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About the School of Medicine: Mission, History, Accomplishments

Mission Bay Hospitals at Night
UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay (opens February 2015)

 

Consistently ranked among the nation's top medical schools, the UCSF School of Medicine earns its greatest distinction from its outstanding faculty – among them are four Nobel laureates, 77 Institute of Medicine members, 61 American Academy of Arts and Sciences members, 41 National Academy of Sciences members, and 17 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators.

Mission

The UCSF School of Medicine strives to advance human health through a fourfold mission of education, research, patient care and public service.

History

Founded in 1864 as Toland Medical College, the school is celebrating its 150 anniversary. It joined the University of California in 1873, and in 1898, moved to its present Parnassus Heights campus. The first UC hospital opened here in 1907, eventually growing into Moffitt-Long Hospitals and later Benioff Children’s Hospital. These facilities, together with Mount Zion Hospital, now comprise the UCSF Medical Center.

UCSF faculty have also treated patients and trained students at San Francisco General Hospital since 1873 and at the San Francisco VA Medical Center for over 50 years. UCSF is affiliated with a number of other hospitals in the Bay Area and Fresno, including Children’s Hospital Oakland.

In 2015, the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay will open the doors of three co-joined hospitals focused on caring for women, children and cancer patients.

Recent Accomplishments & Innovations

Comprehensive list of UCSF achievements and milestones going back to 1914.