About Wayne State University

Facts & Figures 

Renowned for innovation:

  • Birthplace of AZT, first FDA-approved drug to treat AIDS
  • First use of a mechanical heart pump in open-heart surgery
  • A cost-effective way to screen expectant mothers for potential risk of preterm birth

A top-ranked institution:

  • Ranked No. 2 medical research institution in Michigan — U.S. News and World Report
  • Graduates rank fourth in nation – Vitals Patients' Choice Awards

Home To:

  • The Robert R. Frank Student-Run Free Clinic, the first student-run free clinic in the state
  • The National Institutes of Health's Perinatology Research Branch, a national hub of maternal-fetal medicine and research, one of the only NIH branches located outside of Bethesda, Maryland
  • National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only 47 nationwide
  • The Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio), a research facility dedicated to studying and eliminating health disparities in Detroit
  • Michigan's first nonprofit medical home dedicated to serving adult LGBTQ patients and their families via a partnership with the Corktown Health Center
  • Michigan's largest largest African-American MS clinic in the country
  • The Horizons Project, which provides services to HIV-positive and at-risk youth ages 13 to 24
  • The Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership, created by WSU to examine the link between changes in Flint's water system and public health
  • The DVERSE group, a multidisciplinary team of investigators studying how environmental stressors impact public health in urban areas