1948 The first artificial kidney machine in Canada is developed at Victoria Hospital
1948 Physicians at Victoria Hospital are the first in the world to recognize sexual dimorphism in human cells, leading to new knowledge of the relationship between sex chromosome abnormalities and human disease
1951 The first cobalt bomb in the world is used to deliver radiation therapy to cancer patients at Victoria Hospital
1956 The London Clinic of the Ontario Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation at Victoria Hospital (now the London Regional Cancer Program [LRCP]) and The University of Western Ontario discover the chemotherapy drugs vinca alkaloids
1958 Dr. Charles Drake pioneers a surgical procedure for aneurysms at the base of the brain, called basilar aneurysms, a world first
1972 Operations begin on cerebral aneurysms using a technique that establishes University Hospital’s worldwide reputation
1981 University Hospital performs the world's first heart operation to correct life threatening right ventricular dysplasia
1983 University Hospital is the first in Canada to perform a heart-lung transplant
1985 A University Hospital team announces success in a trial using cyclosporine to arrest the progress of Type 1 diabetes
1985 LHSC Auxiliary Gift to support Reconstruction of Victoria Hospital

Gift Amount: $1,000,000
1986 The Corporation of the City of London Gift to support Reconstruction of Victoria Hospital

Gift Amount: $3,000,000
1987 The world's first cardiac defibrillator is implanted at University Hospital
1987 Royal Bank Gift to support Reconstruction of Victoria Hospital

Gift Amount: $100,000
1988 The London Regional Cancer Centre (now LRCP) is the first Canadian site to treat malignant melanoma and kidney disease patients with Interleukin-2
1988 Lawson Foundation Gift to support Orthopaedic Research

Gift Amount: $250,000
1988 The world's first successful liver-small bowel transplant is performed at University Hospital
1989 The first cardiac stent insertion in Canada is performed at Victoria Hospital
1989 The world's first invasive inner ear surgery for vertigo in normal hearing ears is conducted at University Hospital
1989 Dr. Hugh Allen Gift to support Women’s Health Care

Gift Amount: $100,000
1990 LRCC is the first in Canada to use the radioactive source Ytterbium for treatment
1991 3M Canada Gift to support Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine

Gift Amount: $150,000
1991 Big V Pharmacies Gift to support Highest Priority Needs

Gift Amount: $460,000
1991 A study begins at University Hospital on the safety and efficacy of using detachable platinum coils to treat brain aneurysms
1992 Pfizer Canada Gift to support Research

Gift Amount: $200,000
1993 Victoria and University hospitals collaborate on Canada's first living-related paediatric liver transplant
1993 Zelda Haskett Gift to support Women’s Cancer Research

Gift Amount: $100,000
1994 The world's first 3D ultrasound-guided cryosurgery is performed at University Hospital
1994 BlueStone Properties Inc. Gift to support Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine

Gift Amount: $100,000
1996 A team of researchers accomplishes a world-first when they develop a miniature recording device that monitors the heartbeat during fainting spells
1996 Andrew & Helen Spriet Gift to support Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine

Gift Amount: $250,000
1997 LHSC's Multi-Organ Transplant team transplants a liver, bowel, stomach, and pancreas into a five-month-old infant, the world's youngest recipient of a multi-organ transplant
1997 An LHSC nephrologist performs a world-first in plasma exchange treatment and is credited with saving the life of a man with a severe case of food poisoning
1997 LHSC cardiac surgeons are the first in Canada to perform a revolutionary method of video-assisted minimally invasive heart surgery
1997 Medtronic Gift to support Ortho Spine Fellowship Research

Gift Amount: $100,000
1997 John Brouwer Foundation Gift to support the Reconstruction of Victoria Hospital

Gift Amount: $500,000
1998 An LHSC team is the first in Canada to perform voice-activated robotic-assisted minimally invasive cardiac bypass surgery
1999 Ivey Heart Centre

Gift Amount: $6,156,806

1999 R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation Gift to support Reconstruction of Victoria Hospital

Gift Amount: $1,000,000
1999 LHSC's surgical team successfully completes the world's first closed-chest, robotic-assisted beating heart coronary artery bypass graft

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1999 London Free Press & Bowes Publishing Campaign Advertising Gift

Gift Amount: $250,000
2000 LHSC's transplant team performs the first adult-to-adult living donor partial-liver transplant in Canada
2000 LHSC's surgical team performs the first minimally invasive robotic-assisted mitral valve heart surgery in Canada

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2000 Gary Cormack Gift to support Highest Priority Needs

Gift Amount: $103,000
2001 LHSC’s Pulmonary surgery team performed the world’s first robotic-assisted lung volume reduction using Computer Motion’s AESOP® robotic arm
2001 LHSC’s Pulmonary surgery team performed Canada’s first robotic-assisted resection of a lung cancer using Computer Motion’s AESOP® robotic arm
2001 LHSC’s Pulmonary surgery team performed Canada’s first robotic-assisted apical bullectomy for a pneumothorax using Computer Motion’s AESOP® robotic arm
2001 Great West Life Gift to support Radiation Oncology Fellowship & Critical Care

