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Our History


A Brief Historical Timeline of Stanford Hospital & Clinics


The Beginning

Stanford University is founded.


Opening Day

Stanford University is opened.


Cooper Medical College

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


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.


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.


CA's 1st Kidney Transplant

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


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.


Stanford University Hospital

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


Biotech Revolution

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


Genome Isolation

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


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.


1st Heart-Lung Transplant

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


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.


Breaking Ground

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


A New Wing

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


The Beckman Center

The Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine is opened.


LPCH Opening Day

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford is opened.


New Liver Transplant Program

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


New Lymphoma Treatment

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


The CyberKnife

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


New Cancer Treatment

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


New Cancer Center

The new Stanford Cancer Center building opens.


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 Health Care 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.