The Wayne State University School of Medicine, recognized as the Carnegie Foundation's best in research and engagement, is renowned for innovation, including: 

  • Birthplace of AZT, first FDA-approved drug to treat AIDS.
  • First use of a mechanical heart pump in open-heart surgery.
  • A novel technology - optogenetic strategy - for restoring vision.
  • A cost-effective way to screen expectant mothers at risk of preterm birth and method to reduce the risk of preterm birth by 40 percent.

Nationally acclaimed for groundbreaking biomedical research, Wayne State University School of Medicine consistently ranks among the top medical research institutions in Michigan. Students and faculty work on interdisciplinary teams in myriad settings to investigate and develop techniques, technologies and processes that better serve residents. For the 2023 fiscal year, School of Medicine research awards totaled more than $183 million.

The School of Medicine's Office of Research supports and promotes basic, clinical, and translational investigation through strategic planning, maintaining research infrastructure and policy development.


The School of Medicine is comprised of basic science and clinical science departments. Located in midtown Detroit, our faculty and students are dedicated to making a measurable impact in communities at home and around the world.

Learn more about our departments.

Centers and Institutes

The School of Medicine is home to many innovative centers and institutes, including the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, the Center for Molecurlar Medicine and Genetics, and many more.

View the full list of our centers and institutes.