Gift Amount: $350,000
2001 Using Socrates robotic technology, LHSC conducts the world's first robotic-assisted surgery via telementoring, in which one surgeon assisted and mentored another at a remote site and both manipulated robotic arms inside the patient in the operating room

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2001 LHSC researchers are the first in the world to find strong evidence to support that surgery, not medicine, is the key to improved quality of life for temporal lobe epilepsy

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2001 The first artificial disc replacement in Canada is completed at LHSC

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2001 Clarica Gift to support Transplant Organ Donor Education

Gift Amount: $200,000
2002 An LHSC study determines that patients with congestive heart failure have an improved quality of life with a new pacemaker that works on both sides of the heart
2002 LHSC cardiologists complete a left atrial appendage occlusion, a new procedure for stroke prevention that closes the area of the heart where the majority of blood clots form

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2002 Neurosurgeons at LHSC complete the first artificial cervical disc replacement in North America

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2002 LRCC is one of two sites in Canada and one of three in the world to have a tomotherapy unit, the newest radiation treatment technology
2002 Smith & Nephew Inc. Gift to support the Rorabeck Bourne Joint Replacement Clinic

Gift Amount: $1,000,000
2003 Urologists at LHSC are the first in Canada to use the three-armed ZEUS robot to correct a blockage in the ureter of the kidney

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2003 Results of an international study show that the common high blood pressure drug ramipril can prevent heart failure in high risk cardiovascular patients

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2003 LHSC is the first in Canada and one of three in the world to use revolutionary digital technology to produce detailed fluoroscopic images for diagnostic and interventional procedures

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2003 LHSC surgeons are the first in Canada to use a four-armed da Vinci robot to complete a single coronary artery bypass graft

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2003 LHSC’s Pulmonary surgery performed Canada’s first robotic-assisted lobectomy for lung cancer using Computer Motion’s AESOP® robotic arm
2003 The Dr. Joseph Rea Chair in Mood Disorders

$1,750,000
2004 LHSC’s Image-Guided surgery team performed the world’s first image-guided robotic-assisted thoracoscopic resection of a lung cancer using Computer Motion’s AESOP® robotic arm and a 3-dimensional ultrasound probe
2004 Esophageal Surgery team performed Canada’s first robotic-assisted laparoscopic transhiatal esophagectomy for esophageal cancer using Computer Motion’s AESOP® robotic arm
2004 Esophageal Surgery team performed Canada’s first robotic-assisted transthoracic endoscopic esophagectomy for esophageal cancer using Computer Motion’s AESOP® robotic arm
2004 In a Canadian first in research for CSTAR...
2004 A CSTAR team is the first in North America to complete two different procedures to clear blocked arteries, minimally invasive robotic-assisted heart bypass surgery and angioplasty with stenting, at the same time in the operating room

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2004 In a North American first, an interdisciplinary team successfully...
2004 A small, multi-channel recording and stimulating device that aids in deep brain stimulation is developed at LHSC
2004 Johnson & Johnson Medical Companies Gift to support CSTAR’s Brent & Marilyn Kelman Centre for Advanced Learning

Gift Amount: $875,000
2004 Thomas and Dorothy Allison Clinic Otolaryngology, Audiology, Neurosciences

Gift Amount: $400,000
2004 Gerald C. Baines Centre for Translational Cancer Research

Gift Amount: $1,000,000
2005 World’s first robotic-assisted left atrial appendage ligation to reduce the chance of clot formation and stroke in high risk patients with atrial fibrillation is performed at LHSC

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2005 Canada’s first minimally invasive robotic-assisted double bypass surgery is performed at LHSC

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2005 Canada’s first robotic-assisted multi vessel small thorocotomy is performed at LHSC
2005 Bell Canada Gift to support CSTAR-Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics Equipment

Gift Amount: $500,000
2006 An LHSC team is one of two independent Canadian teams to first use new electroanatomical mapping technology to perform a pulmonary vein ablation for atrial fibrillation

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2006 Roche Canada Gift
2006 O’Dowda Family & Team Truck Gift to support Gerald C. Baines Centre for Translational Cancer Research

Gift Amount: $1,050,000
2006 Canadian Transplant Association Gift to support Transplant Program

Gift Amount: $200,000
2007 Canada’s first totally endoscopic closed-chest robotic coronary artery bypass surgery on a patient’s beating heart is performed at LHSC

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2007 Canada’s first robotic-assisted common bile duct exploration using a da Vinci robot is performed at LHSC

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2007Medtronic of Canada Ltd. Gift to support Cardiac Services

Gift Amount: $1,000,000
2007 Eric Lindros Gift to support the Lindros Legacy Research Building and the new research centres within
2008 Archie & Irene Verspeeten Gift to support Centre for Translational Cancer Research

Gift Amount: $250,000
2008 Roche Canada Gift to support the Matthew Mailing Centre for Translational Transplant Studies

Gift Amount: $150,000
2008 LHSC is the first in North America to implant an insertable cardiac monitor that offers long-term and continuous monitoring for atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia.

