Duke Health Timeline

- New research building

The Bryan Research Building opens.

- Bone-marrow transplantation program

Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center develops the nation's first outpatient bone-marrow transplantation program.

- Center for Living opens

Responding to the growing emphasis in the United States on preventive medicine, Duke opens the Center for Living Campus.

- Alzheimer's discovery

Dr. Allen Roses and others identify apolipoprotein E (apoE) as a susceptibility gene for Alzheimer’s disease. It is one of many genetic risk factors for disease identified at Duke.

- Largest clinical trial

Duke enrolls the final patient in GUSTO-I, the largest clinical trial conducted in the United States. The trial infrastructure formed the foundation for the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), the nation's foremost academic clinical trials center.

- Duke University Affiliated Physicians created

Duke creates the Duke University Affiliated Physicians (now known was Duke Primary Care), an this extensive network of community-based primary care physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.

- Period of new construction

The Medical Center embarks on the busiest period of new construction in decades, including the Levine Science Research Center, Medical Sciences Research Building, a complete renovation of Duke Clinic, additions to the Morris Building for cancer care and research, a new Children's Health Center, a new ambulatory care building, and new parking garages.

- MRI lung image

Duke scientists, with colleagues at Princeton University, generate the first clear images of the human lung using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The new technique could greatly aid diagnosis and treatment of lung disorders such as emphysema and asthma.

- Raleigh Community Hospital is purchased

Duke purchases Raleigh Community Hospital.

Raleigh Community Hospital

- Lincoln Community Health Center is acquired

Duke acquires Lincoln Community Health Center.

- Duke and St. Joseph Home Care formed

Duke and St. Joseph Home Care is formed.

- Chartwell Southeast is purchased

DUHS purchases Chartwell Southeast. The new entity is called Duke Community Infusion Services (DCIS).

- Durham Community Health Network formed

Durham Community Health Network is formed. 

- Duke begins managing Durham Regional Hospital

Duke begins managing Durham Regional Hospital.

Durham Regional

- New chancellor role created

Dr. Ralph Snyderman is the first president of Duke University Health System.

- Duke University Health System established

The Duke University Health System -- an integrated academic health care system serving a broad area of central North Carolina -- is officially created as Duke establishes partnerships with Durham Regional Hospital, Raleigh Community Hospital, and other regional health care providers. Today, DUHS includes three hospitals, ambulatory care and surgery clinics, primary care medical practice clinics, home health services, hospice services, physician practice affiliations, managed care providers, and other related facilities and services.