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The University of Kansas Medical School

By RMurphy
  • University of Kansas founded

    University of Kansas founded
    Construction of the Old North College Building began in 1865. The first classes were taught in 1866.
  • Simeon Bell, MD acquires a quarter section in Turkey Creek Valley

    Simeon Bell, MD acquires a quarter section in Turkey Creek Valley
    (1866)Twice injured by Missouri Bushwhackers during the Civil War, Bell had to travel to the East Coast for medical care. Two steel plates were placed in his head.
  • KU Endowment Association (KUEA) established

    (1891) The first such Foundation for a public University.
  • Period: to

    A school divided

    Basic Sciences in Lawrence, Clinicals in Kansas City
  • University of Kansas School of Medicine founded

    University of Kansas School of Medicine founded
    The Simpson (aka Flatiron) Building at 7th and Central in KC, KS
  • The plaque at Bell Memorial

    The plaque at Bell Memorial
    "I hope that this hospital will never be limited to any class or condition, that the sick of every kind will be admitted, white and colored, adults and children, those suffering from contagious diseases as well as those who are not; the well-to-do as private patients and the poor as free or with charges suitable to their financial condition."
  • Eleanor Taylor Bell Memorial Hospital opens

    Eleanor Taylor Bell Memorial Hospital opens
    It was built on "Goat Hill" on land donated by Simeon Bell, MD.
    The land was described as "a seven acre promontory overlooking Southwest Blvd., then known as College Park."
  • Arthur Hertzler, MD joins faculty

    Arthur Hertzler, MD joins faculty
    He donated 10,000 books and journals to the School of Medicine in 1906(?)
  • Flexner criticizes the divided campus

    "The facilities were so poor and the budget so inadequate that KU would need to refrain from many other projects pending the upbuilding of a credible school of medicine."
  • Sam Roberts, MD graduates from KUSoM

    Sam Roberts, MD graduates from KUSoM
    He served on the faculty for 45 years, retiring as head of ENT in 1958
  • EJ Curran, MD and Ralph Major, MD join faculty

    Ophthalmology Chair; Professor of Pathology
  • Thomas Grover Orr, MD joins

    Instructor in Bacteriology and Surgery
  • Harry Roswell Wahl, MD joins

    Pathology Chair
  • Melvin Sudler, MD becomes Dean

  • Rosedale is annexed by Kansas City, KS

  • Major becomes 1st physician in Kansas to use insulin to treat diabetic coma

  • The medical school moves to 39th and Rainbow

    The medical school moves to 39th and Rainbow
    Bell Memorial Hospital under construction. Now known as the Murphy Building
  • Dr. Wahl begins his 24 year stint as Dean

  • KU Medical Alumni Association formed

    It was funded by donations. The first regular dues of $1 were collected in 1952. Increased to $5 in 1956, $10 in 1970, $15 in 1977, $25 in 1982 and $50 in 2001. The KUMAA is a 510(c)3 entity, separate from the KUAA in Lawrence.
  • Logan Clendening, MD publishes The Human Body

    Sells more than 500,000 copies. Begins a daily medical advice column that runs in 383 newspapers with 25 million circulation
  • Larry Calkins, MD joins

    Becomes the first OB/GYN Chair with extensive post-graduate training
  • Children's Pavilion built

    Children's Pavilion built
  • Major publishes Physical Diagnosis

    It becomes the standard text
  • Hertzler publishes his famous book

    Hertzler publishes his famous book
  • Edward Hashinger, MD leads the 77th Evacuation Hospital Unit

    KU doctors and nurses serve in Africa and Europe. The Unit receives 8 battle stars.
  • Dr. Orr becomes 1st Chairman of Surgery and authors Operations of General Surgery

  • Herbert C. Miller becomes Chair of Pediatrics

    Serves 27 years
  • William Roth, MD becomes the first full-time Chair of Psychiatry

  • Franklin D. Murphy, MD appointed Dean

    Develops Rural Health Bill
  • The Marshall/Marchetti/Krantz procedure

    "The correction of stress incontinence by simple vesico-urethral suspension" is published
  • Murphy becomes Chancellor of KU

