The Marshall University School of Medicine was established in the 1970s through federal legislation which authorized the creation of five new medical schools in conjunction with existing VA hospitals.   The West Virginia Legislature appropriated funding for the school in 1975, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education granted provisional accreditation in 1977, and the first class entered in January 1978.

From the 1980s through the early 1990s, the scope and depth of the medical school’s clinical services greatly increased.  Initially, outpatient care was provided by medical school faculty physicians through the Family Care Outpatient Center which was located in the former C & O Hospital on 6th Avenue.  The family care center evolved into John Marshall Medical Services, Inc.; it was then was renamed University Physicians & Surgeons, Inc.  in 1994.

By the mid-1990s, the need for new and expanded clinical space became acute. In the decade beginning in 1998, Marshall opened three new multi-million dollar outpatient health care facilities: the Marshall University Medical Center ; the Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center.   

Today, the highly-qualified health care providers of Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine,
collectively known as Marshall Health, care for patients at more than a dozen locations in the region.    Offering the latest in high-quality, multi-disciplinary health care, we serve patients from nearly 29 counties in three states. 

We are the largest, most comprehensive health care provider group in the region!