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  • In 1925, under the leadership of Canby Robinson, a new hospital was built on the main campus and the modern School of Medicine was born.
  • Six Nobel Laureates are affiliated with Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt School of Medicine faculty members Dr. Earl Sutherland (cyclic AMP) and Dr. Stanley Cohen (epidermal growth factor) have won the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Physics Professor Max Delbruck won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Vanderbilt graduates Mohammad Yunus and Al Gore, Jr. each won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

  • Eight Vanderbilt faculty members are currently members of the National Academy of Sciences or the National Academy of Engineering.

  • Twenty-one Vanderbilt School of Medicine faculty members have been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, including Drs. Larry Churchill, Ellen Wright-Clayton, John Oates, Alastair Wood, and Nancy Brown.
  • One hundred and six Vanderbilt faculty members are fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science- including sixteen in the Department of Medicine.

  • The Vanderbilt Department of Medicine ranks 4th among departments of medicine in schools of medicine in NIH awards.

  • The Vanderbilt Department of Medicine boasts 41 members of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). Twenty-seven faculty are members of the American Association of Physicians (AAP).
  • Twenty of the 2015 Medicine and Medicine-Pediatrics interns are members of Alpha Omega Alpha. Members of the 2015 entering class of Medicine Interns hail from 32 medical schools.
  • Clinical faculty in the Department admitted over 17,700 patients to the Vanderbilt University Hospital or the on-campus Nashville Veterans Administration Hospital in fiscal year 2015.
  • Physicians in Vanderbilt clinics saw over 1,700,000 outpatient visits last year.

  • Vanderbilt University Hospital has one of the most advanced electronic systems in the nation for both order entry and for its electronic medical records.

  • Fifty-six health care companies are headquartered in the Nashville area.
  • Forbes Magazine ranked Nashville #4 in the United States as one of the "Smartest Cities of the Future," based on our growth in college-educated residents. The magazine noted, "A high quality of life, a vibrant cultural and music scene and a diverse population make Nashville a desirable place to live." (The U.S.' Biggest Brain Magnets, by Joel Kotkin, Forbes Magazine, Feb. 10, 2011)