Department History

A timeline of highlights since the department’s founding


Bonnie Maldonado is appointed interim chair following Bob Harrington’s departure as chair after 11 years

Bonnie Maldonado


William H. Robinson publishes a paper with Lawrence Steinman on the link between infection with the Epstein Barr virus and multiple sclerosis

William H. Robinson


Launch of Post Acute COVID-19 Syndrome (PACS) Clinic, co-directed by Linda Geng and Hector Bonilla

Hector Bonilla and Linda Geng


The Stanford-Meharry Initiative, later the Stanford-HBMC Summer Research Program, launches

Stanford-HBMC Summer Research Program members


Purvesh Khatri and his associates find a genetic signature that enables early sepsis detection

David Relman and his team link a risk of premature birth to the composition of the mother’s vaginal bacterial community during pregnancy

Stanford Medicine purchases ValleyCare (now TriValley) in Pleasanton; Hospital Medicine staff are among the first to staff the new hospital

Purvesh Khatri


Hannah Valantine, Stephen Quake, Kiran Khush, and Thomas Snyder develop a blood test that can detect heart transplant rejection


Robert Harrington becomes department chair

Robert Harrington


Abraham Verghese organizes the first Bedside Medicine Symposium, the precursor to the Stanford 25, also led by Verghese

Ravi Majeti, Irving Weissman, Mark Chao, and Siddhartha Jaiswal find that human leukemia cells escape detection by sending a “don’t eat me” signal

Abraham Verghese


Paul Yock co-founds Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign with engineering professor Josh Makower, pioneering a new process for medical device innovation

Paul Yock


William Haskell and colleagues demonstrate that aggressive lifestyle and drug therapy decrease heart attack rates and slow progression of atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries

Researcher Joel Killen is the lead author on a paper sharing findings from the first long-term, controlled study attempting to prevent adolescent eating disorders


First family medicine clerkship launched


Shoshana Levy identifies a new family of proteins called tetraspanins and spawns a new field of cancer research

Paul Yock invents rapid exchange angioplasty and stenting system

Shoshana Levy


Tom Merigan’s lab develops quantitative viral RNA assay to measure HIV viral load

Paul Yock files fundamental patents for intravascular ultrasound imaging, which produces cross-sectional images from inside of arteries

Tom Merigan


Karl Blume completes the first successful bone marrow transplant

Mark Musen builds Protégé, a widely used platform for building and maintaining terminology and ontologies, including ICD-11

Karl Blume


Georgette Stratos and Kelley Skeff introduce the “train the trainer” model in faculty development

Georgette Stratos and Kelley Skeff


Richard Popp and colleagues develop a noninvasive method for estimating pressures in the heart using ultrasound


Ronald Levy successfully uses monoclonal antibodies to treat cancer

John Simpson and Ned Robert develop a catheter system for coronary angioplasty with an independently steerable guidewire

Ronald Levy


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


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

Bill Robinson and colleagues successfully treat hepatitis B, previously incurable, with interferon, laying the groundwork for an eventual vaccine

Saul Rosenberg and Henry Kaplan develop new techniques for treating cancer patients with a combination of radiation and chemotherapy

Peter Wood


Stanley Cohen and UCSF professor Herbert Boyer clone DNA and transplant genes from one living organism to another, paving the way for genetic engineering and DNA therapies

Bill Robinson isolates the genome of a virus that causes hepatitis B and a common form of liver cancer

Stanley Cohen


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

John Farquhar and Peter Wood conduct first U.S. studies of community-wide health education for preventing heart disease

Hugh McDevitt


Peter Wood and John Farquhar conduct first multi-site clinical studies showing lowering cholesterol prevents heart disease

Peter Wood and John Farquhar


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

John Farquhar


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

Judith Pool


Saul Rosenberg establishes one of the first academic oncology programs in the United States

Researchers in the Department of Medicine Oncology program


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

Saul Rosenberg


Halsted Holman, age 35 at the time, becomes department chair

late 1950s–1960s

John Luetscher characterizes hyperaldosteronism, an endocrine disorder in which the adrenal glands produce too much aldosterone

John Luetscher


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


Former U.S. President Herbert Hoover serves as honorary chairman of a committee to fundraise for a medical center to be built on campus


Arthur Bloomfield named chair of the Department of Medicine

Arthur Bloomfield


A medicine clerkship is introduced for third-year medical students to provide practical ward experience

Patients under care


The School of Medicine is reorganized into departments, including the Department of Medicine


Nearly a dozen members of Stanford Medical Faculty, including Albion Walter Hewlett, are called to active service in Europe during the First World War


Albion Walter Hewlett is appointed executive of what was then the Division of Medicine and its subdivisions


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


Ray L. Wilbur is appointed executive head of the Department of Medicine


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

Medical students in the early years of the Department of Medicine