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There is so much to look forward to in 2024. But before we turn the calendar over to a new year, we are taking a moment to look back at the memorable stories from 2023. 

OHSU is immensely impacted by generous support. The life-saving care, cutting-edge research, health equity endeavors and inclusive education mission happen because of people like you. In the tapestry of OHSU’s journey this past year, these stories are testaments to our shared commitment to building a healthier future for all. 

Future state: What comes next at OHSU

With expansion, equity, innovation and workforce investments in mind, OHSU is charting a course forward and shaping tomorrow’s health care landscape. Hear from OHSU leaders about the vision for the future and how it will impact the health and wellness of our communities. 

Ending the burden of cancer: Episode 2 

The HPV vaccine is able to prevent 90% of the cancers associated with the human papilloma virus. The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Outreach Team works to educate and vaccinate communities across Oregon. Follow Derrik Zebroski, mobile outreach coordinator of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, as he treks across the state to deliver care to Oregon’s underserved communities

Heartfelt healing: Fuller family reflects on Doernbecher journey 

Julia and Nate Fuller had little reason to worry after their son, Nolan, was born at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. That changed, however, when doctors discovered Nolan had a critical congenital heart defect and needed immediate surgery. Today, Nolan is a happy, rambunctious toddler, and the positive experience has created a lifelong bond between the Fullers and Doernbecher

OHSU nursing student’s lived experience inspires values and goals 

Kiara Morelli learned early on that life is fragile and uncertain. As a student working toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Morelli’s educational path and goals are influenced by the life lessons she’s picked up so far. Always one to seek out a new challenge, Morelli continues to draw on her upbringing to forge ahead on her journey at OHSU. 

Rare lymphoma patient’s experience at OHSU inspires gift 

David Brockman was diagnosed with a rare type of lymphoma in June of 2022. When initial chemotherapy proved ineffective, he was referred to the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, where he immediately began CAR-T cell treatment. Today, scans show no signs of cancer, and Brockman’s positive experience inspired his gift to the Knight Cancer Institute

Leaving an indelible mark on the field of Alzheimer’s research

Neurologist Daniel Gibbs, M.D., Ph.D., has spent most of his career studying Alzheimer’s and caring for patients with the disease. After being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, he focused his efforts on raising awareness, sharing his experience and establishing the Gibbs Family Endowed Professorship to support OHSU faculty acclaimed in the field of Alzheimer’s research. 

A year later — reflecting on the repeal of Roe v. Wade 

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which had protected a pregnant person’s legal ability to an abortion. A year later, reproductive health providers at OHSU reflect on the decision, how it has impacted their work, and how OHSU has maintained its unwavering support toward providing comprehensive complex family planning care

Four questions with Ashok Muralidaran, M.D. 

You don’t have to go far to find someone impacted by Ashok Muralidaran, M.D., section chief of pediatric and congenital cardiac surgery at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. In a Q&A, Muralidaran discusses his passion for working with children and what inspired him to become a pediatric heart surgeon. 

A Day in the Life at OHSU 

At OHSU, the power of one day is felt in every clinic, operating room, lab and classroom, where doctors, nurses, students, researchers, caregivers and alumni heal, discover, collaborate and learn. A Day in the Life at OHSU is a chronological mosaic depicting the everyday activities that shape OHSU’s countless moments of impact.