Wake Forest School of Medicine

In 1902, Wake Forest established a tradition of educating caring, highly skilled physician leaders. Over time, the school expanded and grew in scope and reputation. Upon his unexpected death in 1935, Bowman Gray Sr. left part of his fortune to be used for a “charitable endeavor” to help the people of Winston-Salem and the surrounding region. The money derived from the success of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., where Gray served as president and chairman. His brother, wife and two sons would eventually decide to donate it to a medical school willing to relocate to Winston-Salem. Wake Forest College, then located in Wake Forest, N.C., eventually agreed to move its two-year medical school and expand it to a four-year curriculum, partnering with N.C. Baptist Hospital. Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM) occupies a firm position among the best medical schools in the United States. The desire to teach excellence in clinical medicine, promote strong clinical and basic research, render exemplary patient care, and stress service to the community has continued as an integral part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, a leading research and teaching hospital. They believe the best way to build a brighter future for health care is to invest in students today.   Vision Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a preeminent, internationally recognized academic medical center of the highest quality with balanced excellence in patient care, research and education.   Mission Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's mission is to improve the health of the region, state and nation by: Generating and translating knowledge to prevent, diagnose and treat disease. Training leaders in health care and biomedical science. Serving as the premier health system in the region, with specific centers of excellence recognized as national and international care destinations.
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Company Offices

  • United States (headquarters)
  • Winston-Salem
  • Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, 475 Vine Street