Feinberg School of Medicine

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The Feinberg School of Medicine is one of Northwestern University's 11 schools and colleges. It is a leading, research-intensive American medical school located in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, situated near Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile.


Originally founded as the medical department of Lind University in 1859 and renamed the Chicago Medical College in 1863, the school affiliated with Northwestern University in 1870. In 1891, the name was changed to Northwestern University Medical School. It had occupied buildings on the near south side of Chicago from 1870 until the Ward Building was constructed downtown.

Northwestern University Medical School was renamed the Feinberg School of Medicine in 2002, reflecting a $75 million donation from the Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation. Reuben Feinberg started to donate to the university after being hospitalized at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for a heart attack. The first donation, in 1988, was for $17 million to establish the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute. A $10 million donation was subsequently sent in 1996 to establish the Frances Evelyn Feinberg Clinical Neurosciences Institute.

Northwestern also had another medical school at one time. This began independently as the Women's Hospital Medical College in 1871. It later changed its name to the Chicago Women's Medical College and after becoming part of Northwestern University was Northwestern University Women's Medical...
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