    Hashinger serves as acting Dean
  • W. Clarke Wescoe appointed Dean

  • Jimmy Bowers begins tending bar at the Bigger Jigger

    Jimmy Bowers begins tending bar at the Bigger Jigger
  • Children's Rehabilitation Center is dedicated

  • Dr. Wescoe becomes KU Chancellor

    C. Arden Miller, MD becomes Provost and Dean
  • Distinguished Medical Teaching Fund (DMTF) drive announced at KUMAA annual meeting

    The goal is $1 million.
  • Letter from Sam Roberts, MD to McIlvain Trustees requesting $100K

    "The income earned from the endowment fund will be used to support salaries of distinguished teachers in non-clinical fields at the Medical Center, such as biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, molecular biology, et cetera."
  • 1st year medical school classes taught at 39th and Rainbow

    After 57 years of a divided medical school campus
  • Period: to

    Finally united

    Four years on one campus
  • Department of Anesthesiology is created

  • Spencer Chapel at KUMC is dedicated

    Spencer Chapel at KUMC is dedicated
    (Author's personal note - about two decades later, my wife and i got married here!)
  • Russell C. Mills, PhD appointed acting Provost

  • George A. Wolf appointed Provost and Dean

  • Joe Kimmel, MD, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, identifies pancreatic polypeptide

    Dr. Kimmel served on the KUMC faculty from 1963 until his death in 1985. The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics confers the Kimmel Award to predoctoral students for outstanding research presentations at the Student Research Forum
  • Kansas Legislature and Board of Regents vote approval to develop a Department of Family Practice

  • Charles E. Brackett, MD appointed acting Vice-Chancellor of KUMC

  • D. Cramer Reed, MD appointed Dean at KU SoM - Wichita

  • William o. Rieke, MD appointed Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs

  • Department of Family Practice established

  • KU SoM site on Goat Hill is razed.

    KU SoM site on Goat Hill is razed.
    311 Seminary - near Sonic and the Rosedale Arch
  • Governor Robert Docking signs $60 million expansion bill

  • Burn Center established

    Paid for with $500,000 in private donations solicited mostly by David W. Robinson, MD
  • William O. Rieke, MD becomes KUMC's 1st Executive Vice-Chancellor

  • 1st 15 medical students begin classes in Wichita

  • 1st SoM students on Wichita campus graduate

  • David W, Robinson, MD is appointed acting EVC

    David W, Robinson, MD is appointed acting EVC
  • D. Cramer Reed, MD is appointed Vice-Chancellor at KUSoM-Wichita

  • Robert B. Kugel appointed EVC

  • Richard A. Walsh, MD appointed Associate Dean KUSoM-Wichita

  • William Jewell, MD develops immunotherapy for melanoma

    William Jewell, MD develops immunotherapy for melanoma
  • CT/mammography scanner in service

    Women come to KU from around the country due to reports of 97% breast cancer detection accuracy
  • David Waxman, MD appointed EVC

  • James T. Lowman, MD appointed Dean KUSoM-KC

  • Richard A. Walsh, MD appointed Dean KUSoM-Wichita

  • Richard Davis, MD (1954), Family and Child Psychiatrist, develops KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce

    Richard Davis, MD (1954), Family and Child Psychiatrist, develops KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce
    Sold to Clorox in 1986
  • KUSoM receives maximum possible duration of accrediation from LCME

    7 years. Take that, Flexner!
  • Sagittaire 40 MEV linear accelerator installed

    Mid-America Cancer Center at KUMC rated as one of the top 10 cancer centers in the US
  • New University of Kansas Bell Memorial Hospital dedicated

    $58 million
  • Mid-America Radiation Therapy Center dedicated

  • Bronze Jayhawker MD unveiled at Medical Alumni Association Banquet

    Designer Gene "Yogi" Williams, MD, who died in a ballooning accident July 4, 1979 was given a special Alumnus of the Year Award, which was presented to his family
  • Gene Budig, PhD becomes Chancellor of KU

  • Marvin Dunn, MD becomes Dean KUSoM-KC

  • William J. Reals, MD becomes Dean KUSoM-Wichita

  • Karl Menninger, MD receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Karl Menninger, MD receives Presidential Medal of Freedom
    Had served as Lecturer in Neuro-psychiatry from 1928-31, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry from 1946-62 and as Professor of Psychiatry at large from 1966-88
  • D. Kay Clawson, MD appointed EVC

