Academic Health Center
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University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota created the Medical School in 1888. In 1892, classes were offered in Medical Hall (now Wulling Hall) on Pleasant Street. By the turn of the century, dentistry and pharmacy had become colleges in their own right, and in 1909 the nation's first university-based nursing program began on campus.
A Golden Era
Following World War II, the federal government expanded its investment in biomedical research. At the University of Minnesota this led to a golden era of medical advances, particularly in cardiovascular research and treatment.
In 1952, surgeons led by F. John Lewis performed the world's first successful open-heart operation using hypothermia. In the same decade, C. Walton Lillihei saw the need for a wearable pacemaker and implanted the first such device, invented by Earl Bakken.
In the 1960s, Lillihei successfully implanted an artificial heart valve. And physician-scientist Richard DeWall developed a heart-lung machine to support longer, more complicated surgery.
By the 1970s, the University had brought all the health services
A Comprehensive Health Center
Today, the University's Academic Health Center comprises classrooms and laboratories for educating doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, dental hygienists, public health professionals, and veterinarians, as well as physical, respiratory, and occupational therapists. The vast majority of Minnesota's health care providers are educated there.
The Academic Health Center offers programs in virtually all of the health disciplines. Its comprehensiveness, as well as the proximity of its buildings, gives University of Minnesota students and faculty a unique opportunity for integrated study, research, and practice with colleagues in related disciplines.
1. Clinical faculty and students pose at the College of Medicine and Surgery dispensary, 1889
2. C. Walton Lillehei treats patient
3. Pharmacy students in medicinal plant garden (Nicholson and Folwell Halls in background), 1916
4. International dental students in the Owre Hall clinic, 1935
5. Public health researcher Ancel Keys
6. School of Nursing graduates, 1916
7. Owen H. Wangensteen led the Department of Surgery to national acclaim
8. Katharine Densford, nursing director, 1930–59
9. Mayo Memorial Building, built in 1954, served as the University's main hospital until 1986
10. Aerial view of the AHC, 2008
Erected 2009 by Regents of the University of Minnesota.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1888.
Location. 44° 58.335′ N, 93° 13.918′ W. Marker is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker is on Essex Street SE, on the left when traveling north. Marker is on the East Bank campus of the University of Minnesota. It is at the SE corner of the plaza between the Mayo Building and Moos Tower. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 516 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis MN 55455, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Women in Science & Medicine (a few steps from this marker); Coffman Memorial Union (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spanning the Sciences (approx. Ό mile away); Opening Doors (approx. Ό mile away); Campus Design (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Portage Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Liberal Arts (approx. 0.3 miles away); Continuing Education (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Minneapolis.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 28, 2020, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 28, 2020, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.