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A Century of Excellence

The West's first medical school was formed by Dr. Elias Cooper in 1858. In the beginning, classes met in the attic space above Cooper's offices at Mission and Third Streets in San Francisco. Cooper's nephew, Levi Cooper Lane, helped establish the school as Cooper Medical College of the Pacific in 1882. On January 31, 1908 the Trustees of Stanford University finalized the agreement to acquire the Cooper Medical College as Stanford's Medical Department.

For the first 50 years, the Medical Department remained in San Francisco where the focus was primarily clinical. In 1959 the Medical School was moved from San Francisco to the campus in Palo Alto. With an entirely new slate of department chairs, the School established and intensified its research programs. Over the past 50 years Stanford University School of Medicine has earned an international reputation as a leader in the world of science and medicine.

Join us as we celebrate a century of excellence. Plan to attend a centennial lecture, and share your own memories of life at Stanford University School of Medicine.
The Future

School of Medicine Architectural Walking Tours
Open to the public! 2nd Wednesday
Details & Registration
For more information, contact Drew Bourn, Historical Curator:
or (650) 725-8045.


The Past
Bassett Collection

Bassett Anatomical
Image Collection
The world-renowned Bassett collection of anatomical images were first made public in the 1950s. Recently Stanford reserachers, together with eHuman, have created an online version of the images allowing one to navigate through the human body with the click of a mouse. Story and slide show .

The Future

CISL image
Immersive & Simulated-based Learning
The Stanford University Medical Center is home to world pioneers of techniques, technologies and applications for immersive and simulation-based learning. More

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