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Knight Cancer Institute

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute (previously the OHSU Cancer Institute) is a research institute within Oregon Health & Science University. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center is led by director Dr. Brian Druker.[1] The institute is named after Phil Knight and his wife, who donated over $600 million to the center; $100 million in 2008 and $500 million in 2013.[2] The $500 million gift required a matching $500 million, which led to a $100 million donation by Columbia Sportswear chairwoman Gert Boyle in 2014.[3]


The institute was first designated as a NCI Designated Cancer Center in 1997.[4] Brian Druker was named the director of the then OHSU Cancer Institute in 2007.[3]


  1. ^ "About Us". Oregon Health & Science University. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  2. ^ Theen, Andrew (September 21, 2013). "Phil and Penny Knight to OHSU: $500 million is yours for cancer research if you can match it". The Oregonian/OregonLive. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b Budnick, Nick (August 29, 2014). "The story behind Gert Boyle's $100-million gift for cancer research at Oregon Health & Science University". The Oregonian/ Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  4. ^ "National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Center". Oregon Health & Science University. Retrieved 28 June 2017.