City Campus Community
The Indiana University Medical Center is located a mile west of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, on the campus of IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis). The city has become a vibrant, exciting community and was designated as one of the top ten best places to live in recent years. The city is characterized as a friendly, safe, and affordable community. More than 1.6 million people enjoy the cultural, commercial and recreational advantages of this major metropolitan center. The Indianapolis Symphony, Indiana Repertory Theater, Indianapolis Opera and the Indianapolis Ballet highlight a few of the cultural programs. Indianapolis' choice location is within 500 miles of more than half the population of the nation. Excellent museums (Children's Museum, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana State Museum), hotels, restaurants, shopping malls including Circle Center Mall, a refurbished Union Station and significant downtown construction continue to enhance the ambiance of our city and change its skyline and image. The Convention Center is increasing in size to accommodate an expanded use of the city as a safe and favored meeting site. The Indianapolis International Airport is brand new and has facilitated travel in and out of our community hosting all major airlines. In addition to the presence of professional franchises in basketball (NBA) Indiana Pacers and (WNBA) Fever, football (NFL) Indianapolis Colts, and triple-A minor league baseball team (Indianapolis Indians), and hockey team (The Ice), Indianapolis claims the title of the amateur sports capital of the nation. The world's largest indoor basketball attendance record still stands for the RCA Dome. A new stadium, the Lucas Oil Stadium with retractable roof is the new home of the Indianapolis Colts (NFL). An outstanding baseball stadium was completed in 1997 (Victory Field) located across from Lucas Oil Field, and a new basketball arena, The Conseco Field House was constructed in 2000 as the current home of the Indiana Pacers and the WNBA Fever.
Four world-class athletic facilities (three on our campus) have been sites for national and international sporting events. The National Health Fitness Center and offices of the American College of Sports Medicine are located near the Campus. In addition, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has moved its headquarters to Indianapolis and is located on the White River Park Complex across from the campus. A new NCAA Sports Museum has also been erected. Each year in May, the Indianapolis 500-mile Indy motor car race reigns as the world's largest one-day spectator sporting event. The "Brickyard 400" NASCAR race has also attracted large numbers of racing fans to Indianapolis annually in August. The city also hosts the MotoGP race each year. Indianapolis was host for the 1987 Pan American Games-the world's second most important amateur athletic event. The Olympic Trials for track and field, swimming and diving are often conducted at the excellent Sports facilities on campus. The city hosted the Final Four NCAA basketball championships in March 1991, 1997, 1999, 2006 and will do so again 4 times in the next 15 years. The IUPUI Natatorium has been the site for numerous Big Ten and NCAA swimming and diving championships and the 1992 and 1996 Olympic trials. Each year the City is host for the RCA-National Hard Court Tennis Championship attracting outstanding players from around the world on the ATP tour. During the past few years, the World Gymnastics Championships and the NCAA Track and Field Championships were also held in Indianapolis. The Pan American Center skating facility in the city is now one of the major training centers for the U.S. Figure Skating Team. Numerous golf courses surround the city and boating enthusiasts can enjoy Eagle Creek, Geist and Morse reservoirs. Crooked Stick Country Club, located along the northern edge of Indianapolis, hosted the U.S. Senior Open in 2009.
An attractive state park is located on the campus' south boundary along the White River. The cornerstone of the park is the Indianapolis Zoo, which opened in 1988 and has the second largest zoo membership in America. In addition to high quality animal exhibits, the Zoo includes an aquarium highlighted by dolphins. The Indianapolis Botanical Gardens is located next to the Zoo.
The campus of IUPUI is unique in offering degrees from both of Indiana's Big 10 Universities (Indiana and Purdue). As the state's major urban campus, it serves 29,000 students with a faculty of 1,400. More than 200 degree programs are offered. Since IUPUI was established in 1969, the campus has grown with more than $400-million in new construction, including the University Conference Center and Hotel. The new Mel and Bren Simon Cancer Center opened in the fall of 2008 and is adjacent to the University Hospital. The Simulation Center, midway between the Methodist Campus and the university campus opened in the summer of 2009. A new ten story tower is under construction for Riley Hospital and will have new operating rooms, intensive care units and patient care areas. A new contemporary Adult Burn Unit at Wishard Memorial Hospital was completed in March, 2003. To accommodate an ever expanding basic science research program, Research Building II (including a genomics center) located east of the Research Building I was completed in 2003. A third research facility (Research Building III) opened in 2009 and houses several of our research faculty.
The IU Medical Center campus has four teaching hospitals with more than 1,200 beds and serves the Indiana University Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Dentistry. These include the IU Health University Hospital, James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Wishard Memorial Hospital and the Roudebush Veterans Administration Hospital. The training program also includes IU Health Methodist Hospital of Indiana. A 700-bed private facility located 0.8 miles from the campus. IU Health Methodist, IU Health University and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health merged in 1996 and comprise the Clarian Health Care Partners, now IU Health. The two campuses are connected by a modern monorail transportation system that opened in May, 2003.
The Indiana University School of Medicine is the only medical school in the state and our integrated hospitals are major clinical referral centers. The School of Medicine is a well-recognized leader in medical education and biomedical research.
In 2003 the IU School of Medicine celebrated its 100th birthday. During the past century, the Department of Surgery has had 5 chairmen: Drs. George Oliver (1906-1912), Willis Gatch (1924-1946), Harris B Shumacker (1948-1968), John E. Jesseph (1971-1982), and Jay L. Grosfeld (1984-2003). On September 21, 2003, Dr. Keith D. Lillemoe, formerly Professor of Surgery and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine began his role as Chairman of the Department of Surgery.