About the Medical College of Wisconsin

Medical College of Wisconsin History Timeline

See how our pioneering spirit, collaboration, and impactful partnerships helped shape our community and the people we serve.

Wisconsin's first two medical schools are founded.

A. Hamilton Levings, MD
(A. Hamilton Levings, MD, was a founder of Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons and served as its president for 20 years.)


Three women are among the first graduating class of the Marquette University School of Medicine.

Three women are among the first graduating class of the Marquette University School of Medicine.


Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons merges with Milwaukee Medical College to become Marquette University School of Medicine.

Louis F. Jermain, MD
(Louis F. Jermain, MD, first dean of the Marquette University School of Medicine.)


The Marquette University School of Medicine Alumni Association is formed.


The medical school moves to the Harriet L. Cramer Building on the Marquette campus.

Harriet L. Cramer Building on the Marquette campus


The Marquette Medical Review (the nation's first medical student-edited medical journal) is established.

Marquette Medical Review, 1936


The medical school affiliates with Milwaukee VA Hospital.

Milwaukee VA Hospital, 1946


A Postgraduate Studies Program (now Continuing Medical Education) is created to provide ongoing education to community physicians.


Vision for an academic medical center becomes a reality

Early model of MRMC campus, 1952-75


The medical school is separated from Marquette; becomes private, freestanding institution


Renamed as the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW)

Wauwatosa Times, October 1970


Government and community support for MCW and the academic medical center:

  • Heil Commission Report
  • Governor's Commission on Medical Education
  • Carley Commission Report

Government and community support for academic medical center, October 31, 1969


MCW relocated to the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center (MRMC) campus

Milwaukee Regional Medical Campus, 1978


The Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH) is created to oversee hospitals' residency training programs.


Froedtert Hospital opens on the MRMC campus

Froedtert Hospital, MRMC campus, 1980


MCW Research Foundation (now Office of Technology Development) is created to spur technology transfer in Southeastern Wisconsin.

MCW Research Foundation created, 1983


Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is relocated to the MRMC campus.


The Alumni Association's name is changed to the Medical College of Wisconsin – Marquette Medical Alumni Association.


Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences established

MCW Graduate School established, 1995


MCW receives transformational Blue Cross and Blue Shield United of Wisconsin conversion funds; Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment is created.


MCW receives NIH award to create the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin.

MCW receives NIH award to create the CTSI, 2010


MCW School of Medicine initiates Discovery Curriculum, creating earlier clinical integration and scholarly pathways.

MCW School of Medicine initiates Discovery Curriculum, 2012


School of Pharmacy established

MCW School of Pharmacy established, 2015


MCW receives Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation (one of only four medical schools in US)

Research poster presentation, 2015


New medical school campuses open in Green Bay and Central Wisconsin

MCW-Green Bay inaugural class, 2015


First class of Pharmacy students matriculates

MCW School of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony, 2017


MCW celebrates 125 years.


March 26, 2019 - MCW announces that it will house its Center for Flourishing Lives (later renamed ThriveOn King Collaboration) in the Gimbels-Schuster's Building in Milwaukee’s Halyard Park neighborhood. The 1907 building, used as a storage facility since 1970, was the flagship store for Schuster’s Department Store. The Greater Milwaukee Foundation also will be housed in the building through a new community-based partnership with MCW.


March 16, 2020 - In response to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, MCW issues mandatory remote work, visitor/vendor restrictions and a domestic travel moratorium.

March 20, 2020 - MCW joins with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce to begin offering weekly updates for the business community on developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 18, 2020 - MCW, Froedtert Health, Children’s Wisconsin, and Versiti Blood Center collectively pay Milwaukee County $25.2 million so that the organizations buy the land they had previously been leasing on the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center campus.

September 14, 2020 - MCW, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and Royal Capitol Group announce that their community-centered collaboration will be named the ThriveOn Collaboration.

November 9, 2020 - MCW’s Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program is granted New Program accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling.

December 31, 2020 - MCW’s Hope to Health: The Campaign for the Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital, formally ends generating $300.4 million in overall philanthropic support – an increase of more than 50 percent over the original $200 million goal.


January 18, 2021 - MCW leads the creation of HealthyMKE website as a digital hub for COVID-19 vaccination and public health information.

January 26, 2021 - The ThriveOn Collaboration announces that ThriveOn King will be the name of its physical home at 2153 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.


August 1, 2022 - MCW’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is renamed the MCW School of Graduate Studies.

September 6, 2022 - A new Mental Health Emergency Center opens at 1525 N. 12th Street in Milwaukee.

September 9, 2022 -  The Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex closes.

September 12, 2022 - Groundbreaking ceremonies are held for MCW’s 150,000 square-foot cancer research building. The estimated cost for the new building is $120 million. The State of Wisconsin has provided $10 million in funding support for the new building.

February 15, 2023 -  MCW, Froedtert Health, and Children’s Wisconsin join with Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. to create a new family medicine residency on Milwaukee’s northwest side. The North Side Milwaukee Health Centers Family Medicine Residency is Wisconsin’s first teaching health center. Teaching health centers receive federal support to provide primary care residency training programs in underserved communities.