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2008 LHSC performs the world’s first robotically-assisted intestinal...
2008 LHSC’s Sterile Processing Department is the first hospital in Canada to implement Censitrac software, tracking medical instruments at the individual level

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2008 TD Canada Trust Gift to support the Kelman Centre for Advanced Learning

Gift Amount: $500,000
2008 Albert & Shirley Stevens Gift to support Women’s & Children’s Care

Gift Amount: $1,000,000
2009 LHSC and Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson) announce a Canadian first in the treatment of lung cancer, removing a small wedge from the patient’s lung and then applying a surgical mesh interwoven with brachytherapy seeds to where the lung was resected

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2009 LHSC became the first hospital in North America...
2009 Breast Cancer Society of Canada Gift to support the Pamela ...
2009 Health Care Financial Services Gift to support Staff Wellness Fund and Kennedy Centre for Health Learning

Gift Amount: $100,000
2009 AMGEN Gift to support London Regional Cancer Program

Gift Amount: $225,000
2010 Doctors at LHSC become the first in the world to use the Correx AVB... Video
2010 HDR Architecture Associates Gift to support North Tower Building

Gift Amount: $150,000
2010 A North American first in providing peritoneal home dialysis patients with touch screen technology and access to a health coach from home was achieved at LHSC

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2011
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2011 LHSC is the first hospital in Canada to use wireless technology for hemodynamic evaluation, or the evaluation of pressures and flow in patient’s hearts.

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2011 Dr. Hugh Allen Gift to support Allen Carey Fellowship

Gift Amount: $100,000
2011 LHSC announced a Canadian first for a surgical treatment... Video gallery
2011 Obsidian Group & the Gus Karamountzos Family Gift to support Cancer Supportive Care Program

Gift Amount: $250,000
2012 Roche Canada Gift to support the Melanoma Disease Site

Gift Amount: $255,000

Canusa Automotive Warehousing Gift to support the Urology Oncology Fellowship

Gift Amount: $100,000
2012 RBC Royal Bank gift to support family mental health care

Gift Amount: $1,300,000

London Health Sciences Centre Auxiliary Gift to support the Transition Age Project in LHSC's Mental Health Care Program

Gift Amount: $1,000,000

2012 LHSC cardiologists first in Canada to use pressure sensing catheter for atrial fibrillation ablation

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2012 LHSC physicians advise on Peru's first epilepsy surgery

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2012 Canadian surgical first to remove cancer from the liver

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2013 Firsts in treatment options for blood circulation

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2013 The Aaron Family gift to support the da Vinci Surgical Robot

Gift Amount $500,000


2013 World first treatment of localized prostate cancer

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2013 CIBC Gift to support the CIBC ACT Now Fund

Gift Amount: $500,000


2013 First in North America to perform BONEBRIDGE bone conduction implant

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2013 AMGEN Canada Inc. gift to support high impact cancer patient care and education initiatives

Gift Amount: $1,000,000


2013 BMO Financial Group Gift to support Highest Priority Needs

Gift Amount: $1,000,000


2013 First in Canada to use single incision for living donor kidney transplant

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2013 First in Canada to develop obstetrical triage acuity scale

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2013 Canadian first robotic single-site gallbladder removal

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2013 Janssen Gift to support Prostate Cancer Database, Hematology Database, Circulating Tumor Research

Gift Amount: $470,000

2014 First in North America to implant new generation cardiac device learn more
2014 Joe Carr Gift to support London Regional Cancer Program - Catalyst Grants, Education and Research

Gift Amount: $1.0 Million

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2014 Western ProResp Gift to support Western ProResp Fellowship in Respirology

Gift Amount: $250,000

2014 The Breast Cancer Society of Canada Gift to support Translational Breast Cancer Research Unit at London Regional Cancer Program

Gift Amount: $5 Million

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2014 Bob McCaig and Janet Taylor Gift to support Highest Priority Needs

Gift Amount: $500,000

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2014 Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Gift to support Mental Health Care

Gift Amount: $150,000

2014 Showdown in the Downtown Gift to support Matthew Mailing Centre for Translational Transplant Studies and Kidney Clinical Research

Gift Amount: $1.0 Million Cumulatively

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2014 Lexus of London Golf Classic Gift to support Prostate Cancer Awareness

Gift Amount: $1.0 Million Cumulatively

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2015 Canadian first use of suture tightening device saves OR time while maintaining patient safety

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2015 Shoppers Drug Mart Gift to support Women's Care Campaign

Gift Amount: $500,000

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2015 Avon Foundation for Women Gift to support Massel-Cruickshank Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund at LRCP

Gift Amount: $100,000

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2015 First in North America to implant third generation transcatheter aortic valve

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