Prior to 1908
In a pivotal moment in medical history, Dr. John Stough Bobbs conducted the first documented gallbladder surgery back in 1869. This groundbreaking procedure took place in his third-floor office on the south side of Indianapolis, where he successfully removed stones from a 31-year-old woman who had suffered for four years. Little did he realize that this momentous event marked the genesis of the surgical legacy that would eventually evolve into the renowned Indiana University School of Medicine and its esteemed Department of Surgery.
Dr. William Fletcher, MD, joined forces with Dr. Bobbs in 1869, and their collaboration laid the foundation for the Indiana Medical College in Indianapolis. This partnership set the stage for a remarkable journey, as numerous small medical schools across Indiana subsequently aligned with Indiana University. Fast forward to 1903, and the official establishment of IU School of Medicine in Bloomington marked a significant milestone in medical education and research.