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A Brief Historical Timeline of Stanford Hospital & Clinics

1885

The Beginning

Stanford University is founded.

1891

Opening Day

Stanford University is opened.

1908

Cooper Medical College

Cooper Medical College is adopted as Stanford University's School of Medicine by the Board of Trustees.

1945

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Felix Bloch of Stanford Medicine co-discovers nuclear magnetic resonance, which is still used today to detect brain tumors and other cancers.

1959

Moving Day

Medical school moves from SF to new quarters – including classrooms, laboratories, hospital and clinics, on Stanford campus. The Hospital was known as the Palo Alto-Stanford Hospital Center.

1960

CA's 1st Kidney Transplant

California’s first kidney transplantation is performed at the Palo Alto-Stanford Hospital Center.

1962

High-Dose, Small-Field

Malcolm Bagshaw at Stanford develops a type of radiation therapy called high-dose, small-field radiation to treat prostate cancer without the need for surgery.

1968

Stanford University Hospital

Palo Alto-Stanford Hospital Center is purchased by Stanford University and incorporated as Stanford University Hospital.

1973

Biotech Revolution

Stanley Cohen co-develops gene cloning and ignites the biotechnology revolution

1974

Genome Isolation

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

1980

For the kids

Children's Hospital at Stanford opens a new wing to house the Stanford-Children's Ambulatory Care Center, consolidating all pediatric outpatient services of Stanford University Medical Center.

1981

1st Heart-Lung Transplant

The world’s first successful heart-lung transplant procedure is performed at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

1982

Getting an Upgrade

A modernization program to upgrade and expand facilities is signed with Children's Hospital at Stanford that consolidates all pediatric services in the new Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

1988

Breaking Ground

Ground is broken for the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

1989

A New Wing

Stanford University Hospital opens a new wing, the first major modernization project since 1959.

1989

The Beckman Center

The Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine is opened.

1991

LPCH Opening Day

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford is opened.

1991

New Liver Transplant Program

The Hospital’s Liver Transplant Programs begins, and today it ranks among the top liver transplant centers in the nation.

1992

New Lymphoma Treatment

Susan Knox uses radiolabeled monoclonal antibodies to treat patients with lymphoma and solid tumors.

1994

The CyberKnife

The CyberKnife, developed at Stanford by John Adler, MD, performs its first procedure at the Hospital.

2003

New Cancer Treatment

Branimir Sikic, George Fisher and Cheryl Cho develop a new treatment for metastatic colorectal cancers.

2004

New Cancer Center

The new Stanford Cancer Center building opens.

2011

New Vaccine

The Hospital becomes one of only a few in the world chosen to treat a patient with the first-ever FDA-approved therapeutic cancer vaccine.

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A legacy of excellence in medicine.

Stanford Hospital & Clinics has been setting a higher standard of patient care for more than 160 years. Our legacy is a testament to the influence we’ve had on the medical community.  We’ve earned our reputation through our persistent determination to advance medicine and pioneer new treatments and methods, but there’s more to come. Join us on this journey.