Indiana University Hospital Remains A Leader in Cancer Research

Indiana University Hospital cares for more than 57,000 patients each year. As leaders in Indianapolis health care, this hospital is affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine at the IUPUI campus in downtown Indianapolis and Clarian Health Partners. The medical group takes great pride in their personal approach to clinical care. The Indiana University Hospital has been consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Indiana University is traditionally known as a research hub, and this reputation extends to the IU Hospital, which has been creating breakthroughs in medicine since 1914. Not only does much of the nation’s leading medical research emerge from IU Hospital, but more than half of all Indiana physicians are trained there. These young doctors have been choosing Indianapolis education because of its fabulous reputation in the medical field and the amazing resources available to students.

Indiana University Hospital video about cancer research in Indianapolis, Indiana


The hospital’s affiliation with Clarian Health Partners extends the reach of medical advancements to its affiliates Methodist Hospital and Riley Hospital. The Indiana University Hospital is connected to these two hospitals by the Clarian People Mover.

Indiana University Hospital was originally named Long Hospital, in honor of its opening endowment contributor Dr. Robert W. Long. The facility opened during the first year of World War I. In 1916, just two years after opening, the hospital was bombarded with cases from an epidemic of influenza. The hospital has also been through the Great Depression and World War II.

Doctors were enlisting in the U.S. Military in mass numbers in the 1940’s. The decline in available physicians hit Indiana University Hospital hard, so the University accelerated its degree program to only a three year commitment. Also in an attempt to attract more medical students, Indiana University applied for a federal research grant, something never done before. This additional funding attracted more doctors because of the opportunities available in conducting research and improving health in Indianapolis.

Military needs did not slow as the war heated up. The Army and Navy took over control of medical education and recruited students into military service. A monument now exists for war veterans in nearby Military Park and is part of the beautiful White River State Park.

In 1950, Indiana University Hospital housed the nation’s first 40 Million Electron Volt Accelerator, which was a device used with cancer patients for radiation therapy. The Indiana Lions Club donated thousands of dollars to purchase the device and since 1947 has contributed more than $4.5 million to the hospital since  to help fight cancer. Several other medical firsts occurred at Indiana University Hospital, including the state’s first kidney, liver and bone marrow transplants.

Today, Indiana University Hospital is a progressive leader in cancer research and clinical care. Clarian and the IU School of Medicine collaborated for the opening of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. Because of their affiliation with Clarian Health Partners, IU Hospital is part of a large network that’s capable of caring for all citizens of Indianapolis, from Indianapolis kids to adults and seniors.

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