|Toland Medical College|
|University of California, San Francisco|
|Dean||Talmadge E. King Jr.|
The UCSF School of Medicine is the medical school of the University of California, San Francisco and is located at the base of Mount Sutro on the Parnassus Heights campus in San Francisco, California. Founded in 1864 by Hugh Toland, it is the oldest medical school in California and the western United States, and is consistently ranked among the top medical schools in the United States. The school is affiliated with the UCSF Medical Center, which in 2020-21 U.S. News & World Report ranked as the third-best hospital in the state of California (behind UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which are both located in Los Angeles). UCSF faculty have treated patients and trained residents since 1873 at the San Francisco General Hospital and for over 50 years at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.
UCSF School of Medicine is the top recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding amongst all U.S. medical schools, with $601,764,262 of funding. US News & World Report ranks UCSF School of Medicine 6th in research training (tied with UCLA, Columbia and Washington University in St. Louis's medical schools) and 2nd in primary care training (tied with University of Washington medical school). As of 2021, UCSF School of Medicine is the only medical school in the United States that is consistently ranked among the top 5 in all eight specialty domains measured by U.S. News & World Report: anesthesiology, family and internal medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiology, and surgery. 
The UCSF School of Medicine has seven major sites throughout the San Francisco Bay area, and is composed of 28 academic departments, eight organized research units, and five interdisciplinary research centers. The main site is at the Parnassus Heights campus, which is home to the UCSF Medical Center and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. The UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay opened in 2015 and is home to the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women's Hospital and the UCSF Bakar Cancer Hospital.
The school was founded in 1864 as the Toland Medical College by Hugh H. Toland, a South Carolina surgeon who found great success and wealth after moving to San Francisco in 1852. A previous school, the Cooper Medical College of the University of Pacific (founded 1858), entered a period of uncertainty in 1862 when its founder, Elias Samuel Cooper, died. In 1864, Toland founded Toland Medical College and the faculty of Cooper Medical College chose to suspend operations and join the new school. In 1873 the college affiliates with the University of California. Together with the School of Dentistry, they became UCSF's first two “Affiliated Colleges” and were followed by the College of Dentistry in 1881 and the UC Training School for Nurses in 1907.
The University of California was founded in 1868, and by 1870 Toland Medical School began negotiating an affiliation with the new public university. Meanwhile, some faculty of Toland Medical School elected to reopen the Medical Department of the University of the Pacific, which would later become Stanford University School of Medicine. Negotiations between Toland and UC were complicated by Toland's demand that the medical school continue to bear his name, an issue on which he finally conceded. In March 1873, the trustees of Toland Medical College transferred it to the Regents of the University of California, and it became The Medical Department of the University of California."
Initially, the three Affiliated Colleges were located at different sites around San Francisco, but near the end of the 19th Century interest in bringing them together grew. To make this possible, San Francisco Mayor Adolph Sutro donated 13 acres in Parnassus Heights at the base of Mount Parnassus (now known as Mount Sutro). The new site, overlooking Golden Gate Park, opened in the fall of 1898, with the construction of the new Affiliated Colleges buildings. The school's first female student, Lucy Wanzer, graduated in 1876, after having to appeal to the UC Board of Regents to gain admission in 1873.
The university gained more independence in the 1960s when it started to be seen as a campus in its own right instead of as the medical center of the UC system. The four departments were renamed as "School of ..." and the UCSF Graduate Division was founded in 1961. Further along this line, in 1964 the institution obtained full administrative independence under the name University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, becoming the ninth campus in the University of California system and the only one devoted exclusively to the health sciences.
A pivotal moment in UCSF history was the deal between Vice-Chancellor Bruce Spaulding and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown for the development of the Mission Bay campus in 1999. Renowned scientist J. Michael Bishop, recipient of both the Lasker Award and Nobel Prize in Medicine (together with UCSF professor Harold Varmus), became the eighth Chancellor in 1998. He oversaw one of UCSF's major transition and growth periods, including the expanding Mission Bay development and philanthropic support recruitment. During his tenure, he unveiled the first comprehensive, campus-wide, strategic plan to promote diversity and foster a supportive work environment. During this time, UCSF also adopted a new mission: advancing health worldwide™. The 2010s saw increased construction and expansion at Mission Bay, with the Smith Cardiovascular Research Building, the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, and the Benioff Children's Hospital in 2010, the Sandler Neuroscience Center in 2012, and Mission Hall and the Baker Cancer Hospital in 2013. In 2012, the school opened the UCSF Anatomy learning center. The Children's Hospital was named after Mark Benioff, who donated $100 million toward the new facility. In 2015, the Mission Bay campus saw the grand opening of the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, a 289-bed integrated hospital complex dedicated to serving children, women and cancer patients. The school started the new Bridges curriculum in 2016 with the class of 2020.
- 43 members of the National Academy of Sciences
- 84 members of the National Academy of Medicine
- 18 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators
- 32 NIH Innovator and Young Innovator Awards
- 64 members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
List of deans
- Hugh H. Toland (1864-1870)
- R. Beverly Cole (1870-1875, 1878-1882)
- Alonzo A. O'Neill (1875-1878)
- Robert A. Maclean (1882-1899)
- Arnold A. D'Ancona (1899-1913)
- Hebert C. Moffitt (1913-1919)
- Wallace I. Terry (1919-1920)
- David P. Barrows (1921-1923)
- Lionel S. Schmitt, acting (1923-1927)
- R. Langley Porter (1927-1936, 1939-1940)
- W. McKim Marriott (1936)
- Chauncey D. Leake (1937-1939)
- Robert Gordon Sproul (1940-1942)
- Francis S. Smyth (1942-1954)
- John B. Lagen (acting) (1954-1956)
- John B. De C. M. Saunders (1956-1963)
- William O. Reinhardt (1963-1966)
- Stuart C. Cullen (1966-1970)
- Charles T. Carman (1970)
- Joseph B. Martin (1989-1993)
- Haile Debas (1993-2003)
- David A. Kessler (2003-2007)
- Sam Hawgood, (2007-2014)
- Bruce Wintroub, Interim (2014-2015)
- Talmadge E. King Jr. (2015–present)
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