Duke Medicine Timeline

- First Black faculty member

Dr. Charles Johnson, the first Black faculty member, is appointed assistant professor in the Department of Medicine and joins the Duke PDC.

Charles Johnson

- Comprehensive Cancer Center established

The Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center becomes one of the nation’s first cancer centers to be established with the passage of the National Cancer Act. It is designated a "comprehensive" cancer center by the National Cancer Institute in 1973.

- North Carolina Cerebral Palsy Hospital renamed

North Carolina Cerebral Palsy Hospital renamed Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital.

- New techology

The first computer system for patient care, known as Medidata, is installed.

- Nursing honor society

The Beta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, is established at Duke.

- First Pathology Assistant Program

Duke starts the first formal university-based training program for pathologists’ assistants under the direction of Thomas D. Kinney.

- New research facility

Duke establishes the Animal and Laboratory Isolation Facility, to allow scientists to work with bacteria, viruses, and chemicals in a low risk environment. It is the first facility of its kind in the Southeast.

- Expansion continues

The Sands Research Building opens. 

- Eye-center opens

The Eye Center, now the Wadsworth Eye Center, opens and is dedicated on 8 November.

Eye Center building

- 1,000,000 patient

Duke Hospital's 1,000,000th patient, a baby girl, is born on May 22nd.

- Duke Children's Classic

Perry Como joins the Duke community to raise funds for pediatrics through a golf tournament, now known as the Duke Children's Classic.

- Duke Comprehensive Sick Cell Center

The Duke Comprehensive Sick Cell Center is established. During the 1980s, Dr. Thomas Kinney starts a program to screen babies for sickle cell anemia that was implemented across the country. 

- New location for Medical Library

The Seeley G. Mudd Building housing the Medical Center Library opens.

opening day at the Medical Center library

- Research building expansion

The Jones Research Building opens.

- DREZ procedure

Dr. Blaine Nashold and Duke staff perform the first DREZ procedure, an operation for the treatment of pain.

- Cancer research

The Morris Cancer Research Building opens.

- Cultural Services Program

Cultural Services, the arts council of Duke University Medical Center, is established.