Nathan Selden, MD, Neurosurgery, Portland, OR, OHSU Hospital


Neurosurgery Portland, OR

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Professor and Chair of Neurological Surgery, Oregon Hlth & Sci Univ

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  • Dr. Selden is the Campagna Professor and Chair of Neurological Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University. He was raised in Portland, Oregon, and educated at Stanford University. As a Marshall Scholar, he completed a Ph.D. in neuroscience at Cambridge University, England. He also graduated from Harvard Medical School, with honors in neuroanatomy.

    Dr. Selden trained in neurological surgery at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and in pediatric neurosurgery at Northwestern University. His post-doctoral research won the 1998 Academy of Neurological Surgery Award.

    Dr. Selden’s clinical focus is on neurosurgery for children, including epilepsy, congenital malformations, brain tumors, and hydrocephalus. In 2007, he performed the first ever transplantation of neuronal stem cells in a human patient. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles on pediatric neurosurgical and scientific topics and three times served as an author of the Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Guidelines. His scientific work has been funded by the NIH, the Oregon Child Health Research Center, and the Cameron Foundation.

    Dr. Selden is a leader in the science of neurosurgical education. He chaired the national group that developed new educational outcome measures for all U.S. neurosurgery training programs, the ACGME Milestones. He also founded the Neurosurgery PGY1 Boot Camps, safety and professionalism courses attended by all incoming U.S. neurosurgery residents. In 2013, Dr. Selden received the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award from the ACGME.

    Dr. Selden is Secretary of the Society of Neurological Surgeons, representing academic department chairs and residency directors, and is a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. He is a Past-President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

    Selden serves on the Management Committee of the OHSU Practice Plan (physician organization) and is Chair-elect of the OHSU Professional Board.
  • Presidential Address - Nathan R Selden Mentorship: Service Education Progress

    Mentorship: Service, Education, Progress: An Interview: Neurosurgery

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Education & Training

  • Northwestern University HospitalsFellowship, Pediatric Neurological Surgery, 1999 - 2000
  • University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers
    University of Michigan Hospitals and Health CentersResidency, Neurological Surgery, 1994 - 1999
  • University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers
    University of Michigan Hospitals and Health CentersInternship, Transitional Year, 1993 - 1994
  • Harvard Medical School
    Harvard Medical SchoolClass of 1993
  • Cambridge UniversityPhD, Neuroscience, Marshall Scholar, 1986 - 1989

Certifications & Licensure

  • OR State Medical License
    OR State Medical License 2000 - 2021
  • IL State Medical License
    IL State Medical License 1999 - 2002
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery Neurological Surgery
  • American Board of Pediatric Neurological SurgeryPediatric Neurosurgery

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • America's Top Doctors Castle Connolly, 2009-2018
  • Portland Monthly Magazine Castle Connolly, 2011, 2016-2017
  • Fellow (FAAP) American Association of Pediatrics
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Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations


Press Mentions

  • Statement on Dr. Molly Hubbard
    Statement on Dr. Molly HubbardJanuary 10th, 2020
  • Lefties in the White House?
    Lefties in the White House?April 26th, 2019
  • New Edition of Severe Pediatric TBI Guidelines Published
    New Edition of Severe Pediatric TBI Guidelines PublishedMarch 27th, 2019
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  • Director, American Board of Neurological Surgery 2019 - Present
  • Chair-elect, OHSU Professional Board 2017 - Present
  • Member, Management Committee, OHSU Practice Plan Board of Directors 2016 - Present
  • Member, Executive Committee, SNS Neurosurgical Portal 2015 - Present

Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • Italian

Hospital Affiliations