Duke Medicine Timeline

- 2nd Dean appointed

With the retirement of Wilburt C. Davison, Dr. Barnes Woodhall is appointed Dean of the Medical Center on 1 July.

- Expansion

Gerontology Building and the Diagnostic and Treatment Center opened (Busse Building).

- New building opens

Clinical Research Building opened (Stead Building).

- Hyperbaric chamber

Hyperbaric Chamber opened.

- Minority students admitted

First African-American student admitted to Duke University School of Medicine.

- 3rd Dean appointed

With the retirement of Barnes Woodhall, Dr. William G. Anlyan becomes Dean of Duke University Medical Center and School of Medicine on 1 July.

- Physician Assistant program

Duke establishes the nation's first Physician Assistant Program.

- Building expansion

New Hospital Entrance, the Woodhall Building, opened.

- New curriculum

The New Medical School Curriculum gives students greater freedom to choose their course materials.

- MSTP established

The Duke Medical Scientist Training Program, a joint degree program leading to both the MD and the PhD degrees, is founded. It is one of the first three in the nation.

- Project MED-AID begins

Duke becomes the first medical center in the world to offer a radio consultative program to isolated doctors in other countries. The radio program, Project MED-AID (shortened for Medical Assistance for Isolated Doctors), met critical needs of physicians in developing countries.

- Research building opens

The Nanaline Duke Research Building opened.

- Enzyme discovered

Dr. Irwin Fridovich and graduate student Joe McCord discover the enzyme which protects all living things against the toxicity of oxygen.

- 1,000-foot dive

In its hyperbaric chamber, Duke conducts the first recorded studies of humans' ability to function and work at pressures equal to a 1,000-foot deep-sea dive.