Quick Facts


Vanderbilt University School of Medicine ranks 15th among the nation’s elite programs, according to U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of graduate education programs and health disciplines, released in the 2017 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools. Read more.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine ranks 9th in NIH funding. Vanderbilt University Medical Center and School of Medicine, combined, rank 17th with over $300 million in total NIH funding.

In the most recent rankings by U.S. News & World Report, nine pediatric specialties in the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt were nationally ranked: Cancer (18); Cardiology and Heart Surgery (19); Diabetes and Endocrinology (31); Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (22); Neonatology (26); Nephrology (30); Neurology and Neurosurgery (12); Pulmonology (17); Urology (4). Read more.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is among the nation’s 100 "most-wired" hospitals and health systems for its innovative efforts in medical technology, according to the 2016 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study, conducted by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine. Read more.

For the 15th consecutive year, Vanderbilt University Medical Center was recognized in 2014 as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). Read more.

Beckers Hospital Review listed Vanderbilt University Medical Center on its list of 100 Great Hospitals of 2016. Read more.


The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

Brief History

Vanderbilt University issued it first diplomas to 61 Doctors of Medicine in 1875, thanks to an arrangement that recognized the University of Nashville's medical school as serving both institutions. After reorganization under the Vanderbilt Board of Trust in 1895, admission requirements were raised, the course was lengthened, and the system of instruction was changed to include laboratory work in the basic sciences. Read more on the history of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.