Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (pronounced: van-der-bilt yoo-ni-ver-si-tee med-i-kal sen-ter) is a comprehensive healthcare facility dedicated to patient care, research, and biomedical education. Its reputation for excellence in each of these areas has made Vanderbilt a major patient referral center for the Mid-South.


The medical center is named after Cornelius Vanderbilt, a 19th-century American business magnate who provided the initial $1 million donation to establish the university in 1873. The medical center was established as a part of the university in 1874.

Related Terms

  • Healthcare: The organized provision of medical care to individuals or a community.
  • Biomedical Research: The application of the natural sciences, especially the biological and physiological sciences, to clinical medicine.
  • Medical Education: The education related to the practice of being a medical practitioner, either the initial training to become a doctor or further training thereafter.


Vanderbilt University Medical Center began as a single hospital and medical school building in 1874. Over the years, it has grown into a broad-based hospital and clinic system that includes multiple hospitals, clinics, and physician practices throughout Middle Tennessee and beyond.


Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers a wide range of services including Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Women's Health, Cardiology, and Oncology. It is also a leading center for medical research and education, with numerous programs and departments dedicated to various fields of medicine and biomedical science.


Vanderbilt University Medical Center is located in Nashville, Tennessee, on the campus of Vanderbilt University.

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