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Our History

Medical discovery and innovation across three centuries.

Historical Highlights

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine was born in Chicago over 150 years ago. We’ve contributed greatly to medical discovery and education in that time, as well as contributed to the growth and change of the city we are proud to call home. Learn more about our history via the links below. Source: Northwestern University Medical School: 1859-1979, a pioneer in educational reform, by Leslie B. Arey.

Veterans Health Administration Partnership

One of the greatest success stories in American medicine is the enduring partnership between academic institutions and the Veterans Health Administration. Northwestern played a foundational role when that relationship was forged in 1946. In 2021, we celebrate our 75th anniversary and the many discoveries and extraordinary learning experiences the partnership has afforded our school.

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