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Firsts & Awards

Our Tradition of Medical Innovation

Since 1887 and the founding of Babies Hospital, Columbia University has been broadening the world’s medical knowledge base through research, technology, and clinical excellence. Columbia University’s affiliation with the very first Babies Hospital in New York continues today with its successor, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, the top Children’s Hospital in the New York region as ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Here is a list of the firsts from Columbia’s University’s long history of medical innovation. 

  • Columbia University associates with the first baby’s hospital of New York in 1887.
  • Among the first hospitals in the country to develop programs in neonatal care, pediatric surgery, radiology, neurology, hematology-oncology, and psychiatry.
  • First to define Kasabach-Merritt syndrome, McCune-Albright syndrome, Riley Day syndrome.
  • First to define Shaken Baby syndrome.
  • First to identify difference between celiac disease and cystic fibrosis.
  • Developed sweat test to establish diagnosis of cystic fibrosis.
  • Developed the Apgar score.
  • Performed first pediatric heart transplant.
  • First to describe the syndrome of persistent fetal circulation.
  • Developed continuous positive airway pressure for premature infants.