Facts and History

Historical timeline of the notable events and achievements of the Department of Medicine

1909

First year of medical instruction begins with students to receive MD degrees in 1913

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1911

Ray Lyman Wilburg appointed executive head of Medical Department at Stanford University

1914

Department of Medicine becomes the School of Medicine and includes divisions of medicine, neurology, psychiatry, jurisprudence, and dermatology

1916

Albion Hewlett succeeds Wilbur and heads Department of Medicine and its subdivisions

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1925

Medicine Clerkship introduced for third-year medical students to provide practical ward experience

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1926

Arthur Bloomfield named chair of the Department of Medicine

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1954

David Rytand succeeds Bloomfield. In 1958, Rytand becomes the first Arthur L. Bloomfield Professor of Medicine

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(Left to right: Robert Glaser, John Steward, David Rytand)

1957

Rose Payne discovers the role of human leukocyte antigens in the immune system, leading to tissue matching techniques for organ transplants

Late 1950s-1960s

Characterization of hyperaldosteronism by John Luetscher

1961

Internal Medicine residency program begins with Saul Rosenberg as the program director

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1963

Saul Rosenberg establishes one of the first U.S. academic oncology programs in the Department of Medicine

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1964

Judith Pool discovers technique for extracting anti-hemophilic globulin, the blood fraction needed to prevent bleeding in hemophiliacs

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1968

Gerald Reaven and John Farquhar discover that insulin resistance is the principal physiologic characteristic of mild type-II diabetes and obesity

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1972

First U.S. studies of community-wide health education for preventing heart disease

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1972

Immunologist Hugh McDevitt discovers new class of regulatory genes that controls the immune response to foreign substances

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1975

Peter Wood and colleagues discover a link between exercise and increased HDL cholesterol levels

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1979

Bryan Myers publishes landmark paper elucidating the properties of the human glomerulus and tubule in health and disease

1981

Ronald Levy successfully uses monoclonal antibodies to treat cancer

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1985

Kelley Skeff and Georgette Stratos first to introduce ‘train the trainer’ model in faculty development

1987

Protégé Knowledge Authoring Environment: An open-source platform for the encoding of knowledge in machine-understandable form. Used to build a wide range of clinical decision support systems and adopted by WHO for creation of ICD-11

1987

First successful bone marrow transplant completed by Karl Blume

1992

First family medicine clerkship launched

2009

Stanford holds first symposium on Bedside Medicine