KU's School of Medicine was the first institution in the world to regularly use TV for medical instruction.
The School of Medicine has more than a century of history of famous firsts and celebrated achievements.
1918: Orval J. Cunningham, M.D., developed the Cunningham Tank, a forerunner to hyperbaric medicine, which helped pioneer the iron lung, U.S. Navy diving advances, submarine rescue operations and "blue baby" procedures.
1936: Earl Padgett, M.D., with Professor George J. Hood, invented the Padgett-Hood Dermatome, revolutionizing the plastic surgery technique of skin grafting.
1948: Robert E. Stowell, M.D., established one of the premier cancer research programs in the nation at KUMC, creating methods to observe cell structure and speed the fixation of tissue used on cancer research.
1949: KUMC became the first institution in the world to regularly employ the use of television in medical teaching.
1962: Hughes W. Day, M.D., originated the concept of an acute coronary care unit for heart patients and developed the cardiac "crash cart" and the term "code blue."
1967: Norge Jerome, Ph.D., was the first person in the world to become a nutritional anthropologist.
1971: Creighton Hardin, M.D., became the first surgeon in the world to perform reattachment of a completely severed upper arm with return of function.
1976: William R. Jewell, M.D., developed a new type of immunotherapy which doubled the survival rates for patients with melanoma.
1989: Marc Asher, M.D., was one of four principals to develop the first spinal system to consciously integrate hook, wire and screw bone anchors. Known as the Isola Spine Implant System, it is widely used.
1991: Leone Mattioli, M.D., a KUMC pediatric cardiologist, and Bob Cox, M.D., a pediatrician in Hays, became the first clinicians in Kansas to conduct a clinical consultation via telemedicine, a video technology that connects providers and patients when distance separates the two.
1995: Ed LeCluyse, Ph.D., was one of the few U.S. researchers to successfully grow human liver cells in a Petri dish long term.
1995: Virologist Bill Narayan, D.V.M., Ph.D., developed a virus, KU SHIV, that caused AIDS in monkeys, a breakthrough that sped the development of AIDS medications.
1997: Neurologist William Koller, M.D., implanted a "brain pacemaker" in 60 patients for relief of essential tremor or Parkinson's Disease, which led to FDA approval for the new tremor control therapy.
2002: KUMC was recognized as the world leader in the use of a gastric pacemaker for the treatment of gastroparesis.
2005: Executive Dean Barbara Atkinson, M.D, added the responsilities of executive vice chancellor, becoming the first woman to hold both positions at a U.S. medical center at the same time.
2011: The School of Medicine opened a campus in Salina. With just eight students in each class, the campus is thought to be the smallest four-year education site in the nation.