University Hospitals "Firsts"

  • First human blood transfusion performed in 1905.

  • Development of the infant formula SMA in 1915.

  • Pioneering work in surgical treatments of coronary artery disease in 1935.

  • First successful defibrillation of a human heart in 1947, leading to the development of CPR in the 1950s.

  • Establishment of Cystic Fibrosis Center in 1957, which became the world model.

  • First to validate importance of maternal bonding in infants, leading to permanent changes in practices in premature nurseries nationwide beginning in the 1960s.

  • First whole-body MRI scanner to be installed in a hospital in America in 1982.

  • Co-development of the first new drug in 20 years for treatment of schizophrenia, with FDA approval in 1989 of clozapine.

  • Discovery in 1990 of a genetic defect that causes osteoarthritis.

  • First triple organ (kidney, pancreas, lung) transplant performed in Ohio in 1991.

  • A team of UH cardiologists in 1998 was the first in Ohio and second in United States to implant an atrial defibrillator, a device that regulates the rapid heartbeats of patients suffering from atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm problem.

  • The first living liver transplant in northern Ohio was performed in April 1999.

  • Along with Johns Hopkins, research team in 2006 defines the nearly complete genomic analysis of human colon and breast cancers. This detection of the human genome sequence makes it possible to identify genetic alterations in cancers in unprecedented detail.

  • New DNA-based colon cancer screening test, discovered at UH Cleveland Medical Center and Case Western Reserve, is approved by the American Cancer Society in 2009. First new cancer screening test approved in many years