Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University

Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University

“Best Hospitals” cancer-care rank: 49

“Best Hospitals” cancer-care score: 53.2/100

Founded: 1992

Beds: 537

Clinicians/researchers: 150



Research focus: 

Biomarkers, diagnostics and molecular targets.


Clinic at-a-glance:

Knight Cancer Institute is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center that offers a range of coordinated inpatient and outpatient cancer treatment options including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Knight helped usher in the era of personalized cancer medicine with the discovery that cancer cells could be shut down by safely disabling the molecules that drive their growth. Research is a significant component to this institution, which enjoys powerful collaborations with technology leaders such as computer chip-maker Intel. These relationships have enabled Knight to recruit and retain some of the world’s top scientists and clinicians. Knight scientists believe the best new strategies for diagnosis, treatment and control of cancer will come from identifying and understanding the molecular defects present in cancer cells — and most of their research work revolves around that notion. Patients have access to participation in more than 400 ongoing clinical trials, including national research studies.