Firsts at BMC

Boston City Hospital

Boston City Hospital

1866 Dr. David Cheever at BCH performs first esophagectomy in the U.S.
1873 New England Female Medical College joins Boston University School of Medicine to become the first co-ed medical school in the U.S.

Boston City Hospital, 1878

Boston City Hospital, 1878

1889 Dr. Francis Watson performs the first total protatectomy in the U.S.
1895 BCH opens first separate facility for the treatment of infectious diseases in the U.S.
1897 Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller, the nation’s first black psychiatrist, graduates from Boston University School of Medicine and becomes a faculty member
1898 Dr. J H Williams at BCH is first to experiment on the radiological examination of the gastrointestinal tract
1903 Dr. William Rollins performs first radiation treatment for skin lesions in the U.S.

Boston City Hospital, 1903

Boston City Hospital, 1903

1911 Dr. Frank Mallory demonstrated the hyaline changes seen in alcoholic cirrhosis now named Mallory bodies
1923 Thorndike Laboratory is dedicated and the first general clinical research facility in Boston and in a U.S. municipal hospital begins.

Francis Weld Peabody, Director of the world renowned Thorndike Memorial Laboratories at the Boston City Hospital

Francis Weld Peabody, Director of the world renowned Thorndike Memorial Laboratories at the Boston City Hospital

1932 Dr. M B Strauss showed that thiamine could cure alcoholic neuropathy despite continued alcohol use
1933 Pathology building dedicated in honor of Dr. Frank Mallory who worked on diseases of the liver and for whom Mallory bodies and Mallory-Weiss tears were named
1934 Nobel Prize in Physiology of Medicine awarded to Dr. Minot, Director of the Thorndike Laboratory, for the treatment of pernicious anemia
1938 Dr. Prinzmetal, staff Cardiologist at BCH and credited with describing variant angina, described evolutionary changes on EKG of an acute myocardial infarction.
1942 Dr. Franz Ingelfinger established the specialty of gastroenterology and heads the first section of Gastroenterology in the U.S.
1944 Dr. Chester Keefer and Dr. Maxwell Finland at BCH did the first studies on the use of penicillin in civilians with infectious diseases determining doses, routes of administration, and length of treatment
1948 Boston University School of Medicine physicians work with the U.S. Public Health Service of the NHLBI to develop what later becomes known as the Framingham Heart Study. The affiliation continues to the current day.
1955 Dr. Allan Erslav first identified erythropoetin at the Thorndike Laboratory

Housestaff unionized in the 1970s

Housestaff unionized in the 1970s

1970 Dr. Robert Valeri developed techniques to freeze red blood cells and platelets for long-term storage and use on the battlefield
1977 Dr. Haralambos Gavras introduced captopril for the treatment of hypertension; also were first to investigate ACE-inhibitors to treat congestive heart failure
1980 Dr. Thomas Ryan and Dr. David Faxon in Cardiology were integral to clinical trials evaluating the long-term results of coronary artery surgery and the value of angioplasty and of thrombolytic therapy
1996- Boston City Hospital and University Hospital merge. The combined Department of Medicine includes over 500 faculty and research personnel. Combined Federal and Grant Support increases to make the Boston University Medical Center Department of Medicine one of the top 10 funded Departments in the United States.