Consultation and Referral

OHSU physician advice and referral line


With just one call, you can refer a patient to any OHSU specialist or service. The OHSU physician advice and referral line is staffed by professional and friendly referral specialists, skilled in providing quick connections to the right provider or program. The physician referral line is answered 24/7 to provide you and your staff assistance with:

  • Advie and referrals with any OHSU specialist or service
  • A direct link to our Transfer Center
  • Information about your patients who have been admitted to OHSU
  • Patient appointment verification
  • Information about any healthcare program, clinical trial or educational opportunity
  • Answers to your questions about OHSU Connect, our secure web portal for referring providers
  • Other resources such as maps, directories, physician CVs and patient education materials

OHSU physician advice and referral line

800-245-6478 toll-free

Mailing address:

OHSU Physician Advice and Referral Line
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR  97239
Mail Code 210P  

Consulting with OHSU medical staff 

As Oregon's only academic health center and a regional resource for Oregon, southwest Washington, Idaho and northern California, OHSU has a broad array of diagnostic options available for your patient. The members of the OHSU medical staff are readily available for consultation concerning patient diagnosis and treatment. 

Call our physician advice and referral line at 503 494-4567 or 800 245-6478 toll-free

To ensure the best possible consultation, please have the following information available.

Information about the calling physician

  • Name
  • Telephone number(s)
  • Fax number
  • Specialty

Patient information

  • Name
  • Telephone number(s)
  • Age/birth date
  • Whether the patient has been seen at OHSU before
  • Patient's sponsor's name

Diagnostic information

  • Description of the diagnosis
  • Treatment to date received by patient

Sending patient tests and records

To facilitate continuity of care and to eliminate unnecessary duplication of diagnostic examination, please forward copies of patient medical records, laboratory test results, radiographs, and slides to the appropriate OHSU physician. Original materials will be promptly returned. Please address tests and records to:

(OHSU physician's name)
(OHSU physician's mail code)
Oregon Health Science & Science University
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239-3098

Financial arrangements

OHSU's primary concern is what is in the best interest of the patient. As Oregon's only academic health center and a regional resource for health care services, patients come to OHSU from across Oregon, southwest Washington, western Idaho and northern California.

Most patients referred to OHSU Hospital and OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital, and OHSU's medical practices and services are expected to pay either directly or through health insurance. Patients are also responsible for paying professional fees in accordance with arrangements made with their attending physicians.

At the time of registration, patients may request an ability-to-pay assessment and financial screening.

Patients may receive multiple bills: one for hospital/clinic services and one or more bills for professional services from physicians, radiologists, anesthesiologists, etc. Patients with limited financial means who normally do not pay professional fees to physicians may be granted allowances, or be qualified for financial aid offered by community agencies or health care projects.