Pittsburgh Then and Now: Presbyterian Hospital

Medical history was made several times over since Presbyterian Hospital was established in 1893.


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When Pittsburgh Magazine was first published in 1969, Presbyterian Hospital was already 76 years old and in the midst of another growth spurt. By then, it had been renamed Presbyterian University Hospital to reflect its affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh. In 1990, Presbyterian merged with Montefiore Hospital to become the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. 

Medical breakthroughs were made at Presbyterian by such notable physicians as Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine; pediatric psychoanalyst Benjamin Spock; Peter Safar, who pioneered CPR and the world's first intensive care training program, and surgeon Thomas Starzl, who is considered the father of modern organ transplantation. 
 


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The list of famous patients treated at Presbyterian University Hospital includes Pennsylvania two-term Governor Robert P. Casey, 10,000 Maniacs guitarist and founder Robert Buck, Pirates sportscaster Bob Prince, publisher William Block, transplant recipient Stormie Jones and Pittsburgh Mayors Bob O'Connor and Richard Caliguiri. 

Pittsburgh Then & Now is a yearlong series in celebration of Pittsburgh Magazine's 50th anniversary where we explore the changes that have happened across the region from 1969 until present-day. Read more Then & Now stories here.

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