Innovation at UW Health and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health isn’t just starting with the Isthmus Project. Both institutions have a long history of innovation. At the Isthmus Project, we continue making history. Here we reflect on where we’ve been to give us the motivation to advance this tradition.
Mohs surgery, the “gold standard” technique for microscopic skin cancer surgery today, was developed in the 1930s by Dr. Frederic Mohs, a general surgeon at UW.
Development of anticoagulant warfarin and a drug called Coumadin, which is used as a blood thinner to treat heart patients and prevent blood clotting.
Screening at birth and treatment of Phenylketonuria; saved thousand from developmental disability.
Synthesized 5-fluorouracil (anti-cancer agent)
Test that identified the family member who would be the closest match for a bone marrow recipient making possible the first two successful bone marrow transplants in the world — one of them at UW Hospital.
Created a call schedule for the UW Hospital using a computer.
Created a digital subtraction angiography for imaging vascular system.
UW dermatologist Derek Cripps helped develop the SPF (sun protection factor) scale for rating sunscreen lotions.
Co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine: discovered reverse transcriptase that explains viral cause of cancer and AIDS.
Folkert Belzer & James Southard
Revolutionized transplant surgery with organ preservation solution.
Thomas ‘Rock’ Mackie
In the early 1990s, UW professor Thomas “Rock” Mackie and his research group including senior scientist Paul Reckwerdt developed tomotherapy radiation systems to deliver a precisely configured field of radiation to the tumor while sparing surrounding tissue from harm. The system was also the first to integrate CT image guidance into daily radiotherapy practice.
James Thomson and his UW research team became the first in the world to derive a human embryonic stem cell line.