We are a new division in an old context. The university dates itself to 1798 when the total number of residents in the city was less than a thousand; the University of Louisville Hospital began as a municipal hospital planned only six years after the founding of Massachusetts General Hospital (1811).
The medical school opened doors in 1839 making it one of the first of what was then the American West. It was founded in part by faculty migrating from what is now Transylvania University in Lexington, from what was then the original University of Kentucky.
Notable historical events associated with this Louisville context include the Carnegie Foundation’s report authored by Abraham Flexner proposing the current shape of American medical education centered on universities (1910); the invention of Intravenous fluid (by U of L School of Medicine graduate Donald Baxter); the artificial heart; and the elaborated description of many of the features of antiphospholipid syndrome by its co-discoverer Nigel Harris, who joined the faculty of the U of L Rheumatology division in 1987, and served as division chief from 1995-1997.