University Hospital Highlights
Building on a Foundation of Excellence 

Since its inception in 1906 the University Hospital has reached many significant milestones creating a timeline of excellence in achievement.


First open-heart surgery performed on 10 year
old Suzanne Beattie.

1906 - The 15-bed Strathcona Community Hospital opens its doors.

1914 - Dr. Tory establishes a Faculty of Medicine, creating a teaching hospital and establishing the foundation of excellence in education and research that continues today.

1919 - The new, expanded, 90 bed Campus Hospital is complete.

1953 - The University Hospital Forms a specialized cardiovascular unit.

1956 - The first successful open-heart surgery in Canada is performed by Dr. John Callaghan  - opening the door for many other firsts at the University Hospital.

Transplant Firsts in Western Canada

  • 1962 Cornea - Dr. Don Hassard
  • 1967 Kidney - Dr. William Lakey
  • 1985 Heart - Dr. Dennis Modry
  • 1986 Heart/Lung - Dr. Dennis Modry
  • 1989 Liver - Dr. Norm Kneteman
  • 1989 Islet Cells - Dr. Ray Rajotte
  • 1999 Edmonton Protocol - Dr. James Shapiro
  • 2003 Intestinal - Dr. David Bigam

           Early Islet Cell Transplant

1962 - First long term hemodialysis in Canada is performed.

1967 - The Northern Alberta Renal Program established- now the longest running renal program in Canada serving over 3,000 patients.

1971 - Intensive Care Unit for critically ill patients is established.

1972 - Air Ambulance Service established by Dr. Garner King.

1978 - World-renowned 11-bed Firefighters' Burn Treatment Unit opens.

1982 - First patients move into the current Walter Mackenze Centre.

1985 - STARS service begins.

2000 - Opening of a new Emergency and Trauma Department raises the bar in urgent and life-saving care.

2006 - The Zeidler Gastrointestinal Health Centre opens - Canada's first clinical facility dedicated to gastroenterology.

Donor Office - University of Alberta Hospital

1H1.91 WMC, 8440 – 112 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7

Donor Office - Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute

2A9.006 MAHI, 8440 – 112 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7

Donor Office - Kaye Edmonton Clinic

1B.120 KEC, 11400 University Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6G 1Z1

University Hospital Foundation

Phone: 780-407-7007 | Fax: 780-407-6603
Charitable Registration Number  88900-3240 RR0001


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