NIH Clinical Center

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Message from the Director

Important Events in Clinical Center History

Governance and Accreditation

Organization Structure and Programs

Heralding Fifty Years of Clinical Caring and Clinical Research

The Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center

Activation Planning for the Clinical Research Center

The Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge

Clinical Research

Clinician Highlight

Clinical Research Training

Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency

Public Outreach  End of left navigation list link group.

Important Events in Clinical Center History

1948 · November
Construction of the Clinical Center was started.

1951 · June 22nd
Oscar R. Ewing, Federal Security Administrator, officiated at the cornerstone ceremony. President Harry S. Truman was the honored guest.

1953 · July 2nd
Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Oveta Culp Hobby dedicated the Clinical Center.

Photo: First Clinical Center patient

The first patient ws admitted to the Clinical Center.

1953 · July 6th
The first patient was admitted to the Clinical Center.

1963 · September 5th
Dr. Luther L. Terry, Surgeon General, dedicated a new surgical wing for cardiac and neurosurgery.

1969 · July 2nd
A dedication ceremony was held to name the Clinical Center’s Jack Masur Auditorium.

1977 · April
Construction of the ambulatory care research facility was started.

1977 · November
The Critical Care Medicine Department was established.

1981 · October 22nd
The ambulatory care research facility was dedicated. The research hospital was renamed the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center.

1982 · September 20th
The National Institute of Aging’s Laboratory of Neurosciences was dedicated.

1984 · March 22nd
The first magnetic resonance imaging unit became operational for patient imaging.

1984 · October
The National Cancer Institute’s Radiation Oncology building was dedicated.

1985 · April 13th
The first two cyclotrons were delivered to the underground facility operated by the Nuclear Medicine Department.

1987 · November 20th
The Lipsett Amphitheater was dedicated

1990 · September 14th
A 4-year-old patient with adenosine deaminate deficiency was the first to receive gene therapy treatment.

1991 · April 8th
The Department of Transfusion Medicine opened its state-of-the-art facility.

1992 · June
The A-wing addition was completed, adding National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases labs focusing on AIDS research.

1993 · July
The hematology/bone marrow unit opened to improve transplant procedures and develop gene therapy techniques.

1994 · May
The first multi-institute unit designed and staffed for children opened.

1996 · February
Details on clinical research studies conducted at the Clinical Center were made available online (, increasing opportunities for physicians to participate in NIH clinical investigations.

1996 · October
The Secretary of Health and Human Services, marking a new governing system for the Clinical Center, appointed a Board of Governors.

1997 · July
To meet increasing investigative needs for cell products used in immunotherapy, gene therapy and stem cell transplantation, a cell processing facility was created.

1997 · November 4th
Vice President Al Gore and Senator Mark O. Hatfield attended groundbreaking ceremonies for the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center.

Clinical Center Legislative Chronology

1944 · July 1st
Public Law 78-410, the Public Health Service Act, authorized establishment of the Clinical Center.

1947 · July 8th
Under Public Law 80-165, research construction provisions of the Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 1948 provided funds “for the acquisition of a site, and the preparation of plans, specifications and drawings, for additional research buildings and a 600-bed clinical research hospital and necessary accessory buildings related thereto to be used in general medical research …”

1980 · December 12th
Senate Joint Resolution 213 designated the Clinical Center as the “Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health.”

1996 · September 12th
House Resolution 3755, Section 218, named the new clinical research center at the National Institutes of Health as the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center.

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