first successful artificial heart valve.
  • Revealing the fetal/developmental origins of chronic adult diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
  • Decoding the signals that nerve cells use to communicate.
  • Pioneering genetic therapies for treating the eye.
  • Developing a vaccine candidate for HIV.
  • Combining microbubbles with molecular targeting to break up blood clots and for precise drug and gene delivery.
  • Using genetic findings to advance the development of autism drugs.
  • Creating embryonic stem cells from skin cells to treat various diseases.

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Clinical trials

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. 

Read the profiles of OHSU Board of Directors members.

View the dockets from Board of Directors meetings.

OHSU executive leadership team

Danny Jacobs M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

Sharon Anderson, M.D.
Executive Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine

Elena Andresen, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost

Peter G. Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer

Alice Cuprill-Comas, J.D.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Lawrence Furnstahl
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

John Hunter M.D., F.A.C.S.
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of OHSU health system

Connie Seeley
Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief of Staff

Strategic plan

OHSU created a strategic plan in 2007; Vision 2020 was revisited in 2013 and sets goals for how OHSU serves Oregonians.


Growth and Change Chart     

Starting point is the year OHSU became a public corporation.

All data is from fiscal year 2017 except academic statistics, which reflect the academic calendar year.