    Serves 1983-94
  • Archie Dykes library opens at KUMC

    Archie Dykes library opens at KUMC
    He served as Chancellor of KU from 1973-81
  • First heart transplant in the local area performed at KUMC

  • Joseph Meek, MD becomes acting Dean KUSoM

  • Eugene D. Jacobson, MD appointed Dean KUS0M

  • KU Medical Alumni Association formed a Wichita Alumni section

  • Jane E. Henney, MD becomes acting Dean KUSoM-Wichita

  • William J. Reals, MD appointed Vice-Chancellor KUSoM-Wichita

  • Martin L. Pernoll, MD appointed Dean KUSoM

  • First liver translplant in local area performed at KUMC

  • James Price, MD appointed Executive Dean KUSoM

  • Kirmayer Fitness Center opens

  • Jimmy retires from the Jigger

    Jimmy retires from the Jigger
    Receives meritorious service award from KUMC
  • Alzheimer's Disease Center receives $2.8 million grant

    Alzheimer's Disease Center receives $2.8 million grant
    One of 12 given out by the National Institute on Aging
  • Joseph Meek, MD becomes Dean KUSoM-Wichita

  • Sebastian Faro, MD appointed interim Dean KUSoM-Wichita

  • Daniel Hollander, MD appointed deaan KUSoM

  • Charles Andrews, MD becomes EVC

    Until February 1995
  • Al Chapman, MD serves as EVC until September 1995

  • Herbert Swick, MD acting Dean KUS0M

  • First major expansion of Wichita campus

    Kansas Health Foundation Center for Primary Care and Daniel K. Roberts Center for Research
  • Billy Hudson, PhD discovers kidney disease genes

    Alport's and Goodpasture's Syndrome.
  • Donald Hagen, MD becomes EVC

  • Bill Narayam, DVM, MD develops a virus that causes AIDS in monkeys

    KU-SHIV helps speed the development of vaccines and drugs.
  • University of Kansas Hospital becomes an independent public authority

  • Use of the Virtual Classroom is spearheaded by KUSoM

  • KU Medwest opens in Shawnee

    KU Medwest opens in Shawnee
  • 1st local pancreas-kidney transplant performed at KUMC

  • S. Edwards Dismuke, MD becomes Dean KUSoM-Wichita

  • 22 Mid-America Cardiology and 3 Mid-America Cardiothoracic Surgery physicians, along with their staffs, join KUMC

  • Hall Family Foundation donates $42 million to KU

    Hall Family Foundation donates $42 million to KU
    $29.5 million is designated for research at KUMC
  • Barbara Atkinson, MD appointed Executive Dean KUSoM

  • Dr. Narayam receives $3 million NIH grant to test a vaccine on monkeys

  • Barbara Atkinson, MD becomes the 1st EVC and Dean

  • Hemenway Life Sciences Innovation Center dedicated

    Hemenway Life Sciences Innovation Center dedicated
  • Fred Chang, MD appointed interim Dean KUSoM-Wichita

  • H. David Wilson, MD becomes Dean KUSoM-Wichita

  • William Cathcart-Rake appointed Director KUSoM-Salina

    Appointed Dean in 2014
  • First ovarian transplant in Kansas performed at KUMC

  • NIH awards $20 million Clinical and Translational Sciences Award

    NIH awards $20 million Clinical and Translational Sciences Award
  • Salina campus opens with 8 students

    Salina campus opens with 8 students
  • New Medical Office Building

    New Medical Office Building
  • KU Cancer Center designated NCI

    KU Cancer Center designated NCI
  • Steve Stiles, MD acting Dean KUSoM

  • Doug Girod, MD appointed interim Executive Dean and EVC

    Doug Girod, MD appointed interim Executive Dean and EVC
  • Robert Simari, MD appointed Executive Dean

    Robert Simari, MD appointed Executive Dean
  • 1st 4-year classes graduate from Wichita and Salina campuses

  • Doug Girod, MD appointed Chancellor

  • Rob Simari, MD becomes interim EVC as well as Dean

  • Health Education Building opens

    Health Education Building opens
  • Rob Simari, MD appointed EVC