NYU School of Medicine has a proud history that goes back to 1837 and includes initiation of and participation in many significant events in American medicine over the course of almost two centuries.
In 1837, six years after the granting of the first University charter, the minutes of the meetings of the University Council contained the names of men suggested as professors for the chief branches of medical instruction.
In 1841, the Medical College of New York University was organized, and admitted its first class of 239 students to a four month course of lectures conducted by the six professors on the faculty.
- The 1841 faculty consisted of:
- Professor Valentine Mott, Surgery
- Professor John W. Draper, Chemistry
- Professor Granville S. Pattison, Anatomy
- Professor Gunning S. Bedford, Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children
- Professor John Revere, Theory and Practice of Medicine
Professor Martyn Paine, Institutes of Medicine and Materia Medical
Clinical instruction began in Bellevue Hospital in 1847. In 1861, Bellevue Hospital Medical College was founded and a college building was erected on the hospital grounds.
The Bellevue Hospital Medical College merged with University Medical College of New York University to form the University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College in 1898. The combined institutions became the New York University College of Medicine in 1935. In 1960, the name was changed to the New York University School of Medicine.
The faculty of the Medical College, particularly Drs. John W. Draper and Martyn Paine, is largely responsible for the passing of 1854 legislation known as "The Bone Bill" in New York State, legalizing the dissection of the human body.
In the 1850’s, in order to graduate from NYU, students had to be at least 21 years old, have studied medicine for three years under the direction of a "respectable medical practitioner", have attended two medical lectures, one of which had to be at NYU, and write a thesis. At this time, it was not unusual for a physician to have degrees from two different medical schools.
1841-1898 University Medical College
1861-1898 Bellevue Hospital Medical College
1882-1948 New York Post-Graduate Medical School
1882-1948 New York Post-Graduate Hospital
1898-1935 University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College of New York University
1935-1960 New York University College of Medicine (formerly University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College of New York University)
1945-1948 Post-Graduate Division, NYU College of Medicine
1948 New York University Post-Graduate Medical School (merger of New York Post-Graduate Medical School and NYU Post-Graduate Division)
1948-1989 University Hospital (formerly the New York Post-Graduate Hospital, new building in 1963)
1948-2008 New York University Medical Center
1960 New York University College of Medicine is renamed New York University School of Medicine
1989 University Hospital is renamed Tisch Hospital
2008 New York University Medical Center is renamed NYU Langone Medical Center
1860 - 1st Medical, Second Surgical Divisions – Columbia
2nd Medical and First Surgical Divisions – NYU
3rd Division – BHMC
1898 – Bellevue and NYU merge, and Cornell took over the 2nd Division
1968 – Cornell and Columbia withdraw, and NYU became solely responsible for staffing Bellevue